Saints Simon and Jude October 28

Posted by DanK on Oct 29, 2015 12:14:00 PM

Today the Church celebrates the feast of Saints Simon and Jude. Today’s Gospel reading comes from the Gospel according to Luke (6:12-16). Luke narrates that Jesus spent the night in prayer before he made the choice of his closest circle of disciples, the twelve apostles. Because there were two Simons and two Judases among the twelve, Luke gives some added descriptions for this pair of apostles. 

Simon is called a “Zealot” which indicates that he was a member of the Zealot movement, or at least a sympathizer. The Zealots sought the violent overthrow of the Roman government and the reestablishment of the sovereignty of the people of Israel.

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Having Faith When It’s Not Easy

Posted by GuestBlogger on Oct 28, 2015 12:06:00 PM

I love going on retreats. I went on my first significant religious retreat as a junior in high school, and since then, I’ve attended at least one or two retreats per year. I love just being able to remove myself from all the worries of everyday life to focus entirely on my relationship with God, and I also love giving back to these retreats by helping lead them. With every retreat I’ve gone on, though, I’ve always had to deal with this question:

How do I keep the spiritual lessons I learned on the retreat once I get back to the real world?

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Sacraments and Sacramentality

Posted by GuestBlogger on Oct 27, 2015 12:05:00 PM

It is sown a physical body, it is raised a spiritual body. If there is a physical body, there is also a spiritual body. —1 Corinthians 15:44

Think for a moment of anything stunningly beautiful that has ever taken you completely out of yourself. Perhaps it was a newborn baby or a thunderstorm, a breaching whale or a magnificent symphony. Try to remember how it made you feel in the moment when you stopped thinking and just let yourself be lifted up and carried away.

When this happens to me, I feel limitless and radiant, as if God’s bright hand had touched me and given me a glimpse of my truest, holiest purpose. Though the experience may be fleeting, I long to act on the glorious sense of discovery that is rising inside me, to hold on to it and make it a part of my life, forever.

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The View from Mt. Nebo

Posted by Katie Carroll on Oct 23, 2015 12:02:00 PM

Franciscan Father Fergus Clarke greets our small group at his community’s residence on Mt. Nebo, a site sacred to three major religions and more than half the earth’s population.

He’s dressed in his brown robe, some shockingly cool-looking sunglasses, and a radiant smile. “Welcome to Mt. Nebo,” he says in an Irish lilt that evokes green valleys while we look at miles of dry and desert vistas. “Would you like to see our turtles?”

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Feminine Beauty: a Foretaste of Heaven

Posted by GuestBlogger on Oct 22, 2015 11:59:00 AM

For she is more beautiful than the sun,
and excels every constellation of the stars.
—Wisdom 7:29

I recently discovered a charming old novel (circa 1945), The World, The Flesh, and Father Smith, by Scottish writer Bruce Marshall. The title character is a parish priest in love with God. He toils away in a dreary Scottish city full of suffering and sin, and his wisdom and humor rollick through the pages of this delightful, fictional autobiography. His most quoted (and misappropriated) line is a little jewel, taken from a heated argument that Fr. Smith has with a young woman, a hedonistic atheist, who finds his faith and morals laughable.

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What Jesus Wants

Posted by GuestBlogger on Oct 21, 2015 11:57:00 AM

Some old men came to see Abba Poemen, and said to him: “Tell us, when we see brothers dozing during the sacred office, should we pinch them so they will stay awake?” The old man said to them: “Actually, if I saw a brother sleeping, I would put his head on my knees and let him rest.”

The seductive thing about any kind of ascetic practices—giving up candy, eating fish instead of meat, going to weekday masses, saying a rosary everyday—is that they’re measurable. You can count them. People can see you doing them. At very least, there is a kind of personal satisfaction, a sense of achievement, a comfort, that comes from knowing that we’re really doing something to make ourselves holier people.

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Your (Imperfect) Holy Family

Posted by GuestBlogger on Oct 19, 2015 11:54:00 AM

Our guest blogger today is Robert J. Hater, author of Your [Imperfect] Holy Family: See the Good, Make it Better from Franciscan Media.

The following activities can enrich your family life. Adapt the activities to meet the needs of your family or create your own activities.

Neighborhood Picnic. Gather together with several families and friends from your neighborhood or parish community for a picnic. Ask the participants to bring food and music that represent their ethnic backgrounds. At some point during the picnic, ask everyone to share a story that characterizes one’s family heritage.

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Saint Germaine Cousin & Spiritual Poverty

Posted by GuestBlogger on Oct 16, 2015 11:53:00 AM

Our guest blogger today is Melanie Rigney, author of Blessed Are You: Finding Inspiration from Our Sisters in Faith.

Blended families may be common today with the proliferation of divorce in our country, but common doesn’t mean easy. It can be a challenge to open up your heart to the children of your spouse’s earlier marriages or relationships and to treat those children with as much love and compassion as you do your own biological children.

Consider, then, how much more difficult it was in the sixteenth century—with a stepchild with physical disabilities in a time when people assumed something evil was behind those disabilities. Surely, the child in such a situation would have felt worthless and in despair.

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Faith and Friendship

Posted by John Feister on Oct 15, 2015 11:46:00 AM

Wasn’t the papal visit amazing? You’ll have a chance to revisit it in the December issue of St. Anthony Messenger, which we’re working on now. Our crew was scrambling to produce the official commemorative edition about the visit, partnering with our bishops and the Vatican.

That book was a project like no other for us. It will come out October 30, and it’s beautiful. No rest yet, though! Fifty years ago, Vatican II was coming to a close. Our younger readers might take for granted how dramatically the Church changed back then: a complete renewal of the liturgy, with altars facing the congregation, celebrants learning how better to preach (an unfinished project, says the pope), a refocusing of the Church’s mission onto the troubles of the world.

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Reconciliation: Graced Opportunities

Posted by GuestBlogger on Oct 14, 2015 11:44:00 AM

Our guest blogger is Jeremy Harrington, OFM, coauthor of the free newsletter A Friar's E-spirations.

One of my greatest joys as a priest is to be an instrument of God’s mercy to people in the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Some people tell me they leave freer and with a lighter heart after hearing, “Through the ministry of the Church, may God give you pardon and peace, and I absolve you from your sins in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.” I’m surprised more people don’t use the opportunity for forgiveness and grace.

I hope they don’t stay away because of memories of harsh confessors or dark, scary confessionals. Reconciliation rooms I know today have priests who are welcoming and kind.

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