Sunday, July 15, 2018

Mission Trip to Lourdes 1

One of Marianist high schools, Kellenberg Memorial, has sent the a second group of missionaries for summer service in St. Bernadette's town of Lourdes.

The missionaries have arrived in Bordeaux! Tomorrow they will tour the city and attend Mass with the Marianist Community of Bordeaux while they visit the holy sites associated with Blessed William Joseph Chaminade before heading to Lourdes.

May Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception protect these missionaries of mercy during their time of service.

Saturday, July 14, 2018

35th General Chapter - Society of Mary 3

Three members of our Province of Meribah are assisting at the 35th General Chapter of the Society of Mary. Here Brothers Timothy, Michael and Peter pause after their preparations for this year's Chapter has been made.

Friday, July 13, 2018

35th General Chapter - Society of Mary

The capitulants concluded their official tasks of the day by choosing, according to the Manual of Procedures, Bro. Douglas A. Roper (PE) as president of the Coordinating Committee of the Chapter and Bro. Timothy Driscoll (ME) as secretary. Fr. Ignace Pagnan (TO) was chosen as the third member of the Coordinating Committee, which will guide and organize the good progress of the Chapter.
In the afternoon the capitulants came together to celebrate the Eucharist. United in the spirit of Mary, which Blessed Chaminade called the “spirit of the Institute”, the Brothers meditated on the message of the prophet Hosea: “I will allure her; I will lead her into the desert and speak to her heart.” (Hos 2:16ff.) 

 Let us pray that the unity of the capitulants would be strengthened so that the spirit of the Society throughout the world would also grow stronger.
Brother Timothy 
Bro. Michael and Fr. Manuel
Bro. Peter

Thursday, July 12, 2018

35th General Chapter - Society of Mary

After many months of preparation and prayer, the 35th General Chapter of the Society of Mary opened with its first session at 11:00 am with 32 capitulants from five continents. The Superior General, Fr. Manuel Cort├ęs, exhorted the delegates to be conscious of this historic and grace-filled moment that the Society of Mary is living now. With prayer, asking the intercession of our Founder and the strength of the Holy Spirit, the delegates solemnly began the Chapter.

Immediately following, the capitulants voted for the official opening of the Chapter, and approved the Manual of Procedures and the Calendar proposed by the Preparatory Commission (PREPCO).

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

St. Benedict - pray for us!

Pius XII wrote about our saint for today:

Like a star in the darkness of night, Benedict of Nursia brilliantly shines, a glory not only to Italy but of the whole Church.

Saint Benedict: lived from 480-547A.D.

We do know he is the twin brother of St. Scholastica, Abbess of Plumbariola, and Foundress of the "sister" Order of Benedictines.

St. Benedict is the Patron of:

* Monks
* against fever
* against gall stones
* against inflammatory diseases
* against kidney disease
* against nettle rash
* against poison
* against temptations
* against witchcraft
* agricultural workers
* bee keepers
* cavers
* civil engineers
* coppersmiths
* dying people
* Europe
* farm workers
* farmers
* Italian architects
He is the Founder of the Benedictine Order, known as the father of Western Monasticism as most monks today still follow his rule. In his time he founded twelve small monastaries, the most famous of which is Monte Cassino, the "cradle of the Benedictine Order, which housed at one time or another such great saints as:

•Saint Apollinaris
•Saint Bernard Valeara
•Saint Bonitus of Monte Cassino
•Saint Clinius of Pontecorvo
•Saint Constantine of Monte Cassino
•Saint Deusdedit of Montecassino
•Saint Maurus
•Saint Petronax of Monte Cassino
•Saint Placid

There are a bazillion other saints hailing from the Benedictine Order!

St. Benedict's iconography often shows him, with an abbot's staff and a raven, since it was a raven that brought him his daily bread while he lived as a hermit in the desert. Jealous monks one (at least) tried to poison St. Benedict's wine, but at the sign of the cross over the goblet, it shattered, saving the abbot from the poison. This is the meaning of the snake within the goblet. Known for his gift of prophesy, St. Benedict is also shown with a closed book, indicating the mystery of his knowlege.

Things to do for the feast:

* Order your own copy of the original Rule of St. Benedict.
* Since St. Benedict is the patron of beekeepers, you could read up today on bees and bee keeping this day.

* Learn about the medal of St. Benedict.

* But, the best thing to do on the Feast of St. Benedict is follow his motto: Ora et Labora ~
Work and Pray.

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

St. Benedict - Listen

“Listen carefully, my child,
to your master’s precepts,
and incline the ear of your heart (Prov. 4:20).

Receive willingly and carry out effectively
your loving father’s advice,
that by the labor of obedience
you may return to Him
from whom you had departed by the sloth of disobedience.

To you, therefore, my words are now addressed,
whoever you may be,
who are renouncing your own will
to do battle under the Lord Christ, the true King,
and are taking up the strong, bright weapons of obedience.

And first of all,
whatever good work you begin to do,
beg of Him with most earnest prayer to perfect it,
that He who has now deigned to count us among His children
may not at any time be grieved by our evil deeds.
For we must always so serve Him
with the good things He has given us,
that He will never as an angry Father disinherit His children,
nor ever as a dread Lord, provoked by our evil actions,
deliver us to everlasting punishment
as wicked servants who would not follow Him to glory.”
–the beginning of the Rule of St. Benedict, whose feast we celebrate tomorrow.

Monday, July 9, 2018

Spread the Good News

The New Evangelization calls each of us to spread the Good News in ways that it has never been done before. We have to understand that we have a part as well - we are to take the message to all people.

We need to be willing to go out of our way to bring the message. We need to be willing to give ample opportunities to respond to the message. And we need to understand and communicate that there are consequences for rejecting the message, because the message of repentance and faith in Christ is still relevant today.

So here’s the question: who do you know right now, in your immediate sphere of influence that you can be praying for?

Someone who you can either tell about Jesus yourself, or give a tastefully done tract to, or invite to Church, or whatever.

Someone who needs to hear the message maybe one more time.

So who are you thinking of? Commit to praying for them. This summer is a great time to be inviting people to Church, especially this Sunday.

So if nothing else, be praying that God will help you invite someone and that they will accept the invitation. I promise they’ll hear the Good News.

Sunday, July 8, 2018

St. Benedict - relevant for today

So how does St. Benedict speak to us today?

How does he address the issues that we face?

How, particularly, does he speak to grade school or high school communities on Long Island, New York.

Can it be that this tiny Rule, written some 1500 years ago for men in rural Italy, is still vibrant, life-giving and relevant?

I believe it is. I believe that in Benedict we find a man with vision and practical wisdom whom we can hear because he speaks out of his personal experiences. It is precisely because he has such a grasp of the human psyche and how it works that he can touch us with practical wisdom and insight.

Saturday, July 7, 2018

St. Benedict - the Rule

The Benedictine tradition and the Rule of Benedict that shapes it, has had this role for 1500 years: prayer and work to light a flame so that the world does not run aground and destroy itself.

The great monastic Benedict of Nursia (he had a twin sister Scholastica, also sainted. Benedict turned his back on what society had to offer. Like the Desert Fathers and Mothers from whom he learned much, he went into the mountains to grow as a Christian in solitude, at last spending three years in a cave outside the town of Subiaco. Students came to him seeking wisdom, and a nearby monastery asked if he would serve as abbot.

This first experiment did not turn out well; the brothers rejected Benedict. But in the years following, he synthesized half a dozen existing monastic codes as he established a dozen monasteries, learning, listening, and praying about how people from very different walks of life might live, work, and pray together as Christian monastics.

The result was one of the formative documents of Western Civilization, the Benedictine Rule. Its virtues are many: Benedict's Rule is simpler and less restrictive than eak in ways that are appropriate if not extravagant. In doing so, he was enabling a healthy and lifelong Christian journey in community.

A medieval saying records that "A lamb can bathe in the Rule without drowning, while an elephant can swim in it." It is at once, accessible and deep. The Rule welcomes Christians of all stations, experiences, and degrees of knowledge to band together, learn together, love each other, and grow together toward God. A central difference between this monastic theology and that of the Desert is that the Benedictine Way sees us progressing toward God primarily in community, rather than primarily through our own efforts. The Rule is, in a real sense, about our salvation together.rlier monastic codes, making common sense decisions about how people should dress, sleep, eat, and drink

Friday, July 6, 2018

St. Benedict - bless your food

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Saint Benedict was born in a small town in central Italy to noble parents. He had all the blessings that wealthy Roman life could provide in the late fifth century, but, at the turn of that century, he realized how horrendous society was, rejected the dissolute lifestyles he saw all around him and spent three years living as a hermit in a cave by himself.

Eventually, a group of monks begged him to come to their community and become their abbot, the head of a monastic community. He agreed and they regretted it. After a short period under his strict governance, the monks tried to poison him—twice actually. First, they poisoned his cup. When Benedict prayed a blessing over the chalice, it shattered. The monks likewise poisoned his bread. When he blessed the bread, a raven flew into the the room and swooped off with the poisoned bread. Let that be a lesson to you: always bless your food before you eat it!

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Happy 4th !

There is probably no document in the history of the United States of America that has had a more profound influence upon our nation than the Declaration of Independence. Its implicit meaning not only reflected the attitude of those who strove to separate themselves from the tyranny of England, but has also guided the principles of freedom for a nation for over two-hundred years.

There have been many revolutions and many upheavals since then. Yet there is only one America, only one United States. And we, in this greatest of countries, have a legacy to uphold and a purpose to continue, something that goes beyond petty differences in party or thought, something that in the end will, as it must, bring us all together.

We are all Americans.

Happy Birthday America!

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

XXXV Marianist General Chapter Prayer



Loving Father, you formed us as men in your likeness
and shared with us your gifts of knowledge and creativity.
Pour out your Holy Spirit upon us that we may be both bold and prudent as we discern the path you invite us to walk.

Make us more devoted sons of your servant, William Joseph Chaminade.
Let us be what he called us to be:
“other Sons of Mary”, conformed to the likeness of her adorable Son.
As Brothers united in prayer and mission, let us be “the man who never dies,” zealous for the salvation of souls, and untiring in our efforts to form communities of faith.

With gratitude born of two centuries of apostolic life and mission,
let us look to the future with hope and courage.
Guide the deliberations and decisions of our General Chapter.
Inspire the capitulants to be alert and attentive as Mary was at Cana.
Open their ears to hear with faith,
and their hearts to respond with obedience to the needs of the Church and our world, so that all of us, together as Brothers, may respond faithfully and fruitfully
to Mary’s invitation: “Do whatever he tells you.”

Monday, July 2, 2018

Jairus' daughter

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Some people come from the house of Jairus to tell him that his daughter is dead. But overhearing what they say, Jesus says to Jairus, "Do not fear, only believe." He's challenging Jairus to trust with the very same conviction that the bleeding woman had just shown. 

Jesus cuts through a commotion of people weeping and wailing loudly, and enters the house. He asks them, "Why do you make a commotion and weep? The child is not dead but sleeping," (v. 39). They laugh at him, like the abusive high school classmates who mock.

But Jesus kicks them out and gathers the child's father and mother, along with his disciples. He takes the girl by the hand and says to her, "Little girl, get up!" And Mark tells us that immediately the girl gets up and begins to walk about. Jesus saves her not only from illness, but from death itself.

And the witnesses? Not surprisingly, they are "overcome with amazement."

Sunday, July 1, 2018

The Sunday Word

James Tissot, 1836-1902 The Bleeding WomanJesus has come to save us from anything that can damage, divide or destroy us. And he does this not only through his unique powers, but through our willingness to trust him.

Notice that Jesus says to the woman, "Your faith has saved you." It is her willingness to trust Jesus that permits the healing power of God to flow into her. Jesus says that her faith is the source of her healing, rather than his clothes or even his touch. She's saved by her willingness to believe that Jesus is the hero sent by God to do a rescue mission on Earth. After commending her for her faith, Jesus says, "Go in peace, and be healed of your disease."

Catholic Experience - 2018

The Catholic Experience enjoyed the week of camp while using Founder's Hollow as sustenance and rest.