In our current onslaught of robocalls, ads, junk mail etc – all vying for our allegiance for this year’s election…perhaps raising our hearts and minds to a higher calling could bring some much needed mental relief.
Such a beautiful soul. While this call to poverty and charity is extreme and not for everyone…it is for EVERYONE to emulate this call in our own lives. The charism of Saint Mother Teresa is an extreme which is meant challenge the rest of us, to find a way to live at least some of this call in our own lives.
Care for your neighbor. Feed a homeless person. Give some clothes to those in need. Welcome a stranger at church and in your community. Make time for someone, to listen, to really see them.
St Mother Teresa of Calcutta….pray for us.
With so much horrible news and scandal in our midst, it is good to remember that we are Catholics because of Jesus Christ. Because He is PRESENT in the Holy Eucharist. Jesus calls us to be prophets, priests, and kings….and now is the time to speak and act.
Fr Larry Richards
The TRUTH can make you uncomfortable. But if you let it in, the truth will set you free. And freedom, interior freedom, is happiness. Be a Happy Catholic. #happycatholic
Today we celebrate the Chair!
In September 2016, we started our Camino de Santiago journey by visiting Rome and saw the Chair of St Peter. It is a pretty awesome site and a beautiful piece of art which points to MORE than a physical chair.
There is more to the story of the actual physical chair…you can read here.
The artwork over the chair is just as amazing! The image of angels and the Dove over the chair – showing us that the Holy Spirit is always leading and guiding Peter in the church…even to today in the current office of Peter…Pope Francis.
Reading I 1 PT 5:1-4
I exhort the presbyters among you,
as a fellow presbyter and witness to the sufferings of Christ
and one who has a share in the glory to be revealed.
Tend the flock of God in your midst,
overseeing not by constraint but willingly,
as God would have it, not for shameful profit but eagerly.
Do not lord it over those assigned to you,
but be examples to the flock.
And when the chief Shepherd is revealed,
you will receive the unfading crown of glory.
A new year of expectation
2018 is upon us and I am considering what is on the horizon. I am not one for making resolutions…since I rarely keep them more than a week or two!
But I am thinking about goals. What I would like to accomplish in the course of another year. Of course the usual….eat better, lose another 20 pounds, read the Bible more, etc.
I have a year ahead of classes and formation in the formation process of the diaconate. And this has me turning my thoughts away from resolutions…and more towards formation.
What does it mean to be formed?
Whether we realize it or not, we are all being formed. Formation of our heart is either happening to us in a passive way, or we take on the formation of our hearts with intention.
This coming year I am considering two words: Detachment and Discipline
I continue to need an increase in both. To be further detached from pleasures of food and drink, material comforts, and conveniences of time. I am often too much in a hurry. I walked to Publix tonight to buy some groceries. I could have driven there in less than 3 minutes, but it felt actually pleasurable to walk in the cold, taking the extra time to consider the inconveniences of walking. It slowed me down, gave me more time to think, and was actually good to spend the extra time.
I also need an increase in disciplines. Discipline to write more, read more books and less Facebook and Twitter, and an increase in the disciplines of prayer. This last year, I solidified my discipline of morning prayer with the Liturgy of the Hours. However, in the coming year, I intend to carve out the needed time in the evening for night prayer/evening prayer.
The coming year will bring it’s own pressures, pleasures, joys, and heartaches. So much will be out of my control. An intentional formation is the path towards a clear goal. “If any man would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me” (Mt 16:24) That is a clear call to an intentional formation.