TEC Young Adult Retreat
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Cursillos de Cristianidad
St. Hugh bids happy retirement to Father Federico Capdepón
Catholic schools amass 10 Silver Knights, 13 honorable mentions
Respect for the Eucharistic presence
Emmaus women deliver ‘love’ to nursing home patients
Knights of Columbus get their swords blessed
At Lumen Christi Symposium in Chicago
Grieving: ‘There is no closure. It’s just living with’
Building the house of Mercy
Archbishop Thomas Wenski to celebrate Memorial Day Mass for the deceased
Today’s feast of Corpus Christi invites Christians everywhere to celebrate the Blessed Sacrament and what it says about Jesus and about his Church.
The Eucharist is the Sacrament of welcome, inclusion and solidarity: The gospel reading of Jesus’ ‘multiplication of the loaves and fish’, reminds us of how God provided for the wandering Israelites in the desert. The Eucharist is therefore central to God’s care for the people, God’s powerful presence and providence, as we journey through this world on our way to the ultimate Promised Land in the eternal presence of the Almighty. We see a Jesus concerned for the plight of the people. By instituting the Eucharist “on the night he was betrayed” we can understand how the Eucharist is the perfect ‘Symbolon’ of Jesus life: “This is my body given for you…this is my blood poured out for you.” As the Catechism states: “Jesus lived his life for others…” Likewise, we “by receiving the Body of Christ we become the Body of Christ” and are called to be ‘eucharistic’ like Jesus, to have “have the same attitude that is ours in Christ Jesus” who came “not to be served but to serve…and to lay down his life for many.” We can ‘become what we receive’ when the Eucharist the “bread of the poor” reminds us of the hungry: those hungry for food, justice, liberty, love and compassion, meaning and purpose, hope. We can ‘become what we receive’ when, as the living Body of Christ in the world, we give ourselves in wholehearted loving service to God and to others. At every Mass we “taste and see the goodness of the Lord,” giving thanks as we “remember Christ’s death until he comes in his glory,” as well as affirm our mission to offer the world what we have received in Jesus Christ with so much love.
We are likely familiar with media accounts where news reporters are imbedded with military units as they undertake a campaign. Being an active part of a security unit gives expansive opportunity to anticipate, observe, research and report minute details which a distant report could not generate. Obviously there is a danger for the reporter in being too close to the line of fire. It appears, though, that being imbedded provides a huge advantage which offsets the potential danger.
In the first century, writers of the New Testament were imbedded in the life and times of Jesus. They reported what they saw and heard in the Gospels, Epistles and Acts of the Apostles. Later, the early Christian writers chronicled how this faith in Jesus spread as they witnessed the zeal, energy, expansion and even persecution of the Christians. They were there, imbedded in the action.
Everyone, in some way, is called to share the good news of salvation. Some people are called to be official missionaries. Most, however, find their missionary work imbedded in the things they do every day. Parents, priests, religious and teachers are specifically commissioned to instruct, but in many other professions the opportunities to evangelize present themselves constantly. There are counselors who help people rebuild their lives; medical personnel, legal professionals, finance persons, food providers and tradespersons, etc. All are in the traffic of daily life with enormous potential to influence. We cannot forget the respected retired who with many years of most valuable experience and wisdom have enormous potential to influence.
What an opportunity we all have to give witness to what we stand for, to verbalize what we believe and put into action our faith. Others will observe and be motivated by our witness. Providentially, we are imbedded where we can influence. Let’s make a difference!
Human beings too are creatures of this world, enjoying a right to life and happiness, and endowed with unique dignity. So we cannot fail to consider the effects on people’s lives of environmental deterioration, current models of development and the throwaway culture.
Source: Laudato Si’
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Cursillos de Cristianidad
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St. Louis Church
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Our Lady of Mercy Cemetery
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Our Lady Queen of Heaven Cemetery
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St. John Vianney College Seminary
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