Visitation of the BVM, Friday, 31-05-19

Zephaniah 3:14-18 or Romans 12:9-16 / Luke 1:39-56

Mary sings of God’s goodness: “The Lord has exalted my lowliness.”

Amado Nervo was a Mexican mystic and poet who died in 1919. One of his poems captures the spirit of Mary’s song in today’s reading. He wrote:
“I’m only a spark, Make me a fire.
I’m only a string, Make me a lyre.

Feast of the Visitation of BVM - Liturgy

Luke presents Mary as the Ark of the Covenant coming to Jerusalem to show that God is present among his people to bring them joy. This is why the child leaps (that is, dances for joy) in Elizabeth's womb. With Christ, God comes to live not in a temple of stone but in the hearts of people. Through Christ living in Mary God's victory over evil has begun. A person in whom Christ lives - a Christ-bearer, a Christopher - brings Christ to others, and with Christ, joy and love. 

6th Week of Easter, Thursday, 30-05-19

Acts 18:1-8 / John 16:16-20

Jesus speaks about his leaving: “In a little while and you will no longer see me” (Jn 16/16)
Someone said hindsight is always 20/20. But hindsight is what you don’t have at the time.

Easter 6th Week Thursday - Liturgical Prayers:

Introduction: Many people are lamenting because they do not feel the presence of God, particularly in moments of deep sorrow. At the occasion of the death of a beloved person one hears often: "Where is God now? He has deserted us!" It was a thought many Jews expressed during the "Shoah" (holocaust, literally "destruction,"). Yet some tenaciously held on to God, saying that it was God who suffered there at the hands of people.

Ascension - Liturgical Prayers

The Risen Lord Jesus now lives
in the glory of the Father.
Through the Spirit of courage and love
may he always be with you.
R/ And also with you.

Easter 7 Sunday C - That they may be One

From the Connections:
In John’s account of the Last Supper, after his final teachings to his disciples before the events of his passion begin, Jesus addresses his Father in heaven. He begins praying for himself, that he may obediently bring to completion the work of redemption entrusted to him by the Father. Next, he prays for his disciples, that they may faithfully proclaim the word he has taught them. Finally (today’s Gospel periscope), Jesus prays for the future Church – us – that we may be united in the “complete” love that binds the Father to the Son and the Son to his Church, and that in our love for one another the world may come to know God.

May 27-Jun 1: Easter 6th Week Reflections

May 27- June 1: May 27 Monday (St. Augustine of Canterbury): John 15:26–16:4(The next homily is on Memorial Day) 26 But when the Counselor comes, whom I shall send to you from the Father, even the Spirit of truth, who proceeds from the Father, he will bear witness to me; 27 and you also are witnesses, because you have been with me from the beginning. (John 16) 1 “I have said all this to you to keep you from falling away. 2 They will put you out of the synagogues; indeed, the hour is coming when whoever kills you will think he is offering service to God. 3 And they will do this because they have not known the Father, nor me. 4 But I have said these things to you, that when their hour comes you may remember that I told you of them.  “I did not say these things to you from the beginning, because I was with you.

6th Sunday of Easter C - ML

Four-year-old Marion West shouted and jumped for joy each noon when her mother came home from work on her lunch break. Her mother would pick her up at the neighbor’s. They’d hurry home, eat lunch, and play together. But Marion would become hysterical when her mother left again after lunch.

Dirty Beans - New Life

M̳y̳ m̳o̳t̳h̳e̳r̳ u̳s̳e̳d̳ t̳o̳ c̳o̳o̳k̳ b̳e̳a̳n̳s̳,̳ b̳u̳t̳ b̳e̳f̳o̳r̳e̳ s̳h̳e̳ c̳o̳o̳k̳e̳d̳ t̳h̳e̳ b̳e̳a̳n̳s̳,̳ s̳h̳e̳ p̳i̳c̳k̳e̳d̳ t̳h̳e̳ b̳a̳d̳ a̳n̳d̳ d̳i̳r̳t̳y̳ b̳e̳a̳n̳s̳ a̳n̳d̳ t̳h̳r̳e̳w̳ t̳h̳e̳m̳ a̳t̳ o̳u̳r̳ b̳a̳c̳k̳y̳a̳r̳d̳ 
a̳n̳d̳ o̳n̳l̳y̳ c̳o̳o̳k̳e̳d̳ t̳h̳e̳ g̳o̳o̳d̳ b̳e̳a̳n̳s̳.̳


It is truly the greatest show on Earth, an ode to a diverse & democratic ethos, where 700  million + of humanity vote, providing their  small part in directing their ancient civilization into the future.

Easter 6 Sunday C - Liturgical Prayers

As the Spirit reminds us of Jesus' teaching,
may the love of the Father and the Son
and the peace of our risen Lord
be always with you.
R/ And also with you.

May 20-25: Easter 5th Week: Weekday Reflections

May 20-25: May 20 Monday (St. Bernadine of Sienna, Priest): Jn 14:21-26: 21 He who has my commandments and keeps them, he it is who loves me; and he who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I will love him and manifest myself to him.” 22 Judas (not Iscariot) said to him, “Lord, how is it that you will manifest yourself to us, and not to the world?” 23 Jesus answered him, “If a man loves me, he will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him. 24 He who does not love me does not keep my words; and the word which you hear is not mine but the Father’s who sent me. 25 “These things I have spoken to you, while I am still with you. 26 But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you.

Easter 4 Sunday C - Liturgical Prayers

Greetings (See Second Reading)
The Lamb on the throne will be our shepherd
and will lead us to springs of living water.
God will wipe away all tears from our eyes.
May this Lamb of God, Jesus our Lord,
be always with you.
R/ And also with you.

Easter 4 Sunday C: Good Shepherd

Michel de Verteuil
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