Saturday, May 23, 2015

By Archbishop Oscar Romero of San Salvador, El Salvador

[From: His Last Homily, on 24 March 1980]

You have just heard in Christ’s gospel that one must not love oneself so much as to avoid getting involved in the risks of life that history demands of us, and that those who try to fend off the danger will lose their lives, while those who out of love for Christ give themselves to the service of others, will live, live like the grain of wheat that dies, but only apparently. If it did not die, it would remain alone. The harvest comes about only because it dies, allowing itself to be sacrificed in the earth and destroyed. Only by undoing itself does it produce the harvest….

This is the hope that inspires us as Christians. We know that every effort to better society, especially when justice and sin are so ingrained, is an effort that God blesses, that God wants, that God demands of us…. Of course, we must try to purify these ideals, Christianize them, clothe them with the hope of what lies beyond. That makes them stronger, because it gives us the assurance that all that we cultivate on earth, if we nourish it with Christian hope, will never be a failure. We will find it in a purer form in that kingdom where our merit will be found in the labor that we have done here on earth….

Dear brothers and sisters, let us all view these matters at this historic moment with that hope, that spirit of giving and of sacrifice. Let us all do what we can. We can all do something, at least have a sense of understanding and sympathy….

It is worthwhile to labor, because all those longings for justice, peace, and well-being that we experience on earth become realized for us if we enlighten them with Christian hope. We know that no one can go on forever, but those who have put into their work a sense of very great faith, of love of God, of hope among human beings, find it all results in the splendors of a crown that is the sure reward of those who labor thus, cultivating truth, justice, love, and goodness on earth. Such labor does not remain here below but, purified by God’s Spirit, is harvested for our reward.

This holy Mass now, this Eucharist, is just such an act of faith. To Christian faith at this moment the voice of diatribe appears changed for the body of the Lord, who offered himself for the redemption of the world, and in this chalice the wine is transformed into the blood that was the price of salvation. May this body immolated and this blood sacrificed for humans nourish us also, so that we may give our body and our blood to suffering and to pain – like Christ, not for self, but to bring about justice and peace for our people.

Let us join together, then, intimately in faith and hope at this moment of prayer….

[At that, a postscript reads thus: “A shot rang out in the chapel and Archbishop Romero fell mortally wounded. He died within minutes, on arriving at a nearby hospital emergency room.]

Declared a Martyr for the Faith by Pope Francis on February 3, 2015, Archbishop Romero will be Beatified by the Holy Father on May 23, 2015.

Friday, May 22, 2015

Photo: Purples


Spirituality: "Savor Some Silence Each Day" by Robert J.Wicks

When we embark on an inner workshop to foster our spiritual formation, silence and solitude are part of the rule of prayer we set out for ourselves. We seek to find some time during the day – even if it only for a few moments – to sit quietly, gently clear our mind, look at an icon or something inspirational, and possibly use a centering word such as “Jesus,” “gentleness,” or another word that has deep meaning for us.

In doing this we try to establish set times so the day does not sweep away these essential periods that center us and bring us home to God and ourselves. However, we also need to look for the crumbs of “alonetime” (time in solitude or within ourselves when we are in a group) outside of these periods. It may be a short walk at noon, when we are sipping a cup of coffee or tea alone in our office or kitchen, or during a drive home. The possibilities are endless, as are the places we can seek out: corners of libraries, churches, small city parks, a nearby forest preserve, or a jogging path. If we have a value system that savors some silence in our lives, the crumbs of alonetime can be quite nourishing. But we have to find them.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Photo: Opening up

Prayer: Anthony of Padua

Holy Spirit, fire of love, come rest over each of us, make our tongue ready to confess our sins, that in revealing everything and concealing nothing, we may attain heavenly life to sing eternal praise with the angels. With your help, you who live and reign through all ages.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015


Ignatian Spirituality: Set the World Ablaze

May 24, 2015
Acts 2:1-11; Psalm 104; 1 Corinthians 12:3-7, 12-13; John 20:19-23 (or John 15:26-27, 16:12-15)

            In the Jesuit community chapel at my residence hangs a replica of a cloth tapestry detailing John baptizing Jesus with a bowl of water at the River Jordan. The original tapestry is situated behind the baptismal font in the Los Angeles Cathedral. However, just a few days ago as we Jesuits gathered for evening liturgy, I noticed the rays of the setting sun falling upon the tapestry. The sunlight fell solely upon the water being poured on the head of Jesus. The effect was as if the water was on fire with the Holy Spirit. As the lector began the first reading, he told the story in Acts of Paul comparing the baptism of John with the baptism brought about by the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit came upon them and they spoke in tongues and prophesied. My heart was bursting in gratitude for the Holy Spirit, who was reminding me that the Spirit is alive and continuing to work softly, but brightly today. The Spirit is intent upon capturing our hearts and forming us into souls who love freely.

             Whether you experience Pentecost in a dramatic way as Acts describes or as a simple breathing gesture as found in John’s Gospel, the effect is the same. Pentecost brings unity and peace. Pentecost allows for individual freedom, but demands responsibility from each believer. It allows for a multiplicity of activities, but calls for a common good. It asks each person to flourish uniquely, but for the benefit of the community. It builds a creative tension that must be held in balance.

            We are told as Christians to respect the sanctity of laws, unless they cease to reflect the love of God and love of neighbor. The Spirit of truth is meant to guide us to a rightful conclusion, which means we need to bring spiritual discernment into our daily moral choices. Discernment is ongoing. What you have concluded is right today may not be fitting in another two months because the Spirit is always informing and developing our conscience. We have to invite the Spirit into lives, which means we cannot be stubborn. We know we have received the Spirit when we exhibit love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Others point it out to us because they are endearing characteristics.

             Once we receive the Spirit, we help it be passed onto others. Jesus tells us to receive the Spirit and then to forgive or retain sins, with the emphasis being on forgiving them. Prior to the ministry of Jesus, only God could forgive, but he gave us this divine power to help save souls and free others from the evil one. We feed our grudges far too long. We spend more energy feeding them than trying to work out solutions. We pity our hurt and feel the debilitating effect of someone else’s power over us rather than trying to patch up the disputes. The Spirit gave the disciples courage to move beyond the persecution they felt. It enabled them to go outward and face a hostile world that was in need of God’s healing. They were able to speak authoritatively and bring the power of the Gospel to those who needed to hear the good news.

            The Spirit comforts, encourages, and is our guiding principle in life. It enables us to move beyond our fears to a future that is exciting and filled with goodness. We simply need to look for the effects of the Spirit – and sometimes, when we least expect it, just like when I sat in our community chapel, it will give us a glimpse of its presence to remind us of our baptismal call. It will catch us off guard but will enflame our hearts with a burning passion. It will illumine an aspect of life that is a pathway forward and we must simply trust that we will be led to an unknown place, but it is a place we want to go because the Spirit has given us courage and energy. We walk onwards and upwards in a new level of trust. And we go there free.

Themes for this Week’s Masses

First Reading: 
Monday: (Sirach 17) To the penitent, God provides a way back, he encourages those who are losing hope and has chosen them for the lot of truth.   
Tuesday: (Sirach 35) The Lord is one who always repays and he will give back to you sevenfold. Offer no bribes; do not trust in the sacrifices of the fruits of extortion.
Wednesday: (Sirach 36) Come to our aid, O God of the universe, show us the light of your mercies. There is no God but you.   
Thursday: (Sirach 42) The Most High possesses al knowledge and sees from old the things that are to come. He makes known the past and the future and reveals the deepest secrets. 
Friday (Sirach 44) I will praise godly men, our ancestors, each in his own time, for their progeny will endure and the glory will never be blotted out.   
Saturday (Sirach 51) When I was young and innocent, I sought wisdom openly in my prayer. I became resolutely devoted to her, I directed my soul to her, and in cleanness I attained her.

Monday: (Mark 10) As we return to Ordinary Time, we pick up again with Mark’s Gospel.  Jesus meets a man who asks what he can do to inherit eternal life. Jesus tells him, but it makes him sad because he cannot see the relationship between his moral life and holding onto his possessions.
Tuesday: (Mark 10) Peter and the disciples ask if they can be saved. After all, they gave up everything to follow him. Jesus replies that everyone who has given up all possessions and family will enter the kingdom of heaven.
Wednesday (Mark 10) James and John Zebedee ask for the privilege of sitting at the right hand of Jesus in his kingdom. Jesus tells them the chalice from which they are to drink is one of suffering and new life.  
Thursday (Mark 10) Jesus leaves Jericho and meets Bartimaeus on the roadside. Jesus has pit on him and gives him sight. Bartimaeus follows him on the way.
Friday (Mark 10) In Bethany, Jesus looks for some food because he is hungry. He curses a barren fig tree and uses it as an example of Israel’s barrenness because they were unable to remain faithful to God’s life-giving commandments. 
Saturday (Mark 11) When Jesus returned to Jerusalem, the chief priests and scribes demanded to know by what authority Jesus performed miracles and spoke with wisdom. When they failed to answer an obvious question that pitted them against each other, Jesus refused to answer their question.

Saints of the Week

May 24: Our Lady of the Way or in Italian, Madonna della Strada, is a painting enshrined at the Church of the Gesu in Rome, the mother church of the Society of Jesus. The Madonna Della Strada is the patroness of the Society of Jesus. In 1568, Cardinal Farnese erected the Gesu in place of the former church of Santa Maria della Strada. 

May 25: Bede the Venerable, priest and doctor, (673-735), is the only English doctor of the church. As a child, he was sent to a Benedictine monastery where he studied theology and was ordained. He wrote thorough commentaries on scripture and history as well as poetry and biographies. His famous work is the "Ecclesiastical History of the English People," the source for much of Anglo-Saxon history.

May 25: Gregory VII, pope (1020-1085), was a Tuscan who was sent to a monastery to study under John Gratian, who became Gregory VI. He served the next few popes as chaplain, treasurer, chancellor and counselor before he became Gregory VII. He introduced strong reforms over civil authorities that caused much consternation. Eventually, the Romans turned against him when the Normans sacked Rome.

May 25: Mary Magdalene de'Pazzi (1566-1607), a Florentine, chose to become a Carmelite nun instead of getting married. Her biography, written by her confessor, gives accounts of intense bouts of desolation and joy. She is reputed to have gifts of prophecy and healing.

May 26: Philip Neri, priest (1515-1595), is known as the "Apostle of Rome." A Florentine who was educated by the Dominicans, he re-evangelized Roe by establishing confraternities of laymen to minister to pilgrims and the sick in hospitals. He founded the Oratorians when he gathered a sufficient following because of his spiritual wisdom.

May 27: Augustine of Canterbury, bishop (d. 604) was sent to England with 40 monks from St. Andrew's monastery to evangelize the pagans. They were well-received. Augustine was made bishop, established a hierarchy, and changed many pagans feasts to religious ones. Wales did not accept the mission; Scotland took St. Andrew's cross as their national symbol. Augustine began a Benedictine monastery at Canterbury and was Canterbury's first archbishop.

This Week in Jesuit History

·      May 24, 1834. Don Pedro IV expelled the Society from Brazil.
·      May 25, 1569. At Rome the Society was installed by Pope St Pius V in the College of Penitentiaries. Priests of various nationalities who were resident there were required to act as confessors in St Peter's.
·      May 26, 1673. Ching Wei‑San (Emmanuel de Sigueira) dies, the first Chinese Jesuit priest.
·      May 27, 1555. The Viceroy of India sent an embassy to Claudius, Emperor of Ethiopia, hoping to win him and his subjects over to Catholic unity. Nothing came of this venture, but Fr. Goncalvo de Silveira, who would become the Society's first martyr on the Africa soil, remained in the country.
·      May 28, 1962. The death of Bernard Hubbard famous Alaskan missionary. He was the author of the book Mush, You Malemutes! and wrote a number of articles on the Alaska mission.
·      May 29,1991. Pope John Paul II announces that Paulo Dezza, SJ is to become a Cardinal, as well as Jan Korec, in Slovakia.

·      May 30, 1849. Vincent Gioberti's book Il Gesuita Moderno was put on the Index. Gioberti had applied to be admitted into the Society, and on being refused became its bitter enemy and calumniator.


24 de mayo 2015
Hechos 2: 1-11; Salmo 104; 1 Corintios 12: 3-7, 12-13; Juan 20: 19-23 (o Juan 15: 26-27, 16: 12-15)

Si usted experimenta Pentecostés drásticamente como en Hechos o simplemente como un aliento como en el Evangelio de Juan, el efecto es el mismo. Pentecostés trae unidad y la paz. Pentecostés permite la libertad individual, pero exige la responsabilidad de cada creyente. Permite diversas actividades, pero pide un bien común. Se pide a cada persona a florecer de forma única, sino para el beneficio de la comunidad. Construye una tensión creativa que debe ser equilibrado.

Nosotros respetamos la santidad de las leyes, a no ser que ya no reflejan el amor de Dios y el amor al prójimo. El Espíritu de la verdad nos guía a una conclusión que le corresponde, lo que significa que tenemos que reflexionar espiritualmente en nuestras decisiones morales cotidianas. El discernimiento es permanente porque el Espíritu siempre informa y desarrolla nuestra conciencia. Tenemos que invitar al Espíritu en la vida, lo que significa que no podemos ser terco. Sabemos que hemos recibido el Espíritu cuando exhibimos amor, gozo, paz, paciencia, amabilidad, bondad, fidelidad, mansedumbre y dominio propio. Otros señalan que a nosotros porque son cualidades atractivas.

Una vez que recibimos el Espíritu, nos pasamos a los demás. Jesús nos envía el Espíritu y nos dice que debemos perdonar o retener los pecados, con el énfasis de estar en perdonarlos. Antes del ministerio de Jesús, sólo Dios puede perdonar, pero él nos dio este poder divino para ayudar a salvar las almas y otros libres del mal. Alimentamos a nuestros rencores demasiado tiempo. Gastamos más energía alimentándolos de tratar de encontrar soluciones. Nos piedad nuestro dolor y se sienten paralizados por el poder de alguien más sobre nosotros en lugar de tratar de arreglar las disputas. El Espíritu dio la discípulos coraje de ir más allá de la persecución. Se les permitió salir a enfrentarse a un mundo hostil en necesidad de sanación de Dios. Ellos hablaron con autoridad sobre el poder del Evangelio a aquellos que necesitaban oírlo.

El Espíritu consuela, anima, y ​​es nuestro principio rector en la vida. Va más allá de nuestros miedos a un futuro emocionante lleno de bondad. Simplemente tenemos que buscar a los efectos del Espíritu - y, a veces vamos a echar un vistazo a su presencia para recordarnos nuestro llamado bautismal. Nos va a coger con la guardia baja, pero será inflamar nuestros corazones con una pasión ardiente. Se ilumina un aspecto de la vida que es un camino hacia delante y debemos simplemente confiar en que seremos llevados a un lugar desconocido, pero es un lugar que queremos ir, porque el Espíritu nos dio coraje y energía. Caminamos hacia adelante y hacia arriba en un nuevo nivel de confianza. Y vamos allí gratuitamente.

Temas para las misas de esta semana

Primera Lectura:
Lunes: (Eclesiástico 17) Para el penitente, Dios provee un camino de regreso, se anima a los que están perdiendo la esperanza y los ha elegido para la gran cantidad de verdad.
Martes: (Eclesiástico 35) El Señor es el que siempre paga y él dará vuelta a siete veces. Oferta no hay sobornos; no confían en los sacrificios de los frutos de la extorsión.
Miércoles: (Eclesiástico 36) Ven en nuestra ayuda, Dios del universo, nos muestra la luz de tus misericordias. No hay Dios sino tú.
Jueves: (Eclesiástico 42) El Altísimo posee al conocimiento y ve de edad las cosas que están por venir. Se da a conocer el pasado y el futuro y revela los secretos más profundos.
Viernes (Eclesiástico 44) alabaré hombres piadosos, nuestros antepasados, cada uno en su momento y por su progenie perdurará y la gloria nunca serán borrados.
Sábado (Eclesiástico 51) Cuando yo era joven e inocente, me buscó sabiduría abiertamente en mi oración. Me convertí resueltamente dedicado a ella, me dirigí a mi alma a ella, y en la limpieza le alcancé.

Lunes: (Marcos 10) Por lo que volvemos a tiempo ordinario, que recoge de nuevo con el Evangelio de Marcos. Jesús se encuentra con un hombre que le pregunta qué puede hacer para heredar la vida eterna. Jesús le dice, pero le hace triste porque no puede ver la relación entre su vida moral y la celebración en sus posesiones.
Martes: (Marcos 10) Pedro y los discípulos preguntan si pueden ser salvados. Después de todo, ellos renunciaron a todo para seguirlo. Jesús responde que todos los que han renunciado a todas las posesiones de la familia y entrará en el reino de los cielos.
Miércoles (Marcos 10) Santiago y Juan Zebedeo preguntan por el privilegio de sentarse a la diestra de Jesús en su reino. Jesús les dice el cáliz de la cual se van a beber es una de sufrimiento y una nueva vida.
Jueves (Marcos 10) Jesús deja Jericó y cumple Bartimeo en el borde de la carretera. Jesús tiene hoyo en él y le da la vista. Bartimeo le sigue en el camino.
Viernes (Marcos 10) En Betania, Jesús busca algo de comida porque tiene hambre. Él maldice una higuera estéril y lo utiliza como un ejemplo de la esterilidad de Israel porque no fueron capaces de permanecer fieles a los mandamientos vivificantes de Dios.
Sábado (Marcos 11) Cuando Jesús regresó a Jerusalén, los sumos sacerdotes y los escribas exigió saber con qué autoridad Jesús realizó milagros y habló con sabiduría. Al no responder a una pregunta obvia que les enfrentó a uno contra el otro, Jesús se negó a responder a su pregunta.

Santos de la Semana

24 de mayo: Nuestra Señora del Camino o en italiano, Madonna della Strada, es una pintura consagrada en la Iglesia del Gesù en Roma, la iglesia madre de la Compañía de Jesús. La Madonna Della Strada es la patrona de la Compañía de Jesús. En 1568, el cardenal Farnese erigió el Gesu en el lugar de la antigua iglesia de Santa Maria della Strada.

25 de mayo: Beda el Venerable, sacerdote y médico, (673-735), es el único médico Inglés de la iglesia. Cuando era niño, fue enviado a un monasterio benedictino donde estudió teología y fue ordenado. Escribió comentarios exhaustivos sobre la lectura y la historia, así como la poesía y biografías. Su famosa obra es la "Historia Eclesiástica del Pueblo Inglés", la fuente de gran parte de la historia anglosajona.

25 de mayo: Gregorio VII, papa (1020-1085), fue un toscana que fue enviado a un monasterio para estudiar con Juan Graciano, quien se convirtió Gregorio VI. Sirvió los próximos papas como capellán, el tesorero, el canciller y el consejero antes de convertirse en Gregorio VII. Introdujo reformas más fuertes autoridades civiles que causaron mucha consternación. Con el tiempo, los romanos volvieron contra él cuando los normandos saquearon Roma.

25 mayo: María Magdalena de Pazzi (1566-1607), un florentino, optaron por convertirse en una monja carmelita en lugar de casarse. Su biografía, escrita por su confesor, da cuentas de los intensos combates de la desolación y la alegría. Ella tiene fama de tener dones de profecía y curación.

26 de mayo: Felipe Neri, sacerdote (1515-1595), es conocido como el "Apóstol de Roma." Un florentino que fue educado por los dominicos, él re-evangelizado Roe estableciendo cofradías de laicos para ministrar a los peregrinos ya los enfermos en los hospitales. Fundó los oratorianos cuando reunió un público suficiente debido a su sabiduría espiritual.

27 mayo: Agustín de Canterbury, obispo (. D 604) fue enviado a Inglaterra con 40 monjes del monasterio de San Andrés de evangelizar a los paganos. Fueron bien recibidos Ellos. Agustín fue nombrado obispo, estableció una jerarquía, y cambió muchos paganos fiestas a las religiosas. Gales no aceptó la misión; Escocia tomó la cruz de San Andrés como su símbolo nacional. Agustín comenzó un monasterio benedictino en Canterbury y fue el primer arzobispo de Canterbury.

Esta semana en la historia de los jesuitas

• 24 de mayo de 1834. Don Pedro IV expulsado de la Sociedad de Brasil.
• 25 de mayo de 1569. En Roma la Sociedad fue instalado por el Papa San Pío V en el Colegio de Penitenciarios. Los sacerdotes de diversas nacionalidades que residían allí estaban obligados a actuar como confesores en San Pedro.
• 26 de mayo de 1673. Ching Wei San (Emmanuel de Sigueira) muere, el primer sacerdote jesuita chino.
• 27 de mayo de 1555. El virrey de la India envió una embajada a Claudio, emperador de Etiopía, con la esperanza de que él y sus súbditos ganarse a la unidad católica. Nada vino de esta empresa, pero el P. Gonçalvo de Silveira, quien se convertiría en el primer mártir de la Sociedad en el suelo de África, se quedó en el país.
• 28 de mayo de 1962. La muerte de Bernard Hubbard famoso misionero de Alaska. Él fue el autor del libro Mush, Usted Malemutes! y escribió una serie de artículos sobre la misión de Alaska.
• Mayo 29,1991. El Papa Juan Pablo II anuncia que Paulo Dezza, SJ es convertirse en un cardenal, así como Ene Korec, en Eslovaquia.
• 30 de mayo de 1849. El libro de Vicente Gioberti Il Gesuita Moderno fue puesto en el Índice. Gioberti había solicitado ser admitido en la Sociedad, y al ser rechazado se convirtió en su enemigo acérrimo y calumniador.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Photo: Hare Hare

Prayer: Francis Xavier, S.J.

Devote your first and principal care to cleansing your own conscience. Let cleansing the consciences of others come later. For how can one be of use to others who takes no care of their own self?