Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Photo: Winter Leaves

Prayer: Martin Luther King Jr., A Testament of Hope

There comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular, but he must take it because conscience tells him it is right.

Monday, January 21, 2019

Photo: A sea of lights

Prayer: Martin Luther King Jr.

If you can't fly then run, if you can't run then walk, if you can't walk then crawl, but whatever you do you have to keep moving forward.

Sunday, January 20, 2019

Photo: Tabernacle Mosaic (St. Eulalia Church)

Prayer: Paul VI

God of peace, we bless you and we thank you because you have sent us your beloved Son, Jesus, making him the paschal mystery, the architect of salvation, the source of all peace. Open yet more our hearts to the needs of all our brothers and sisters so that we may be better able to build a true peace. Remember, Father of mercy, all who are in pain, who suffer and die in the cause of a more just world. For the people of every race, of every tongue - may your kingdom come: your kingdom of justice, of peace, of love, and may the earth be filled with your glory.

Saturday, January 19, 2019

Photo: Frosted Ferns

Prayer: Ignatius of Antioch

God, make us more like Jesus. Help us to bear difficulty, pain, disappointment, and sorrow, knowing that in our perfect working and design you can use such bitter experiences to shape our characters and make us more like Christ. We look with hope for that day when we shall be wholly like Christ.

Friday, January 18, 2019

Photo: Mother and Son

Prayer: Opening Prayer by John XXIII at the Second Vatican Council

We stand before you, Holy Spirit, conscious of our sinfulness, but aware that we gather in your name. Come to us, remain with us, and enlighten our hearts. Give us light and strength to know your will, to make it our own, and to live it in our lives. Guide us by your wisdom, support us by your power, for you are God, sharing the glory of Father and Son. You desire justice for all; enable us to uphold the rights of others; do not allow us to be misled by ignorance or corrupted by fear or favor. Unite us to yourself in the bond of love and keep us faithful to all that is true. As we gather in your name, may we temper justice with love, so that all our discussions and reflections may be pleasing to you, and earn the reward promised to good and faithful servants. We ask this of You who live and reign with the Father and the Son, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Prayer: Thomas Merton

To say that I am made in the image of God is to say that love is the reason for my existence, for God is love. Love is my true identity. Selflessness is my true self. Love is my true character. Love is my name.

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

The Second Sunday of Ordinary Time

The Second Sunday of Ordinary Time
January 20, 2019
Jeremiah 17:5-8; Psalm 1; 1 Corinthians 15:12, 16-20; Luke :17, 20-26

The church returns to Ordinary Time by showing us the first miracle of Jesus in John’s Gospel, which is at a wedding feast in Cana of Galilee. In John’s Gospel, each miracle takes place at a Jewish feast to show that Jesus is at the center of the celebrations because the Christian community was no longer allowed to worship in their own synagogues. Jesus told them that the wherever he was present, the celebration or the worship could continue. Jesus always preached the kingdom of God was accessible and that one did not need to only find God in the Temple. God could be worshipped wherever the community gathered, and the Messiah would be present.

I admire Mary’s role in this miracle because she pushes Jesus out of his comfort zone to do what she knows he is capable of doing. Her actions impel Jesus to spare the wedding host’s family dreaded embarrassment because they could not afford enough wine. It often takes a good nudge from a supportive loved one to help us go beyond our abilities. For Jesus, this is his first manifestation of his divine power, which is hidden from the community at large, and seen by a select few.

We are blessed when we have someone who believes in us and pushes us beyond our limits, whether it is a spouse, teacher, parent, or friend. Sometimes people can see our talents and abilities when we had little confidence in ourselves. We are very fortunate when the person does not just allow us to settle for a decent quality but demands higher standards for our products. We might grumble because it is extra work, more than what is called for, and we can just get by with good enough, but we are amazed when we are rewarded by our hard work to see what we can produce. We know the value of the hard work and that the extra work makes the difference in our satisfaction.

Well, please consider that I want to encourage you, to give you a bit of a push, so that you can help our church heal and grow. I believe in you and I want to be the supportive friend who nudges you forward. The church needs you to raise your voices and to think outside the box when it comes to solving complex issues, and we cannot only look to Rome to address our situations. The second reading speaks of the many spiritual gifts of the community. I need you to use your gifts more freely for service of healing and growth. We are still mired in a pattern of church that has become cemented in particular ways of governing since the Council of Trent four-hundred and fifty years ago. We need to see that the Second Vatican Council is our supreme constitution for the church, and we need to unleash its potential, and it can only be done when the People of God step forward and say, “I’m ready.” I know you are ready, and I know you have the gifts, and I want to be like Mary who stands supportively behind you and says to other people, “Do whatever he tells you,” or “Do whatever she tells you.” Your hour has come. It means that we will have to break long-established conventions. So be it. The gifts you offer are beyond compare, and the kingdom of God is among you.

How does healing take place? It comes about when someone reaches a hand of compassion towards a person who is hurting. It is unlikely for a Pope or bishop to heal your pain, but they can communicate they understand your pain, which helps the healing process. How does change take place? It comes about when we share our pain and recognize injustice and feel compelled to bring about the Gospel values because we care for one another. Mary cared for the wedding guests and changed the course of their gathering. Jesus cared about his Mom, and he did not disappoint her. I know you care about the direction of the church and you might not know your role in the change, but let’s do what the wedding guests did: they came together, celebrated, found joy in one another, and Christ was able to work greater miracles through them. Let’s give Christ another chance.

Scripture for Daily Mass

First Reading: 
Monday: (Hebrews 5) Every high priest is taken from among men and made their representative before God, to offer gifts and sacrifices for sins. No one takes this honor upon himself but only when called by God.

Tuesday: (Hebrews 6) God is not unjust so as to overlook your work and the love you have demonstrated for his name by having served and continuing to serve the holy ones.

Wednesday: (Hebrews 7) And Abraham apportioned to him a tenth of everything. His name first means righteous king, and he was also "king of Salem," that is, king of peace. Without father, mother, or ancestry, without beginning of days or end of life, thus made to resemble the Son of God, he remains a priest forever.

Thursday: (Hebrews 7) Jesus is always able to save those who approach God through him, since he lives forever to make intercession for them. It was fitting that we should have such a high priest: holy, innocent, undefiled, separated from sinners, higher than the heavens.

Friday (Acts 22) Paul addressed the people in these words: "I am a Jew, born in Tarsus in Cilicia, but brought up in this city. At the feet of Gamaliel I was educated strictly in our ancestral law and was zealous for God, just as all of you are today. I persecuted this Way to death, binding both men and women and delivering them to prison.

Saturday (2 Timothy 1) I remind you to stir into flame the gift of God that you have through the imposition of my hands. For God did not give us a spirit of cowardice but rather of power and love and self-control. So do not be ashamed of your testimony to our Lord, nor of me, a prisoner for his sake; but bear your share of hardship for the Gospel with the strength that comes from God.

Monday: (Mark 2) The disciples of John and of the Pharisees were accustomed to fast. People came to Jesus and objected, "Why do the disciples of John and the disciples of the Pharisees fast, but your disciples do not fast?"

Tuesday: (Mark 2) "Have you never read what David did when he was in need and he and his companions were hungry? How he went into the house of God when Abiathar was high priest and ate the bread of offering that only the priests could lawfully eat, and shared it with his companions?"

Wednesday (Mark 3) Jesus entered the synagogue. There was a man there who had a withered hand. They watched Jesus closely to see if he would cure him on the sabbath so that they might accuse him. He said to the man with the withered hand, "Come up here before us." Then he said to the Pharisees, "Is it lawful to do good on the sabbath rather than to do evil, to save life rather than to destroy it?"

Thursday (Mark 3) Jesus withdrew toward the sea with his disciples. A large number of people followed from Galilee and from Judea. Hearing what he was doing, a large number of people came to him also from Jerusalem, from Idumea, from beyond the Jordan, and from the neighborhood of Tyre and Sidon.

Friday (Mark 16) Go into the whole world and proclaim the Gospel to every creature. Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved; whoever does not believe will be condemned.

Saturday (Mark 3) Jesus came with his disciples into the house. Again, the crowd gathered, making it impossible for them even to eat. When his relatives heard of this, they set out to seize him, for they said, "He is out of his mind." 

Saints of the Week

January 20: Fabian, pope and martyr (d. 250), was a layman and stranger in Rome during the time of his election as pope. A dove settled on his head, which reminded people of the descent of the Holy Spirit in the form of a dove during the baptism. He served for 14 years until his martyrdom.

January 20: Sebastian, martyr (d. 300), was buried in the catacombs in Rome. He hailed from Milan and is often pictured with many arrows piercing his body. Much of what we know about him is legend.

January 21: Agnes, martyr (d. 305), is one of the early Roman martyrs. Little is known about her but she died around age 12 during a persecution. Because of her names connection with a lamb, her iconography depicts her holding a lamb to remind us of her sacrifice and innocence.

January 23: Marianne Cope (1838-1918), was a German-born woman who settled with her family in New York. She entered the Franciscans and worked in the school systems as a teacher and principal and she helped to establish the first two Catholic hospitals. She went to Honolulu, then Molokai, to aid those with leprosy.

January 24: Francis de Sales, bishop and doctor (1567-1622), practiced both civil and canon law before entering religious life. He became bishop of Geneva in 1602 and was prominent in the Catholic Reformation. He reorganized his diocese, set up a seminary, overhauled religious education, and found several schools. With Jane Frances de Chantal, he founded the Order of the Visitation of Mary.

January 25: The Conversion of Paul, the Apostle, was a pivotal point in the life of the early church. Scripture contains three accounts of his call and the change of behavior and attitudes that followed. Paul's story is worth knowing as it took him 14 years of prayer and study to find meaning in what happened to him on the road to Damascus.

January 26: Timothy and Titus, bishops (1st century), were disciples of Paul who later became what we know of as bishops. Timothy watched over the people of Ephesus and Titus looked after Crete. Both men worked with Paul and became a community leader. Timothy was martyred while Titus died of old age.

This Week in Jesuit History

·      Jan 20, 1703. At Paris, the death of Fr. Francis de la Chaise, confessor to Louis XIV and a protector of the French Church against the Jansenists.
·      Jan 21, 1764. Christophe de Beaumont, Archbishop of Paris, wrote a pastoral defending the Jesuits against the attacks of Parliament. It was ordered to be burned by the public executioner.
·      Jan 22, 1561. Pius IV abrogated the decree of Paul II and kept the life term of Father General.
·      Jan 23, 1789. John Carroll gained the deed of land for the site that was to become Georgetown University.
·      Jan 24, 1645. Fr. Henry Morse was led as a prisoner from Durham to Newgate, London. On hearing his execution was fixed for February 1, he exclaimed: "Welcome ropes, hurdles, gibbets, knives, butchery of an infamous death! Welcome for the love of Jesus, my Savior."
·      Jan 25, 1707. Cardinal Tournon, Apostolic Visitor of the missions in China, forbade the use of the words 'Tien' or 'Xant' for God and ordered the discontinuance by the Christians of the Chinese Rites.
·      Jan 26, 1611. The first Jesuit missionaries sailed from Europe for New France (Canada).

El segundo domingo del tiempo ordinario

El segundo domingo del tiempo ordinario
20 de enero de 2019
Jeremías 17: 5-8; Salmo 1; 1 Corintios 15:12, 16-20; Lucas: 17, 20-26

La iglesia regresa al Tiempo Ordinario al mostrarnos el primer milagro de Jesús en el Evangelio de Juan, que se celebra en una fiesta de bodas en Caná de Galilea. En el Evangelio de Juan, cada milagro se lleva a cabo en una fiesta judía para mostrar que Jesús está en el centro de las celebraciones porque a la comunidad cristiana ya no se le permitía adorar en sus propias sinagogas. Jesús les dijo que dondequiera que él estuviera presente, la celebración o la adoración podrían continuar. Jesús siempre predicó que el reino de Dios era accesible y que uno no necesitaba solo encontrar a Dios en el Templo. Dios podía ser adorado dondequiera que se reuniera la comunidad, y el Mesías estaría presente.

Admiro el papel de María en este milagro porque ella empuja a Jesús fuera de su zona de comodidad para hacer lo que sabe que él es capaz de hacer. Sus acciones impulsan a Jesús a ahorrarle a la familia de la anfitriona de la boda la terrible vergüenza porque no podían costear suficiente vino. A menudo se necesita un buen empujón de un ser querido que nos brinde apoyo para ayudarnos a ir más allá de nuestras capacidades. Para Jesús, esta es la primera manifestación de su poder divino, que está oculto a la comunidad en general y es visto por unos pocos elegidos.

Somos bendecidos cuando tenemos a alguien que cree en nosotros y nos empuja más allá de nuestros límites, ya sea un cónyuge, un maestro, un padre o un amigo. A veces las personas pueden ver nuestros talentos y habilidades cuando tenemos poca confianza en nosotros mismos. Somos muy afortunados cuando la persona no solo nos permite conformarnos con una calidad decente sino que exige estándares más altos para nuestros productos. Podríamos quejarnos porque es un trabajo extra, más de lo que se requiere, y podemos salir adelante lo suficientemente bien, pero nos sorprende cuando nuestro trabajo duro nos recompensa para ver qué podemos producir. Sabemos el valor del trabajo duro y que el trabajo adicional hace la diferencia en nuestra satisfacción.

Bueno, por favor, tenga en cuenta que quiero alentarlo, a darle un poco de empuje, para que pueda ayudar a nuestra iglesia a sanar y crecer. Creo en ti y quiero ser el amigo que te apoya y te empuja hacia adelante. La iglesia necesita que usted levante sus voces y piense fuera de la caja cuando se trata de resolver problemas complejos, y no podemos solo mirar a Roma para abordar nuestras situaciones. La segunda lectura habla de los muchos dones espirituales de la comunidad. Necesito que uses tus dones más libremente para el servicio de sanación y crecimiento. Todavía estamos inmersos en un patrón de iglesia que se ha consolidado en formas particulares de gobernar desde el Concilio de Trento hace cuatrocientos cincuenta años. Necesitamos ver que el Concilio Vaticano II es nuestra constitución suprema para la iglesia, y debemos desatar su potencial, y solo se puede hacer cuando el Pueblo de Dios da un paso adelante y dice: "Estoy listo". estás lista, y sé que tienes los dones, y quiero ser como María, que te apoya con apoyo y le dice a otras personas: "Haz lo que te diga" o "Haz lo que te diga". Tu hora ha ven. Esto significa que tendremos que romper las convenciones establecidas desde hace mucho tiempo. Que así sea. Los dones que ofrecen son incomparables, y el reino de Dios está entre ustedes.

¿Cómo se lleva a cabo la curación? Se produce cuando alguien alcanza una mano de compasión hacia una persona que está sufriendo. Es poco probable que un Papa o un obispo cure su dolor, pero pueden comunicar que entienden su dolor, lo que ayuda al proceso de curación. ¿Cómo se produce el cambio? Se produce cuando compartimos nuestro dolor, reconocemos la injusticia y nos sentimos obligados a llevar a cabo los valores del Evangelio porque nos cuidamos unos a otros. María se preocupó por los invitados a la boda y cambió el curso de su reunión. Jesús se preocupó por su madre y no la decepcionó. Sé que te importa la dirección de la iglesia y es posible que no conozcas tu papel en el cambio, pero hagamos lo que hicieron los invitados a la boda: se reunieron, celebraron, encontraron gozo entre sí, y Cristo pudo obrar mayores milagros a través de ellos. Demos a Cristo otra oportunidad.

Escritura para la misa diaria

Primera lectura:
Lunes: (Hebreos 5) Cada sumo sacerdote es tomado de entre los hombres y se hace su representante ante Dios, para ofrecer regalos y sacrificios por los pecados. Nadie toma este honor sobre sí mismo, sino solo cuando es llamado por Dios.

Martes: (Hebreos 6) Dios no es injusto para pasar por alto su trabajo y el amor que ha demostrado por su nombre al servir y continuar sirviendo a los santos.

Miércoles: (Hebreos 7) Y Abraham le dio una décima parte de todo. Su nombre primero significa rey justo, y él también era "rey de Salem", es decir, rey de paz. Sin padre, madre o ascendencia, sin el comienzo de los días o el final de la vida, así asemejado al Hijo de Dios, sigue siendo un sacerdote para siempre.

Jueves: (Hebreos 7) Jesús siempre puede salvar a aquellos que se acercan a Dios a través de él, ya que él vive para siempre para interceder por ellos. Era apropiado que tuviéramos tal sumo sacerdote: santo, inocente, sin mancha, separado de los pecadores, más alto que los cielos.

Viernes (Hechos 22) Pablo se dirigió a la gente con estas palabras: "Soy un judío, nacido en Tarso en Cilicia, pero criado en esta ciudad. A los pies de Gamaliel, fui educado estrictamente en nuestra ley ancestral y celoso de Dios. Igual que todos ustedes lo son hoy. Perseguí este Camino hasta la muerte, atando a hombres y mujeres y llevándolos a la cárcel.

Sábado (2 Timoteo 1) Te recuerdo que enciendas el don de Dios que tienes a través de la imposición de mis manos. Porque Dios no nos dio un espíritu de cobardía sino de poder, amor y autocontrol. Así que no te avergüences de tu testimonio a nuestro Señor, ni a mí, prisionero por su causa; pero soporta su parte de dificultades para el Evangelio con la fuerza que viene de Dios.

Lunes: (Marcos 2) Los discípulos de Juan y de los fariseos estaban acostumbrados a ayunar. La gente se acercó a Jesús y objetó: "¿Por qué ayunan los discípulos de Juan y los discípulos de los fariseos, pero tus discípulos no ayunan?"

Martes: (Marcos 2) "¿Nunca leíste lo que David hizo cuando lo necesitaba y él y sus compañeros tenían hambre? ¿Cómo entró a la casa de Dios cuando Abiatar era el sumo sacerdote y comió el pan de la ofrenda que solo los sacerdotes Podía comer legalmente, y lo compartía con sus compañeros?

Miércoles (Marcos 3) Jesús entró en la sinagoga. Había un hombre allí que tenía una mano seca. Observaron a Jesús atentamente para ver si lo curaría en sábado para que pudieran acusarlo. Le dijo al hombre de la mano seca: "Sube aquí antes que nosotros". Luego dijo a los fariseos: "¿Es lícito hacer el bien en el sábado en lugar de hacer el mal, salvar la vida en lugar de destruirla?"

Jueves (Marcos 3) Jesús se retiró hacia el mar con sus discípulos. Una gran cantidad de personas siguieron desde Galilea y desde Judea. Al escuchar lo que estaba haciendo, una gran cantidad de personas vinieron a él también desde Jerusalén, desde Idumea, desde más allá del Jordán y desde el vecindario de Tiro y Sidón.

Viernes (Marcos 16) Ve al mundo entero y proclama el Evangelio a toda criatura. Quien crea y sea bautizado, será salvo; Quien no crea, será condenado.

Sábado (Marcos 3) Jesús vino con sus discípulos a la casa. Una vez más, la multitud se reunió, haciendo imposible que incluso comieran. Cuando sus familiares se enteraron de esto, se dispusieron a agarrarlo, porque dijeron: "Está loco".

Santos de la semana

20 de enero: Fabián, papa y mártir (fallecido en 250), era un laico y desconocido en Roma durante el tiempo de su elección como papa. Una paloma se posó sobre su cabeza, lo que le recordó a la gente el descenso del Espíritu Santo en forma de paloma durante el bautismo. Sirvió durante 14 años hasta su martirio.

20 de enero: Sebastián, mártir (m. 300), fue enterrado en las catacumbas de Roma. Él provenía de Milán y a menudo se lo representa con muchas flechas que perforan su cuerpo. Mucho de lo que sabemos de él es leyenda.

21 de enero: Agnes, mártir (m. 305), es uno de los primeros mártires romanos. Poco se sabe de ella, pero murió alrededor de los 12 años durante una persecución. Debido a su conexión de nombres con un cordero, su iconografía la representa sosteniendo un cordero para recordarnos su sacrificio e inocencia.

23 de enero: Marianne Cope (1838-1918), era una mujer nacida en Alemania que se estableció con su familia en Nueva York. Ingresó a los franciscanos y trabajó en los sistemas escolares como maestra y directora, y ayudó a establecer los dos primeros hospitales católicos. Ella fue a Honolulu, luego a Molokai, para ayudar a aquellos con lepra.

24 de enero: Francisco de Sales, obispo y médico (1567-1622), practicó el derecho civil y el canónico antes de ingresar a la vida religiosa. Se convirtió en obispo de Ginebra en 1602 y fue prominente en la Reforma Católica. Reorganizó su diócesis, estableció un seminario, revisó la educación religiosa y encontró varias escuelas. Con Jane Frances de Chantal, fundó la Orden de la Visitación de María.

25 de enero: La conversión de Pablo, el apóstol, fue un punto fundamental en la vida de la iglesia primitiva. La Escritura contiene tres relatos de su llamado y el cambio de comportamiento y actitudes que siguieron. Vale la pena saber la historia de Paul, ya que le tomó 14 años de oración y estudio para encontrar un significado en lo que le sucedió en el camino a Damasco.

26 de enero: Timoteo y Tito, obispos (siglo I), fueron discípulos de Pablo que más tarde se convirtieron en lo que conocemos como obispos. Timoteo vigilaba a la gente de Éfeso y Tito cuidaba de Creta. Ambos hombres trabajaron con Paul y se convirtieron en un líder de la comunidad. Timoteo fue martirizado mientras Tito murió de vejez.

Esta semana en la historia jesuita

• 20 de enero de 1703. En París, la muerte del p. Francisco de la Chaise, confesor de Luis XIV y protector de la Iglesia francesa contra los jansenistas.
• 21 de enero de 1764. Christophe de Beaumont, arzobispo de París, escribió una pastoral en defensa de los jesuitas contra los ataques del Parlamento. Fue ordenado para ser quemado por el verdugo público.
• 22 de enero de 1561. Pío IV derogó el decreto de Pablo II y mantuvo el término de vida del Padre General.
• 23 de enero de 1789. John Carroll ganó la escritura de la tierra para el sitio que se convertiría en la Universidad de Georgetown.
• 24 de enero de 1645. p. Henry Morse fue llevado como prisionero desde Durham a Newgate, Londres. Al enterarse de que su ejecución se fijó para el 1 de febrero, exclamó: "¡Cuerdas de bienvenida, vallas, gradas, cuchillos, carnicería de una muerte infame! Bienvenido por el amor de Jesús, mi Salvador".
• 25 de enero de 1707. El Cardenal Tournon, Visitador Apostólico de las misiones en China, prohibió el uso de las palabras 'Tien' o 'Xant' para Dios y ordenó la interrupción por parte de los cristianos de los ritos chinos.
• 26 de enero de 1611. Los primeros misioneros jesuitas partieron de Europa a Nueva Francia (Canadá).

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Monday, January 14, 2019

Photo: The Baptism by John

Prayer: Anthony of Egypt

There is no need for us to go abroad on account of the kingdom of heaven, nor to cross the sea for virtue. For the Lord has told us before, the kingdom of God is within you.

Sunday, January 13, 2019

Photo: The Baptism

Prayer: Patrick

Whatever will come my way, whether good or bad, may I accept it calmly, and always give thanks to God, who has ever shown me how I should believe unfailing without end.

Saturday, January 12, 2019

Photo: The Pool

Prayer: Therese of Lisieux

It is not death that will come to fetch me, it is the good God. Death is no phantom, no horrible specter. In the catechism it is stated that death is the separation of soul and body, that is all! Well, I am not afraid of a separation which will unite me to God forever.

Friday, January 11, 2019

Photo: White Blossoms

Prayer: Bernard of Clairvaux

Learn from Christ to love tenderly, lest we be seduced by the glory of the world; prudently, lest we be deceived by the spirit of lies and deceit; bravely, lest being overcome by adversity we flee from the love of the Lord. Let the courage of God who is Christ strengthen you.

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Photo: A Dove in a Display

Prayer: Week of Prayer for World Peace, 1978

Lord, we pray for the power to be gentle, the strength to be forgiving, the patience to be understanding, and the endurance to accept the consequences of holding to what we believe to be right. May we put our trust in the power of good to overcome evil and the power of love to overcome hatred. We pray for the vision to see and the faith to believe in a world freed from violence, where fear shall no longer lead people to commit injustice nor selfishness make them bring suffering to others.