Saturday, October 31, 2009
All Hallows Eve is the one of the oldest holidays still celebrated today. It is one of the most popular holidays. Many people celebrate Halloween without knowing its origins and myths, the history and facts of Halloween make the holiday more fascinating.
Some see Halloween as a time for fun, putting on costumes, trick-or-treating, and having theme parties. Others view it as a time of superstitions, ghosts, goblins and evil spirits that should be avoided at all costs.
Celebrating Halloween is a preference that is not always viewed as participating in an evil holiday. It is often celebrated with no reference to pagan rituals or the occult.
Halloween is the last day of the Celtic calendar. It was originally a pagan holiday, honoring the dead. It was referred to as All Hallows Eve and dates back to over 2000 years ago.
Friday, October 30, 2009
Thursday, October 29, 2009
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
The Brothers of the Province of Meribah are hosting, “Operation Fiat" on November 3rd at Kellenberg Memorial High School. This vocation program occurs in the fall and the spring.Evening Prayer will begin at 6:00 PM in the Chapel. This fall gathering is for young men who are discerning a vocation to the religious life.
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
Monday, October 26, 2009
common.” (Acts 4:32)
The union among members was based also on the reality of Mary’s maternity: she was mother of Christ and of the members of Christ’s mystical body.
Sunday, October 25, 2009
Saturday, October 24, 2009
Friday, October 23, 2009
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
2. Let your heart educate your mind. Let your love of God educate your reason in discerning his will. The saints understand the Bible better than the theologians, because they understand its primary author, God, by loving him with their whole heart and their whole mind.
5. Look for the fruits of the spirit, especially the first three: love, joy, and peace. If we are angry and anxious and worried, loveless and joyless and peaceless, we have no right to say we are sure of being securely in God's will.
Pope Benedict helped us understand this great saint and the value of our journey towards holiness when he said,
"He invites us to open our eyes to the lepers that disfigure the humanity of our brothers and today still calls, more than for our generosity, for the charity of our serving presence."
"Let us give thanks to the Lord for the gift of sanctity that today shines in the Church with a singular beauty... I would like to invite all of you to let yourselves be drawn by the shining example of these saints, to allow yourselves to be guided by their teachings, so that our whole existence can become a hymn of praise to the love of God."
What an invitation by the Holy Father!
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
HOW HE LOVES
He is jealous for me,
Loves like a hurricane,
I am a tree,
Bending beneath the weight of his wind and mercy.
When all of a sudden,
I am unaware of these afflictions eclipsed by glory,
And I realise just how beautiful You are,
And how great Your affections are for me.
And oh, how He loves us so,
Oh how He loves us,
How He loves us all Yeah, He loves us,
Oh! how He loves us, Oh! how He loves us, Oh! how He loves.
We are His portion and He is our prize,
Drawn to redemption by the grace in His eyes,
If grace is an ocean, we’re all sinking.
And Heaven meets earth like an unforseen kiss,
And my heart turns violently inside of my chest,
I don’t have time to maintain these regrets,
When I think about, the way…
Monday, October 19, 2009
The Three O'Clock Prayer makes a difference in our daily routine and educates our spiritual sense. It is a bold prayer.
Sunday, October 18, 2009
Born in northern France during the French Revolution—a time when congregations of women and men religious were being suppressed by the national government, Jeanne would eventually be highly praised in the French academy for her community's compassionate care of elderly poor people.
When Jeanne was three and a half years old, her father, a fisherman, was lost at sea. Her widowed mother was hard pressed to raise her eight children (four died young) alone. At the age of 15 or 16, Jeanne became a kitchen maid for a family that not only cared for its own members, but also served poor, elderly people nearby. Ten years later, Jeanne became a nurse at the hospital in Le Rosais. Soon thereafter she joined a third order group founded by St. John Eudes (August 19).
After six years she became a servant and friend of a woman she met through the third order. They prayed, visited the poor and taught catechism to children. After her friend's death, Jeanne and two other women continued a similar life in the city of Saint-Sevran. In 1839, they brought in their first permanent guest. They began an association, received more members and more guests. Mother Marie of the Cross, as Jeanne was now known, founded six more houses for the elderly by the end of 1849, all staffed by members of her association—the Little Sisters of the Poor. By 1853 the association numbered 500 and had houses as far away as England. Abbé Le Pailleur, a chaplain, had prevented Jeanne's reelection as superior in 1843; nine year later, he had her assigned to duties within the congregation, but would not allow her to be recognized as its founder. He was removed from office by the Holy See in 1890.
By the time Pope Leo XIII gave her final approval to the community's constitutions in 1879, there were 2,400 Little Sisters of the Poor. Jeanne died later that same year, on August 30. Her cause was introduced in Rome in 1970, and she was beatified in 1982 and canonized Saint Jeanne Jugan on October 11.
Saturday, October 17, 2009
On the ceiling of a niche dug out from the upper wall of a gallery is the Good Shepherd, a symbol of Christ amid trees with stucco trunks with painted branches bearing red and green flowers.
Also, an image of the Madonna and Child with a prophet pointing to a star."A star shall come forth out of Jacob, and a sceptre shall rise out of Israel."The style of the fresco and its location contribute in dating the image to the beginning of the third century A.D. making it the oldest known image of the Mother of God.
Friday, October 16, 2009
Take a look at this video and you will see three of our Brothers who attended the Rosary with the Pope on Saturday, October 10. Visible (.09) are Father Francis, Brother Peter, Brother Michael John and Brother Michael Joseph who were in Rome for the Canonization of St. Jeanne Jugan, foundress of the Little Sisters of the Poor.
The Pope called on college students to build universities of high intellectual learning and to sincerely and passionately pursue the truth.
During the rosary, which was part of the Synod of Bishops for Africa, Pope Benedict was connected via satellite with eight African countries. In the end, he encouraged universities to collaborate culturally and scientifically, and to provide special assistance to African women.
The Pope said, “To you, dear African students, I address a special invitation to experience the time of study in preparation for developing a cultural awakening service in your country”.
Thursday, October 15, 2009
Pope Benedict said, 'The Rosary is experiencing a new Springtime. Without a doubt, this is one of the most eloquent signs of love that the young generation nourish for Jesus and his Mother, Mary. In the current world, so dispersive, this prayer helps to put Christ at the centre, as the Virgin did, who meditated within all that was said about her Son, and also what he did and said. When reciting the Rosary, the important and meaningful moments of salvation history are relived."
“Meditating on the mysteries of the Rosary” said the pope, “we have found yet again the true face of God, who in Jesus Christ reveals his presence in the life of every nation. The God of Jesus Christ walks with man; thanks to Him it is possible to build a civilization of love.”
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
We all live very busy lives, there is no way to deny this simple fact. Yet it is difficult to imagine how much we do in a single day. Whether it is work or family, children or errands, cooking or homework...just the simple daily obligations we have fill every waking moment of our days.
And yet God calls us to stop, to be STILL, and to KNOW that HE is GOD!
To be still, is to quiet not only or surroundings but our mind. To stop the noise and listen...in silence.
We don't often like silence, it can make us uncomfortable. All of the things our "busyness" keeps out of our thoughts come rushing to the forefront. We immediately seek the refuge of our schedules and the next things on our lists.
But silence is essential for one to hear the voice of God.
So turn off those iPods and TVs. Log off the computer and power down those cell phone. Today try to make time, even if it is just five minutes, to BE STILL. Maybe stop by church and pray before our Lord in the tabernacle, find a quiet spot outside and witness the beauty of His creation, or even find a quite room in the house to just take a moment to meditate.
For those who believe that they just don't have the time to spare, remember this, we always make time for the important things in our lives, then how can we not make time for Him.
Be Still...Listen Carefully...You might be surprised what you hear!
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
He is one of the leading artists and activist within contemporary Christian music. Tomlin is a successful singer and songwriter whose 2005 album Arriving has sold over 500,000 copies, and whose compositions "Holy Is the Lord" and "How Great Is Our God" are among the most popular contemporary songs.
Born in Grand Saline, TX, in 1972, Tomlin grew up listening to country music and learned to play guitar from his father. At the age of nine, Tomlin accepted Jesus Christ as his savior.
Tomlin originally enrolled at Texas A&M in the early '90s to study medicine, but God had other plans for him.
Monday, October 12, 2009
Finally for Blessed Chaminade, in order to assist in Mary's mission of bringing her children to her son, Mary must be known in order to be loved and served.
Sunday, October 11, 2009
Saturday, October 10, 2009
In 1839, they brought in their first permanent guest. They began an association, received more members and more guests. Mother Marie of the Cross, as Jeanne was now known, founded six more houses for the elderly by the end of 1849, all staffed by members of her association—the Little Sisters of the Poor. By 1853 the association numbered 500 and had houses as far away as England.
Friday, October 9, 2009
One of the greatest paradoxes of our faith is that in order to discover true freedom we must learn to surrender.
If we understand the goal of the Christian life to be far more than just ceasing destructive or sinful behaviors, the goal becomes transformation. To live as a new creation, a life devoted to becoming like Christ. It is in that surrender, we receive the grace to abandon a life of selfishness and embrace a life of selflessness.
The Christian is called “to be like Him” as Father Chaminade would say. And so we must follow Jesus’ example praying, “Father not my will, but your will be done!”
As we begin the process of slowly surrendering all to God we find the peace, joy, freedom, and purpose that God intended for us.
Take a moment to listen to this week’s meditation song and pray for the ability to surrender.
"I'm letting go of myself. I'll say so long to everything else.
I just want to be in your arms. Moving ever closer to your heart."
Thursday, October 8, 2009
...One of the things that makes the least sense to me is how timid most Catholics are about Reconciliation. Yes, I know it’s an elephant in the Cathedral - who doesn’t get skittish talking about their own sinfulness? I’m amazed, though, how many faithful Mass-going Catholics I run into that go to Confession once or twice a year! Really? Maybe it’s just that I sin a lot more than everyone else, but I couldn’t stay away from the Sacrament that long.
We tend to think of Confession as emergency surgery; it’s something we turn to when we’ve made a big mistake and need to be fixed up. But Confession is a lot more like taking your vitamins - something that’s done on a regular basis. Even if you aren’t neck-deep in mortal sin, Confession is still valuable because of the grace it gives. You aren’t simply having your sins forgiven when you step into that box... you’re receiving grace upon grace to avoid sin in the future. In the same way that habitually receiving the Eucharist transforms us to be like Christ, going to confess our sins actually moves us in the direction of holiness.
Take a second to think about what the Sacrament of Confession is: Jesus is sitting next to you, hearing you pour out the ways you’ve sinned, and then forgiving each of them. He erases them into non-existence. And it’s free... the only price is paid in the humility to admit our mistakes.
If you haven’t been this month, this semester, or this year - get to Confession. Look up a time this Saturday. Your parish might even have weekday opportunities. Or pick up the phone and make an appointment - don’t be scared. We could all use a little more time in the box.
- Greg Iwinski
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
Chaminade's concept of the Sodality was to gather all Christians into a unique community of Christ's followers unafraid to be known as such, committed to living and sharing their faith, and dedicated to supporting one another in living the Gospel to the fullest.
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
Monday, October 5, 2009
Meribah has undergone many transformations since its earliest days. The one thing that has remained is the flow of youth that continue to walk through the beautiful home to challenge and grow in their faith.
Sunday, October 4, 2009
"God’s creation is one and it is good. The concerns for non-violence, sustainable development, justice and peace, and care for our environment are of vital importance for humanity. They cannot, however, be understood apart from a profound reflection upon the innate dignity of every human life from conception to natural death: a dignity conferred by God himself and thus inviolable."
-Pope Benedict XVI, Sydney, July 17, 2008
Saturday, October 3, 2009
- excerpt from the book “Praying with Francis of Assisi”
Friday, October 2, 2009
Thursday, October 1, 2009
On this very day, we are reminded of the following writings of St. Therese ;
“He wants me to love Him because He has forgiven me, not much, but everything. He did not wait for me to love Him with a great love, like Magdalene’s, but made me see that He had loved me first, with an infinite providence, so that now I may love Him in return even unto folly.”