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Wednesday, May 12, 2010
Tuesday, May 11, 2010
This last week I spoke on the topic of suffering at Our Lady of Lourdes in Little Falls Minnesota. The following are the fifteen things I mentioned that we should remember when we suffer. The heart of the talk was Colossians 1:24 "Now I rejoice in my sufferings for your sake, and in my flesh I complete what is lacking in Christ's afflictions for the sake of his body, that is, the church."
Yes, it's true that Christ suffered for the world, but so that you could come to know the love of God, He has made room in his suffering for you to participate. The following points will help you participate in the suffering of Christ.
1.Understand that we have been called to participate in the redemption of the world. Col. 1:24; Rom. 8:28
2.Entrust yourself to God. 1 Peter 4:19
3.Unite your will with the will of Christ through prayer. Matthew 26:39
4.Realize that Jesus will not allow you to go through something that you can't handle. 1 Cor. 10:13
5.Embrace the suffering, conscious of the fact that God's grace is available, active and effective. 2 Cor. 12:9
6.Go to confession. Focus on eliminating sin, which weakens your relationship with Jesus. Hebrews 12:1
7.Participate on the paten during Mass. Offer you suffering up to God. CCC 1350
8.Avoid illegitimate suffering. Do not draw attention to yourself. Matthew 6:5-6
9.Think of others and offer your suffering for them. 1 Cor. 1:6
10.Actively love by doing what is right according to your vocation. CCC 518,1604
11.Pray the Rosary - Walk the passion of Christ with Our Lady. Concerning the rosary, remember "it beats the rhythm of human life..." Pope John Paul II
12.Study the Saints, many of them suffered and overcame great obstacles. CCC 313, 828, 1195
13.Rejoice that you can share in the redemption of the world. 1 Peter 4:13
14.Keep an eternal perspective. Ecc. 3:11; Matt. 6:19-20; Rom. 8:17
15.Trust God for the fruit of your suffering. 1 Cor. 3:7-8; Heb. 11:26
I know that many of you are going through difficult times in your life right now. In the midst of suffering the question always comes up, is there meaning attached to my suffering? The answer is yes. I draw from the writings of Pope John Paul II in my presentation. I hope it is encouraging to you.
Sunday, May 9, 2010
The Word Exposed featuring Bishop Chito Tagle is an hour-long program that showcases Bishop Tagle in his true form as preacher and homilist. Here, Bishop Tagle shares his reflections and insights on the Sunday scriptures — the first and second readings and the Gospel — in a manner that is very down-to-earth, crystal clear, awe-inspiring, and yet very simple to understand and appreciate. This program aims to bring the teachings of the Word closer to the lives of audience.
Friday, May 7, 2010
Posted by Bob Kenward on May 3, 2010
Sunday May 9 2010 is the Sixth Sunday of Easter Year C
May 9 2010 – (5/9/2010) – Readings
O God, let all the nations praise you!
…The apostles and elders, in agreement with the whole church,
decided to choose representatives
and to send them to Antioch
with Paul and Barnabas…
Let them make known your might to the children of Adam,
and the glorious splendor of your kingdom.
Your kingdom is a kingdom for all ages,
and your dominion endures through all generations.
I will praise your name for ever, my king and my God.
…The wall of the city had twelve courses of stones as its foundation,
on which were inscribed the twelve names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb…
My Peace I Leave You
My Peace I Give to You
The Advocate, the Holy Spirit,
whom the Father will send in my name,
will teach you everything and remind you
of all that I told you.