Sunday, January 27, 2013

Lenten Prayer Workshop

Living a Discerning Life:  A lenten prayer experience.  On Saturday February 16, join us for a prayer workshop focused on praying with Sacred Scripture and Ignatian rules of discernment.  The workshop will begin with Mass, followed by light refreshments, presentations and an opportunity for prayer.

 Mass:  9:00 a.m. - Christ the King
Workshop: John Paul II Room                                   
Time:  9:45 – 2:00 p.m.
Cost:  donation
To register or for more information contact:
Jeannette Barbacane ( or
Tesa Fleming (

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Prepare the Way of the Lord

PREPARE the Way of the Lord:  An Advent prayer experience.  On Saturday December 8, the feast of the Immaculate Conception, join us for a prayer workshop focused on praying with Sacred Scripture.  The workshop will begin with Mass, followed by light refreshments, presentations and an opportunity for prayer.

Prepare the Way of the Lord.
  Make straight His paths.
Mark 1:3b

Mass: 9:00 a.m. - Christ the King
Workshop: Mengling Room                                   
Time:  9:45 – 1:00 p.m.
Cost:  donation


To register or for more information contact:
Jeannette Barbacane ( or
Tesa Fleming (


Thursday, August 30, 2012

The Truth is the Truth

 The Truth is the Truth; there is no compromise, says Benedict XVI.

The Pope made this observation in today's general audience, as he reflected on the feast of the martyrdom of St. John the Baptist, celebrated today.
John "did not keep silent about the truth, and thus he died for Christ who is the Truth. For love of the truth, he did not give in to compromises with those who were powerful, nor was he afraid to address strong words to the one who lost his way to God," he said.
Though dedicating today's audience address to this saint, Christ's cousin and precursor, the Holy Father also continued his series on prayer, as he noted that John's strength can be traced to his contact with God.
"We ask: where does this life [in John's figure] come from, this interiority, which is so strong, so principled, so consistent, which is spent so totally for God and in preparing the way for Jesus? The answer is simple: from his relationship with God, from prayer, which is the guiding thread of his entire life."
"The entire life of Jesus' precursor was nourished by his relationship with God, especially during the time he spent in the wilderness (cf. Luke 1:80); the wilderness, a place of temptation, but also a place where man feels his own poverty, for there he is deprived of all support and material security, and he comes to understand that the only secure reference point is God himself," the Pontiff reflected.
John is not only a man of prayer, but also a guide in prayer, Benedict continued. He is also, the Pope said, an example to encourage steadfastness in our own day.
"Celebrating the martyrdom of St. John the Baptist also reminds us -- Christians in our own times -- that we cannot give into compromise when it comes to our love for Christ, for his Word, for his Truth," he said. "The Truth is the Truth; there is no compromise. The Christian life requires, as it were, the 'martyrdom' of daily fidelity to the Gospel; the courage, that is, to allow Christ to increase in us and to direct our thoughts and actions.
"But this can only occur in our lives if our relationship with God is strong. Prayer is not time lost, nor does it steal space away from our activities, even those that are apostolic; it is exactly the opposite: only if we are able to have a life of faithful, constant, trusting prayer, will God himself give us the ability and strength to live in happiness and peace, to overcome difficulties and to courageously bear witness to him. May St. John the Baptist intercede for us, that we might always maintain the primacy of God in our lives."
--Pope Benedict XVI, quoted in ZENIT

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

For the Greater Glory of God

On this Feast of St Ignatius of Loyola, here is an excerpt from him (from Magnificat, 2010 p. 420):

(describing a time of desolation)"...Our old enemy places before us every obstacle to divert us from what has begun, attacking us very much. He acts completely counter to the first lesson, often plunging us into sadness without our knowing why we are sad. Nor can we pray with any devotion...

So here the person fighting has to identify the enemy. If it is a time of consolation, we must lower and abase ourselves, and reflect that soon the trial of temptation will come. If temptation, darkness, or sadness come, we must act against them without allowing any bitterness, and wait in patience for the Lord's consolation, which will evaporate all disturbances and shadows from outside."

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Truth Stumbles in the Public Square

"Lo, the hand of the Lord is not too short to save, nor his ear too dull to hear.  Rather it is your sins that make him hide his face so that he will not hear you...

"That is why right is far from us and justice does not reach us.  We look for light, and lo, darkness; for brightness, but we walk in gloom...

"Right is repelled, justice stands far off; For truth stumbles in the public square, uprightness cannot enter."
--all from Isaiah chapter 59.

The pharisees responded to Pilate "We have no king but Caesar."  America was founded as a republic, refusing to be led by an earthly king.  More room for the King of Kings to be our ruler.  Somewhere along the line, our refrain has changed to "I have no king but myself."--a far cry from "To Jesus Christ our sovereign King!"  Yet the truth remains, He is our King.  Whether acknowledged or not, He is King.  Pray for our nation, that we return to the truth and proclaim Him King -- in the public square.

Friday, July 20, 2012

Direct Your Gaze

"Wherever we direct our mental gaze, there we may be said to stand.  That is why Elijah said:  'The Lord lives, in whose sight I stand.'  He did indeed stand before God, for his heart was intent on God. 

"That the Jews gazed at the pillar of cloud and stood at the doors of their tents in adoration, has this meaning:  when the human mind perceives these high and heavenly things -- albeit in image-- the elevation of its thought has already lifted it free from the limits of its bodily habitation; and although it is denied sight of the divine substance, it humbly adores Him whose power it can already see by spiritual illumination.   --from Liturgy of the Hours, Carmelite Proper, Office of Readings for July 20

Where is your gaze directed?  That is where you will stand.

Monday, July 16, 2012

Our Lady of Mt. Carmel

This feast, instituted in the 14th century by the Carmelite Order, commemorates the anniversary of the day in 1251 when the Blessed Mother gave the brown scapular to St. Simon Stock. "The scapular is an external sign of the filial relationship established between the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother and Queen of Mount Carmel, and the faithful who entrust themselves totally to her protection, who have recourse to her maternal intercession, who are mindful of the primacy of the spiritual life and the need for prayer" (Directory on Popular Piety and the Liturgy 205)

"The Blessed Virgin Mary watches unceasingly with a mother's loving care over the brethren of her Son, and lights us along our pilgrim way to the Mount of your Glory, our beacon of comfort, and the embodiment of all our hopes as members of the Church" (Preface for Our Lady of Mount Carmel). -- taken from The Magnificat, July 16, 2010 page 235

In the spirituality of the Carmelite Order, the blessed Virgin Mary shows the way to all who believe in her Son. She says to the servants at the wedding feast in Cana: "Do whatever he tells you" (John 2:5). Let us pray that we be granted the grace to fulfill her words on this feast day.

--from the website of the Saint James Vicariate for Hebrew speaking Catholics in Israel

Novena to the Holy Spirit

"Wait for the promise of the will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you." Acts 1:5,6

Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful and enkindle in them the fire of your love. Send forth your Spirit, and they shall be created, and you shall renew the face of the earth.

Let us pray.

O, God, who by the light of the Holy Spirit, did instruct the hearts of the faithful, grant that by the same Holy Spirit we may be truly wise and ever enjoy His consolations. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.