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Holy Mary, mother of God, pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death. Amen.


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The Greatness of the Lord

Perhaps Mary’s family was upset. Maybe the local gossip was getting hard to take. For any number of reasons Mary set out for Elizabeth and Zachary’s house in Judah. It was a place of warm welcome as Mary and Elizabeth shared the events of Mary’s pregnancy. While few words are written down, we can imagine the frank and loving conversation between these two cousins, each pregnant with a special child.

Mary’s Magnificat has given hope to mothers and families down through the ages. Take some moments to read it over slowly. What words jump out for your attention today? How is it that the Lord is doing “great things” in your life?

—The Jesuit Prayer Team


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Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Luke 1: 39-56

In those days Mary set out and went with haste to a Judean town in the hill country, where she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth. When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the child leaped in her womb. And Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit and exclaimed with a loud cry, “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb.

And why has this happened to me, that the mother of my Lord comes to me? For as soon as I heard the sound of your greeting, the child in my womb leaped for joy. And blessed is she who believed that there would be a fulfillment of what was spoken to her by the Lord.”

And Mary said, “My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for he has looked with favor on the lowliness of his servant. Surely, from now on all generations will call me blessed; for the Mighty One has done great things for me, and holy is his name.

His mercy is for those who fear him from generation to generation. He has shown strength with his arm; he has scattered the proud in the thoughts of their hearts. He has brought down the powerful from their thrones, and lifted up the lowly; he has filled the hungry with good things, and sent the rich away empty. He has helped his servant Israel, in remembrance of his mercy, according to the promise he made to our ancestors, to Abraham and to his descendants forever.”

And Mary remained with her about three months and then returned to her home.

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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May 31, 2014

Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Luke 1: 39-56

In those days Mary set out and went with haste to a Judean town in the hill country, where she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth. When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the child leaped in her womb. And Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit and exclaimed with a loud cry, “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb.

And why has this happened to me, that the mother of my Lord comes to me? For as soon as I heard the sound of your greeting, the child in my womb leaped for joy. And blessed is she who believed that there would be a fulfillment of what was spoken to her by the Lord.”

And Mary said, “My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for he has looked with favor on the lowliness of his servant. Surely, from now on all generations will call me blessed; for the Mighty One has done great things for me, and holy is his name.

His mercy is for those who fear him from generation to generation. He has shown strength with his arm; he has scattered the proud in the thoughts of their hearts. He has brought down the powerful from their thrones, and lifted up the lowly; he has filled the hungry with good things, and sent the rich away empty. He has helped his servant Israel, in remembrance of his mercy, according to the promise he made to our ancestors, to Abraham and to his descendants forever.”

And Mary remained with her about three months and then returned to her home.

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

The Greatness of the Lord

Perhaps Mary’s family was upset. Maybe the local gossip was getting hard to take. For any number of reasons Mary set out for Elizabeth and Zachary’s house in Judah. It was a place of warm welcome as Mary and Elizabeth shared the events of Mary’s pregnancy. While few words are written down, we can imagine the frank and loving conversation between these two cousins, each pregnant with a special child.

Mary’s Magnificat has given hope to mothers and families down through the ages. Take some moments to read it over slowly. What words jump out for your attention today? How is it that the Lord is doing “great things” in your life?

—The Jesuit Prayer Team

Prayer

Holy Mary, mother of God, pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death. Amen.


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How can I recognize God’s support even during trying times?


Please share the Good Word with your friends!

Prayer

Lord, when we feel distant to you and despair chokes our hearts, bring good people to us. Help their care and concern remind us that your hand is upon us.

—Jesuit Prayer Team


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God’s Life-long Presence

At times I feel alone and on my own with my faith. This tends to occur when work becomes overly stressful, personal relationships become strained, or the unexpected occurs. This happened recently: hoping to have our first child, my wife and I discovered infertility issues. Though I yearned for it, I was not able to recognize God’s presence in these struggles. It was a lonely, painful time.

In today’s first reading, Paul encounters his own desolation while teaching and proclaiming the Gospel. God reassures Paul that “I am with you” and “I have many people in this city.” The vision affirms God’s presence and reminds Paul there is a community of support to help him move beyond fear and towards action.

The reality is, even when I feel distant, even in the midst of despair, God is present, surrounding me with a community of people who reflect God’s love, strength, hope, compassion, and mercy. Experiencing these gifts through others enables me move forward with courage.

How can I better recognize God’s love and support in the people around me even during trying times?

—Andy Rebollar is a Pastoral Associate at St. Pius X Parish in Grandville, MI and writes for Charis Ministries.


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Acts 18: 9-18

One night the Lord said to Paul in a vision, “Do not be afraid, but speak and do not be silent; for I am with you, and no one will lay a hand on you to harm you, for there are many in this city who are my people.” He stayed there a year and six months, teaching the word of God among them.

But when Gallio was proconsul of Achaia, the Jews made a united attack on Paul and brought him before the tribunal. They said, “This man is persuading people to worship God in ways that are contrary to the law.” Just as Paul was about to speak, Gallio said to the Jews, “If it were a matter of crime or serious villainy, I would be justified in accepting the complaint of you Jews; but since it is a matter of questions about words and names and your own law, see to it yourselves; I do not wish to be a judge of these matters.”

And he dismissed them from the tribunal. Then all of them seized Sosthenes, the official of the synagogue, and beat him in front of the tribunal. But Gallio paid no attention to any of these things. After staying there for a considerable time, Paul said farewell to the believers and sailed for Syria, accompanied by Priscilla and Aquila. At Cenchreae he had his hair cut, for he was under a vow.

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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May 30, 2014

Acts 18: 9-18

One night the Lord said to Paul in a vision, “Do not be afraid, but speak and do not be silent; for I am with you, and no one will lay a hand on you to harm you, for there are many in this city who are my people.” He stayed there a year and six months, teaching the word of God among them.

But when Gallio was proconsul of Achaia, the Jews made a united attack on Paul and brought him before the tribunal. They said, “This man is persuading people to worship God in ways that are contrary to the law.” Just as Paul was about to speak, Gallio said to the Jews, “If it were a matter of crime or serious villainy, I would be justified in accepting the complaint of you Jews; but since it is a matter of questions about words and names and your own law, see to it yourselves; I do not wish to be a judge of these matters.”

And he dismissed them from the tribunal. Then all of them seized Sosthenes, the official of the synagogue, and beat him in front of the tribunal. But Gallio paid no attention to any of these things. After staying there for a considerable time, Paul said farewell to the believers and sailed for Syria, accompanied by Priscilla and Aquila. At Cenchreae he had his hair cut, for he was under a vow.

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

God’s Life-long Presence

At times I feel alone and on my own with my faith. This tends to occur when work becomes overly stressful, personal relationships become strained, or the unexpected occurs. This happened recently: hoping to have our first child, my wife and I discovered infertility issues. Though I yearned for it, I was not able to recognize God’s presence in these struggles. It was a lonely, painful time.

In today’s first reading, Paul encounters his own desolation while teaching and proclaiming the Gospel. God reassures Paul that “I am with you” and “I have many people in this city.” The vision affirms God’s presence and reminds Paul there is a community of support to help him move beyond fear and towards action.

The reality is, even when I feel distant, even in the midst of despair, God is present,  surrounding me with a community of people who reflect God’s love, strength, hope, compassion, and mercy. Experiencing these gifts through others enables me move forward with courage.

How can I better recognize God’s love and support in the people around me even during trying times?

—Andy Rebollar is a Pastoral Associate at St. Pius X Parish in Grandville, MI and writes for Charis Ministries.

Prayer

Lord, when we feel distant to you and despair chokes our hearts, bring good people to us. Help their care and concern remind us that your hand is upon us.

—Jesuit Prayer Team


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For the Mighty One has done great things for me, and holy is his name.


Please share the Good Word with your friends!

Prayer

Holy Mary, mother of God, pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death. Amen.


Please share the Good Word with your friends!

The Greatness of the Lord

Perhaps Mary’s family was upset. Maybe the local gossip was getting hard to take. For any number of reasons Mary set out for Elizabeth and Zachary’s house in Judah. It was a place of warm welcome as Mary and Elizabeth shared the events of Mary’s pregnancy. While few words are written down, we can imagine the frank and loving conversation between these two cousins, each pregnant with a special child.

Mary’s Magnificat has given hope to mothers and families down through the ages. Take some moments to read it over slowly. What words jump out for your attention today? How is it that the Lord is doing “great things” in your life?

—The Jesuit Prayer Team


Please share the Good Word with your friends!

Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Luke 1: 39-56

In those days Mary set out and went with haste to a Judean town in the hill country, where she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth. When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the child leaped in her womb. And Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit and exclaimed with a loud cry, “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb.

And why has this happened to me, that the mother of my Lord comes to me? For as soon as I heard the sound of your greeting, the child in my womb leaped for joy. And blessed is she who believed that there would be a fulfillment of what was spoken to her by the Lord.”

And Mary said, “My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for he has looked with favor on the lowliness of his servant. Surely, from now on all generations will call me blessed; for the Mighty One has done great things for me, and holy is his name.

His mercy is for those who fear him from generation to generation. He has shown strength with his arm; he has scattered the proud in the thoughts of their hearts. He has brought down the powerful from their thrones, and lifted up the lowly; he has filled the hungry with good things, and sent the rich away empty. He has helped his servant Israel, in remembrance of his mercy, according to the promise he made to our ancestors, to Abraham and to his descendants forever.”

And Mary remained with her about three months and then returned to her home.

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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May 31, 2014

Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Luke 1: 39-56

In those days Mary set out and went with haste to a Judean town in the hill country, where she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth. When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the child leaped in her womb. And Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit and exclaimed with a loud cry, “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb.

And why has this happened to me, that the mother of my Lord comes to me? For as soon as I heard the sound of your greeting, the child in my womb leaped for joy. And blessed is she who believed that there would be a fulfillment of what was spoken to her by the Lord.”

And Mary said, “My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for he has looked with favor on the lowliness of his servant. Surely, from now on all generations will call me blessed; for the Mighty One has done great things for me, and holy is his name.

His mercy is for those who fear him from generation to generation. He has shown strength with his arm; he has scattered the proud in the thoughts of their hearts. He has brought down the powerful from their thrones, and lifted up the lowly; he has filled the hungry with good things, and sent the rich away empty. He has helped his servant Israel, in remembrance of his mercy, according to the promise he made to our ancestors, to Abraham and to his descendants forever.”

And Mary remained with her about three months and then returned to her home.

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

The Greatness of the Lord

Perhaps Mary’s family was upset. Maybe the local gossip was getting hard to take. For any number of reasons Mary set out for Elizabeth and Zachary’s house in Judah. It was a place of warm welcome as Mary and Elizabeth shared the events of Mary’s pregnancy. While few words are written down, we can imagine the frank and loving conversation between these two cousins, each pregnant with a special child.

Mary’s Magnificat has given hope to mothers and families down through the ages. Take some moments to read it over slowly. What words jump out for your attention today? How is it that the Lord is doing “great things” in your life?

—The Jesuit Prayer Team

Prayer

Holy Mary, mother of God, pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death. Amen.


Please share the Good Word with your friends!

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How can I recognize God’s support even during trying times?


Please share the Good Word with your friends!

Prayer

Lord, when we feel distant to you and despair chokes our hearts, bring good people to us. Help their care and concern remind us that your hand is upon us.

—Jesuit Prayer Team


Please share the Good Word with your friends!

God’s Life-long Presence

At times I feel alone and on my own with my faith. This tends to occur when work becomes overly stressful, personal relationships become strained, or the unexpected occurs. This happened recently: hoping to have our first child, my wife and I discovered infertility issues. Though I yearned for it, I was not able to recognize God’s presence in these struggles. It was a lonely, painful time.

In today’s first reading, Paul encounters his own desolation while teaching and proclaiming the Gospel. God reassures Paul that “I am with you” and “I have many people in this city.” The vision affirms God’s presence and reminds Paul there is a community of support to help him move beyond fear and towards action.

The reality is, even when I feel distant, even in the midst of despair, God is present, surrounding me with a community of people who reflect God’s love, strength, hope, compassion, and mercy. Experiencing these gifts through others enables me move forward with courage.

How can I better recognize God’s love and support in the people around me even during trying times?

—Andy Rebollar is a Pastoral Associate at St. Pius X Parish in Grandville, MI and writes for Charis Ministries.


Please share the Good Word with your friends!

Acts 18: 9-18

One night the Lord said to Paul in a vision, “Do not be afraid, but speak and do not be silent; for I am with you, and no one will lay a hand on you to harm you, for there are many in this city who are my people.” He stayed there a year and six months, teaching the word of God among them.

But when Gallio was proconsul of Achaia, the Jews made a united attack on Paul and brought him before the tribunal. They said, “This man is persuading people to worship God in ways that are contrary to the law.” Just as Paul was about to speak, Gallio said to the Jews, “If it were a matter of crime or serious villainy, I would be justified in accepting the complaint of you Jews; but since it is a matter of questions about words and names and your own law, see to it yourselves; I do not wish to be a judge of these matters.”

And he dismissed them from the tribunal. Then all of them seized Sosthenes, the official of the synagogue, and beat him in front of the tribunal. But Gallio paid no attention to any of these things. After staying there for a considerable time, Paul said farewell to the believers and sailed for Syria, accompanied by Priscilla and Aquila. At Cenchreae he had his hair cut, for he was under a vow.

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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May 30, 2014

Acts 18: 9-18

One night the Lord said to Paul in a vision, “Do not be afraid, but speak and do not be silent; for I am with you, and no one will lay a hand on you to harm you, for there are many in this city who are my people.” He stayed there a year and six months, teaching the word of God among them.

But when Gallio was proconsul of Achaia, the Jews made a united attack on Paul and brought him before the tribunal. They said, “This man is persuading people to worship God in ways that are contrary to the law.” Just as Paul was about to speak, Gallio said to the Jews, “If it were a matter of crime or serious villainy, I would be justified in accepting the complaint of you Jews; but since it is a matter of questions about words and names and your own law, see to it yourselves; I do not wish to be a judge of these matters.”

And he dismissed them from the tribunal. Then all of them seized Sosthenes, the official of the synagogue, and beat him in front of the tribunal. But Gallio paid no attention to any of these things. After staying there for a considerable time, Paul said farewell to the believers and sailed for Syria, accompanied by Priscilla and Aquila. At Cenchreae he had his hair cut, for he was under a vow.

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

God’s Life-long Presence

At times I feel alone and on my own with my faith. This tends to occur when work becomes overly stressful, personal relationships become strained, or the unexpected occurs. This happened recently: hoping to have our first child, my wife and I discovered infertility issues. Though I yearned for it, I was not able to recognize God’s presence in these struggles. It was a lonely, painful time.

In today’s first reading, Paul encounters his own desolation while teaching and proclaiming the Gospel. God reassures Paul that “I am with you” and “I have many people in this city.” The vision affirms God’s presence and reminds Paul there is a community of support to help him move beyond fear and towards action.

The reality is, even when I feel distant, even in the midst of despair, God is present,  surrounding me with a community of people who reflect God’s love, strength, hope, compassion, and mercy. Experiencing these gifts through others enables me move forward with courage.

How can I better recognize God’s love and support in the people around me even during trying times?

—Andy Rebollar is a Pastoral Associate at St. Pius X Parish in Grandville, MI and writes for Charis Ministries.

Prayer

Lord, when we feel distant to you and despair chokes our hearts, bring good people to us. Help their care and concern remind us that your hand is upon us.

—Jesuit Prayer Team


Please share the Good Word with your friends!