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First Friday: 8:15am
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30 minutes before every Mass
Saint Ignatius of Loyola (d. 1556) described his early life as high energy pursuit of the vanities of the world. Craving recognition and worldly honor, he was seriously injured in a battle while fighting as a soldier. During his long and painful recovery, he unexpectedly received and read two books - "Life of Christ" and a book on the saints. Mightily intrigued by these readings he set out to follow the example of the saints and abandoned his previous superficial fascinations.
Many saints have been made by their first having read good books.
Trustworthy reading likens a good friend. It is difficult to set it down since it draws us closer to God by setting our sights upon truly higher gifts. A good book elevates expectations for daily living.
Saint Ignatius of Loyola, pray for us! ... See MoreSee Less
There is nothing greater in all of life than receiving Our Lord's calling - no thing ever is greater.
And yet, it is immensely difficult to make His plan our own. It requires humility and wholeheartedness. After all, the call of Christ is a summons to undergo a profound and lasting change in our daily living. God asks for everything, including whatever we have been setting aside as our own.
How can it even be possible? Well, when Christ calls He always gives us the graces we need to follow. He wants this to happen. Indeed, we have been made for Him and our genuine fulfillment only is found with Him.
Ask the Lord Jesus today to help you live up to His call. With God's constant help, may our personal response to His call be marked by obedience, generosity and joy. ... See MoreSee Less
Today's feast day honoring SAINT MARTHA gives us all the splendid occasion to enter into Jesus' special friendships. The home of Martha and her sister Mary and their brother Lazarus was visited often by Our Lord. Their genuine affection and admiration for each other inspires us to forge relationships ourselves that similarly are marked by meaning, trust, gratitude and joy.
One time Jesus arrives at their home four days after Lazarus had died. Despite her understandable grief at the loss of her brother, Martha sets her sadness aside to welcome her true friend Jesus. A marvelous conversation ensues during which Jesus reveals Himself to Martha - and to us - as being "the Resurrection and the Life" (John 11:25).
Jesus is the answer for all our questions. Make your way to Him. Develop a lasting relationship that likens a friendship above all else.
Saint Martha, pray for us! ... See MoreSee Less
INTENTIONAL DISCIPLES LIVE AS GOD'S FRIENDS
“The LORD used to speak to Moses face to face, as a person speaks to a friend” (Exodus 33:11).
Throughout Sacred Scripture God reveals Himself as being our friend. The Covenant itself is a sacred relationship God forges with humanity marked by familiarity, trust, respect and commitment. He wants us to know, love and serve Him in wonderfully personal and deeply meaningful ways.
In the course of His earthly sojourn, Jesus always seeks real and lasting friendships with those whom He encounters. Sometimes He takes the initiative as seen with Zacchaeus and the Samaritan woman. Other times people make their way to Him like the adulterous woman and rich young man. He was a true friend to the disciples, spending precious time with them apart from the crowds.
God’s expectation is not that we know about Him, but rather that we know Him. So, then:
How do you characterize your relationship with God right now?
Do you know what it means to pray to God “face to face, as a person speaks to a friend”?
How might your relationship with God liken a great friendship, even the best one? ... See MoreSee Less
"The kingdom of heaven is like yeast that a woman took and mixed with three measures of wheat flour until the whole batch was leavened” (Matthew 13:33)
Precious little yeast is needed in the transformation the dough into delicious bread. Throughout the day by means of our words and actions, however seemingly small they may appear, are we the cause of joy or disappointment, peace or anxiety, hope or fear, unity or division?
Intentional disciples bring those whom they encounter closer to Christ.
What type of leaven do we add in our personal and professional relationships?
Does our demeanor display the joy, peace, hope and unity that Christ really is alive? ... See MoreSee Less