April 30, 2013

Feast of Saint Pius V

John 14: 27-31a

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not let them be afraid.

You heard me say to you, ‘I am going away, and I am coming to you.’ If you loved me, you would rejoice that I am going to the Father, because the Father is greater than I. And now I have told you this before it occurs, so that when it does occur, you may believe.

I will no longer talk much with you, for the ruler of this world is coming. He has no power over me; but I do as the Father has commanded me, so that the world may know that I love the Father. Rise, let us be on our way.

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 (http://www.usccb.org/bible/approved-translations

Gift of the Resurrection

Easter testifies to the power of the cross: in today’s Gospel. Jesus promises peace to His disciples, a peace distinct from the world. Jesus’ peace, we hear, quells troubled and fearful hearts everlasting. As we consider the disciple’s lot, and our own, perhaps everlasting peace is the single most important gift of the Resurrection.

Surely we know anxiety, and our world lies in tension, particularly in places of great political, social, and familial strife. Yet, the good news of John’s testimony is that in the triumph of the cross, peace will be the final word.

What a timely message to lean into this Easter. Surely, this truth is on the mind of our Holy Father, invoking St. Francis and his peaceful embodiment of the Christ-life for his pontifical title. And as an Easter people, all faithful are invited to trust all the more in this peace of our Christ.

In this place of deepening trust, we join with Jesus to more earnestly work toward this promise of peace, bringing justice to all peoples.

Am I asking for this deepening grace of trust this Easter, that despite the evidence otherwise, I believe more fully in this peace promise of the Risen Christ? And in this place of deeper faith, am I more emboldened to work with Jesus towards its fulfillment?

Matthew Couture, Provincial Assistant for Secondary and Pre-Secondary Education, Chicago-Detroit Province and Wisconsin Province

Prayer

Lord, despite the evidence of unrest in our life, we ask for a deepening grace of trust. We desire to believe more fully in this peace promised by the Risen Christ.  And we pledge to work with you to bring peace to others.

—The Jesuit Prayer Team


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Prayer

Lord, despite the evidence of unrest in our life, we ask for a deepening grace of trust. We desire to believe more fully in this peace promised by the Risen Christ.  And we pledge to work with you to bring peace to others.

—The Jesuit Prayer Team


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Gift of the Resurrection

Easter testifies to the power of the cross: in today’s Gospel. Jesus promises peace to His disciples, a peace distinct from the world. Jesus’ peace, we hear, quells troubled and fearful hearts everlasting. As we consider the disciple’s lot, and our own, perhaps everlasting peace is the single most important gift of the Resurrection.

Surely we know anxiety, and our world lies in tension, particularly in places of great political, social, and familial strife. Yet, the good news of John’s testimony is that in the triumph of the cross, peace will be the final word.

What a timely message to lean into this Easter. Surely, this truth is on the mind of our Holy Father, invoking St. Francis and his peaceful embodiment of the Christ-life for his pontifical title. And as an Easter people, all faithful are invited to trust all the more in this peace of our Christ.

In this place of deepening trust, we join with Jesus to more earnestly work toward this promise of peace, bringing justice to all peoples.

Am I asking for this deepening grace of trust this Easter, that despite the evidence otherwise, I believe more fully in this peace promise of the Risen Christ? And in this place of deeper faith, am I more emboldened to work with Jesus towards its fulfillment?

Matthew Couture, Provincial Assistant for Secondary and Pre-Secondary Education, Chicago-Detroit Province and Wisconsin Province


Please share the Good Word with your friends!

Feast of Saint Pius V

John 14: 27-31a

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not let them be afraid.

You heard me say to you, ‘I am going away, and I am coming to you.’ If you loved me, you would rejoice that I am going to the Father, because the Father is greater than I. And now I have told you this before it occurs, so that when it does occur, you may believe.

I will no longer talk much with you, for the ruler of this world is coming. He has no power over me; but I do as the Father has commanded me, so that the world may know that I love the Father. Rise, let us be on our way.

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 (http://www.usccb.org/bible/approved-translations


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April 29, 2013

Feast of Saint Catherine of Siena

John 14: 21-26

They who have my commandments and keep them are those who love me; and those who love me will be loved by my Father, and I will love them and reveal myself to them.”

Judas (not Iscariot) said to him, “Lord, how is it that you will reveal yourself to us, and not to the world” Jesus answered him, “Those who love me will keep my word, and my Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them.

Whoever does not love me does not keep my words; and the word that you hear is not mine, but is from the Father who sent me.

I have said these things to you while I am still with you. But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you everything, and remind you of all that I have said to you.”

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 (http://www.usccb.org/bible/approved-translations

Dependence on God

It is interesting to know that Jesus is more interested in describing “the saved” as the ones who do what he does rather than as someone who professes something without concern for whether what s/he professes is lived out.

If you have spent any time serving the really poor you know that they can teach you something about how to relate to God.  The alleluia from someone who doesn’t know where their next meal comes from seems more vibrant than that of one from someone who has to decide what kind of food s/he will eat next.

I think this is why God loves the poor in a preferential way, they love God more.  Their need for God is palpable while the wealthy have options, which don’t necessitate God.  The temptation to be masters of our own fate is very hard to overcome.  The poor can teach us that.

What can the poor teach me today?

—Fr. James Prehn, S.J., Vocations Director for the Chicago-Detroit Province Jesuits. For more information on Jesuit vocations, click here.

Prayer

Lord, let our desire to surrender all to you, be words backed by action. Sometimes in our struggle to take control, we forget that we lose control when we forget to invite you into our concerns, doubts, and fears. So Lord, whatever our circumstance, may we rest in you, trusting in your faithfulness and unconditional support for us.

—The Jesuit Prayer Team


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Prayer

Lord, let our desire to surrender all to you, be words backed by action. Sometimes in our struggle to take control, we forget that we lose control when we forget to invite you into our concerns, doubts, and fears. So Lord, whatever our circumstance, may we rest in you, trusting in your faithfulness and unconditional support for us.

—The Jesuit Prayer Team


Please share the Good Word with your friends!

Dependence on God

It is interesting to know that Jesus is more interested in describing “the saved” as the ones who do what he does rather than as someone who professes something without concern for whether what s/he professes is lived out.

If you have spent any time serving the really poor you know that they can teach you something about how to relate to God.  The alleluia from someone who doesn’t know where their next meal comes from seems more vibrant than that of one from someone who has to decide what kind of food s/he will eat next.

I think this is why God loves the poor in a preferential way, they love God more.  Their need for God is palpable while the wealthy have options, which don’t necessitate God.  The temptation to be masters of our own fate is very hard to overcome.  The poor can teach us that.

What can the poor teach me today?

—Fr. James Prehn, S.J., Vocations Director for the Chicago-Detroit Province Jesuits. For more information on Jesuit vocations, click here.


Please share the Good Word with your friends!

Feast of Saint Catherine of Siena

John 14: 21-26

They who have my commandments and keep them are those who love me; and those who love me will be loved by my Father, and I will love them and reveal myself to them.”

Judas (not Iscariot) said to him, “Lord, how is it that you will reveal yourself to us, and not to the world” Jesus answered him, “Those who love me will keep my word, and my Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them.

Whoever does not love me does not keep my words; and the word that you hear is not mine, but is from the Father who sent me.

I have said these things to you while I am still with you. But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you everything, and remind you of all that I have said to you.”

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 (http://www.usccb.org/bible/approved-translations


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April 28, 2013

Fifth Sunday of Easter

Acts 14: 21-27

After they had proclaimed the good news to that city and had made many disciples, they returned to Lystra, then on to Iconium and Antioch. There they strengthened the souls of the disciples and encouraged them to continue in the faith, saying, “It is through many persecutions that we must enter the kingdom of God.”

And after they had appointed elders for them in each church, with prayer and fasting they entrusted them to the Lord in whom they had come to believe. Then they passed through Pisidia and came to Pamphylia. When they had spoken the word in Perga, they went down to Attalia.

From there they sailed back to Antioch, where they had been commended to the grace of God for the work that they had completed. When they arrived, they called the church together and related all that God had done with them, and how he had opened a door of faith for the Gentiles.

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 (http://www.usccb.org/bible/approved-translations)

Love One Another

Today’s reading from Acts 14 illustrates just how Jesus’ commandment of love was incarnated in the early Church.  The first Christians formed a network of persons. Then the first apostles established practical social structures which Paul and Barnabas and the others used to preach the good news of Jesus Christ.

These men and women who are our early elders in faith didn’t think of themselves as pioneers and heroes, but rather as instruments of God commissioned to preach about the love of Jesus in his living, dying, and rising.

Now you and I might not get out of bed with the goal of preaching about the love of Jesus in his living, dying, and rising. Yet in a real sense that is what our commitment in baptism is all about.  No doubt there will be distractions and misunderstandings as we walk in Jesus’ footsteps.

Fatigue and tension may even bring out our worst side as we get grumpy and impatient.  Others may take pot shots at us and we may even feel “persecuted” in some way for our values and beliefs.  In the end Jesus reminds us anew: “This is how all will know that you are my disciples, that you have love for one another.”

This last Sunday of April reminds us that Jesus’ Easter gifts are those of peace, hope, joy and new life…all given in abundance.  And just when we might think we have everything under control…“The One who sat on the throne said, ‘Behold, I make all things new!’ ”

—The Jesuit Prayer Team

Prayer

Soul of Christ, sanctify me.

Body of Christ, save me.

Blood of Christ, inebriate me.

Water from the side of Christ, wash me.

Passion of Christ, strengthen me.

O Good Jesus, hear me.

Within Thy wounds hide me.

Suffer me not to be separated from Thee.

From the wicked enemy defend me.

In the hour of my death call me.

And bid me come unto Thee,

That with all Thy saints,

I may praise Thee

Forever and ever.

Amen.

—St. Ignatius of Loyola (Anima Christi)


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Prayer

Soul of Christ, sanctify me.

Body of Christ, save me.

Blood of Christ, inebriate me.

Water from the side of Christ, wash me.

Passion of Christ, strengthen me.

O Good Jesus, hear me.

Within Thy wounds hide me.

Suffer me not to be separated from Thee.

From the wicked enemy defend me.

In the hour of my death call me.

And bid me come unto Thee,

That with all Thy saints,

I may praise Thee

Forever and ever.

Amen.

—St. Ignatius of Loyola (Anima Christi)


Please share the Good Word with your friends!

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April 30, 2013

Feast of Saint Pius V

John 14: 27-31a

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not let them be afraid.

You heard me say to you, ‘I am going away, and I am coming to you.’ If you loved me, you would rejoice that I am going to the Father, because the Father is greater than I. And now I have told you this before it occurs, so that when it does occur, you may believe.

I will no longer talk much with you, for the ruler of this world is coming. He has no power over me; but I do as the Father has commanded me, so that the world may know that I love the Father. Rise, let us be on our way.

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 (http://www.usccb.org/bible/approved-translations

Gift of the Resurrection

Easter testifies to the power of the cross: in today’s Gospel. Jesus promises peace to His disciples, a peace distinct from the world. Jesus’ peace, we hear, quells troubled and fearful hearts everlasting. As we consider the disciple’s lot, and our own, perhaps everlasting peace is the single most important gift of the Resurrection.

Surely we know anxiety, and our world lies in tension, particularly in places of great political, social, and familial strife. Yet, the good news of John’s testimony is that in the triumph of the cross, peace will be the final word.

What a timely message to lean into this Easter. Surely, this truth is on the mind of our Holy Father, invoking St. Francis and his peaceful embodiment of the Christ-life for his pontifical title. And as an Easter people, all faithful are invited to trust all the more in this peace of our Christ.

In this place of deepening trust, we join with Jesus to more earnestly work toward this promise of peace, bringing justice to all peoples.

Am I asking for this deepening grace of trust this Easter, that despite the evidence otherwise, I believe more fully in this peace promise of the Risen Christ? And in this place of deeper faith, am I more emboldened to work with Jesus towards its fulfillment?

Matthew Couture, Provincial Assistant for Secondary and Pre-Secondary Education, Chicago-Detroit Province and Wisconsin Province

Prayer

Lord, despite the evidence of unrest in our life, we ask for a deepening grace of trust. We desire to believe more fully in this peace promised by the Risen Christ.  And we pledge to work with you to bring peace to others.

—The Jesuit Prayer Team


Please share the Good Word with your friends!

Prayer

Lord, despite the evidence of unrest in our life, we ask for a deepening grace of trust. We desire to believe more fully in this peace promised by the Risen Christ.  And we pledge to work with you to bring peace to others.

—The Jesuit Prayer Team


Please share the Good Word with your friends!

Gift of the Resurrection

Easter testifies to the power of the cross: in today’s Gospel. Jesus promises peace to His disciples, a peace distinct from the world. Jesus’ peace, we hear, quells troubled and fearful hearts everlasting. As we consider the disciple’s lot, and our own, perhaps everlasting peace is the single most important gift of the Resurrection.

Surely we know anxiety, and our world lies in tension, particularly in places of great political, social, and familial strife. Yet, the good news of John’s testimony is that in the triumph of the cross, peace will be the final word.

What a timely message to lean into this Easter. Surely, this truth is on the mind of our Holy Father, invoking St. Francis and his peaceful embodiment of the Christ-life for his pontifical title. And as an Easter people, all faithful are invited to trust all the more in this peace of our Christ.

In this place of deepening trust, we join with Jesus to more earnestly work toward this promise of peace, bringing justice to all peoples.

Am I asking for this deepening grace of trust this Easter, that despite the evidence otherwise, I believe more fully in this peace promise of the Risen Christ? And in this place of deeper faith, am I more emboldened to work with Jesus towards its fulfillment?

Matthew Couture, Provincial Assistant for Secondary and Pre-Secondary Education, Chicago-Detroit Province and Wisconsin Province


Please share the Good Word with your friends!

Feast of Saint Pius V

John 14: 27-31a

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not let them be afraid.

You heard me say to you, ‘I am going away, and I am coming to you.’ If you loved me, you would rejoice that I am going to the Father, because the Father is greater than I. And now I have told you this before it occurs, so that when it does occur, you may believe.

I will no longer talk much with you, for the ruler of this world is coming. He has no power over me; but I do as the Father has commanded me, so that the world may know that I love the Father. Rise, let us be on our way.

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 (http://www.usccb.org/bible/approved-translations


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April 29, 2013

Feast of Saint Catherine of Siena

John 14: 21-26

They who have my commandments and keep them are those who love me; and those who love me will be loved by my Father, and I will love them and reveal myself to them.”

Judas (not Iscariot) said to him, “Lord, how is it that you will reveal yourself to us, and not to the world” Jesus answered him, “Those who love me will keep my word, and my Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them.

Whoever does not love me does not keep my words; and the word that you hear is not mine, but is from the Father who sent me.

I have said these things to you while I am still with you. But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you everything, and remind you of all that I have said to you.”

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 (http://www.usccb.org/bible/approved-translations

Dependence on God

It is interesting to know that Jesus is more interested in describing “the saved” as the ones who do what he does rather than as someone who professes something without concern for whether what s/he professes is lived out.

If you have spent any time serving the really poor you know that they can teach you something about how to relate to God.  The alleluia from someone who doesn’t know where their next meal comes from seems more vibrant than that of one from someone who has to decide what kind of food s/he will eat next.

I think this is why God loves the poor in a preferential way, they love God more.  Their need for God is palpable while the wealthy have options, which don’t necessitate God.  The temptation to be masters of our own fate is very hard to overcome.  The poor can teach us that.

What can the poor teach me today?

—Fr. James Prehn, S.J., Vocations Director for the Chicago-Detroit Province Jesuits. For more information on Jesuit vocations, click here.

Prayer

Lord, let our desire to surrender all to you, be words backed by action. Sometimes in our struggle to take control, we forget that we lose control when we forget to invite you into our concerns, doubts, and fears. So Lord, whatever our circumstance, may we rest in you, trusting in your faithfulness and unconditional support for us.

—The Jesuit Prayer Team


Please share the Good Word with your friends!

Prayer

Lord, let our desire to surrender all to you, be words backed by action. Sometimes in our struggle to take control, we forget that we lose control when we forget to invite you into our concerns, doubts, and fears. So Lord, whatever our circumstance, may we rest in you, trusting in your faithfulness and unconditional support for us.

—The Jesuit Prayer Team


Please share the Good Word with your friends!

Dependence on God

It is interesting to know that Jesus is more interested in describing “the saved” as the ones who do what he does rather than as someone who professes something without concern for whether what s/he professes is lived out.

If you have spent any time serving the really poor you know that they can teach you something about how to relate to God.  The alleluia from someone who doesn’t know where their next meal comes from seems more vibrant than that of one from someone who has to decide what kind of food s/he will eat next.

I think this is why God loves the poor in a preferential way, they love God more.  Their need for God is palpable while the wealthy have options, which don’t necessitate God.  The temptation to be masters of our own fate is very hard to overcome.  The poor can teach us that.

What can the poor teach me today?

—Fr. James Prehn, S.J., Vocations Director for the Chicago-Detroit Province Jesuits. For more information on Jesuit vocations, click here.


Please share the Good Word with your friends!

Feast of Saint Catherine of Siena

John 14: 21-26

They who have my commandments and keep them are those who love me; and those who love me will be loved by my Father, and I will love them and reveal myself to them.”

Judas (not Iscariot) said to him, “Lord, how is it that you will reveal yourself to us, and not to the world” Jesus answered him, “Those who love me will keep my word, and my Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them.

Whoever does not love me does not keep my words; and the word that you hear is not mine, but is from the Father who sent me.

I have said these things to you while I am still with you. But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you everything, and remind you of all that I have said to you.”

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 (http://www.usccb.org/bible/approved-translations


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April 28, 2013

Fifth Sunday of Easter

Acts 14: 21-27

After they had proclaimed the good news to that city and had made many disciples, they returned to Lystra, then on to Iconium and Antioch. There they strengthened the souls of the disciples and encouraged them to continue in the faith, saying, “It is through many persecutions that we must enter the kingdom of God.”

And after they had appointed elders for them in each church, with prayer and fasting they entrusted them to the Lord in whom they had come to believe. Then they passed through Pisidia and came to Pamphylia. When they had spoken the word in Perga, they went down to Attalia.

From there they sailed back to Antioch, where they had been commended to the grace of God for the work that they had completed. When they arrived, they called the church together and related all that God had done with them, and how he had opened a door of faith for the Gentiles.

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 (http://www.usccb.org/bible/approved-translations)

Love One Another

Today’s reading from Acts 14 illustrates just how Jesus’ commandment of love was incarnated in the early Church.  The first Christians formed a network of persons. Then the first apostles established practical social structures which Paul and Barnabas and the others used to preach the good news of Jesus Christ.

These men and women who are our early elders in faith didn’t think of themselves as pioneers and heroes, but rather as instruments of God commissioned to preach about the love of Jesus in his living, dying, and rising.

Now you and I might not get out of bed with the goal of preaching about the love of Jesus in his living, dying, and rising. Yet in a real sense that is what our commitment in baptism is all about.  No doubt there will be distractions and misunderstandings as we walk in Jesus’ footsteps.

Fatigue and tension may even bring out our worst side as we get grumpy and impatient.  Others may take pot shots at us and we may even feel “persecuted” in some way for our values and beliefs.  In the end Jesus reminds us anew: “This is how all will know that you are my disciples, that you have love for one another.”

This last Sunday of April reminds us that Jesus’ Easter gifts are those of peace, hope, joy and new life…all given in abundance.  And just when we might think we have everything under control…“The One who sat on the throne said, ‘Behold, I make all things new!’ ”

—The Jesuit Prayer Team

Prayer

Soul of Christ, sanctify me.

Body of Christ, save me.

Blood of Christ, inebriate me.

Water from the side of Christ, wash me.

Passion of Christ, strengthen me.

O Good Jesus, hear me.

Within Thy wounds hide me.

Suffer me not to be separated from Thee.

From the wicked enemy defend me.

In the hour of my death call me.

And bid me come unto Thee,

That with all Thy saints,

I may praise Thee

Forever and ever.

Amen.

—St. Ignatius of Loyola (Anima Christi)


Please share the Good Word with your friends!

Prayer

Soul of Christ, sanctify me.

Body of Christ, save me.

Blood of Christ, inebriate me.

Water from the side of Christ, wash me.

Passion of Christ, strengthen me.

O Good Jesus, hear me.

Within Thy wounds hide me.

Suffer me not to be separated from Thee.

From the wicked enemy defend me.

In the hour of my death call me.

And bid me come unto Thee,

That with all Thy saints,

I may praise Thee

Forever and ever.

Amen.

—St. Ignatius of Loyola (Anima Christi)


Please share the Good Word with your friends!