Clelian Clip #1

 


 

Here’s my first shot at a new project reflecting on the words of Venerable Mother Clelia in conjunction with a project launched by her spiritual daughters, the Apostles of the Sacred Heart of Jesus.

Stay tuned in the days and weeks to come for more.

This quote was posted by the sisters on September 15, 2017.

“The soul who faithfully responds to the first ray of truth with which the Lord enlightens her deserves to receive from Him greater enlightenment and graces even to seeing the heavens open, to attain such knowledge of supernatural things as to make it very easy to have faith even in the most exalted and hidden mysteries.”

Book 5, Ch. 6

 

 

A call to action…

First of all I want to thank everyone for their many birthday messages, they are indeed much appreciated. I have very much enjoyed my birthday/Labor Day weekend finally visiting my sister, in Austin. In light of my return to Rome, I had planned this visit for several months. After Hurricane Harvey, I called my sister and told her, “I can’t go close to those who are suffering and then turn the other way.” So this morning, instead of sight-seeing, we spent time moving and organizing diapers at the Texas Diaper Bank.
I’m sharing a video they took of the many volunteers working together. I don’t share this to say, “look at me.” I share it to say YOU TOO can make a difference, YOU TOO can chose to change the world. Did moving diapers today change the world? No, but it’s a very small step in the right direction. I share it so YOU TOO might feel compelled to help in any way possible in your local communities. Posting on social media is not enough. Talk is cheap. Service requires sacrifice. We must push ourselves beyond our comfort zone, be willing to go take action on the front lines.

“The Love of Christ impels us.” -2 Cor 5:14

 

Church & State: Adult Ed Resources – 25 May 2017

This week we change gears significantly and enter the final section of this series of Catholic adult faith formation titled, “The Church in the Modern World.

This final section of the class will focus on the relationship between the Church and the State. This week we will begin with the foundation of the relationship between Church and State. In the coming weeks we will address a series of specific topics.

This week’s readings can be found below. They come from the Catechism and Pope Benedict XVI’s encyclical, Deus Caritas Est.

Reading Packet: Church and State

The paragraphs from the Catechism are as follows:

CCC 1880, 1883, 18971912, 2372, 2431, 2498-2499

Daily Reflection: 11 May 2017

Today’s readings can be found here.

Reflection:

In today’s readings from Acts of the Apostles we once again here of their travels. As schools finish up the year around the country, a lot of us turn our attention towards planning our summer vacations.

Rest and relaxation are very important elements to a well balanced Catholic Christian life. However, it’s also important to remember that just because we are on vacation doesn’t mean we get a break from our vocation to holiness.

One thing that strikes me is that we will check a dozen web sites so we can end up saving $10 on a hotel room, but do we even bother to check one for Mass times?

We would never think of leaving the house without at least checking (and probably buying tickets) flight times, but we forget to look up Mass times.

I have found in my travels that attending Mass in a foreign country, language or culture can actually be a great grace and growth in our relationship with God thriugh the universality of the Church.

Daily Reflection: 10 May 2017

Sorry folks. I guess these daily posts are kind of like working out, I miss one day and then the next thing I know it’s been a week. This is why I haven’t been campaigning for people to sign up to receive these posts until I can fully develop the daily habit.

Today’s readings can be found here.

Reflection:

In today’s Gospel, Jesus reminds us that he did not come to condemn, and that he did come to bring light to the darkness. In the United States we also celebrate a special saint today, St. Damien de Veuster of Molokai. He was a Belgian priest who spent his life, and eventually gave his life, serving a leper colony in Hawaii.

In this way St. Damien becomes a model for us of how we too are called to imitate Christ. For St. Damien did not go to Hawaii to condemn the lepers, he went there to love them, and care for their souls. He did not leave them in the darkness of isolation, but brought Christ and the Gospel to them through the Word and Sacraments.

Where is the Molokai of our life? Who are the lepers in our life?

LGBT Response: Adult Ed Resources – 11 May 2017

Due to the sensitivity of this week’s topic, I wanted to take a little bit more time in selecting the texts, it was indeed a very difficult task. This is because one one hand, the Church has said quite a bit on these topics, and there’s lots of material to scour, and on the other hand, how to distill them down in a way which still manages to touch on the many aspects of these complex issues.

With that being said here is my introductory reading packet on this topic:

Reading Packet: LGBT Response

You will note the readings come from a variety of Popes, as well as the Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith and more locally, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.

I highly recommend taking the time to read the entirety of the two documents from the CDF and USCCB. Direct links can be found here:

I also highly recommend reviewing the foundational material from Theology of the Body.