Weekly Reflections

Reflection for Sept. 14, 2014

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Holy Cross Feast celebrates historical, spiritual significance

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by Sister Renee Delvaux

This Sunday is the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross, which celebrates three historical events: the finding of the true cross by St. Helena, the dedication of the basilica built on Calvary by Constantine, and the restoration of the true cross to Jerusalem.

The spiritual celebration of the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross is a remembrance and celebration of God's greatest work:  His Son Jesus' saving death on the cross and His resurrection.  The holy cross is the symbol of salvation, divine love and compassion:  "For God so loved the world that He gave His only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him might not perish but might have eternal life." (Jn 3: 16)

How do we respond to this awesome outpouring of love? We fall on our knees and humbly pray:

"We adore You, O Christ, and we praise You,
because by your holy cross You have redeemed the world."

 

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Reflection for Nov. 24, 2013

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Christ our King says 'be with me in Paradise'

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by Sister Jackie Capelle

In his Gospel, Luke opens the door to Jesus' death and opens the doors to the death of the two men who also would die along side him. What a difference between these.  Jesus' death is the highlight of his life. He is the King, there is no guilt in his life.

We stand before Jesus knowing he was not guilty in anyway. We stand before Jesus knowing he was an innocent King. Being King, He has all of us in his care. As King he is filled with goodness and we are also filled with that goodness.

Prayer for the Feast of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe

As we offer you, O Lord, the sacrifice by which the human race is reconciled to you, we humbly pray that your Son himself may bestow on all nations the gifts of unity and peace. Through Christ our Lord, Amen.
(2010 International Commission on English in the Liturgy Corporation. All rights reserved. Used with permission.)


Celebrating the 'Year of Faith'

Prayer -- The 'Our Father'

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About this series

Chapter 36, US Catholic Catechism for Adults

by Sister Laura Zelten

In Luke 11:1-13, Jesus teaches his disciples to pray The Lord's Prayer (or "Our Father"). Jesus prayed every day to his heavenly Father, and he gave his followers a prayer that we continue to pray today. The Lord's Prayer is the most perfect of prayers, containing all that we rightly desire before God. It is at the heart of every personal and communal prayer.

Our Church loves this prayer because it includes several different prayers. We honor and adore God when we say, "Hallowed be thy name." We pray for God's kingdom -- a kingdom of love and justice and peace to be realized in our world. We ask God for daily bread -- whatever we need both physically and spiritually to live faithfully this day. We ask God to forgive us -- but only as much as we are willing to forgive others. That's a challenging one! And we ask for God's help so that we aren't tempted to sin and turn away from him.

It's the perfect prayer!

EDITOR'S NOTE: The Church's  "Year of Faith" concludes on Sunday, Nov. 24. We hope you've enjoyed this journey through the Study Guide of the US Catholic Catechism for Adults.

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Reflection for Aug. 28, 2011

Friday, September 02, 2011

by Sister Annette Koss

Koss-Annette_Sister100pxIn the Gospel of Matthew, we are invited to be faithful to our true identities which involves living with the tensions that come from opposition. The heaviest cross can be the one that comes from being grateful and accepting of our God-given and God-blessed selves.

Jesus invites the disciples to follow Him by being faithful to their relationship with Him which has made them who they are.

We can be quite concerned about doing the right things at all times. Is God watching? Jesus asks for a more interior following of Him as He lived by His showing up as who He interiorly knew Himself to be. His cross was more than the wood of Calvary, but the flesh and spirit, the history and destiny of his whole life. He was who He had heard He was, the "Beloved of the Father."

Jesus offers us the personal embrace of our limited reality. We speak of pain-avoidance as a process of not facing the truth of our pains. Our culture promotes cross-avoidance, the most painless and easy ways. We are called to face our history, our present condition and our unknown future. We are called to have a more interior and God-centered thinking pattern. The cross is not an event of time, but the time-bound movement toward our own Jerusalem's and resurrections.

Reflection

  • What does taking up the cross mean in my life?
  • Do I stumble at the thought of losing myself to find myself in Christ?
  • How can I overcome fear of repercussions for living liberating love?

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