Sunday, April 19, 2015

Photo: Known in the Breaking of the Bread

Poem: “The Road to Emmaus” By Kedda Keough (Contemporary American)

A long road beckons us on; we barely notice where we are.
So often our hearts are filled with sorrow and confusion.
No matter how much we go over what has happened,
we can’t understand.
Where is God in this?
Why did this happen?
How can it be?
What should we do?
Then you came along.
You joined us on our journey, and listened.
We tried to make sense out of tragedy.
Tried in telling you, to understand it ourselves.
Where is God in this?
Why did this happen?
How can it be?
What should we do?
We told it all. You listened so well; you didn’t turn away.
Then you began to open our hearts to new possibilities.
You opened our hearts to a new way of seeing.
Our hearts began to burn within us. And we began to understand.
Where God is in this.
Why this did happen.
What we should do.
You got ready to leave us, but we couldn’t let you go.
We begged you to stay, to tell us more.
We invited you into our home; we needed more.
You came in to stay with us.
We sat down to table
you blessed the bread
broke it
gave it away … to us.
Immediately we knew you!
We knew you risen from death itself.
Barely pausing to pack, we ran out the door.
We had to tell everyone the good news.
We sat down to table
we blessed the bread
broke it
gave it way … to all.

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Prayer: Orthodox Liturgy of James

From glory to glory advancing, we praise you, O Lord. Your name with the Father and Spirit be every adored. From strength unto strength we go forward on Zion’s highway to appear before God in the city of infinite day. Thanksgiving and glory and worship and blessing and love; one heart and one song have the saints upon earth and above. Evermore, O Lord, to your servants your presence be nigh; ever fit us by service on earth for your service on high.

Friday, April 17, 2015

Photo: Mosaic of a Turkey

Spirituality: John F. Kavanaugh, S.J., Consoled by the Cross: The Seven Last Words of Jesus, pp. 11

“It is finished.” (John 19:30)

As a child I often felt disappointed in Holy week, especially Good Friday. It seemed kind of depressing, even shameful. How could Christians worship such a sad figure, to die the way he did?

Would it make any difference to your faith if Jesus didn’t die? Or die the way he did? What if he just ascended to heaven? Or was swept away in a chariot at the last second? Or if on Palm Sunday he was actually crowned the King of Jews, and the Romans all converted while Jesus leapt, unwounded and undead, into paradise? Or if he had to die, why not at home with his loved ones all around? Or had a leader-hero’s death, mourned throughout the Mediterranean world?

When I was young, I think I would have liked that. When I was a child … But now I’m a rather old man. Echoing St. Paul, I long ago put away my childlike schemes. Now I don’t think I could bear to have it any other way.

The death of Jesus clearly isn’t the kind of story we humans would make up. In fact, scholars like Rene Girard insist we couldn’t dream it up. No other religion or region would embrace a suffering God. The cross subverts the entire violent system of the earth. God is not found in power, armies and success, but in the victim, the powerless, the rejected and broken.

Who else would accompany a mother in the loss of her newborn? Who else could walk with Mother Teresa through her years of dark nights? Who else might heal the wounds of Gaza, Auschwitz, or Nagasaki? Who else would enter the poverty of a great man or woman diminished and disarmed before Alzheimer’s disease or Parkinsonism?

Physical pain is not what Good Friday is about. A case could be made that other men and women have undergone much greater and more prolonged pain. It’s the total loss, the futility, the lostness, the smashed hopes, the helplessness, the disarming of every power but love and trust. Are there some things so raw you dare not look at them? He looked at them. He is there. Are there some futures you fear to think of, and so hide your eyes from the prospect? He is there.

The great old song tells only half the story: “Were you there when they crucified my Lord?” The other half is sung by God: “I am there, when you suffer, as your Lord.” That finishes the story.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Photo: Take Lord, Receive

Song: “Easter Hymn” By Henry Vaughan (Welch, 1621 – 1695)

Death and darkness, get you packing –
Nothing now to man is lacking;
All your triumphs now are ended,
And what Adam marred is mended;

Graves are beds now for the weary,
Death a nap, to wake more merry;
Youth now, full of pious duty,
Seeks in thee for perfect beauty;

The weak and aged, tired with length
Of days, from thee look for new strength;
And infants with thy pangs contest
As pleasant, as if with the breast.

Then, unto Him, who thus hath thrown
Even to contempt thy kingdom down,
And by His blood did us advance
Unto His own inheritance,

To Him be glory, power, praise,
From this, unto the last of days!

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Third Sunday of Easter

Ignatian Spirituality: Set the World Ablaze

Third Sunday of Easter
April 19, 2015
Acts 4:32-35; Psalm 118; 1 John 5:1-6; John 20:19-31

            Sometimes we can only understand the meaning of events by experiencing them. The two disciples who were interrupted on their way to Emmaus came to know two important points about Jesus when he manifested himself to them. The first was that Jesus was really alive to them and was not an apparition or an illusion because ghosts cannot eat food. The second was the significance of the life and teachings of Jesus was broadened to include God’s hidden mention of him in Scripture that they could now see plainly. The disciples were given a new lens by which to interpret Scripture, which completely reshapes their understanding of the Law of Moses, the prophets, psalms, and wisdom literature. We can be sure they poured over these source multiple times and found great joy in the new insights they were gleaning. Their continuing education could not be any more fun as they uncovered hidden references that now spoke to them plainly. It is like the joy code breakers experience when they effortless read a secret language that is now evidently plain to them.
            For many of us, faith makes sense because we suffer and Jesus is the key to unlock the meaning of that suffering. As people of faith, we may terribly mourn the loss of a loved one but the sting is removed because we are confident our beloved dead are with God in heaven. We notice other people who are immersed in their misery because they do not have the same confidence in the faith as we do. Little can be done to help faithless people cope effectively, except to show them the power of faith in our lives that helps us to move forward gingerly, but with assurance that God has the last word over death. Faith is an asset that allows us to be free to care more abundantly for others. Suffering is lessened when we can share our feelings with a faithful friend. Fear, which operates in the absence of faith, is lessened to the point when we can experience true peace.

            The two disciples spent a great deal of time in conversation as they processed what they felt about the death of Jesus. In our everyday lives, we yearn for meaningful conversations and we are seldom able to create the time for them, but it is what we most need. Think back to the last time when your heart stirred because a conversation with a friend touched your soul. You probably thanked your friend and cherished that moment of intimacy. You do not look at that conversationalist the same way again because you develop a connection that endures. During this time, you realize that you felt honored because the other person was able to see, hear, and know you. These conversations are needed with greater frequency.

            Create an environment where these conversations can happen. It takes discipline to keep the conversations on track because we have a tendency to blurt out all the dissatisfactions in our lives to anyone who will hear. Make sure to ask open-ended questions that promote further dialogue and go into the conversation knowing that you want to be enriched by what the other person has to say. Always speak about how you feel and elicit the feelings of others so you can know what they are feeling. Let your hearts stir as the disciples to Emmaus experienced. When you heart is moved to an experience of greater loving, Jesus Christ is in your midst.

            We have to learn to talk about other subjects than sports, the weather, politics, or local gossip. We need to place ourselves in the vulnerable position of letting ourselves be known and it is up to us to teach others how to converse with us. After all, conversation is, by definition, a turning towards one another so that your whole attention is wrapped up in the other soul. Jesus will make himself known to you so that you have a new way to interpret your life’s events. He will open our minds and hearts so that our conscious broadens to unprecedented levels and we will never look at our experience the same way again. Jesus becomes the ultimate teacher who wants to nourish us by making us known to one another in true companionship, that is, in the breaking of the bread with one another.

            You need to take a look around you to notice all the fellow pilgrims who are aching for meaningful conversations with you. Assume they do not know how to start them, but realize they are willing participants. Set the ground rules and being revealing yourselves slowly so trust is built. You will know when to take it to the next level. Consider the great gift you give yourselves when you share who you are. You will be modeling Jesus, who gave his life for the world so we may enjoy it abundantly.
Themes for this Week’s Masses

First Reading: 
Monday: (Acts 6) Stephen worked great signs and wonders in the name of Jesus.
Tuesday: (Acts 7) False testimony is lodged against him but he stands angelic before them. Angry opponents stone him, including Saul, who consents to execute him.  
Wednesday: (Acts 8) A severe persecution breaks out in Jerusalem and the believers are displaced to Judea and Samaria. Saul, trying to destroy the Church, enters house after house to arrest them.
Thursday: (Acts 8) Philip’s testimony and miracles in Samaria emboldens the believers. Philip heads out to Gaza and meets an Ethiopian eunuch who is reading Isaiah’s texts. Philip interprets the scripture and the eunuch begs to be baptized.   
Friday (Acts 9) Meanwhile, Saul is carrying out hateful acts against the believers and is struck blind as he beholds a manifestation of Jesus. The beginning of his call and conversion takes place.  
Saturday (1 Peter 6 – Mark the Evangelist) Clothe yourself in humility; be sober and vigilant and resist the devil. The God of grace will restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you after you have suffered a little.  

Monday: (John 6) Jesus feeds the 5000 as a flashback to the Eucharistic memory of the believers with the Bread of Life discourse.
Tuesday: (John 6) Jesus instructs them, “It was not Moses who gave you bread from heaven; my heavenly father gives the true bread.” Jesus proclaims, “I am the bread of life.”
Wednesday (John 6) God did not send his Son into the world to condemn it, but that the world might be saved through him.
Thursday (John 6) Jesus states that all that is required is belief in him. Belief is not given to all. The way to the way is through the Son.
Friday (John 6) The Jews quarreled and opposition to the cannibalistic references of Jesus rises because his sayings are hard to accept. He tells the people, “my flesh is true food, and my blood is true drink.” If you eat of Jesus, you will live forever.   
Saturday (Mark 16) Jesus appeared to the Eleven giving them instructions to proclaim the Gospel to every creature.

Saints of the Week

April 21: Anselm, bishop and doctor (1033-1109), was a monastic abbot in Normandy who became Archbishop of Canterbury in 1093 after the Norman conquest of England in 1066 when the English hierarchy was displaced. Church-state relations peppered his term, but he became known to the church because of his theological and philosophical treatises, mostly for his assertion about the existence of God – an idea greater than that which no other idea can be thought. His method of theology is summed up in “faith seeking understanding.”

April 22: Jesuits honor Mary as the Mother of the Society of Jesus. In the Gesu church in Rome, a painting of Our Lady of the Way (Maria della Strada) is portrayed to represent Jesuit spirituality. Mary had been a central figure to Ignatius’s spirituality. In 1541, seven months after papal approval of the Jesuit Order and two weeks after his election as the first general, Ignatius celebrated Mass at Our Lady’s altar in the basilica of St. Paul Outside-the-Walls in Rome.

April 23: George, martyr (d. 303), was killed in Lydda, Palestine. He may have been a Roman soldier who organized a Christian community in what is now Iran (Urmiah). He became part of the Middle Ages imagination for his ideal of Christian chivalry and is thought to have slain a dragon. He was sent to Britain on an imperial expedition. He became the patron of England (and of Crusaders) and the nation adopted George’s Arms, a red cross on a white background, which is still part of the British flag.

April 23: Adalbert, bishop and martyr (956-997), was Bohemian-born who was consecrated bishop of Prague amidst fierce political opposition. He was exiled and became a Benedictine monk in Rome that he used as a base to preach missions in Poland, Prussia, Hungary, and Russia. He is named the "Apostle to the Slavs." He was killed in Gdansk, Poland.

April 24: Fidelis of Sigmaringen, priest and martyr (1578-1622), was a canon lawyer from Swabia, Germany who became a Capuchin Franciscan  in Switzerland in 1612. Prior to priesthood, he tutored nobles in France, Italy and Spain and helped interpret legislation that served the poor. He was known as the "lawyer for the poor." He was later appointed to the challenging task of preaching to the Protestants in Switzerland, where he was killed for being an agent for the king. He was the head of the Congregation for the Propagation of the Faith in anti-Catholic hostilities. He was accused of being the king's political agent and was assaulted and killed.

April 25: Mark, the Evangelist is the author of the earliest Gospel and is associated with Peter whom he heard preach. Mark was a member of the first Christian community in Jerusalem and his mother owned a house in the city that was used as a place of prayer during Peter's imprisonment under Herod Agrippa I. He was originally a companion of Paul and Barnabas having traveled with them back to Antioch in Syria. Later, they brought him along as their assistant on a missionary journey. He is associated with Peter’s ministry later in life. He was sent to Alexandria and formed a church that is now known as the Coptic Orthodox Church.

This Week in Jesuit History

·      Apr 19, 1602. At Tyburn, Ven. James Ducket, a layman, suffered death for publishing a work written by Robert Southwell.
·      Apr 20, 1864. Father Peter de Smet left St Louis to evangelize the Sioux Indians.
·      Apr 21, 1926. Fr. General Ledochowski sent out a letter De Usu Machinae Photographicae. It stated that cameras should belong to the house, not the individual. Further, they should not be used for recreation or time spent on trifles rather than for the greater glory of God.
·      Apr 22, 1541. Ignatius and his first companions made their solemn profession of vows in the basilica of St Paul Outside-the-Walls.
·      Apr 23, 1644. A General Chapter of the Benedictines condemned the calumny that St Ignatius was not the real author of the Spiritual Exercises. A monk had earlier claimed that the matter was borrowed from a work by Garzia Cisneros.
·      Apr 24, 1589. At Bordeaux, the Society was ordered to leave the city. It had been falsely accused of favoring the faction that was opposed to King Henry III.

·      Apr 25, 1915. Pierre Rousselot, Professor at the Institute Catholique in Paris, is wounded and taken prisoner during World War I.

Tercer Domingo de Pascua

Tercer Domingo de Pascua
19 de abril 2015
Hechos 4: 32-35; Salmo 118; 1 Juan 5: 1-6; Juan 20: 19-31

Los dos discípulos camino de Emaús llegaron a conocer dos puntos importantes acerca de Jesús. La primera fue que Jesús era realmente vivo a ellos y no un fantasma porque los fantasmas no pueden comer alimentos. La segunda fue la vida de Jesús se amplió para incluir una mención oculto de Dios de él en las Escrituras que ahora podían ver claramente. Los discípulos interpretaron las Escrituras con una comprensión completamente reformado de la Ley de Moisés, en los profetas y en los salmos. Ellos leen estas fuentes múltiples veces y encontró la alegría en los nuevos conocimientos.

La fe tiene sentido porque sufrimos. Jesús es la llave que abre el sentido del sufrimiento. La fe es un activo que nos permite ser libres para cuidar con mayor abundancia para los demás. El sufrimiento es menor cuando podemos compartir nuestros sentimientos con un amigo fiel. El miedo es la falta de fe. El miedo se reduce para que podamos experimentar la verdadera paz.

Los dos discípulos procesan lo que sentían acerca de la muerte de Jesús. En nuestra vida cotidiana, que anhelamos conversaciones significativas y rara vez somos capaces de crear el tiempo para ellos, pero es lo que más necesitamos. Piense en la última vez cuando su corazón se agita porque una conversación con un amigo tocó su alma. Usted probablemente ha agradecido a su amigo y querido ese momento de intimidad. Durante este tiempo, te das cuenta de que te has sentido honrado porque la otra persona era capaz de ver, oír, y lo sabes. Se necesitan Estas conversaciones más a menudo.

Crear un ambiente donde estas conversaciones pueden ocurrir. No puede quejarse o criticar a los demás. Haga preguntas abiertas que promuevan un mayor diálogo. Busque enriquecimiento. Siempre hable acerca de cómo se siente y que haga a otros cómo se sienten. Dejen que sus corazones revuelven como los discípulos de Emaús experimentaron. Cuando el corazón se mueve a una experiencia de más amoroso, Jesucristo está en medio de ti.

Aprende a hablar de otros temas que los deportes, el clima, la política o el chisme local. Situarnos en la posición vulnerable de ser conocido a otras personas. Depende de nosotros para enseñar a otros a conversar con nosotros. Jesús se dará a conocer a usted para que usted tiene una nueva manera de interpretar los acontecimientos de su vida. Él abrirá nuestras mentes y corazones para que nuestros ensancha conscientes a niveles sin precedentes. Jesús es el último maestro que nos quiere alimentar al hacernos conocidos entre sí en cierto compañerismo, es decir, en la fracción del pan.

Mira a tu alrededor para notar todos los compañeros peregrinos que están sufriendo por conversaciones significativas con usted. Supongamos que no saben cómo empezar ellos. Establecer las reglas del juego e ir despacio para que se construye la confianza. Considérese a sí mismo para ser un gran regalo que usted da a otros. Se le modelando Jesús, que dio su vida por el mundo para que podamos disfrutar de ella en abundancia.

Temas para las misas de esta semana

Primera Lectura:
Lunes: (Hechos 6) Stephen trabajó grandes señales y prodigios en el nombre de Jesús.
Martes: (Hechos 7) El falso testimonio se haya presentado contra él, pero él está angelical ante ellos. Piedra Angry opositores él, incluyendo a Saúl, que consienta en ejecutarlo.
Miércoles: (Hechos 8) Una severa persecución estalla en Jerusalén y los creyentes son desplazados a Judea y Samaria. Saúl, tratando de destruir la Iglesia, entra en una casa tras otra para arrestarlos.
Jueves: (Hechos 8) testimonios y milagros de Felipe en Samaria envalentona a los creyentes. Philip se dirige a Gaza y se encuentra con un eunuco etíope que está leyendo los textos de Isaías. Felipe interpreta la Escritura y el eunuco pide ser bautizado.
Viernes (Hechos 9) Mientras tanto, Saúl está llevando a cabo actos de odio contra los creyentes y queda ciego como él contempla una manifestación de Jesús. El comienzo de su llamada y conversión.
Sábado (1 Pedro 6 - Marcos Evangelista) vístete de humildad; ser sobrios y vigilantes y resistir al diablo. El Dios de la gracia restaurará, confirme, corrobore y establecer después que hayáis padecido un poco.

Lunes: (Juan 6) Jesús alimenta a los 5000 como un flashback a la memoria eucarística de los creyentes con el Pan de Vida discurso.
Martes: (Juan 6) Jesús les instruye, "No fue Moisés quien os dio el pan del cielo; mi padre celestial da el verdadero pan. "Jesús proclama:" Yo soy el pan de vida."
Miércoles (Juan 6) Dios no envió a su Hijo al mundo para condenarlo, sino para que el mundo sea salvo por él.
Jueves (Juan 6) Jesús afirma que todo lo que se requiere es la creencia en él. La creencia no es dado a todos. La forma de la forma es a través del Hijo.
Viernes (Juan 6) Los Judios se pelearon y la oposición a las referencias caníbales de Jesús se eleva porque sus palabras son difíciles de aceptar. Él le dice a la gente, "Mi carne es verdadera comida y mi sangre es verdadera bebida." Si usted come de Jesús, va a vivir para siempre.
Sábado (Marcos 16) Jesús se apareció a los once dándoles instrucciones para anunciar el Evangelio a toda criatura.

Santos de la Semana

21 de abril: Anselmo, obispo y doctor (1033 a 1109), fue un abad monástica en Normandía que se convirtió en arzobispo de Canterbury en 1093 después de la conquista normanda de Inglaterra en 1066, cuando la jerarquía Inglés fue desplazada. Relaciones Iglesia-Estado acribillaron su mandato, pero él se sabía a la iglesia a causa de sus tratados teológicos y filosóficos, sobre todo por su afirmación sobre la existencia de Dios - una idea mayor que la que hay otra idea puede ser pensado. Su método de la teología se resume en "fe que busca el entendimiento."

22 de abril: el honor jesuitas María como la Madre de la Compañía de Jesús. En la iglesia Gesu en Roma, un cuadro de la Virgen del Camino (Maria della Strada) se retrata para representar la espiritualidad jesuita. María había sido una figura central en la espiritualidad de Ignacio. En 1541, siete meses después de la aprobación pontificia de la Compañía de Jesús y dos semanas después de su elección como el primer general, Ignacio celebró la Santa Misa en el altar de la Virgen en la Basílica de San Pablo fuera de-los-Walls en Roma.

23 abril: George, mártir (. D 303), fue asesinado en Lida, Palestina. Él pudo haber sido un soldado romano que organizó una comunidad cristiana en lo que hoy es Irán (Urmia). Se convirtió en parte del imaginario Edad Media por su ideal de la caballería cristiana y se cree que ha matado a un dragón. Fue enviado a Gran Bretaña en una expedición imperial. Se convirtió en el patrón de Inglaterra (y de cruzados) y la nación adoptó armas de George, una cruz roja sobre un fondo blanco, que sigue siendo parte de la bandera británica.

23 abril: Adalberto, obispo y mártir (956-997), fue que fue consagrado obispo de Praga en medio de la oposición política feroz de Bohemia nacido. Fue exiliado y se convirtió en un monje benedictino en Roma que él utilizó como base para predicar misiones en Polonia, Prusia, Hungría y Rusia. Él es llamado el "Apóstol de los eslavos". Lo mataron en Gdansk, Polonia.

24 abril: Fidel de Sigmaringen, sacerdote y mártir (1578-1622), fue un abogado canónico de Suabia, Alemania, que se hizo franciscano capuchino en Suiza en 1612. Antes de sacerdocio, fue tutor de los nobles de Francia, Italia y España, y ayudó a interpretar legislación que sirvió a los pobres. Era conocido como el "abogado de los pobres." Más tarde fue nombrado a la difícil tarea de predicar a los protestantes en Suiza, donde fue asesinado por ser un agente para el rey. Era el jefe de la Congregación para la Propagación de la Fe en las hostilidades anticatólicos. Él fue acusado de ser agente político del rey y fue asaltado y asesinado.

25 abril: Marcos, el evangelista es el autor del primer Evangelio y se asocia con Peter quien oyó predicar. Mark era un miembro de la primera comunidad cristiana de Jerusalén y su madre tenía una casa en la ciudad que fue utilizado como un lugar de oración durante el encarcelamiento de Pedro bajo Herodes Agripa I. Originalmente fue un compañero de Pablo y Bernabé después de haber viajado con ellos de nuevo a Antioquía de Siria. Más tarde, le llevaron a lo largo como su asistente en un viaje misionero. Está asociado con el ministerio de Pedro en el futuro. Fue enviado a Alejandría y formó una iglesia que ahora se conoce como la Iglesia Ortodoxa Copta.

Esta semana en la historia de los jesuitas

• 19 de abril de 1602. En Tyburn, Ven. James Ducket, un laico, sufrió la muerte por publicar una obra escrita por Robert Southwell.
• 20 de abril de 1864. Padre Pedro de Smet dejó St Louis a evangelizar a los indios Sioux.
• 21 de abril de 1926. P. General Ledochowski envió una carta De Usu Machinae Photographicae. Afirmó que las cámaras deben pertenecer a la casa, no el individuo. Además, no se deben utilizar para la recreación o el tiempo dedicado a las bagatelas más que para la mayor gloria de Dios.
• 22 de abril de 1541. Ignacio y sus primeros compañeros hicieron su profesión solemne de los votos en la basílica de San Pablo extra-los-Walls.
• 23 de abril de 1644. Un capítulo general de los benedictinos condenó la calumnia de que San Ignacio no fue el verdadero autor de los Ejercicios Espirituales. Un monje tenía anteriormente afirmó que el asunto fue tomado de una obra de Garzia Cisneros.
• 24 de abril de 1589. En Burdeos, la Sociedad recibió la orden de abandonar la ciudad. Había sido falsamente acusado de favorecer la facción que se oponía al rey Enrique III.
• 25 de abril de 1915. Pierre Rousselot, profesor en el Instituto Católico de París, está herido y hecho prisionero durante la Primera Guerra Mundial