Wednesday, November 14, 2018

The Thirty-Third Sunday of Ordinary Time

The Thirty-Third Sunday of Ordinary Time
November 18, 2018
Daniel 12:1-3; Psalm 16; Hebrews 10:11-14, 18; Mark 13:24-32

As we approach the end of the church year and the end times of the world, the readings talk about gloom and doom before the Lord returns in glory to collect us. We will pass through distressing and confusing times and just when we think it is too dark, it gets darker, but it is not the end of the story.

In our troubling times in the church, we just do not know when the bad news will end. On Monday morning, just as the U.S. Catholic bishops were beginning their annual meeting, they received word from the Pope asking them not to vote on any proposed protocols for sanctions against bishops who were not adhering to the abuse norms set in 2002. For many, it was a major failure by the Vatican for impeding the progress of the bishops who wanted to show they were serious about setting the church along the path to integrity. Articles and news commentators were discouraged; victims relived their pain once again, and the church was portrayed as being insensitive and backwards, but that is not the whole story.

Before I continue, I want to do two things. I want to say thanks. Thank you for coming to mass. Thank you for sticking with the church and for standing by one another. I know it is not easy, and I wish I knew what to say to you. Thanks for continuing to believe because Christ is still to be found in this church. I’m just glad that you are here. The second thing I want to say is that I am not being defensive of the church in my next statements, but I hope to provide a further rationale for the Pope’s pause with the bishops.

The main reason for the delay is that in ten weeks, that is, in February, the Pope asked all the heads of the world’s bishop’s conferences to gather in Rome to talk about a worldwide response to the crisis. These are the real decision makers. I trust the mission of mercy and reform of Pope Francis and I believe his heart and mind is in the place. The Pope realizes this is a problem that has engulfed the whole world and he needs a sweeping response, not just a single response from a solitary country. Believers in the U.S. make up about six percent of the entire Catholic population. From my reading of this situation, the Pope wants a deliberate, well-articulated, comprehensive approach to address these major issues. This is greater than the U.S. bishops.

         The Gospel gives us a sliver of hope. It asks us to read the signs of the times and to thoughtfully anticipate what is coming. We need to respond rather than to react and take the time to get additional information before making swift, conclusive judgments. Both the first reading and the Gospel reminds us that in the darkness, we will soon know that Christ is near. It helps me to keep my faith. Death is always followed by life, and we are experiencing the necessary death of parts of our church. The final chapter is not written until we recognize Christ in our midst, that Our Lord has not forgotten us, that he is at work reconciling all things. Christ is at work in ways that we cannot yet detect, but he will give us signs, signs as small as the bud on the fig tree, small, but certain signals of things to come.

         My prayer is that you please do not lose hope yet. You are the buds of the fig tree, the signs that springtime will come. You are the hope. Your faith and goodwill are signs to me that Christ is among us. Somehow, Christ will reveal himself to you, and you will know of his care for you. When I wonder, “Where are you in this chaos, O Lord,” I come to mass and find him before me present in the People of God, and I give thanks. Thomas Merton once made a statement, that I think speaks well of your lives, “There is no way of telling people that they are all walking around shining like the sun.” Knowing that, I am content.

Scripture for Daily Mass

First Reading: 
Monday: (Revelation 1) The revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave to him, to show his servants what must happen soon. He made it known by sending his angel to his servant John, who gives witness to the word of God and to the testimony of Jesus Christ by reporting what he saw.

Tuesday: (Revelation 3) The one who has the seven spirits of God and the seven stars says this: "I know your works, that you have the reputation of being alive, but you are dead. Be watchful and strengthen what is left, which is going to die, for I have not found your works complete in the sight of my God.

Wednesday: (Revelation 4) At once I was caught up in spirit. A throne was there in heaven, and on the throne sat one whose appearance sparkled like jasper and carnelian. Around the throne was a halo as brilliant as an emerald.

Thursday: (Sirach 50) And now, bless the God of all, who has done wondrous things on earth; Who fosters people's growth from their mother's womb, and fashions them according to his will! May he grant you joy of heart and may peace abide among you.

Friday (Revelation 10) "Go, take the scroll that lies open in the hand of the angel who is standing on the sea and on the land." So I went up to the angel and told him to give me the small scroll. He said to me, "Take and swallow it. It will turn your stomach sour, but in your mouth it will taste as sweet as honey."

Saturday (Revelation 11) When they have finished their testimony, the beast that comes up from the abyss will wage war against them and conquer them and kill them.

Monday: (Luke 18) As Jesus approached Jericho a blind man was sitting by the roadside begging, and hearing a crowd going by, he inquired what was happening. They told him, "Jesus of Nazareth is passing by."

Tuesday: (Luke 19) At that time Jesus came to Jericho and intended to pass through the town. Now a man there named Zacchaeus, who was a chief tax collector and also a wealthy man, was seeking to see who Jesus was.

Wednesday (Luke 19) A nobleman went off to a distant country to obtain the kingship for himself and then to return. He called ten of his servants and gave them ten gold coins and told them, 'Engage in trade with these until I return.' His fellow citizens, however, despised him and sent a delegation after him to announce, 'We do not want this man to be our king.'

Thursday (Luke 17) As Jesus continued his journey to Jerusalem, he traveled through Samaria and Galilee. As he was entering a village, ten persons with leprosy met him. They stood at a distance from him and raised their voices, saying, "Jesus, Master! Have pity on us!"

Friday (Luke 19) And every day he was teaching in the temple area. The chief priests, the scribes, and the leaders of the people, meanwhile, were seeking to put him to death, but they could find no way to accomplish their purpose because all the people were hanging on his words.

Saturday (Luke 20) “The children of this age marry and remarry; but those who are deemed worthy to attain to the coming age and to the resurrection of the dead neither marry nor are given in marriage. They can no longer die, for they are like angels; and they are the children of God because they are the ones who will rise. 

Saints of the Week

November 18: The Dedication of the Basilicas of Peter and Paul celebrates churches in honor of the two great church founders. St. Peter's basilica was begun in 323 by Emperor Constantine - directly over Peter's tomb. A new basilica was begun in 1506 and it was completed in 1626. Many great artists and architects had a hand in building it. St. Paul Outside the Walls was built in the 4th century over Paul's tomb. It was destroyed by fire in 1823 and subsequently rebuilt.

November 18: Rose Philippine Duchesne (1769-1852) joined the Sisters of the Sacred Heart and at age 49, traveled to Missouri to set up a missionary center and the first free school west of the Mississippi. She then founded six more missions. She worked to better the lives of the Native Americans.

November 21: The Presentation of Mary originated as a feast in 543 when the basilica of St. Mary's the New in Jerusalem was dedicated. The day commemorate the event when Mary's parent brought her to the Temple to dedicate her to God. The Roman church began to celebrate this feast in 1585.

Fourth Thursday: Thanksgiving Day in the U.S. is derived from a mix of European and Native American traditions. Joyous festivals were held in Europe to give thanks for a good harvest and to rejoice with others for their hard work. It is a day to give thanks for the many blessings we have received through God's generosity throughout the year.

November 22: Cecilia, martyr (2nd or 3rd century), is the patron saint of music because of the song she sang at her wedding. She died just days after her husband, Valerian, and his brother were beheaded for refusing to sacrifice to the gods. She is listed in the First Eucharistic prayer as an early church martyr.

November 23: Clement I, pope and martyr (d. 99) is also mentioned in the First Eucharistic prayer. He is the third pope and was martyred in exile. He is presumed to be a former slave in the imperial court. He wrote a letter to the Corinthians after a revolt and as pope he restored ordered within the ministries.   

November 23: Columban, abbot (d. 615) was an Irish monk who left Ireland for France with 12 companions to found a monastery as a base for preaching. They established 3 monasteries within 10 years. Columban opposed the king's polygamy and was expelled. He set up monasteries in Switzerland and Italy before he died. Though he was expelled, the monasteries were permitted to remain open.

November 23: Miguel Pro, S.J., martyr (1891-1927) lived in Guadalupe, Mexico before entering the Jesuits. Public worship was forbidden in Mexico so Miguel became an undercover priest often wearing disguises. He was arrested and ordered to be shot in front of a firing squad without benefit of a trial. Before he died she shouted out, "Long live Christ the King."

November 24: Andrew Dung-Lac and companion martyrs (1785-1839) were missionaries to Vietnam during the 17th through 19th centuries. Over 130,000 Christians were killed, including priests, sisters, brothers, and lay people. Many of these were Vietnamese citizens.

This Week in Jesuit History

·      Nov 18, 1538. Pope Paul III caused the governor of Rome to publish the verdict proclaiming the complete innocence of Ignatius and his companions of all heresy.
·      Nov 19, 1526. The Inquisition in Alcala, Spain examined Ignatius. They were concerned with the novelty of his way of life and his teaching.
·      Nov 20, 1864. In St Peter's, Rome, the beatification of Peter Canisius by Pope Pius IX.
·      Nov 21, 1759. At Livorno, the harbor officials refused to let the ship, S Bonaventura, with 120 exiled Portuguese Jesuits on board, cast anchor. Carvalho sent orders to the Governor of Rio de Janeiro to make a diligent search for the supposed wealth of the Jesuits.
·      Nov 22, 1633. The first band of missionaries consisting of five priests and one brother, embarked from England for Maryland. They were sent at the request of Lord Baltimore. The best known among them was Fr. Andrew White.
·      Nov 22, 1791: Georgetown Academy opened with one student, aged 12, who was the first student taught by the Jesuits in the United States.
·      Nov 23, 1545: Jeronimo de Nadal, whom Ignatius had known as a student at Paris, entered the Society. Later Nadal was instrumental in getting Ignatius to narrate his autobiography.
·      In 1927: the execution of Fr. Michael Augustine Pro, SJ, by leaders of the persecution of the Church in Mexico.
·      Nov 24, 1963: The death of John LaFarge, pioneer advocate of racial justice in the United States.

El trigésimo tercer domingo del tiempo ordinario

El trigésimo tercer domingo del tiempo ordinario
18 de noviembre de 2018
Daniel 12: 1-3; Salmo 16; Hebreos 10: 11-14, 18; Marcos 13: 24-32

A medida que nos acercamos al final del año eclesiástico y los últimos tiempos del mundo, las lecturas hablan de tristeza y fatalidad antes de que el Señor regrese en gloria para reunirnos. Pasaremos por momentos angustiosos y confusos, y cuando creemos que es demasiado oscuro, se oscurece, pero no es el final de la historia.

En nuestros tiempos difíciles en la iglesia, simplemente no sabemos cuándo terminarán las malas noticias. El lunes por la mañana, justo cuando los obispos católicos de los EE. UU. Estaban comenzando su reunión anual, recibieron la noticia del Papa pidiéndoles que no votaran sobre los protocolos propuestos para sanciones contra los obispos que no cumplían con las normas de abuso establecidas en 2002. Para muchos, fue un gran fracaso del Vaticano para impedir el progreso de los obispos que querían demostrar que tomaban en serio el hecho de que la iglesia estuviera en el camino de la integridad. Artículos y comentaristas de noticias se desanimaron; las víctimas revivieron su dolor una vez más, y la iglesia fue retratada como insensible y hacia atrás, pero esa no es toda la historia.

Antes de continuar, quiero hacer dos cosas. Quiero decir gracias. Gracias por venir a misa. Gracias por seguir con la iglesia y por estar uno junto al otro. Sé que no es fácil, y me gustaría saber qué decirte. Gracias por seguir creyendo porque todavía se encuentra a Cristo en esta iglesia. Me alegro de que estés aquí. Lo segundo que quiero decir es que no estoy a la defensiva de la iglesia en mis próximas declaraciones, pero espero proporcionar una razón adicional para la pausa del Papa con los obispos.

El motivo principal de la demora es que en diez semanas, es decir, en febrero, el Papa pidió a todos los jefes de las conferencias de obispos del mundo que se reunieran en Roma para hablar sobre una respuesta mundial a la crisis. Estos son los verdaderos tomadores de decisiones. Confío en la misión de misericordia y reforma del Papa Francisco y creo que su corazón y su mente están en el lugar. El Papa se da cuenta de que este es un problema que ha envuelto a todo el mundo y necesita una respuesta radical, no solo una respuesta de un país solitario. Los creyentes en los Estados Unidos representan aproximadamente el seis por ciento de toda la población católica. Al leer esta situación, el Papa desea un enfoque deliberado, bien articulado y comprensivo para abordar estos problemas principales. Esto es mayor que los obispos de Estados Unidos.

 El evangelio nos da un poco de esperanza. Nos pide que leamos los signos de los tiempos y que anticipemos cuidadosamente lo que viene. Necesitamos responder en lugar de reaccionar y tomarse el tiempo para obtener información adicional antes de tomar decisiones rápidas y concluyentes. Tanto la primera lectura como el Evangelio nos recuerdan que en la oscuridad, pronto sabremos que Cristo está cerca. Me ayuda a mantener mi fe. La muerte siempre es seguida por la vida, y estamos experimentando la muerte necesaria de partes de nuestra iglesia. El capítulo final no se escribe hasta que reconocemos a Cristo en medio de nosotros, que Nuestro Señor no nos ha olvidado, que está trabajando reconciliando todas las cosas. Cristo está actuando de maneras que aún no podemos detectar, pero nos dará señales, señales tan pequeñas como el capullo de la higuera, pequeñas, pero ciertas señales de cosas por venir.

Mi oración es que por favor no pierdas la esperanza todavía. Ustedes son los brotes de la higuera, los signos de que vendrá la primavera. Tú eres la esperanza. Tu fe y tu buena voluntad son señales de que Cristo está entre nosotros. De alguna manera, Cristo se revelará a ti, y sabrás de su cuidado por ti. Cuando me pregunto: “¿Dónde estás en este caos, oh Señor?” Vengo a misa y lo encuentro ante mí, presente en el Pueblo de Dios, y doy gracias. Thomas Merton una vez hizo una declaración, que creo que habla bien de sus vidas: "No hay forma de decirle a la gente que todos están caminando brillando como el sol". Sabiendo eso, estoy contento.

Escritura para la misa diaria

Primera lectura:
Lunes: (Revelación 1) La revelación de Jesucristo, que Dios le dio, para mostrar a sus siervos lo que debe suceder pronto. Lo hizo saber enviando a su ángel a su siervo Juan, quien da testimonio de la palabra de Dios y del testimonio de Jesucristo al informar lo que vio.

Martes: (Apocalipsis 3) El que tiene los siete espíritus de Dios y las siete estrellas dice esto: "Sé que tienes la reputación de estar vivo, pero estás muerto. Sé vigilante y fortalece lo que queda, que va a morir, porque no he encontrado tus obras completas a la vista de mi Dios.

Miércoles: (Revelación 4) Inmediatamente me vi atrapado en el espíritu. Había un trono en el cielo, y en el trono estaba sentado uno cuya apariencia brillaba como jaspe y cornalina. Alrededor del trono había un halo tan brillante como una esmeralda.

Jueves: (Sirach 50) Y ahora, bendice al Dios de todos, que ha hecho maravillas en la tierra; ¡Quién fomenta el crecimiento de las personas desde el vientre de su madre, y las modifica según su voluntad! Que te conceda gozo de corazón y que la paz permanezca entre vosotros.

Viernes (Apocalipsis 10) "Ve, toma el rollo que está abierto en la mano del ángel que está de pie sobre el mar y sobre la tierra". Así que me acerqué al ángel y le dije que me diera el pequeño rollo. Me dijo: "Tómalo y trágalo. Te volverá amargo el estómago, pero en tu boca tendrá un sabor tan dulce como la miel".

Sábado (Apocalipsis 11) Cuando hayan terminado su testimonio, la bestia que sale del abismo hará la guerra contra ellos, los conquistará y los matará.

Lunes: (Lucas 18) Cuando Jesús se acercó a Jericó, un ciego estaba sentado al lado del camino mendigando, y al escuchar a una multitud que pasaba, le preguntó qué estaba pasando. Le dijeron: "Jesús de Nazaret está pasando".

Martes: (Lucas 19) En ese momento, Jesús vino a Jericó y tuvo la intención de pasar por la ciudad. Ahora, un hombre allí llamado Zaqueo, que era un recaudador de impuestos principal y también un hombre rico, estaba tratando de ver quién era Jesús.

Miércoles (Lucas 19) Un noble se fue a un país lejano para obtener la realeza para él y luego para regresar. Llamó a diez de sus sirvientes y les dio diez monedas de oro y les dijo: 'Involúcrense en el comercio con estos hasta que yo regrese'. Sus conciudadanos, sin embargo, lo despreciaron y enviaron una delegación después de él para anunciar: 'No queremos que este hombre sea nuestro rey'.

Jueves (Lucas 17) Mientras Jesús continuaba su viaje a Jerusalén, viajó a través de Samaria y Galilea. Cuando estaba entrando en una aldea, diez personas con lepra lo encontraron. Se mantuvieron alejados de él y alzaron sus voces, diciendo: "¡Jesús, Maestro! ¡Ten piedad de nosotros!"

Viernes (Lucas 19) Y todos los días enseñaba en el área del templo. Mientras tanto, los principales sacerdotes, los escribas y los líderes de la gente procuraban darle muerte, pero no pudieron encontrar el modo de cumplir su propósito porque todas las personas estaban pendientes de sus palabras.

Sábado (Lucas 20) “Los niños de esta edad se casan y se vuelven a casar; pero aquellos que se consideran dignos de alcanzar la edad venidera y la resurrección de los muertos, ni se casan ni se dan en matrimonio. Ya no pueden morir, porque son como los ángeles; y ellos son los hijos de Dios porque ellos son los que se levantarán.

Santos de la semana

18 de noviembre: La Dedicación de las Basílicas de Pedro y Pablo celebra las iglesias en honor de los dos grandes fundadores de la iglesia. La basílica de San Pedro se inició en 323 por el emperador Constantino, directamente sobre la tumba de Pedro. Una nueva basílica se inició en 1506 y se completó en 1626. Muchos grandes artistas y arquitectos participaron en su construcción. St. Paul Outside the Walls fue construido en el siglo IV sobre la tumba de Paul. Fue destruido por un incendio en 1823 y posteriormente reconstruido.

18 de noviembre: Rose Philippine Duchesne (1769-1852) se unió a las Hermanas del Sagrado Corazón y, a los 49 años, viajó a Misuri para establecer un centro misionero y la primera escuela gratuita al oeste del Mississippi. Luego fundó seis misiones más. Ella trabajó para mejorar las vidas de los nativos americanos.

21 de noviembre: La presentación de María se originó como una fiesta en 543, cuando se dedicó la basílica de Santa María la Nueva en Jerusalén. El día conmemora el evento cuando los padres de María la llevaron al Templo para dedicarla a Dios. La iglesia romana comenzó a celebrar esta fiesta en 1585.

Cuarto jueves: el Día de Acción de Gracias en los Estados Unidos se deriva de una mezcla de tradiciones europeas y nativas americanas. Se celebraron alegres festivales en Europa para dar gracias por una buena cosecha y regocijarse con otros por su arduo trabajo. Es un día para dar gracias por las muchas bendiciones que hemos recibido a través de la generosidad de Dios durante todo el año.

22 de noviembre: Cecilia, mártir (s. II o III), es la patrona de la música debido a la canción que cantó en su boda. Ella murió pocos días después de que su esposo, Valerian, y su hermano fueron decapitados por negarse a sacrificar a los dioses. Ella figura en la Primera oración eucarística como un mártir de la iglesia primitiva.

23 de noviembre: Clemente I, papa y mártir (m. 99) también se menciona en la Primera oración eucarística. Es el tercer papa y fue martirizado en el exilio. Se presume que fue un antiguo esclavo en la corte imperial. Escribió una carta a los corintios después de una revuelta y, como papa, restauró el orden dentro de los ministerios.

23 de noviembre: Columban, abad (m. 615) fue un monje irlandés que salió de Irlanda con destino a Francia con 12 compañeros para fundar un monasterio como base para la predicación. Establecieron 3 monasterios dentro de 10 años. Columbano se opuso a la poligamia del rey y fue expulsado. Estableció monasterios en Suiza e Italia antes de morir. Aunque fue expulsado, los monasterios pudieron permanecer abiertos.

23 de noviembre: Miguel Pro, S.J., mártir (1891-1927) vivió en Guadalupe, México antes de ingresar a los jesuitas. La adoración pública estaba prohibida en México, por lo que Miguel se convirtió en un sacerdote encubierto que a menudo usaba disfraces. Fue arrestado y se le ordenó que le dispararan frente a un pelotón de fusilamiento sin beneficiarse de un juicio. Antes de morir, ella gritó: "Viva Cristo Rey".

24 de noviembre: Andrew Dung-Lac y compañeros mártires (1785-1839) fueron misioneros en Vietnam durante los siglos XVII al XIX. Más de 130,000 cristianos fueron asesinados, incluyendo sacerdotes, hermanas, hermanos y laicos. Muchos de estos eran ciudadanos vietnamitas.

Esta semana en la historia jesuita

• 18 de noviembre de 1538. El papa Pablo III hizo que el gobernador de Roma publicara el veredicto proclamando la completa inocencia de Ignacio y sus compañeros de toda herejía.
• 19 de noviembre de 1526. La Inquisición en Alcalá, España, examinó a Ignacio. Estaban preocupados por la novedad de su modo de vida y su enseñanza.
• 20 de noviembre de 1864. En San Pedro, Roma, la beatificación de Pedro Canisio por el Papa Pío IX.
• 21 de noviembre de 1759. En Livorno, los oficiales del puerto se negaron a dejar que el barco, S Bonaventura, con 120 jesuitas portugueses exiliados a bordo, fondeara. Carvalho envió órdenes al gobernador de Río de Janeiro para hacer una búsqueda diligente de la supuesta riqueza de los jesuitas.
• 22 de noviembre de 1633. La primera banda de misioneros formada por cinco sacerdotes y un hermano, se embarcó desde Inglaterra para Maryland. Fueron enviados a petición de Lord Baltimore. El más conocido entre ellos fue el padre. Andrew White.
• 22 de noviembre de 1791: se inauguró la Academia de Georgetown con un estudiante, de 12 años de edad, quien fue el primer alumno que los jesuitas enseñaron en los Estados Unidos.
• 23 de noviembre de 1545: Jerónimo de Nadal, a quien Ignatius había conocido como estudiante en París, ingresó a la Sociedad. Más tarde, Nadal fue instrumental en hacer que Ignacio narrara su autobiografía.
• En 1927: la ejecución del p. Michael Augustine Pro, SJ, por los líderes de la persecución de la Iglesia en México.
• 24 de noviembre de 1963: La muerte de John LaFarge, pionero defensor de la justicia racial en los Estados Unidos.

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Poem: Lauren DeStefano, Wither

Fall has always been my favorite season. The time when everything bursts with its last beauty, as if nature had been saving up all year for the grand finale.

The First Day at the Studio

Well, I opened the studio and I invited people into the gallery space. I have to admit that I was sheepish saying things like, "I just moved in. I'm not quite set up," or "I'm a new painter." I was self-dismissive because it is unsettling to have someone evaluate your creations. Then I began to enjoy the people who were visiting.

I had a fairly extensive conversation with a couple from France who were visiting the city. Then a family from Italy came by for a viewing, then a charming older woman from Switzerland stopped. ya ya. Next, some Germans walked through and they said they were visiting their college-aged son. One couple from New York chatted and asked, "Why are there few people here?" I explained that the outdoor SoWa Markets closed in October and the foot traffic slows in the winter. They said, "We came up from New York to see it." I met two other families from New York who came to Boston for a holiday to escape the big City. It was fascinating to discover who was visiting.

I share the space with a studio mate who does abstract work. Several people gravitated to her work, but I also notice that many people lingered at mine. This is not a comparison because the work cannot be compared, but it at least gave me confidence to know that my work is appreciated and admired.

A teenage girl popped in and said, "I like your paintings. I like that one, that one, that one, that one, and that one, but this is my favorite." I said, "Thank you." She replied, "My sister likes museums, but I like art galleries. The people are real in the studios and you get to talk with the artists. You can't talk with anyone in the museums."

After half an hour, the girl came back with her family and said, "Of all the paintings in this studio, I had to come back and look at my favorite one." That warmed my heart.

In the nearly two hours that I spent in the gallery, 46 people stopped by for a visit. I can't wait until First Friday.

Monday, November 12, 2018

Photo: A Walk of Memories

Spirituality: The Moral Injury, New York Times. Feb 17, 2015 ― David Brooks

Many veterans feel guilty because they lived while others died. Some feel ashamed because they didn’t bring all their men home and wonder what they could have done differently to save them. When they get home they wonder if there’s something wrong with them because they find war repugnant but also thrilling. They hate it and miss it. Many of their self-judgments go to extremes. A comrade died because he stepped on an improvised explosive device and his commander feels unrelenting guilt because he didn’t go down a different street. Insurgents used women and children as shields, and soldiers and Marines feel a totalistic black stain on themselves because of an innocent child’s face, killed in the firefight. The self-condemnation can be crippling.

Prayer: For Veterans

God of Mercy,
we ask for your blessing on all those who have served our country in the armed forces.

We ask for healing for the veterans who have been wounded,
in body and soul, in conflicts around the globe.

We pray especially for the young men and women, in the thousands,
who have returned from Iraq and Afghanistan with injured bodies and traumatized spirits. Bring solace to them, O Lord. May we pray for them when they cannot pray.

Have mercy on all our veterans from World War II, Korea, Vietnam, Iraq, and Afghanistan. Bring peace to their hearts and peace to those areas of the world where they fought.

Bless all those who served in the military in non-combative posts.
May their calling to serve continue in their lives in many positive ways for the betterment of our society and our world.

Give all of us here today the creative vision to see a world that, growing weary with international conflicts, moves to affirming the life of every human person and so moves beyond war to lasting peace.

We ask this through Christ the Lord. Amen.

Source: Archdiocese of Detroit; slightly adapted.

Sunday, November 11, 2018

Prayer: Prayer for Compassion by Pedro Arrupe, SJ

Teach me how to be compassionate to the suffering,
to the poor, the blind, the lame, and the lepers;
show me how you revealed your deepest emotions,
as when you shed tears,
or when you felt sorrow and anguish
to the point of sweating blood
and needed an angel to console you.
Above all, I want to learn
how you supported the extreme pain of the cross,
including the abandonment of your Father.

Photo: Pales and Ambers