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Spiritual direction for today and tomorrow

June 16th, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized

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Spiritual direction is not only for those seeking to discern a vocation to the priesthood or vowed religious life. Often, a life crisis or deep desire to better clarify someone’s relationship with God can be the catalyst to seek a spiritual director.

Father Bill Murphy, director of spiritual formation at Pope St. John XXIII National Seminary in Weston, Massachusetts, says, “The benefit of spiritual direction for someone who engages it is that there’s a relationship with someone that’s ongoing and who can help the directee connect the dots in his or her life regarding the movement of the Spirit in his or her own life.” Read more »

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What is spiritual direction?

June 16th, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized

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Have you ever sat down for coffee with a good friend and found yourself sharing a problem with her? This friend is a good listener and suddenly you find her showing you your own problem, perhaps in your own words, but in a new light.

She’s not telling you what to do. But she’s looked at the prism of your life from a different angle than you have, and she turns it gently toward you so that you see the light from that side, too.

In a very real sense, that is what spiritual direction can be. Read more »

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Living Our Faith: Spiritual direction

June 16th, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized

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Spiritual direction is not only for those discerning vocations to the priesthood or religious life, but for anyone searching for a closer

Spiritual direction is for anyone searching for a closer relationship with God. (Thinkstock)

Spiritual direction is for anyone searching for a closer relationship with God. (Thinkstock)

relationship with God.

A spiritual director accompanies us, helps us to see and listen to where the Spirit is moving in our lives.

By conversation and questioning, a good spiritual director helps directees to make their own decisions.

Scripture, as a place of encounter with God, can serve as a special resource for spiritual direction.

 

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Pope Francis, Rabbi Skorka join effort to promote friendship across faiths

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VATICAN CITY — Reaching out to people of other religions can be both challenging and enriching for individuals and is the only hope for true peace in the world, said a variety of religious leaders, including Pope Francis. Read more »

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Faith & Sports — Conference looks at ‘Sport at the service of humanity’

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VILLANOVA, Pa. — Last October, the Vatican hosted a groundbreaking conference to explore the ways faith and sports could act together to spark positive social change, and encourage greater inclusivity, commitment and inspiration on a multicultural global stage.

This June, coaches, chaplains, campus ministers, university administrators and others from across the United States gathered at Villanova University to explore ways to make that vision concrete in the world of collegiate sports. Read more »

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Saint of the Week: St. Emily de Vialar

June 15th, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized Tags:

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St. Emily de Vialar

Feast Day: June 17

Emily was the only daughter of a French baron. At 15 she left school in Paris to become her widowed father’s companion in

St. Emily (Emilie) de Viala  (CNS?image provide by  Sisters of Saint Joseph of the Apparition/permission granted for editorial use)

St. Emily (Emilie) de Viala
(CNS?image provide by Sisters of Saint Joseph of the Apparition/permission granted for editorial use)

Gaillac. Despite his wishes, Emily would not marry, and for 15 years tended neglected children and the poor. In 1832, when her maternal grandfather left her a fortune, she bought a large house in Gaillac, which became the first home of the Congregation of Sisters of St. Joseph of the Apparition. In 1835, the order won approval and Emily and 17 other sisters professed vows. Their charisms were care of the needy and education. Emily oversaw the formation of 40 houses, before dying from complications of a hernia she’d gotten in her youth while doing a good deed.

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Sunday Scripture readings, June 18, 2017

June 15th, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized Tags:

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Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ (Corpus Christi)

            Cycle A. Readings:

            1) Deuteronomy 8:2-3, 14b-16a

            Psalm 147:12-15, 19-20

            2) 1 Corinthians 10:16-17

            Gospel: John 6:51-58

 

My grandfather had been away from the church for more than 50 years. I only saw him a handful of times in my life because we always lived on opposite sides of the country.

I have a few memories of him though. When I was 16, he came for a visit, and I shook his hand with a rather limp effort. He looked me in the eye and proceeded to teach me how to shake another man’s hand: with a firm but not too powerful grip. I have put that into practice ever since. Read more »

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A biblical reading of fatherhood

June 9th, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized

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In his Letter to the Ephesians, St. Paul said that he knelt “before the Father from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named” (Eph 3:14-15).

All human fathers find the source and model of their vocation in our heavenly Father. They are called, like every person, to “be perfect, just as your heavenly Father is perfect” (Mt 5:48).

No father can live this calling out completely on this side of heaven. But with the help of God’s grace, they can improve in their life of love and service to their families from day to day. Read more »

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Two experiences of fatherhood

June 9th, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized

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Fatherhood is a divine gift that too often goes unrecognized and unremarked upon. It is a vocation of love and a complete giving of self. As with any vocation, fatherhood is fundamentally not about the father himself, but about how he relates to others: as protector, defender and sanctifier of his family.

In recent years, there has been an increased focus on the importance of the vocation of fatherhood. With role models such as St. Joseph, St. Louis Martin (father of St. Therese of Lisieux) and, above all, God, our heavenly father, it is clear that fatherhood must flow from a place of deep spirituality. Read more »

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How can fatherhood possibly be a vocation?

June 9th, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized

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I am the same father today that I was 44 years ago when my parenthood journey began. Yet, paradoxically, I am not the same. Fatherhood changed me!

Fatherhood, after all, encompasses a vast commitment, and no real, ongoing commitment leaves people as it found them. Read more »

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