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With great devotion
and new depth of feeling,
I hope and beg, O God,
that it finally be given to me to be the servant 
and minister of Christ the consoler,
the minister of Christ the redeemer,
the minister of Christ the healer,
the liberator,
the enricher, 
the strengthener.
To be able, through you, to help many;
to console, liberate and give them courage;
to bring them light not only for their spirit
but also for their bodies;
and bring, as well, other helps to the soul and body
of each and every one of my neighbors.
I ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

—St. Peter Faber, SJ

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Provoke one another to the good

Watching two of my nephews play at a playground – the 8-year-old ran up a warped wall and tried to get over the top. Suddenly his 4-year-old brother began to yell, “Go K, you can do it, c’mon!!” He was the only person yelling encouragement – the rest of the kids ran up the wall and made their attempt to scramble over without anyone else seeming to notice. But my younger nephew assumed this was a team sport – he saw his older brother struggling, and did everything he could to cheer him on.

I thought of this when I read the last few lines of today’s scripture exhorting the faithful to “provoke one another to love and good deeds, not neglecting to meet together… encouraging one another.” There are so many ways that siblings, like all of us, provoke each other in negative ways. Today, who can I encourage to greater faith, hope, and love?

—Catherine Heinhold is the Pastoral Assistant for Ignatian Programming at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Washington, D.C. where she facilitates prayer programs and the Young Adult Community.

 

 

 

 

 

 


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St. John Bosco

Heb 10:19-25

Therefore, my friends, since we have confidence to enter the sanctuary by the blood of Jesus, by the new and living way that he opened for us through the curtain (that is, through his flesh), and since we have a great priest over the house of God, let us approach with a true heart in full assurance of faith, with our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water.

Let us hold fast to the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who has promised is faithful. And let us consider how to provoke one another to love and good deeds, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day approaching.

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.

 

 

 


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January 31, 2019

St. John Bosco

Heb 10:19-25

Therefore, my friends, since we have confidence to enter the sanctuary by the blood of Jesus, by the new and living way that he opened for us through the curtain (that is, through his flesh), and since we have a great priest over the house of God, let us approach with a true heart in full assurance of faith, with our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water.

Let us hold fast to the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who has promised is faithful. And let us consider how to provoke one another to love and good deeds, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day approaching.

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.

Provoke one another to the good

Watching two of my nephews play at a playground – the 8-year-old ran up a warped wall and tried to get over the top. Suddenly his 4-year-old brother began to yell, “Go K, you can do it, c’mon!!” He was the only person yelling encouragement – the rest of the kids ran up the wall and made their attempt to scramble over without anyone else seeming to notice. But my younger nephew assumed this was a team sport – he saw his older brother struggling, and did everything he could to cheer him on.

I thought of this when I read the last few lines of today’s scripture exhorting the faithful to “provoke one another to love and good deeds, not neglecting to meet together… encouraging one another.” There are so many ways that siblings, like all of us, provoke each other in negative ways. Today, who can I encourage to greater faith, hope, and love?

—Catherine Heinhold is the Pastoral Assistant for Ignatian Programming at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Washington, D.C. where she facilitates prayer programs and the Young Adult Community.

Prayer

With great devotion
and new depth of feeling,
I hope and beg, O God,
that it finally be given to me to be the servant
and minister of Christ the consoler,
the minister of Christ the redeemer,
the minister of Christ the healer,
the liberator,
the enricher,
the strengthener.
To be able, through you, to help many;
to console, liberate and give them courage;
to bring them light not only for their spirit
but also for their bodies;
and bring, as well, other helps to the soul and body
of each and every one of my neighbors.
I ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

—St. Peter Faber, SJ

 

 

 

 


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Prayer

God help me to not let go of the desire to be rich soil, allowing your word to take root.

—Tom Drexler

 


Please share the Good Word with your friends!

‘Let anyone with ears to hear listen!’

Growing up, when I heard this passage, I was always so concerned with what sort of “ground” I was, thinking I must be only one of the four. The path? Rocky ground? Ground with thorns? Rich soil? Now I believe I move between the four types on a regular basis. Why is this? Why is it that at times I can listen to God’s word, truly hear what God is inviting me to, and respond accordingly? Why is it that at times God’s word seems so distant, seemingly snatched up by the birds of sky?

In the First Principle and Foundation of the Spiritual Exercises, we pray for the strength to let go of “inordinate attachments,” anything that might keep me from being my best self and fully responding to God. For me that means letting go of fear, shame, and the need to control, or as Jesus says in today’s parable, the path, the rocky ground or the ground with thorns.

—Tom Drexler is the Executive Director of the Ignatian Spirituality Project, a ministry providing Ignatian retreats to men and women experiencing homelessness.

 

 


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Mk 4:1-20

Again he began to teach beside the sea. Such a very large crowd gathered around him that he got into a boat on the sea and sat there, while the whole crowd was beside the sea on the land. He began to teach them many things in parables, and in his teaching he said to them:“Listen! A sower went out to sow. And as he sowed, some seed fell on the path, and the birds came and ate it up.

Other seed fell on rocky ground, where it did not have much soil, and it sprang up quickly, since it had no depth of soil. And when the sun rose, it was scorched; and since it had no root, it withered away. Other seed fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up and choked it, and it yielded no grain.

Other seed fell into good soil and brought forth grain, growing up and increasing and yielding thirty and sixty and a hundredfold.” And he said, “Let anyone with ears to hear listen!”

When he was alone, those who were around him along with the twelve asked him about the parables. And he said to them, “To you has been given the secret of the kingdom of God, but for those outside, everything comes in parables; in order that

‘they may indeed look, but not perceive,

and may indeed listen, but not understand;

so that they may not turn again and be forgiven.’”

And he said to them, “Do you not understand this parable? Then how will you understand all the parables? The sower sows the word. These are the ones on the path where the word is sown: when they hear, Satan immediately comes and takes away the word that is sown in them. And these are the ones sown on rocky ground: when they hear the word, they immediately receive it with joy. But they have no root, and endure only for a while; then, when trouble or persecution arises on account of the word, immediately they fall away.

And others are those sown among the thorns: these are the ones who hear the word, but the cares of the world, and the lure of wealth, and the desire for other things come in and choke the word, and it yields nothing. And these are the ones sown on the good soil: they hear the word and accept it and bear fruit, thirty and sixty and a hundredfold.”

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.

 

 


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January 30, 2019

Mk 4:1-20

Again he began to teach beside the sea. Such a very large crowd gathered around him that he got into a boat on the sea and sat there, while the whole crowd was beside the sea on the land. He began to teach them many things in parables, and in his teaching he said to them:“Listen! A sower went out to sow. And as he sowed, some seed fell on the path, and the birds came and ate it up.

Other seed fell on rocky ground, where it did not have much soil, and it sprang up quickly, since it had no depth of soil. And when the sun rose, it was scorched; and since it had no root, it withered away. Other seed fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up and choked it, and it yielded no grain.

Other seed fell into good soil and brought forth grain, growing up and increasing and yielding thirty and sixty and a hundredfold.” And he said, “Let anyone with ears to hear listen!”

When he was alone, those who were around him along with the twelve asked him about the parables. And he said to them, “To you has been given the secret of the kingdom of God, but for those outside, everything comes in parables; in order that

‘they may indeed look, but not perceive,

and may indeed listen, but not understand;

so that they may not turn again and be forgiven.’”

And he said to them, “Do you not understand this parable? Then how will you understand all the parables? The sower sows the word. These are the ones on the path where the word is sown: when they hear, Satan immediately comes and takes away the word that is sown in them. And these are the ones sown on rocky ground: when they hear the word, they immediately receive it with joy. But they have no root, and endure only for a while; then, when trouble or persecution arises on account of the word, immediately they fall away.

And others are those sown among the thorns: these are the ones who hear the word, but the cares of the world, and the lure of wealth, and the desire for other things come in and choke the word, and it yields nothing. And these are the ones sown on the good soil: they hear the word and accept it and bear fruit, thirty and sixty and a hundredfold.”

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.

‘Let anyone with ears to hear listen!’

Growing up, when I heard this passage, I was always so concerned with what sort of “ground” I was, thinking I must be only one of the four. The path? Rocky ground? Ground with thorns? Rich soil? Now I believe I move between the four types on a regular basis. Why is this? Why is it that at times I can listen to God’s word, truly hear what God is inviting me to, and respond accordingly? Why is it that at times God’s word seems so distant, seemingly snatched up by the birds of sky?

In the First Principle and Foundation of the Spiritual Exercises, we pray for the strength to let go of “inordinate attachments,” anything that might keep me from being my best self and fully responding to God. For me that means letting go of fear, shame, and the need to control, or as Jesus says in today’s parable, the path, the rocky ground or the ground with thorns.

—Tom Drexler is the Executive Director of the Ignatian Spirituality Project, a ministry providing Ignatian retreats to men and women experiencing homelessness.

Prayer

God help me to let go of the desire to be rich soil, allowing your word to take root.

—Tom Drexler

 

 

 


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Prayer

Holy Spirit, widen the circle of my heart, 
To practice radical hospitality to those who aren’t like me.

Holy Spirit, flood me with your passion, 
To wash away my bias, fear and hatred.

Holy Spirit, plant in me the seeds of creative newness
To grow the beloved community in the here and now.

—Br. Matt Wooters, SJ

 

 


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Widening our understanding of family

Last week I was stopped in the halls of the primary school where I work by a particularly inquisitive student. “Hermano! I got a question…“ I smiled at him waiting, I could tell by the twisted look on his face he had been thinking through the details of this intellectual wrestling match.

“If God is everyone’s Father, then…that means Jesus is our Brother….and so… uhh… are we all siblings?”

I smiled, “In a word, Miguel, yes. To God we are.” I was left astonished at his insightfulness and the fact that he had clearly been mulling this over for a few days.

“So that makes you my bro… who is a BRO!” he laughed and ran back to class.

Miguel understands today’s scripture better than most. Certainly better than I do. Let’s take Jesus’ words seriously and widen our circle of who is our family.

—Br. Matt Wooters, SJ, is a social worker at Nativity Jesuit Academy in Milwaukee, WI.

 


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Prayer

With great devotion
and new depth of feeling,
I hope and beg, O God,
that it finally be given to me to be the servant 
and minister of Christ the consoler,
the minister of Christ the redeemer,
the minister of Christ the healer,
the liberator,
the enricher, 
the strengthener.
To be able, through you, to help many;
to console, liberate and give them courage;
to bring them light not only for their spirit
but also for their bodies;
and bring, as well, other helps to the soul and body
of each and every one of my neighbors.
I ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

—St. Peter Faber, SJ

 

 

 

 

 

 


Please share the Good Word with your friends!

Provoke one another to the good

Watching two of my nephews play at a playground – the 8-year-old ran up a warped wall and tried to get over the top. Suddenly his 4-year-old brother began to yell, “Go K, you can do it, c’mon!!” He was the only person yelling encouragement – the rest of the kids ran up the wall and made their attempt to scramble over without anyone else seeming to notice. But my younger nephew assumed this was a team sport – he saw his older brother struggling, and did everything he could to cheer him on.

I thought of this when I read the last few lines of today’s scripture exhorting the faithful to “provoke one another to love and good deeds, not neglecting to meet together… encouraging one another.” There are so many ways that siblings, like all of us, provoke each other in negative ways. Today, who can I encourage to greater faith, hope, and love?

—Catherine Heinhold is the Pastoral Assistant for Ignatian Programming at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Washington, D.C. where she facilitates prayer programs and the Young Adult Community.

 

 

 

 

 

 


Please share the Good Word with your friends!

St. John Bosco

Heb 10:19-25

Therefore, my friends, since we have confidence to enter the sanctuary by the blood of Jesus, by the new and living way that he opened for us through the curtain (that is, through his flesh), and since we have a great priest over the house of God, let us approach with a true heart in full assurance of faith, with our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water.

Let us hold fast to the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who has promised is faithful. And let us consider how to provoke one another to love and good deeds, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day approaching.

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.

 

 

 


Please share the Good Word with your friends!

January 31, 2019

St. John Bosco

Heb 10:19-25

Therefore, my friends, since we have confidence to enter the sanctuary by the blood of Jesus, by the new and living way that he opened for us through the curtain (that is, through his flesh), and since we have a great priest over the house of God, let us approach with a true heart in full assurance of faith, with our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water.

Let us hold fast to the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who has promised is faithful. And let us consider how to provoke one another to love and good deeds, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day approaching.

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.

Provoke one another to the good

Watching two of my nephews play at a playground – the 8-year-old ran up a warped wall and tried to get over the top. Suddenly his 4-year-old brother began to yell, “Go K, you can do it, c’mon!!” He was the only person yelling encouragement – the rest of the kids ran up the wall and made their attempt to scramble over without anyone else seeming to notice. But my younger nephew assumed this was a team sport – he saw his older brother struggling, and did everything he could to cheer him on.

I thought of this when I read the last few lines of today’s scripture exhorting the faithful to “provoke one another to love and good deeds, not neglecting to meet together… encouraging one another.” There are so many ways that siblings, like all of us, provoke each other in negative ways. Today, who can I encourage to greater faith, hope, and love?

—Catherine Heinhold is the Pastoral Assistant for Ignatian Programming at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Washington, D.C. where she facilitates prayer programs and the Young Adult Community.

Prayer

With great devotion
and new depth of feeling,
I hope and beg, O God,
that it finally be given to me to be the servant
and minister of Christ the consoler,
the minister of Christ the redeemer,
the minister of Christ the healer,
the liberator,
the enricher,
the strengthener.
To be able, through you, to help many;
to console, liberate and give them courage;
to bring them light not only for their spirit
but also for their bodies;
and bring, as well, other helps to the soul and body
of each and every one of my neighbors.
I ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

—St. Peter Faber, SJ

 

 

 

 


Please share the Good Word with your friends!

Prayer

God help me to not let go of the desire to be rich soil, allowing your word to take root.

—Tom Drexler

 


Please share the Good Word with your friends!

‘Let anyone with ears to hear listen!’

Growing up, when I heard this passage, I was always so concerned with what sort of “ground” I was, thinking I must be only one of the four. The path? Rocky ground? Ground with thorns? Rich soil? Now I believe I move between the four types on a regular basis. Why is this? Why is it that at times I can listen to God’s word, truly hear what God is inviting me to, and respond accordingly? Why is it that at times God’s word seems so distant, seemingly snatched up by the birds of sky?

In the First Principle and Foundation of the Spiritual Exercises, we pray for the strength to let go of “inordinate attachments,” anything that might keep me from being my best self and fully responding to God. For me that means letting go of fear, shame, and the need to control, or as Jesus says in today’s parable, the path, the rocky ground or the ground with thorns.

—Tom Drexler is the Executive Director of the Ignatian Spirituality Project, a ministry providing Ignatian retreats to men and women experiencing homelessness.

 

 


Please share the Good Word with your friends!

Mk 4:1-20

Again he began to teach beside the sea. Such a very large crowd gathered around him that he got into a boat on the sea and sat there, while the whole crowd was beside the sea on the land. He began to teach them many things in parables, and in his teaching he said to them:“Listen! A sower went out to sow. And as he sowed, some seed fell on the path, and the birds came and ate it up.

Other seed fell on rocky ground, where it did not have much soil, and it sprang up quickly, since it had no depth of soil. And when the sun rose, it was scorched; and since it had no root, it withered away. Other seed fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up and choked it, and it yielded no grain.

Other seed fell into good soil and brought forth grain, growing up and increasing and yielding thirty and sixty and a hundredfold.” And he said, “Let anyone with ears to hear listen!”

When he was alone, those who were around him along with the twelve asked him about the parables. And he said to them, “To you has been given the secret of the kingdom of God, but for those outside, everything comes in parables; in order that

‘they may indeed look, but not perceive,

and may indeed listen, but not understand;

so that they may not turn again and be forgiven.’”

And he said to them, “Do you not understand this parable? Then how will you understand all the parables? The sower sows the word. These are the ones on the path where the word is sown: when they hear, Satan immediately comes and takes away the word that is sown in them. And these are the ones sown on rocky ground: when they hear the word, they immediately receive it with joy. But they have no root, and endure only for a while; then, when trouble or persecution arises on account of the word, immediately they fall away.

And others are those sown among the thorns: these are the ones who hear the word, but the cares of the world, and the lure of wealth, and the desire for other things come in and choke the word, and it yields nothing. And these are the ones sown on the good soil: they hear the word and accept it and bear fruit, thirty and sixty and a hundredfold.”

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.

 

 


Please share the Good Word with your friends!

January 30, 2019

Mk 4:1-20

Again he began to teach beside the sea. Such a very large crowd gathered around him that he got into a boat on the sea and sat there, while the whole crowd was beside the sea on the land. He began to teach them many things in parables, and in his teaching he said to them:“Listen! A sower went out to sow. And as he sowed, some seed fell on the path, and the birds came and ate it up.

Other seed fell on rocky ground, where it did not have much soil, and it sprang up quickly, since it had no depth of soil. And when the sun rose, it was scorched; and since it had no root, it withered away. Other seed fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up and choked it, and it yielded no grain.

Other seed fell into good soil and brought forth grain, growing up and increasing and yielding thirty and sixty and a hundredfold.” And he said, “Let anyone with ears to hear listen!”

When he was alone, those who were around him along with the twelve asked him about the parables. And he said to them, “To you has been given the secret of the kingdom of God, but for those outside, everything comes in parables; in order that

‘they may indeed look, but not perceive,

and may indeed listen, but not understand;

so that they may not turn again and be forgiven.’”

And he said to them, “Do you not understand this parable? Then how will you understand all the parables? The sower sows the word. These are the ones on the path where the word is sown: when they hear, Satan immediately comes and takes away the word that is sown in them. And these are the ones sown on rocky ground: when they hear the word, they immediately receive it with joy. But they have no root, and endure only for a while; then, when trouble or persecution arises on account of the word, immediately they fall away.

And others are those sown among the thorns: these are the ones who hear the word, but the cares of the world, and the lure of wealth, and the desire for other things come in and choke the word, and it yields nothing. And these are the ones sown on the good soil: they hear the word and accept it and bear fruit, thirty and sixty and a hundredfold.”

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.

‘Let anyone with ears to hear listen!’

Growing up, when I heard this passage, I was always so concerned with what sort of “ground” I was, thinking I must be only one of the four. The path? Rocky ground? Ground with thorns? Rich soil? Now I believe I move between the four types on a regular basis. Why is this? Why is it that at times I can listen to God’s word, truly hear what God is inviting me to, and respond accordingly? Why is it that at times God’s word seems so distant, seemingly snatched up by the birds of sky?

In the First Principle and Foundation of the Spiritual Exercises, we pray for the strength to let go of “inordinate attachments,” anything that might keep me from being my best self and fully responding to God. For me that means letting go of fear, shame, and the need to control, or as Jesus says in today’s parable, the path, the rocky ground or the ground with thorns.

—Tom Drexler is the Executive Director of the Ignatian Spirituality Project, a ministry providing Ignatian retreats to men and women experiencing homelessness.

Prayer

God help me to let go of the desire to be rich soil, allowing your word to take root.

—Tom Drexler

 

 

 


Please share the Good Word with your friends!

Prayer

Holy Spirit, widen the circle of my heart, 
To practice radical hospitality to those who aren’t like me.

Holy Spirit, flood me with your passion, 
To wash away my bias, fear and hatred.

Holy Spirit, plant in me the seeds of creative newness
To grow the beloved community in the here and now.

—Br. Matt Wooters, SJ

 

 


Please share the Good Word with your friends!

Widening our understanding of family

Last week I was stopped in the halls of the primary school where I work by a particularly inquisitive student. “Hermano! I got a question…“ I smiled at him waiting, I could tell by the twisted look on his face he had been thinking through the details of this intellectual wrestling match.

“If God is everyone’s Father, then…that means Jesus is our Brother….and so… uhh… are we all siblings?”

I smiled, “In a word, Miguel, yes. To God we are.” I was left astonished at his insightfulness and the fact that he had clearly been mulling this over for a few days.

“So that makes you my bro… who is a BRO!” he laughed and ran back to class.

Miguel understands today’s scripture better than most. Certainly better than I do. Let’s take Jesus’ words seriously and widen our circle of who is our family.

—Br. Matt Wooters, SJ, is a social worker at Nativity Jesuit Academy in Milwaukee, WI.

 


Please share the Good Word with your friends!