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Thursday, July 7, 2022

Poem: "West Wind 2," by Mary Oliver

You are young. So you know everything. You leap
into the boat and begin rowing. But listen to me.
Without fanfare, without embarrassment, without
any doubt, I talk directly to your soul. Listen to me.
Lift the oars from the water, let your arms rest, and
your heart, and heart’s little intelligence, and listen to
me. There is life without love. It is not worth a bent
penny, or a scuffed shoe. It is not worth the body of a
dead dog nine days unburied. When you hear, a mile
away and still out of sight, the churn of the water
as it begins to swirl and roil, fretting around the
sharp rocks – when you hear that unmistakable
pounding – when you feel the mist on your mouth
and sense ahead the embattlement, the long falls
plunging and steaming – then row, row for your life
toward it.

Wednesday, July 6, 2022

Go and Do Likewise: The Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

                                               Go and Do Likewise:

The Fifteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

July 10, 2022

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Deuteronomy 30:10-14; Psalm 69; Colossians 1:15-20; Luke 10:25-37


          This passage of the Good Samaritan is the heart of Luke’s Gospel and is the center of Christian morality. We first heard Moses telling his people that life with God through keeping the commandments was accessible and achievable. Moses tells them that the choice and responsibility to carry it out was theirs alone. Jesus, when attacked by those who do not want to know the truth, responds in the same way. When his adversaries ask him “Who is my neighbor?” because they really do not want to take responsibility for those they don’t like, he responds, “The one who does mercy is your neighbor.” He further adds, “Go, and be like the Samaritan, the person you don’t like, because he acts admirably and with compassion. Be like the one you cast out for that person is the one who acts as God calls us to act. He is the model, the one you should emulate. Go, and do likewise.”


          We then have to look at what mercy is and to see why that is the Gospel imperative. Mercy means to enter into the chaos of another person, which often mean showing up to accompany someone even when it is very difficult to do so. It means that we risk being vulnerable and bothered and that it will take some time that we really don’t have to give to another person in need. It means that we take on or enter into another’s person’s problems so that further harm is not done to them. It means that we have to see the person in need because many times we do not even bother to look at others. Many times, we ask ourselves, “Am I my sibling’s keeper?” Whenever we ask that question, the answer is always “yes.” Behind that question is, “Do I care enough about this person to risk my comfort to make the person feel more comfortable?” or “Do I really care anything about this other person?” or “Do I really care about someone who is not in my tribe or family?” For a Christian, the hard answer is “yes.”


          Being bothered to care for another person is at the heart of the message of Jesus to us, because we are siblings to one another in the grand scheme of things. We are not superior to others because of social class, income, skin color, gender, nationality, or tribe. By our privilege we have responsibility to each other. The popular slogan, “We take care of our own” is misguided because it excludes and harms others. Jesus tells us that we are responsible for one another, even though it is costly to us, but this is the way he measures our goodness and rightness. 


          In the Gospel passage, the Samaritan, the outcast foreigner, is the one who is neighbor to the victim because he does mercy. He is the one who bothered to care for the other person. This is the definition of righteousness. The one who does not even try to care for the other person is the sinner, the one who doesn’t even try to bother to love. Christ does not judge the weak heart that tries; Christ judges the strong heart that does not even bother to try, because that is what it means to be a sinner. For a Christian, mercy is the guiding way forward in life, the path to righteousness. Mercy can be confusing and dangerous, but it is the path forward that assures us of eternal life. How does one inherit eternal life? One sees the person in need as a fellow traveler, an honored neighbor, and bothers to care enough about that person to treat with mercy. Go and do likewise. 


Scripture for Daily Mass


First Reading: 


Monday: (Isaiah 1) What care I for the number of your sacrifices? says the LORD.
I have had enough of whole-burnt rams and fat of fatlings; In the blood of calves, lambs and goats I find no pleasure.

 Tuesday: (Isaiah 7) When word came to the house of David that Aram was encamped in Ephraim, the heart of the king and the heart of the people trembled, as the trees of the forest tremble in the wind.


Wednesday: (Isaiah 10) Woe to Assyria! My rod in anger, my staff in wrath.
Against an impious nation I send him, and against a people under my wrath I order him
To seize plunder, carry off loot, and tread them down like the mud of the streets.


Thursday: (Isaiah 26) Your name and your title are the desire of our souls. My soul yearns for you in the night, yes, my spirit within me keeps vigil for you; When your judgment dawns upon the earth, the world’s inhabitants learn justice.

Friday (Isaiah 38) When Hezekiah was mortally ill, the prophet Isaiah, son of Amos, came and said to him: “Thus says the LORD: Put your house in order, for you are about to die; you shall not recover.” Then Hezekiah turned his face to the wall and prayed to the Lord.


Saturday (Micha 2) Behold, I am planning against this race an evil from which you shall not withdraw your necks; Nor shall you walk with head high, for it will be a time of evil.




Monday: (Matthew 10) Do not think that I have come to bring peace upon the earth. I have come to bring not peace but the sword. For I have come to set a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law; and one’s enemies will be those of his household. 


Tuesday: (Matthew 11) Jesus began to reproach the towns where most of his mighty deeds had been done, since they had not repented. “Woe to you, Chorazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida!


Wednesday (Matthew 11) I give praise to you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth,
for although you have hidden these things from the wise and the learned you have revealed them to the childlike. Yes, Father, such has been your gracious will.


Thursday (Matthew 11) Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am meek and humble of heart; and you will find rest for yourselves. For my yoke is easy, and my burden light.


Friday (Matthew 12) Jesus was going through a field of grain on the sabbath. His disciples were hungry and began to pick the heads of grain and eat them. When the Pharisees saw this, they said to him, “See, your disciples are doing what is unlawful to do on the sabbath.”



Saturday (Matthew 12) The Pharisees went out and took counsel against Jesus to put him to death. When Jesus realized this, he withdrew from that place. Many people followed him, and he cured them all, but he warned them not to make him known. This was to fulfill what had been spoken through Isaiah the prophet.


Saints of the Week


July 11: Benedict, Abbot (480-547), was educated in Rome, but left after a few years to take on a life of solitude. He became a monk at Subiaco and lived alone, but his lifestyle developed followers so he built 12 monasteries for them. He left to found a monastery at Monte Cassino where he wrote his Rule that became a standard for Western monasticism. He adopted the practices of the austere Desert Fathers for community life and emphasized moderation, humility, obedience, prayer, and manual labor.  


July 13: Henry, king (972-1024) was a descendent of Charlemagne who became king of Germany and the Holy Roman Emperor. His wife had no offspring. He merged the church's affairs with the secular government and built the cathedral in the newly erected diocese of Bamberg. He was a just ruler who paid close attention to his prayer. 


July 14: Kateri Tekakwitha (1656-1680) was the daughter of a Christian Algonquin mother and a non-Christian Mohawk chief. As a child, she contracted smallpox and was blinded and severely disfigured by it. She was baptized on Easter Sunday 1767 by Jesuit missionaries and was named after Catherine of Siena. She kept a strong devotion to the Eucharist and cared for the sick. She is named "the Lily of the Mohawks."


July 15: Bonaventure, bishop and Doctor (1221-1273), was given his name by Francis of Assisi to mean "Good Fortune" after he was cured of serious childhood illnesses. He joined the Franciscans at age 20 and studied at the University of Paris. Aquinas became his good friend. Bonaventure was appointed minister general of the Franciscans and was made a cardinal. He participated in the ecumenical council at Lyons to reunite the Greek and Latin rites. Aquinas died on the way to the council.


July 16: Our Lady of Mount Carmel is the patronal feast of the Carmelites. The day commemorates the day Simon Stock was given a brown scapular by Mary in 1251. In the 12th century, Western hermits settled on Mount Carmel overlooking the plain of Galilee just as Elijah did. These hermits built a chapel to Mary in the 13th century and began a life of solitary prayer.


This Week in Jesuit History


  • July 10, 1881. Fr. Frederick Garesche' wrote from Sequin, Texas, to his Superior: "The cowboys who had not deigned at first to lift their hat to the priest or missionary; who had come to the mission as to a camp meeting, for the fun of the thing, gave in, and their smiles and awkward salutes showed that they had hearts under their rude exterior." 
  • July 11, 1809. After Pius VII had been dragged into exile by General Radet, Fr. Alphonsus Muzzarrelli SJ, his confessor, was arrested in Rome and imprisoned at Civita Vecchia. 
  • July 12, 1594. In the French Parliament Antoine Arnauld, the Jansenist, made a violent attack on the Society, charging it with rebellious feelings toward King Henry IV and with advocating the doctrine of regicide. 
  • July 13, 1556. Ignatius, gravely ill, handed over the daily governance of the Society to Juan de Polanco and Cristobal de Madrid. 
  • July 14, 1523. Ignatius departs from Venice on his pilgrimage to the Holy Land. 
  • July 15, 1570. At Avila, St Teresa had a vision of Blessed Ignatius de Azevedo and his companions ascending to heaven. This occurred at the very time of their martyrdom. 
  • July 16, 1766. The death of Giusuppe Castiglione, painter and missionary to China. They paid him a tribute and gave him a state funeral in Peking (Beijing).

Ve y haz lo mismo: El Decimoquinto Domingo del Tiempo Ordinario

                                                        Ve y haz lo mismo:

El Decimoquinto Domingo del Tiempo Ordinario

10 de julio de 2022

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Deuteronomio 30:10-14; Salmo 69; Colosenses 1:15-20; Lucas 10:25-37


Este pasaje del Buen Samaritano es el corazón del Evangelio de Lucas y es el centro de la moral cristiana. Primero escuchamos a Moisés decirle a su pueblo que la vida con Dios a través de guardar los mandamientos era accesible y alcanzable. Moisés les dice que la elección y la responsabilidad de llevarlo a cabo era solo de ellos. Jesús, cuando es atacado por aquellos que no quieren saber la verdad, responde de la misma manera. Cuando sus adversarios le preguntan “¿Quién es mi prójimo?” porque realmente no quieren hacerse cargo de los que no les gustan, él responde: “El que hace misericordia es tu prójimo”. Y añade: “Ve y sé como el samaritano, la persona que no te gusta, porque actúa admirablemente y con compasión. Sé como el que echaste fuera porque esa persona es la que actúa como Dios nos llama a actuar. Él es el modelo, el que debes emular. Ve, y haz tú lo mismo.


          Entonces tenemos que mirar qué es la misericordia y ver por qué ese es el imperativo del Evangelio. Misericordia significa entrar en el caos de otra persona, lo que muchas veces significa presentarse para acompañar a alguien aun cuando sea muy difícil hacerlo. Significa que corremos el riesgo de ser vulnerables y molestos y que tomará un tiempo que realmente no tenemos que dar a otra persona que lo necesite. Significa que asumimos o entramos en los problemas de otra persona para que no se les haga más daño. Significa que tenemos que ver a la persona necesitada porque muchas veces ni siquiera nos molestamos en mirar a los demás. Muchas veces nos preguntamos: "¿Soy yo el guardián de mi hermano?" Cada vez que hacemos esa pregunta, la respuesta siempre es "sí". Detrás de esa pregunta está: "¿Me preocupo lo suficiente por esta persona como para arriesgar mi comodidad para hacer que la persona se sienta más cómoda?" o “¿Realmente me importa algo esta otra persona?”. o “¿Realmente me preocupo por alguien que no es de mi tribu o familia?” Para un cristiano, la respuesta difícil es “sí”.


          Preocuparse por cuidar a otra persona está en el corazón del mensaje de Jesús para nosotros, porque somos hermanos unos de otros en el gran esquema de las cosas. No somos superiores a los demás por la clase social, los ingresos, el color de la piel, el género, la nacionalidad o la tribu. Por nuestro privilegio tenemos responsabilidad unos con otros. El eslogan popular “Cuidemos a los nuestros” es desacertado porque excluye y perjudica a los demás. Jesús nos dice que somos responsables los unos de los otros, aunque nos cueste, pero así es como Él mide nuestra bondad y rectitud.


          En el pasaje evangélico, el samaritano, el extranjero marginado, es el que es prójimo de la víctima porque hace misericordia. Él es el que se molestó en cuidar a la otra persona. Esta es la definición de justicia. El que ni siquiera trata de cuidar a la otra persona es el pecador, el que ni siquiera trata de molestarse en amar. Cristo no juzga al corazón débil que prueba; Cristo juzga al corazón fuerte que ni siquiera se molesta en intentarlo, porque eso es lo que significa ser pecador. Para un cristiano, la misericordia es el camino que guía hacia adelante en la vida, el camino hacia la justicia. La misericordia puede ser confusa y peligrosa, pero es el camino a seguir que nos asegura la vida eterna. ¿Cómo se hereda la vida eterna? Uno ve a la persona necesitada como un compañero de viaje, un vecino honrado, y se preocupa por esa persona lo suficiente como para tratarla con misericordia. Ve y haz lo mismo.


Escritura para la misa diaria


Primera lectura: 


Lunes: (Isaías 1) ¿Qué me importa el número de tus sacrificios? dice el SEÑOR. 
Estoy harto de carneros enteros quemados y de sebo de animales cebados; En la sangre de terneros, corderos y cabras no encuentro placer.

Martes: (Isaías 7 ) Cuando llegó la noticia a la casa de David de que Aram estaba acampado en Efraín, el corazón del rey y el corazón del pueblo se estremecieron, como se estremecen los árboles del bosque con el viento.


Miércoles: (Isaías 10) ¡Ay de Asiria! mi vara en la ira, mi bastón en la ira. 
Contra una nación impía lo envío, y contra un pueblo bajo mi ira le ordeno 
Que tome botín, saque botín, y los pisotee como el lodo de las calles.


Jueves: (Isaías 26) Tu nombre y tu título son el deseo de nuestras almas. Mi alma te anhela en la noche, sí, mi espíritu dentro de mí vela por ti; Cuando tu juicio amanezca sobre la tierra, los habitantes del mundo aprenderán justicia.

Viernes (Isaías 38 ) Cuando Ezequías estaba gravemente enfermo, vino el profeta Isaías, hijo de Amós, y le dijo: “Así dice el SEÑOR: Pon tu casa en orden, porque estás a punto de morir; no te recuperarás.” Entonces Ezequías volvió su rostro hacia la pared y oró al Señor.


Sábado (Micha 2) He aquí, yo planeo contra esta raza un mal del cual no retiraréis vuestros cuellos; Ni andaréis con la cabeza en alto, porque será tiempo de maldad.




Lunes: (Mateo 10) No penséis que he venido a traer paz a la tierra. No he venido a traer paz sino espada. Porque he venido a poner al hombre en contra de su padre, a la hija en contra de su madre, ya la nuera en contra de su suegra; y los enemigos de uno serán los de su casa.


Martes: (Mateo 11) Jesús comenzó a reprochar a los pueblos donde había hecho la mayor parte de sus proezas, ya que no se habían arrepentido. “¡Ay de ti, Chorazin ! ¡Ay de ti, Betsaida!


Miércoles (Mateo 11 ) Te alabo, Padre, Señor del cielo y de la tierra, 
porque escondiste estas cosas de los sabios y de los entendidos, y las revelaste a los pequeños. Sí, Padre, tal ha sido tu bondadosa voluntad.


Jueves (Mateo 11) Venid a mí todos los que estáis trabajados y cargados, y yo os haré descansar. Llevad mi yugo sobre vosotros y aprended de mí, que soy manso y humilde de corazón; y hallaréis descanso para vosotros. Porque mi yugo es fácil, y ligera mi carga.


Viernes (Mateo 12 ) Jesús estaba pasando por un campo de trigo en el día de reposo. Sus discípulos tenían hambre y comenzaron a arrancar espigas y comerlas. Cuando los fariseos vieron esto, le dijeron: “Mira, tus discípulos están haciendo lo que no es lícito hacer en sábado”.



Sábado (Mateo 12) Los fariseos salieron y tomaron consejo contra Jesús para darle muerte. Cuando Jesús se dio cuenta de esto, se retiró de ese lugar. Mucha gente lo siguió, y él los curó a todos, pero les advirtió que no lo dieran a conocer. Esto fue para que se cumpliera lo dicho por medio del profeta Isaías.


santos de la semana


11 de julio: Benedicto, abad (480-547), se educó en Roma, pero se fue después de unos años para emprender una vida de soledad. Se hizo monje en Subiaco y vivió solo, pero su estilo de vida desarrolló seguidores , por lo que construyó 12 monasterios para ellos. Se fue para fundar un monasterio en Monte Cassino donde escribió su Regla que se convirtió en un estándar para el monacato occidental. Adoptó las prácticas de los austeros Padres del Desierto para la vida comunitaria y enfatizó la moderación, la humildad, la obediencia, la oración y el trabajo manual.


13 de julio: Enrique, rey (972-1024) era descendiente de Carlomagno, que se convirtió en rey de Alemania y emperador del Sacro Imperio Romano Germánico. Su esposa no tuvo descendencia. Fusionó los asuntos de la iglesia con el gobierno secular y construyó la catedral en la diócesis recién erigida de Bamberg. Era un gobernante justo que prestaba mucha atención a su oración.


14 de julio: Kateri Tekakwitha (1656-1680) era hija de una madre algonquina cristiana y un jefe mohawk no cristiano. Cuando era niña, contrajo viruela y quedó ciega y gravemente desfigurada por ella. Fue bautizada el domingo de Pascua de 1767 por misioneros jesuitas y recibió su nombre de Catalina de Siena. Mantuvo una fuerte devoción a la Eucaristía y cuidó a los enfermos. Ella se llama "el lirio de los Mohawks".


15 de julio: Buenaventura, obispo y doctor (1221-1273), recibió su nombre de Francisco de Asís en el sentido de "buena fortuna" después de curarse de graves enfermedades infantiles. Se unió a los franciscanos a los 20 años y estudió en la Universidad de París. Tomás de Aquino se convirtió en su buen amigo. Buenaventura fue nombrado ministro general de los franciscanos y cardenal. Participó en el concilio ecuménico de Lyon para reunir los ritos griego y latino. Tomás de Aquino murió camino al concilio.


16 de julio: Nuestra Señora del Carmen es la fiesta patronal de los carmelitas. El día conmemora el día en que María le dio a Simon Stock un escapulario marrón en 1251. En el siglo XII, los ermitaños occidentales se establecieron en el Monte Carmelo con vista a la llanura de Galilea, tal como lo hizo Elías. Estos ermitaños construyeron una capilla a María en el siglo XIII y comenzaron una vida de oración solitaria.


Esta semana en la historia jesuita


  • 10 de julio de 1881. P. Frederick Garesche ' escribió desde Sequin, Texas, a su superior: "Los vaqueros que no se habían dignado en un principio quitarse el sombrero ante el sacerdote o el misionero; que habían venido a la misión como a una reunión campestre, por diversión. , se rindió, y sus sonrisas y saludos incómodos demostraron que tenían corazones debajo de su exterior grosero".
  • 11 de julio de 1809. Después de que Pío VII fuera arrastrado al exilio por el general Radet , el p. Alphonsus Muzzarrelli SJ, su confesor, fue arrestado en Roma y encarcelado en Civita Vecchia .
  • 12 de julio de 1594. En el Parlamento francés, Antoine Arnauld , el jansenista, atacó violentamente a la Compañía, acusándola de sentimientos rebeldes hacia el rey Enrique IV y de defender la doctrina del regicidio.
  • 13 de julio de 1556. Ignacio, gravemente enfermo, entrega el gobierno diario de la Sociedad a Juan de Polanco y Cristóbal de Madrid.
  • 14 de julio de 1523. Ignacio parte de Venecia en peregrinación a Tierra Santa.
  • 15 de julio de 1570. En Ávila, Santa Teresa tuvo una visión del Beato Ignacio de Azevedo y sus compañeros ascendiendo al cielo. Esto ocurrió en el mismo momento de su martirio.
  • 16 de julio de 1766. Muerte de Giusuppe Castiglione, pintor y misionero en China. Le rindieron homenaje y le ofrecieron un funeral de Estado en Pekín (Beijing).

Tuesday, July 5, 2022

Photo: Settlers of the West


Poem: "Call Me by my True Names" by Thich Nhat Hanh

Breathing in, I see myself as a flower. I am the freshness of a dewdrop. 

Breathing out, my eyes have become flowers. Please look at me. I am looking with the eyes of love. 

Breathing in, I am a mountain, imperturbable, still, alive, vigorous. 

Breathing out, I feel solid. The waves of emotion can never carry me away. 

Breathing in, I am still water. I reflect the sky faithfully. Look, I have a full moon within my heart, the refreshing moon of the bodhisattva. 

Breathing out, I offer the perfect reflection of my mirror-mind. 

Breathing in, I have become space without boundaries. I have no plans left. I have no luggage. 

Breathing out, I am the moon that is sailing through the sky of utmost emptiness. I am freedom. 

Monday, July 4, 2022

Photo: Independence


Poem: “The Last Shall Be First” by An Weems

Along the way the pilgrims heard
that a group of people
had set out for Jerusalem
without a map.

Since each of us owned
our own map
and read it daily
and even then
had difficulty knowing
which way to turn,
we were amazed
that they would set out
on their own …

amazed and alarmed.

Many a day we had
prayed and consulted
over choices
in the road.

This news presented
a greater dilemma:

Which of us would go
in the rescue party?
Whoever went would
most certainly
not get to Jerusalem
on time.

we prayed.

Then it was we realized
that the ones who went
in search of the lost
would be the first
to arrive in Jerusalem.

Sunday, July 3, 2022

Prayer: United Nations Environmental Sabbath

 Gracious God, who made the covenant promise without ancestors, we gather here today a rebellious people. We want to act out your intentions for us, but we keep getting mixed up by all the glitter of the world around us. You tell us to honor creation, and we use other people and animals and plant life only to meet our wants. You offer daily dread to every living creature, and we steal that bread from our brothers and sisters in the name of our greed. You promise us new life, and we shrink back from it. Heal us, God, lest we destroy ourselves. Amen. 

Photo: Aztec Bird


Saturday, July 2, 2022

Spirituality: Padraig O'Tuama, in "The Pause" e-newletter

The Burren is an extraordinary—and strange—place. Miles and miles of hills are covered in limestone, like the paving of some old gods...Here, wildflowers grow, sheep pick their way through, grasses wave, and stone walls are built by locals...To be in the Burren is to bear witness to the unexpected ways that the particularity of place opens you to the world.