Not your Ordinary Pilgrimage

The month of May is a time of Marian pilgrimages for Regnum Christi members! This year, our pilgrimage was extraordinary. This past academic year two Scriptural images captured values we share in our community: the first was the Upper Room, where the apostles gathered around Our Lady in prayer invoking the coming of the Holy Spirit in that first novena before Pentecost. For us, this summarized our desire to contemplate and share our spiritual goods. The second image was the Visitation because it moved us to seek intentional encounters and to be ardently evangelizing as Pope Francis has encouraged each one of us. Read the rest of this entry »


Mary’s Mass

I wish I could go back in time and sit next to Mother Mary during those first century Masses in Ephesus. The Acts of the Apostles tells us that the first Christian communities “remained faithful to the teaching of the apostles, to the brotherhood, to the breaking of bread and to the prayers. (Acts 2:42)” For sure the Mother of all Christians was there with them at that Breaking of the Bread. But what was Mary’s Mass like?

She wasn’t a priest. This role was entrusted to her adopted sons, the apostles. She must have yearned to go up and cradle him in her arms as she had done when he was a child, but he was in the hands of another now. There she was, our humble Mother, hidden in the gathering of believers around the priest. Read the rest of this entry »


The unknown God

In Athens at the beginning of the Christian era, there was an inscription on an altar that read: "To an Unknown God." Twenty centuries later, perhaps we no longer find those words written under any altar or image, but maybe that’s the inscription engraved "secretly" in our society. But I wonder; is it an unknown God or a God we do not want to know? A God we do not want to accept? A God we do not want to recognize? Because if we open our eyes, we see God´s footprints in everything: in a beautiful sunrise, in a red sunset, in a cool breeze that gently caresses the fields, in a rainbow that paints the sky of multiple colors, in the green meadows, in an afternoon of fresh rain, in the vast blue sea and its crystalline waters, in the vast and splendid mountains that leave you breathless; if we open our hearts, we can see God in the miracle of the life of a newborn, in the smile of a child, in the wrinkled face of an old man that tells us of wisdom, in the lifetime of fulfillment and hope of two lovers, in the fidelity of marriage, in the closeness of a friend, in a selfless life ...

As we can see, God is no stranger. But He is so humble that he does not impose His presence among us. We are the ones who have to open our eyes and hearts and discover God in our lives, day by day. Do not be afraid to recognize and write upon your heart: "The God I know, acknowledge, and love."

 

 


AN ENGLISH MARTYR ON RELIGIOUS FREEDOM

Five hundred years ago, an upright Englishman, loyal and fair, set his quill to parchment and bequeathed an intriguing idea to princes, politicians, and peasants alike. It was in 1516, the year before Martin Luther famously protested, that Sir Thomas More – faithful husband and father, wise lawyer and chancellor, and Roman Catholic saint – published his treatise Utopia. Now a utopia, as you might know, is an imaginary perfect society where everyone is happy, where all laws are just and abided by, and where bureaucratic rigmarole bows down to common sense. If only.

More’s notion that such societies could actually exist need not ruffle our feathers for now. While he was locked away for treason in the foreboding Tower of London, the British saint probably had much time to think about heaven – a perfect society according to most theistic religions. Catholics believe that More, beheaded by the crown in 1535 after notably refusing to pat Henry VIII on the back for his second marriage, now enjoys this unending bliss whose earthly archetype he attempted to sketch so long ago. Read the rest of this entry »


Kelly Suter: first report from Nepal

Emergency relief work has given me the opportunity to explore many different places and experience many different cultures. Nepal is, without a doubt, one of the most beautiful countries I have ever seen. Matching that beauty is a culture of generosity, respect and kindness. Though I have made similar statements about a number of countries and cultures, and in each case it remains true, I am humbled by the people I am so privileged to serve here in Nepal. They are a people that I deeply respect. Read the rest of this entry »


What I have to do to be saved?

What must I do to be saved? This question that the jailer of St. Paul asked more than 2000 years ago is the same question that we ask ourselves today. Generation after generation, it is as an echo from those dungeons: what must I do to be saved? What must I do to be happy? Some seek the answer in money, others in fame, others in power, others in their base passions. The answer Paul gave the jailer is the real answer: "Believe in Jesus...”

What does “believe in Jesus” mean? It means to believe in love, to believe in self-giving, and to believe in the truth. We go about looking for happiness, but we do not realize that happiness is within us.

Do not be afraid to take out everything that we have stored in our hearts, don’t be afraid to ask the sometimes challenging question: What do I have to do to be saved?

 


Finding Christ

"Second only to personal redemption and salvation, the main thrust of the Scriptures is to meet Christ through working with the poor and disadvantaged." -- Bono

Earlier this week the leadership team of Mission Youth visited us in Cheshire. This summer,Legionary Fathers Michael Mitchell & Walter Schu, and Katelyn Moroney & Jana Crea (both consecrated women of Regnum Christi) will bring 240 missionaries to Haiti, Mexico and Fiji on 15 different mission trips. Read the rest of this entry »


Him, not It

One of the most awe-inspiring experiences for a seminarian is distributing Communion. Opportunities for some are few and far between. In fact, after eight years of seminary, my first opportunity came last week. It was a hot Friday morning, and I was serving at the sanctuary of Our Lady of Mt Carmel, embellished with its green granite rails and steps as a true Irish-American church should be. We were at the funeral of a good friend. The time came for Communion, and the priest handed me a ciborium to distribute Communion to the congregation. An electrifying jolt of joy shot through my heart. So many years seeing this most precious of gifts being offered intimately one by one to each beloved son and daughter of God! How I longed to hold him in my own hands, never getting this opportunity. Now the moment arrived. I will hold him in my hands and give him to others in that most intimate bond of love, that tender embrace of Christ: Communion. Read the rest of this entry »


A special devotion to God's Word

"Cultivate a special devotion to God's Word, whether studied privately or in public; always listen to it with attention and reverence, strive to profit by it, and do not let it fall to the ground, but receive it within your heart as a precious balm." --  St. Francis de Sales

The priest should always give a meaningful and heart felt homily, but the congregation also needs to listen to the Holy Spirit, who is in their hearts and will interpret the sacred text for their personal needs as it is being read. There are so many golden nuggets waiting for you at each Mass, but you need to cultivate this "special devotion to God's Word" to discover them.

 

 


Bless those nearing the finish line

I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. – 2 Timothy 4:7

I expect some visitors to a Sunday Mass at my parish would be concerned that there are so many, well, old people. Read the rest of this entry »



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