Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Weekly Update from CCM

They say WCU stands for "We Carry Umbrellas" and so far this week that has proven true.  But you know where you *won't* need an umbrella?  Folly Beach this weekend!  For those of you joining us on our fall beach retreat, the weather forecast looks to be sunny, with highs around 80 each day.  God is smiling on us!  For those staying on campus, we pray for great weather in Cullowhee, as well, for Homecoming weekend.

A few announcements...

Note, I will be travelling to Charlotte today to attend a Diocesan campus ministers meeting and so will not be on campus.

Please plan on joining us for supper @ 6:30 at the student center.  Another great meal, and another great faith discussion to follow.  Wednesday nights at CCM are a great way to recharge your battery midway through the week!

Don't forget "Tea @ 10" at Starbucks and 10pm, for those who enjoy in-depth faith talk over coffee.

Because of our beach retreat, our usual "Thank God It's Friday" schedule at the Center is postponed.  There will be NO Scripture Study or Adoration this week.  Thanks!

Beach Retreat:  Those of you who have registered for the Beach Retreat should have received an email from me by now with information about your car pool.  If you have not, please get in touch with me ASAP.  We have had a couple of last minute cancellations, which have opened up space for additional students, if anyone else wants to attend.  Please let me know by Wednesday night's dinner if you would like to join us.
Football Parking:  We need two student volunteers to cover our parking lot from 1 till 3:30 (or whenever the lot fills) this Saturday for the football game.  These event parking fundraisers are important for our ministry at WCU, and pay for our weekly activities.  Many of our normal volunteers will be on the retreat this weekend, so we need some fresh blood to help us out!  Please contact me to volunteer.

Today is the Memorial of the Guardian Angels.  Do you know the prayer, "Angel of God, my guardian dear, to whom God's love commits me here, ever this day (or night) be at my side, to light and guard, to rule and guide."  Many of us learned it as children.  

The word "angel" in Greek means "messenger."  Angels are beings of pure spirit (no material bodies) who serve God as intercessors and protectors for us here on earth.  In addition to the archangels mentioned by name in the Bible (Michael, Gabriel, and Raphael), there are many other angels mentioned whose names we do not know.  And our Catholic faith teaches that each one of us has a guardian angel assigned to us during the entire course of our earthly lives.  Jesus says in Matthew 18:10, "See that you do not despise one of these little ones, for I say to you that their angels in heaven always look upon the face of my heavenly Father."

These guardian angels help us in unseen ways, assisting us in our work and study, helping us to resist temptation, and protecting us from physical danger.  Whenever you feel troubled, tempted, or in danger, remember that you, too, are aided by an angel who is always both looking at the face of God, as well as over your shoulder.  (How can an angel be in two places at once?  It's amazing what you can do when you don't have a physical body!  A being of pure spirit does not occupy any space at all, and so can be in many different places at the same time.  Pretty neat if you ask me.)

We should each cultivate a relationship with our Guardian Angel.  Pray to him (we use "him" here rather loosely, as obviously non-material beings have no gender).  And thank him for his service to you.  

And please do not think of your guardian angel as some cute and cuddly little cupid sitting at your shoulder.  The actual Biblical description of angels are quite powerful and even frightening for those not prepared to see them.  These are creatures of great strength and holiness.  You have a powerful warrior at your side.

I encourage you to take a few minutes today to pray to your Guardian Angel, and perhaps to a bit of reading about angels in general, so as to get to know them better.  Here are some suggestions.

"Angels" by Fr. William G. Most.

I will be saying a prayer to my Guardian Angel to keep me safe on the road today as I drive to and from Charlotte, and to keep all of us safe as we travel this weekend to Folly Beach to make our annual fall student retreat.  Please join your prayers to mine for us and all travelers who will be coming to WCU for Homecoming this weekend.

May you all have a blessed week!

WCU Catholic Campus Ministry
Matthew Newsome, MTh, campus minister
(828)293-9374  |   POB 2766, Cullowhee NC 28723

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