Tuesday, April 30, 2013
Sunday, April 28, 2013
"I give you a new commandment: love one another. As I have loved you, so you also should love one another. This is how all will know you are my disciples, if you have love for one another."
St. Augustine once said, "Love God; then do as you will." Was St. Augustine saying that it was permitted for Christians to do anything at all, so long as they loved God? Was Jesus saying that all the other commandments and moral precepts that came before Him were abolished in place now of the single command to love? Are the Beatles right in crooning, "All we need is love?"-Jn 13:14-35
Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Sunday, April 21, 2013
Paul and Barnabas continued on from Pergaand reached Antioch in Pisidia.On the sabbath they entered the synagogue and took their seats.
Many of you know I am on the road this weekend. While I like certain things about travelling - seeing new places, eating different foods, meeting new people - there are also aspects of travelling I don't like. I suppose I am a homebody at heart; I like my own space where I can be comfortable, I like my routine. Most of all I like being around my loved ones.Acts 13:14
The first question came in from a young woman who lived in a sparsely Catholic area in Europe. She wanted to attend Mass on an upcoming holy day of obligation, but her only option to get there was to buy a train ticket she could ill afford. She wasn't asking if she could skip Mass; she was asking how to get to Mass when she was facing a real choice between train fare and food.
The second question was from a gentleman who was spending a weekend in my hometown of San Diego, California. He and his wife had family here, so they made regular visits and thus knew the city well. But this time the schedule was crammed. Between a baseball game, golf, and dinner with the in-laws, he just couldn't seem to find a good time to go to Mass. He skipped, and his question was whether or not his obligation to visit family had been sufficient cause to miss Mass.
Juxtaposing these two questions was like switching on a light. It is the difference between the desire to go to Mass while impeded from doing so and the choice to give more weight to lesser obligations than is given to the Mass. The first inquirer really wanted to go to Mass but was facing significant hurdles in getting there; the second inquirer seemed willing to go to Mass if doing so didn't interfere with more desirable activities.
"My sheep hear my voice;
I know them, and they follow me."
Thursday, April 18, 2013
Tuesday, April 16, 2013
Sunday, April 14, 2013
Tuesday, April 9, 2013
CLEAN UP THE TUCK!
Adoration: What is it?
Simply put, Adoration is prayer. Adoration is worship of Jesus Christ, who is fully present under the appearance of bread at Mass and reserved in tabernacles in Catholic churches and chapels. At Adoration, Jesus comes to meet us in a unique way, face-to-face. Adoration is a time for us to pray, to listen, and to be in his presence.
Where did it come from?
The Bible. After Christ instituted the Eucharist and celebrated the first Mass at the Last Supper, He took his disciples to the Mount of Olives and invited them to stay awake with him, praying there in vigil for what was to come. Christ gave to the disciples, and to all Christians, this pattern of prayer. Jesus' question to his disciples, "Could you not keep watch for one hour?" Could you not keep watch with me? (Mark 14:37) is the same question he asks us today.
How does Eucharistic Adoration relate to my life?
Whether it is homework, service work, faith, athletics, a relationship, friendships, or fun, everything you do can be rooted in Christ through spending time with him in Eucharistic Adoration. Pope John Paul II reiterated Vatican II's proclamation, that the Eucharist is "the Source and Summit of the Christian life." Eucharistic Adoration nourishes us, inspires us, and gives us the strength and grace to make Christ relevant, whether in our school work, our leisure time, our relationships, or our service to those who are in need. By spending time with Jesus in Adoration, we are made more mindful of Him and His presence with us throughout our day.
How is it different than Mass or private prayer in my dorm room?
Prayer can be done at anytime, anywhere, by anyone, and can take on a myriad of forms. You can always find and make time for prayer.
Mass is the perfect prayer. When we gather as a community at Mass, we celebrate God's gift to the Church in giving us his Son. By the words of the priest and through the power of the Holy Spirit, the bread and wine offered at the altar become Jesus' Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity. Jesus' Real Presence remains in the Eucharist, which is reserved in the tabernacle following Mass. Outside of Mass, people are always welcome at any time to pray in our churches and chapels in the presence of Christ.
Eucharistic Adoration is that time set aside when the Eucharist is "exposed" (placed in a monstrance on the altar) so that the faithful may see, pray, and adore our Risen Lord, present under the appearance of simple bread. Jesus is just as present in the tabernacle as in the monstrance, but many believers find comfort and peace when they are able to pray while looking upon Jesus exposed in the monstrance.
What do I do there?
Pray. When you walk into the chapel, you will find resources to help you pray. Sometimes you might read Scripture. You might pray the Rosary or another favorite devotional prayer. You are welcome to bring spiritual reading with you. You also might simply have a conversation with Jesus, telling him about your day, about your needs, and giving him time to speak to your heart. You can also simply engage the silence, waiting and listening for our God to speak in your life.
If Eucharistic Adoration is something you are interested in, but Thursday from 6-7 does not work (you have a class, etc), please do let me know when a better time might be -- after all, there is no rule that says we can only offer it once per week! And if you cannot stay for the whole hour, even just a few minutes with the Lord can mean so much. After all, He is timeless.
Sunday, April 7, 2013
Tuesday, April 2, 2013
Eucharistic Adoration from 6-7pm.