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January 4, 2019

Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton

Jn 1:35-42

The next day John again was standing with two of his disciples, and as he watched Jesus walk by, he exclaimed, “Look, here is the Lamb of God!”

The two disciples heard him say this, and they followed Jesus. When Jesus turned and saw them following, he said to them, “What are you looking for?” They said to him, “Rabbi” (which translated means Teacher), “where are you staying?” He said to them, “Come and see.” They came and saw where he was staying, and they remained with him that day.

It was about four o’clock in the afternoon. One of the two who heard John speak and followed him was Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother. He first found his brother Simon and said to him, “We have found the Messiah” (which is translated Anointed). He brought Simon to Jesus, who looked at him and said, “You are Simon son of John. You are to be called Cephas” (which is translated Peter).

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.

How to follow Jesus

Jesus’ first words in the Gospel of John appear here: “What are you looking for?”

The First Principle and Foundation provides an answer: “The goal of our life is to live with God forever.” How does one realize this goal?

“Come and see,” Jesus says. We are to follow. I am struck by how St. Elizabeth Ann Seton embodied this.

“We should not fix our desires on health or sickness…” A life full of loss – her mother and sister died when Elizabeth Ann was a small child. At 30, she was widowed, left with 5 children and her husband’s bankrupt business.

She opened the first free school in America and founded a religious order.

“…a long life or a short one…” She died at 46.

Her work marked the beginning of the Catholic parochial school movement in America. “…For everything has the potential of calling forth in us a deeper response to our life in God.”

—Lauren Hackman-Brooks is a Chaplain in University Ministry at Loyola University Chicago – Health Sciences Division and serves on the Board of Directors at Bellarmine Jesuit Retreat House.

Prayer

O Father,
The first rule of our dear Savior’s life was to do Your Will.
Let His Will of the present moment be the first rule
Of our daily life and work, with no other desire
But for its most full and complete accomplishment.
Help us to follow it faithfully, so that doing what You wish
We will be pleasing to You.
Amen.

—St. Elizabeth Ann Seton

 


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January 4, 2019

Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton

Jn 1:35-42

The next day John again was standing with two of his disciples, and as he watched Jesus walk by, he exclaimed, “Look, here is the Lamb of God!”

The two disciples heard him say this, and they followed Jesus. When Jesus turned and saw them following, he said to them, “What are you looking for?” They said to him, “Rabbi” (which translated means Teacher), “where are you staying?” He said to them, “Come and see.” They came and saw where he was staying, and they remained with him that day.

It was about four o’clock in the afternoon. One of the two who heard John speak and followed him was Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother. He first found his brother Simon and said to him, “We have found the Messiah” (which is translated Anointed). He brought Simon to Jesus, who looked at him and said, “You are Simon son of John. You are to be called Cephas” (which is translated Peter).

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.

How to follow Jesus

Jesus’ first words in the Gospel of John appear here: “What are you looking for?”

The First Principle and Foundation provides an answer: “The goal of our life is to live with God forever.” How does one realize this goal?

“Come and see,” Jesus says. We are to follow. I am struck by how St. Elizabeth Ann Seton embodied this.

“We should not fix our desires on health or sickness…” A life full of loss – her mother and sister died when Elizabeth Ann was a small child. At 30, she was widowed, left with 5 children and her husband’s bankrupt business.

She opened the first free school in America and founded a religious order.

“…a long life or a short one…” She died at 46.

Her work marked the beginning of the Catholic parochial school movement in America. “…For everything has the potential of calling forth in us a deeper response to our life in God.”

—Lauren Hackman-Brooks is a Chaplain in University Ministry at Loyola University Chicago – Health Sciences Division and serves on the Board of Directors at Bellarmine Jesuit Retreat House.

Prayer

O Father,
The first rule of our dear Savior’s life was to do Your Will.
Let His Will of the present moment be the first rule
Of our daily life and work, with no other desire
But for its most full and complete accomplishment.
Help us to follow it faithfully, so that doing what You wish
We will be pleasing to You.
Amen.

—St. Elizabeth Ann Seton

 


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