Archive for May 4th, 2012
Today, on May 1st we celebrate the life os St. Joseph the Worker. Joseph the Worker was able to help participate in the deepest mystery of creation. Pius XII emphasized this when he said, “The spirit flows to you and to all men from the heart of the God-man, Savior of the world, but certainly, no worker was ever more completely and profoundly penetrated by it than the foster father of Jesus, who lived with Him in closest intimacy and community of family life and work.
Today on April 30th we celebrate the memorial of St Athanasius, bishop of Alexandria, Egypt and doctor of the Church, who certainly lived in interesting times. Following the cessation of the persecution of Christians when Constantine came to power in the early 4th century, a period of intense debate began about how to understand the relationship between God the Father, Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit. At the forefront of the debates was St Athanasius, who was the major defender of the divinity of the three persons in the Blessed Trinity. God Bless his faith!
Today on April 29th we, as a community, celebrate the life of St. Catherine of Siena. Though she lived her life in a faith experience and spirituality far different from that of our own time, Catherine of Siena stands as a companion with us on the Christian journey in her undivided effort to invite the Lord to take flesh in her own life. God Bless!
Today on April 28th we celebrate the feast day of St. Peter Chanel/ As a young priest he revived a parish in a poor district by the simple method of showing great devotion to the sick. Wanting to be a missionary, he joined the Society of Mary at 28. Obediently, he taught in the seminary for five years. Then, as superior of seven Marists, he traveled to Western Oceania where he was entrusted with a vicariate. God Bless!
Today on April 27th we, as a community, celebrate the life of St. Louis Mary de Montfort. St. Louis experienced challenges in his efforts to follow Jesus. Opposed at times in his preaching and in his other ministries, Louis knew with St. Paul, “Neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God, who causes the growth”. We should all share such conviction. God Bless!
Today on March 26th we celebrate the feast day of St. Pedro. As humans, we often pride ourselves on our ability to reason. But, as Pedro’s life shows, other skills may be an even more crucial element of our humanity than a clever mind: compassion, imagination, love. Unable to master studies for the priesthood despite his efforts, Pedro responded to the needs of homeless and sick people. God Bless!
Today on April 25th we celebrate St. Mark. He is usually identified with the Mark of Acts. Paul and Barnabas took him along on the first missionary journey, but for some reason Mark returned alone to Jerusalem. It is evident, from Paul’s refusal to let Mark accompany him on the second journey despite Barbabas’s insistence, that Mark had displeased Paul. Because Paul later asks Mark to visit him in prison, we may assume the trouble did not last long. God Bless!