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October 20, 2016

St. Paul of the Cross

Eph 3: 14-21

For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth takes its name. I pray that, according to the riches of his glory, he may grant that you may be strengthened in your inner being with power through his Spirit, and that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith, as you are being rooted and grounded in love.

I pray that you may have the power to comprehend, with all the saints, what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, so that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. Now to him who by the power at work within us is able to accomplish abundantly far more than all we can ask or imagine, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of
America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.

 

Hb 1: 2-3; 2: 2-4

O Lord, how long shall I cry for help, and you will not listen? Or cry to you “Violence!” and you will not save? Why do you make me see wrong-doing and look at trouble? Destruction and violence are before me; strife and contention arise. Then the Lord answered me and said: Write the vision; make it plain on tablets, so that a runner may read it. For there is still a vision for the appointed time; it speaks of the end, and does not lie. If it seems to tarry, wait for it; it will surely come, it will not delay. Look at the proud! Their spirit is not right in them, but the righteous live by their faith

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.

 

Sinking In

Once all of her kids were out of the house, my mom redecorated the upstairs bedrooms with antique furniture. One of the beds required a specially sized foam mattress. My sister and I normally visited our parents together, so we fought over who would have to take the “sunk bed.” We both despised the mattress because our rumps would inevitably fall into the hole formed over the years.

While in the hospital for the birth of my first child, I lucked out with a “sunk bed,” where countless of other moms had sat. But it didn’t bother me. When I looked at my daughter, I finally understood how much God really did love me because my love for her was so great. I had known the infinite love of God only in theory. It had finally “sunk” in.

We really only have one responsibility as Christian disciples, and that is to share the vastness of God’s love.

—JoEllen Windau-Cattapan is the Atlanta area director for the Contemplative Leaders in Action, a program of the Office of Ignatian Spirituality, USA Northeast Province.

 

 

 

Waiting and Winning

As the Presidential election continues, I remain certain of one thing. Despair is not the answer. The reading from Habakkuk and the 95th Psalm suggest a more appropriate answer.

The Lord’s response to Habakkuk’s plea for help in the face of violence and misery is to tell him, “Wait for it”? Wait for the vision, for justice, for healing and relief from misery. Is that all we’re to do? To wait passively in our distress? The answer is no. The Psalmist makes clear what we are to do: Remember that the Lord is our God and we are the people he shepherds, the flock he guides. And to respond joyfully with thanksgiving.

We might not be able to change the tone and tenor of this season, but nothing stops us from choosing how we respond, how we live in these times. In “The Story of My Experiments with Truth,” Mahatma Gandhi stated, “When I despair, I remember that all through history the way of truth and love has always won.” We Christians can modify this slightly and make this sentiment ours: the Way, the Truth, and the Life always wins.

—Fr. Martin Connell, S.J. serves John Carroll University, University Heights, OH, as professor of education. He is also the Rector of the Jesuit community there.

 

Prayer

Lord, let us trust in the words of St. Paul, especially when we are filled with doubt and fear: “Now to him who by the power at work within us is able to accomplish abundantly far more than all we can ask or imagine, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever.” Amen.

Prayer

My Lord God...I have no idea where I am going.
I do not see the road ahead of me.
I cannot know for certain where it will end.
Nor do I really know myself, and the fact that I think I am 
͐following your will does not mean that I am actually doing so.
But I believe that the desire to please you does in fact please you.
Therefore I will trust you always, 
though I may seem lost and in the shadow of death.
I will not fear, for you are ever with me,
And you will never leave me to face my perils alone.

—Thomas Merton

 


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October 20, 2016

St. Paul of the Cross

Eph 3: 14-21

For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth takes its name. I pray that, according to the riches of his glory, he may grant that you may be strengthened in your inner being with power through his Spirit, and that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith, as you are being rooted and grounded in love.

I pray that you may have the power to comprehend, with all the saints, what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, so that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. Now to him who by the power at work within us is able to accomplish abundantly far more than all we can ask or imagine, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of
America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.

 

Hb 1: 2-3; 2: 2-4

O Lord, how long shall I cry for help, and you will not listen? Or cry to you “Violence!” and you will not save? Why do you make me see wrong-doing and look at trouble? Destruction and violence are before me; strife and contention arise. Then the Lord answered me and said: Write the vision; make it plain on tablets, so that a runner may read it. For there is still a vision for the appointed time; it speaks of the end, and does not lie. If it seems to tarry, wait for it; it will surely come, it will not delay. Look at the proud! Their spirit is not right in them, but the righteous live by their faith

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.

 

Sinking In

Once all of her kids were out of the house, my mom redecorated the upstairs bedrooms with antique furniture. One of the beds required a specially sized foam mattress. My sister and I normally visited our parents together, so we fought over who would have to take the “sunk bed.” We both despised the mattress because our rumps would inevitably fall into the hole formed over the years.

While in the hospital for the birth of my first child, I lucked out with a “sunk bed,” where countless of other moms had sat. But it didn’t bother me. When I looked at my daughter, I finally understood how much God really did love me because my love for her was so great. I had known the infinite love of God only in theory. It had finally “sunk” in.

We really only have one responsibility as Christian disciples, and that is to share the vastness of God’s love.

—JoEllen Windau-Cattapan is the Atlanta area director for the Contemplative Leaders in Action, a program of the Office of Ignatian Spirituality, USA Northeast Province.

 

 

 

Waiting and Winning

As the Presidential election continues, I remain certain of one thing. Despair is not the answer. The reading from Habakkuk and the 95th Psalm suggest a more appropriate answer.

The Lord’s response to Habakkuk’s plea for help in the face of violence and misery is to tell him, “Wait for it”? Wait for the vision, for justice, for healing and relief from misery. Is that all we’re to do? To wait passively in our distress? The answer is no. The Psalmist makes clear what we are to do: Remember that the Lord is our God and we are the people he shepherds, the flock he guides. And to respond joyfully with thanksgiving.

We might not be able to change the tone and tenor of this season, but nothing stops us from choosing how we respond, how we live in these times. In “The Story of My Experiments with Truth,” Mahatma Gandhi stated, “When I despair, I remember that all through history the way of truth and love has always won.” We Christians can modify this slightly and make this sentiment ours: the Way, the Truth, and the Life always wins.

—Fr. Martin Connell, S.J. serves John Carroll University, University Heights, OH, as professor of education. He is also the Rector of the Jesuit community there.

 

Prayer

Lord, let us trust in the words of St. Paul, especially when we are filled with doubt and fear: “Now to him who by the power at work within us is able to accomplish abundantly far more than all we can ask or imagine, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever.” Amen.

Prayer

My Lord God...I have no idea where I am going.
I do not see the road ahead of me.
I cannot know for certain where it will end.
Nor do I really know myself, and the fact that I think I am 
͐following your will does not mean that I am actually doing so.
But I believe that the desire to please you does in fact please you.
Therefore I will trust you always, 
though I may seem lost and in the shadow of death.
I will not fear, for you are ever with me,
And you will never leave me to face my perils alone.

—Thomas Merton

 


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