Thursday, March 22, 2018

LENT- Forgiveness

The only path to peace is forgiveness. Forgiveness given and received enables a new kind of relationship among people, breaking the spiral of hatred and revenge and shattering the chains of evil which bind the hearts of those in conflict with one another. For nations in search of reconciliation and for those who hope for peaceful co-existence between individuals and peoples, there is no other way than this: forgiveness given and received.

How full of salutary lessons are the words of the Lord: "Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be children of your Father who is in heaven; for he makes his sun rise on the evil and the good and sends rain on the just and the unjust" (Mt 5:44-45)! To love those who have offended us is to disarm them and to turn even a battle-field into an arena of mutual support and cooperation.

From Pope John Paul II Lenten Message of 2001.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Marianist Monday - Community

Community was the theme of Brother Stephen's presentation today at the Lenten Communion Breakfast for Kellenberg Memorial. Over 600 people attended the Mass and breakfast that followed.

Our thoughts on community often go back to the words of Jean Vanier:

One of the marvelous things about community is that it enables us to welcome and help people in a way we couldn’t as individuals. When we pool our strength and share the work and responsibility, we can welcome many people, even those in deep distress, and perhaps help them find self-confidence and inner healing.

I am struck by the absolute beauty of Vanier’s belief that even when we are in distress, community can help us “find self-confidence and inner healing.”

Saturday, March 17, 2018

LENT - I came to know Jesus

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Through Mary, I came to know Jesus.
I am eternally grateful that she inspired me through the Rosary to come to Her Son.