Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Happy Feast Day!



When we celebrate a birthday, we don't just remember the day when someone was born. We celebrate the person.

Today we celebrate the feast day of Blessed William Joseph's birthday because his life and vision continue to inspire people from all walks of life to work together to create change that makes a real difference in our world.

Chaminade founded the Society of Mary and the larger Marianist family. Blessed Chaminade wanted to create faith communities that made the Gospel alive in every age. 

He believed that people should not only believe in the kingdom of God — a kingdom of justice, love, and peace — but also live the Gospel message so that it is visible to people of every age.

Chaminade's vision will always inspire us!

Monday, January 21, 2019

Method of Prayer on the Creed"

Altar with the relic of Blessed William Joseph Chaminade in Bordeaux, France
A Prayer Inspired by Blessed Chaminade's 
"Method of Prayer on the Creed" 

My God, you are all that fills my poverty.
I come before you to adore you.
In the name of Jesus, your Son,
and with him, like Mary, his mother,
I come to praise you and to bless you,
to thank you for the gifts received
from you, and to beg the graces I need
to be faithful today and at every
moment of my life.

Lord , increase in me the light of faith,
so that knowing you better
and knowing myself always more fully,
I may love you alone, think only of you,
and look nowhere else except
to you in all things.

Holy Spirit, source of all light and grace
it is you who must direct and guide me.
Mary, you who are my Mother,
present me to Jesus,
who is the way, the truth, and the life
for all ages unending. Amen.

Enrique Aguilera, S.M. and Jose Maria Arnaiz, S.M.

World Youth Day - 1

The Province of Meribah has sent a delegate of pilgrims to WORLD YOUTH DAY in Panama!

Our high school group has begun its pilgrimage with some site-seeing.

Sunday, January 20, 2019

2019 March for Life 2

Following the March we have traditionally made the pilgrimage to St. Joseph's on Capital Hill. Yearly our Bishop leads us in prayer in thanksgiving for a  successful march.

We are grateful for our Bishop, John O. Barres.

Saturday, January 19, 2019

2019 March for LIfe

Our Marianist high schools were strong at the 2019 March for Life in Washington DC on Friday.

President Trump and Vice President Pence surprised thousands of protesters demonstrating against abortion on the Mall in Washington by making unannounced speeches at the 2019 March for Life.

Pence and his wife, Karen Pence, strode onstage to cheers of a roaring crowd carrying antiabortion posters and banners. Pence concluded his remarks with a second surprise: Trump, who addressed the march by video feed last year, had again prepared videotaped remarks for the marchers.

“When we look into the eyes of a newborn child, we see the beauty and the human soul and the majesty of God’s creation. We know that every life has meaning,” Trump said .

Friday, January 18, 2019

Follow Jesus

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WE find out from today’s Gospel passage that Jesus has many followers. “Many gathered together so that there was no longer room for them.” This might seem to make Jesus a popular person, successful in his work. But within today’s Gospel passage there is a confusion of aims. The aim of the friends of  he paralytic was his physical healing. Jesus does not dismiss their search, but he sub-ordinates it to a higher aim: the forgiveness of sins.

Jesus could have spent His earthly life working physical cures and raising people from the dead. Had he stuck to these aims alone, He would have remained popular. There’s no telling how successful He might have become in the eyes of the world!

But it was not for fifteen minutes of fame that He came into our world of sin and death. It was to die that He dwelt among us. Give thanks that Jesus shows us how to put our mission above popularity, and how to put the aim of death before that of earthly life.