Saturday, January 21, 2017

Sunday January 22 , 2017

"He called them, and immediately they left their boat and their father and followed him." -- Matthew 4:21-22
"He called them, and immediately they left their boat and their father and followed him." -- Matthew 4:21-22

Jan. 22, Third Sunday in Ordinary Time
      1) Isaiah 8:23-9:3
      Psalm 27:1, 4, 13-14
      2) 1 Corinthians 1:10-13, 17
      Gospel: Matthew 4:12-23

By Jeff Hedglen
Catholic News Service
In my work as the Catholic campus minister at a large state school, I spend a lot of time commiserating with college students about their futures. Some come to the university with a definite plan. They know their major, the list and order of classes needed for their degree and what internships will best put them on track to reach their goals. But alas, such college students are the exception, not the rule.
According to National Center for Education Statistics, about 80 percent of students in the U.S. end up changing their major at least once and, on average, college students change their major at least three times over the course of their college career. Yet even among students who are certain about their choice of major, many often do not know what kind of career they want to pursue after college.
These major-changing nomads of the halls of higher education are very much like the people described in today's Scriptures: a people walking in darkness, longing for the light, any light!
While dark and directionless times are hard and often longer than four years of college, there is nothing like the look on a student's face when he or she finally has some peace regarding the direction for his or her life. It's as though this big, life-defining decision they have been waiting for, seemingly forever, has finally come and made a home within them.
I imagine it is this exact experience, taken to a transcendent level, that the first disciples felt when Jesus asked them to follow him. They had been waiting, not just for their whole lives, but with the entire nation of Israel, they had been waiting for centuries. They had wandered in spiritual darkness all this time and finally the Light had come.
When the darkness is so deep and has lasted for so long, the light is especially bright. It is this circumstance that fueled the scene in Matthew's Gospel: "(Jesus) called them, and immediately they left their boat and their father and followed him."
Whether we are seeking direction in this life or directions to the next life, we all experience times of darkness, but as the psalmist says, "The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom should I fear?"
When was a time of darkness that you have come through? What is something you have left behind to follow Jesus?
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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Church Unity Octave January 18 - 25

St. Francis Chapel, Graymoor, Garrison NY
St. Francis Chapel, Graymoor, Garrison NY
January 18th begins the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. This year prayer for unity among Christians is particularly significant, as 2017 marks the 500th anniversary of the beginning of the Protestant Reformation. The theme is: "Reconciliation: The Love of Christ Compels Us".
We should remember that this observance has Franciscan roots, being the initiative of Fr. Paul Wattson (1863-1940) and Mother Lurana White (1870-1935), founders of the Society of the Atonement. In 1895, Lurana, then a young religious in the Anglican (Episcopal) Church, was looking for an Anglican congregation that lived St. Francis' vision of corporate poverty and turned to Fr Paul for assistance. Finding none, they founded the Society of the Atonement in 1898 at Graymoor, in Garrison, N.Y.

For the name of the new congregation, Fr. Paul was inspired by a passage in St. Paul's Letter to the Romans: "we also joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have now received the atonement" (5:11). He interpreted this passage literally to mean "at-one-ment": the new society would work and pray to gather into one those who were previously dispersed. Fr. Paul initiated the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity in 1908, and the following year the Society was received corporately into full communion with the Catholic Church. This reunion was facilitated by another Franciscan, the Apostolic Delegate to the United States, Archbishop Diomede Falconio, OFM. The Society of the Atonement, in its men's and women's branches, follows the Third Order Regular Franciscan Rule, and working for unity among Christians remains one of its principal missions

Monday, January 9, 2017

Creating a Culture of Encounter Week January 8-14 2017

Action Alert for National Migration Week 2017: Creating a Culture of Encouter (No subject)