Monday, August 31, 2009
Sunday, August 30, 2009
The Hound of Heaven
Saturday, August 29, 2009
Friday, August 28, 2009
Silence of the Heart
Yes, Jesus is always waiting for us in silence. In that silence He will listen to us, there He will speak to our soul, and there we will hear His voice. Interior silence is very difficult, but we must make the effort. In silence we will find new energy and true unity. The energy of God will be ours to do all things well. We will find the true unity of our thoughts with His thoughts, the unity of our prayers with His prayers, the unity of our actions with His actions, and the unity of our life with His life."What better way to discern a vocation to religious life than spending time before Jesus Christ in the Blessed Sacrament, listening in the silence of our hearts; developing a personal and intimate relationship with our God.
As we spend more and more time with Jesus in Eucharistic Adoration, to make Jesus the center of our life, we will grow in holiness, we will develop a stronger love for Jesus, and be able to feel His love for us.
Thursday, August 27, 2009
Jesus said to him "If you wish to be perfect, go, sell what you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me." When the young man heard this statement, he went away sad, for he had many possessions.
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Christian Joy - a quality of relating to one another
For the Marianist way of life, we need joy in our consecrated lives. Joy is contagious. It breeds charity, warmth, caring, and fraternity.
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
An Apprenticeship with the Man Closest to Christ
"Avoid connections to the world that promise much but deliver little, the quest for more pleasure, recognition and wealth. View your life as a personal vocation willed by God rather than a personal project."
(Bishop Chris and the children of the Diocese of Auki sing together in front of the Cross.)
Monday, August 24, 2009
Mother Teresa was "right on" when asked how she felt being acclaimed as being holy around the world, she answered: "Holiness is not a luxury; it is a necessity."
Similarly, Blessed William Joseph Chaminade wrote "we are called to be a people of saints."
Those who followed Father Chaminade have been officially recognized by the Church in many different ways. Here are some of those members of the Marianist family who have been officially recognized by the Church:
Blessed William Joseph Chaminade (1761-1850)
Sunday, August 23, 2009
A Nazareth Family
Saturday, August 22, 2009
My Spirit Finds Joy in God My Savior!
Pictured above is Brother Joseph who renewed his perpetual vows on August 18th this year.
The same is true when I coach Speech and Debate. Take speech, for example. The student and I struggle to say the right words the right way—again, to reach the Word (of God). In Debate, the goal is the same. We look at both sides of a proposition (called a resolution) to see the truth contained in the statement. Then we research the position and argue it back and forth—all to reach the Word.
I have tried to be faithful to this high calling—to use words to reach the Word. This is the source of my happiness as a Brother."
Friday, August 21, 2009
The Benefits of God's Nature
On the otherhnd, Brother Karl is a teacher of Math. How does a course in life sciences assist our apostolate for Brother Karl? Well, Brother is also a moderator for Science Olympiad. Our high school, middle school and grade school all compete in Science Olympiad.
Thursday, August 20, 2009
Discipleship is YES to Holiness
(Brother David is pictured above with Archbishop O'Grady.)
The prophet Jonah is a wonderful story for the people in the Solomons. They are by location and need natural sailors. Jonah is a good example of someone who says NO to God. By the end of the story of this prophet we learn that he never says YES to God.
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
Fraternal Life in Community
Above, Brother Stephen Vincent intones the responsorial psalm as the Community cantor.
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
Celebrate Celebrate Celebrate
At the end of the celebration of the Mass the entire Province of Meribah gathered around the Eucharistic altar for a picture!
Monday, August 17, 2009
For Chaminade prayer is an exercise of faith, which takes revealed truth and roots it in the soul of the individual praying.
Sunday, August 16, 2009
Pope John Paul II answered the question, "If you hear the Lord's call, do not reject it! Dare to become part of the great movements of holiness which renowned saints have launched in their following of Christ… Admire all God's works in the world, but be ready to fix your eyes on the things destined never to pass away."
Saturday, August 15, 2009
A Vocation Journey
May the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit be glorified in all places through the Immaculate Virgin May.
Pray for Vocations!
Numerous outdoor devotional shrines dot the landscape of the route I walked and I thought I might share a few of them with you today:
Friday, August 14, 2009
As Marianists, the many services that we render in Community are a response to our religious vocation. The mutual services are wide and varied. Sometimes the services are periodic and at other times they are daily, but they all make the common life meaningful and valuable. Daily cooking isna service that each of the Brothers takes as an opportunity for creativity. Doing the dishes is a task of necessity. Even folding the laundry is part of the daily services that we render to each other in Community.
Thursday, August 13, 2009
Brother Francis has been a Marianist since 1926.
He had worked as a librarian for 48 years at the University of Dayton.
Congratulations from the Province of Meribah!
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Essential Elements on Religious Life
"Prayer needs to be seen also as time for being with the Lord so that He might act in us and, notwithstanding distractions and weariness, might enter our lives, console them and guide them."
"For religious, communion in Christ is expressed in a stable and visible way through community life. " "Religious life cannot be sustained without a deep life of prayer, individual, communal, and liturgical.""The religious who embraces concretely a life of total consecration is called to know the risen Lord by a warm, personal knowledge, and to know him as one with whom he or she is personally in communion: "This is eternal life: to know the only true God and Jesus Christ whom he has sent" (Jn 17:3)."