“The Parish is where the Church lives. Parishes are communities of faith, of action and of hope. They are where the Gospel is proclaimed and celebrated, where believers are formed and sent to renew the earth. Parishes are the place where God’s people meet Jesus in word and sacrament and come in touch with the source of the church’s life.”
— American Bishop’s Pastoral Letter, 1993
(1 Corinthians 1:10-13,17) It is well known that Christians have abortions at about the same rate as non-Christians. Unfortunately it is rare that someone contemplating an abortion comes to me before the fact. It is only years later, if at all, that the aborted child’s mother, almost always the mother, comes seeking healing. The cases […]
Celebrating the Saints: This week celebrates two doctors of the Church; Peter Chrysologus and Alphonsus Liguori, Ignatius of Loyola, and Martha the sister of Mary and Lazerus. The title doctor of the Church has been proclaimed by the Pope for only 33 saints. It is given to those saints whose writings or teachings have greatly enhanced the understanding of the Church. Ignatius (1491-1556) founded the Society of Jesus, commonly known as the Jesuits. The order is certainly among the most influential in the history of the Church. The order is greatly dedicated to spiritual discipline and learning. Jesuits tend to be men of very high learning and intellectual ability. Their greatest gift, however, is recognizing the need for humble submission to the will of God. Ignatius’ Spiritual Exercises are a guide to conforming ones will to God’s will. The motto of the Jesuits, which I personally quote often, is “Ad Maiorem Dei Gloriam” translated “For the greater glory of God”.
Readings for next week: Isaiah 55:1-3; Romans 8:35,37-39; Matthew 14:13-21
Reflection: There is no aisle at Kroger where a person buys bread or wine without price. There are places where a poor person can receive a meal without charge. Few, however, would suggest that these meals are of the highest quality. What makes these meals rich is the caring that is given with them. There is an aisle in the Church where bread and wine are offered without price. The Body and Blood of Christ is the richest meal of all. We feast upon the love of Christ and of all who join in the celebration. The meal does have a price, not to the one who receives, but to the one who gives. We contribute our hearts to the Eucharistic meal. Even in that, however, Christ has first given us the gift which we in turn give to each other.
1. Name a need about which you would appreciate another’s prayer. Silently, give that need to all who attend Mass this week.
2. Choose a day this week for fasting. Contribute food or money saved to charity.
Prayer: Jesus, it is from your open hand that we receive our most precious meals. Recreate us, Jesus, through the celebration of your love. May the Eucharist we receive become a boon to all people.