Living a faith-filled life in the world we live in can be challenging. We hope to provide you with spiritual nourishment and encouragement through the Reflections and Prayers on this page.
What ever happened to the Apostolate? When I was in formation, many, many years ago, one of the occasions that gave us new life was our Apostolate. For years, we were locked up in our friaries and monasteries, praying and studying, looking for the day when we could go out and touch people’s lives. Then came Vatican Council II and the “doors were open” and with that the sisters, brothers, and students went into the local communities to teach and work in the local parishes. How great that was for us, to spread the Gospel of Christ in our creative ways. So many people’s lives were touched and the message of love centered in Christ was preached by the way we lived our lives. It was our way of being “missionaries” without getting on a boat to a far-off land. There are just as many people who need to hear the “Good News” today. Do you have an Apostolate? It isn’t just for the priests, sisters and brothers, it is for all the Baptized. What can you do to better people’s lives in the name of Christ and his Church? Get away from the old way of looking at the Church; if you don’t touch someone, an elderly lonely person, a child who needs one on one help with studies, a married couple who needs your prayers, who will help them? As the Preface IV of the mass states: “You have no need of our praise, yet our desire to thank you is itself your gift…” Thank Jesus in the poor, and broken, the “least” of his sisters and brothers.
Bless this house O Lord, we pray
Make it safe by night and day…
Bless these walls so firm and stout,
Keeping want and trouble out . . .
Bless the roof and chimneys tall,
Let thy peace lie overall . . .
Bless this door that it may prove,
Ever open, To joy and love . . .
Bless these windows shining bright,
Letting in God's Heavenly light,
Bless the hearth, the painting there,
With smoke ascending like a prayer!
Bless the folk who dwell within,
Keep them pure and free from sin . . .
Bless us all that we may be,
Fit O Lord to dwell with thee . . .
Bless us all that one day we may dwell,
O Lord! With Thee!
Words and Music by Helen Taylor and May H. Morgan ( a.k.a. Brahe ), 1927
This election has dominated our collective psyche for more than a year. Now it is over and we can move on to other productive pursuits. The election was extremely divisive and highlighted differences far more than unity. Way too much time has been devoted to negativity and that can now change. We need to pivot towards a more positive perspective. Whoever Is President, Jesus Christ Is Our Leader, our President, our King.
As Christ followers our leader has not changed. The election of a new president does not impact our followership. Whenever there is a conflict between what a government leader is saying or doing and what Jesus has taught, we should always have our eyes focused on the Lord and follow our Lord’s teachings. Jesus is the greatest leader the world has ever known as long as we faithfully follow him we will be just fine.
We Are Christians Before We Are Americans
We are Christians first and foremost, then Americans or Canadians or Irish, Italians, Polish, Haitians, Cape Verdeans, etc. We are Christians first and then we're white, black, Hispanic or Asian, etc. When we let ourselves get divided politically we tend to forget our first allegiance. Being absorbed, spending too much time on political remedies or political power can cause a lack of focus on the One who has all the answers and ultimate power.
God Can Work Regardless Who Is President
Throughout human history God has always been at work in spite of all types of government policies and leadership failures. There may be times when we think the attacks against the Church or our principles are too great but the Church has always survived and thrived. We belong to a “political party – The Jesus Party – The Catholic Church” which is 2000 years old. It was founded by Jesus Christ in the year 33 A.D. No amount of political differences, cultural strife or ideological division can stop its work for God. What God has started can never be stopped or ever undone. “I am with you always until the end of the ages.”
Remember our past, the persecutions, the triumphs, the highs and the lows, but the Catholic Church has endured. Pilate, the Roman governor, asked Jesus if he was a King. Jesus responded positively, but his Kingdom he said is not of this world, and neither are we. His kingdom is within our minds and hearts, and no earthly government can or ever will replace it. BE HOPEFUL, BE JOYFUL, BE AT PEACE… “Instead (of being too concerned with the craziness of this world), seek The Father’s kingdom, and these other things will be given you besides. Do not be afraid any longer, little flock, for your Father is pleased to give you the kingdom. (Lk 12: 31-32) Let's have a Christian response to this world and move forward to do God's work in ever hopeful ways.
Father, I ask you to bless my friends reading this
I am asking You to minister to their spirit at this very moment.
Where there is pain, give them Your peace and mercy.
Where there is self doubting, release a renewed confidence in Your ability to work through them.
Where there is tiredness, or exhaustion, I ask You to give them understanding, guidance, and strength as they learn submission to Your leading.
Where there is spiritual stagnation, I ask You to renew them by revealing Your nearness, and by drawing them into greater intimacy with You.
Where there is fear, reveal Your love, and release to
them Your courage.
Where there is a sin blocking them, reveal it, and break its hold over my friend's life.
Bless their finances, give them greater vision, and
raise up leaders and friends to support and encourage
Give each of them discernment to recognize the evil forces around them, and reveal to them the power they have in You to defeat it.
I ask You to do these things in Jesus' name.
Have a great day!!!
Plant three rows of peas:
Peace of mind
Peace of heart
Peace of soul.
Plant four rows of squash:
Plant four rows of lettuce:
Lettuce be faithful
Lettuce be kind
Lettuce be happy
Lettuce really love one another.
No garden should be without turnips:
Turnip for service when needed
Turnip to help one another
Turnip the music and dance.
Water freely with patience and
Cultivate with love.
Your garden is abundant, because you reap what you sow.
To conclude our garden we must have thyme:
Thyme for fun
Thyme for rest
Thyme for ourselves.
Pretty nice garden, don't you think?
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