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Embracing (if not understanding) what mystics share with us

June 23rd, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized

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To the side of the altar at the church of Santa Maria della Vittoria in Rome, not far from the Termini train station, is one of the High Baroque era’s most famous sculptures: The Ecstasy of Saint Teresa.

Completed by Roman master Gian Lorenzo Bernini in 1652 (only 70 years after Teresa’s death and 30 after her canonization), the white marble sculpture depicts a vision of the 16th-century saint from Avila — the reformer of the Discalced Carmelites — in which she is pierced by an angel’s golden spear, a moment she said left her “all on fire with a great love of God.” Read more »

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How do we understand mysticism today?

June 23rd, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized

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In the church of Santa Maria della Vittoria in Rome stands what art critics believe to be one of the great masterpieces of the Baroque era: The Ecstasy of Saint Teresa by Gian Lorenzo Bernini.

The 17th-century statue, in stunning white marble, is also perhaps the most powerful artistic depiction of the mystical experience.

In Bernini’s classic sculpture, the great mystic St. Teresa of Avila lies back, her eyes closed, her mouth gaping open, as an angel of the Lord pierces her with a golden spear. Read more »

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Living Our Faith: Mysticism

June 23rd, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized

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A statue of St. Joseph is seen in Rome. An angel "appeared to Joseph in a dream and said, 'Rise, take the child and his mother, flee to Egypt, and stay there until I tell you'" (Mt 2:13). Was this a mystical experience? The Gospel's assurance is that Joseph experienced an intimate connection between his family and God. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

A statue of St. Joseph is seen in Rome. An angel “appeared to Joseph in a dream and said, ‘Rise, take the child and his mother, flee to Egypt, and stay there until I tell you'” (Mt 2:13). Was this a mystical experience? The Gospel’s assurance is that Joseph experienced an intimate connection between his family and God. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

 

 

 

Pope Francis defines a mystic as one who “experiences the intimate connection between God and all beings.”

The Catholic tradition boasts great saints who were mystics, including St. Joan of Arc, St. Teresa of Avila and St. Hildegard of Bingen.

How do we reconcile mystical experiences today in an age of skepticism?

If God is in all things, and intimately involved in our lives, then perhaps we are all called to be mystics on some level.

           

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Bishops urge renewed dedication to efforts to protect religious liberty

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WASHINGTON  — In launching this year’s Fortnight for Freedom, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops is calling for renewed dedication to protecting religious freedom.

“Freedom for Mission” is the theme of the 2017 Fortnight for Freedom, taking place June 21 to July 4. The 14-day observance of action, education and prayer focused on religious freedom began in 2012, stemming from a 12-page statement released that June by the bishops’ Ad Hoc Committee for Religious Liberty titled “Our First, Most Cherished Liberty.” Read more »

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A place for rest and reflection

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Ministry of Caring dedicates Mary’s Garden in former home of St. Patrick’s Senior Center

WILMINGTON — For almost a year, the administrative offices of the Ministry of Caring have been located in one place, at the former St. Patrick’s Senior Center, instead of four different locations. Now, the staff, clients and neighbors have a quiet place for rest and reflection to go along with it.

Bishop Malooly was on hand June 19 with Ministry of Caring founder and executive director Brother Ronald Giannone to bless and dedicate Mary’s Garden behind the building, which is located on 14th Street in Wilmington. The garden is dedicated in honor of Dolores and Pio Abessinio, the parents of Rocco Abessinio, who has contributed to numerous charitable causes in the diocese. Read more »

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Global rosary relay prompted by words from Mary, says organizer

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WASHINGTON — The eighth annual global rosary relay June 23 involves 125 shrines in 63 countries throughout the world.

 With 25 new sites, there’s an expectation that 10 million people will be saying the rosary in support of priestly vocations and the sanctification of priests. Read more »

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Saint of the Week: John the Baptist

June 21st, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized Tags:

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Nativity of John the Baptist

Feast: June 24

St. John the Baptist, by Leonardo da Vinci (Wikimedia Commons/PD/USA)

St. John the Baptist, by Leonardo da Vinci (Wikimedia Commons/PD/USA)

In the Gospels, John, a kinsman of Jesus through their mothers, preached repentance and baptized to prepare for the Messiah’s coming. This feast marks his exceptional birth to the aged priest Zechariah and the equally aged and barren Elizabeth. The angel Gabriel announces his birth in a vision to Zechariah, who hesitates in believing and is struck mute until eight days after John’s birth. Then, Zechariah, in a beautiful canticle that ends the first chapter of Luke’s Gospel, proclaims that John “will be called prophet of the Most High.” John’s eventual beheading is commemorated with an Aug. 29 feast. A patron saint of Canada and Jordan, John is also the patron of Florence and the Knights Hospitaller of St. John.

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Sunday Scripture readings, June 25, 2017

June 21st, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized Tags:

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June 25, Twelfth Sunday in Ordinary Time

            Cycle A. Readings

            1) Jeremiah 20:10-13

            Psalm 69:8-10, 14, 17, 33-35

            2) Romans 5:12-15

            Gospel: Matthew 10:26-33

 

By mid-June, school vacation days have begun across most of the country. Breakneck schedules for families subside. During this blessed time, travel is usually on the agenda. Those of us who live where it is hot long to go to some place cool. On the other hand, those who have endured months of living in a deep freeze often plan trips to sunny realms.

No matter what direction the compass may lead us, the summer itinerary of most vacationers will include a visit to at least one historical site. Walking the same ground where our fellow human beings have been put to the test often mesmerizes us. Their past becomes part of our past, and their stories become part of our own. Read more »

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Judge OKs court challenge to California’s assisted suicide law

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SAN FRANCISCO (CNS) — A Superior Court judge ruled June 16 that a civil rights lawsuit challenging California’s assisted suicide law will go forward.

Riverside County Superior Court Judge Daniel J. Ottolia denied California Attorney General Xavier Becerra’s motion for judgment on the pleadings, which had asked the judge to decide the case against the plaintiffs without a trial. Read more »

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How can Catholics use Scripture in spiritual direction?

June 16th, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized

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What is the Bible, if not about spiritual direction? Open up to a page, any page, and you are bound to find something that offers insight and guidance of one form or another.

Of course, with 73 books (46 Old Testament, 27 New) from which to choose, plus any number of commentaries, interpretations and analyses for each, Scripture can, for some, seem rather intimidating. Read more »

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