This week in his daily radio program, Peter Herbeck began a series in which he will review St Ignatius of Loyola’s rules for the discernment of spirits. St Ignatius has 14 such rules, and Peter plans to cover all of them. You can find the programs in his audio archives.
Here’s a tremendous talk given by Philly Abp Chaput a couple days ago at a conference held on the island of Mallorca. He uses the occasion of honoring Fr Junipero Serra to emphasize the critical importance of today’s New Evangelization.
Here’s a summary of the Charismatic Conference at Franciscan University, which took place earlier this month.
You’ll find a link to Fr Bartunek’s retreat guides on our right sidebar. I highly recommend them. They provide the resources for you to make a little retreat at home, or to use occasionally for inspiration. The topic for Retreat Guide #7 is the Sacred Heart of Jesus.
We’re about to celebrate Father’s Day. I hope you can find some time before or on Father’s Day to listen to this tremendously inspiring talk on “Fatherhood” by Fr John Riccardo. He delivered the talk a few years ago, but I find myself coming back to it again and again. It is encouraging, convicting and challenging. The manner in which Fr Riccardo honors his own father throughout the talk is an example for us all. Enjoy!
In today’s liturgy, we celebrate the Memorial of St Anthony of Padua, Priest and Doctor of the Church. Though St Anthony is most popularly recognized because he is portrayed in art with the Child Jesus (Who appeared to St Anthony) and is identified by many as the saint who helps us to find lost items, he is also one of the saints from Church history whose exercise of some of the charismatic gifts was undeniable. When you read an account of his life, you find many examples of the Gift of Miracles in his life. He also had the Gift of Prophecy. Because so many people were moved to conversion when he spoke, he undoubtedly had effective gifts of Exhortation and Evangelization. Those of us in the Catholic Charismatic Renewal should remember to call upon the intercession of this truly Charismatic Saint!
About a year ago, Cardinal Giovanni Battista Re gave a talk entitled “Prayer and Action in Blessed John Paul II.” In this somewhat intimate description of the integration of prayer in JP2’s life and work, Cardinal Re revealed several aspects of JP2’s prayer life about which I had not previously heard. For example:
During the day, the passage from one occupation to another was always marked by a brief prayer. When he wrote out, with his minute script, the Polish text of his speeches, his homilies, or magisterial documents, he customarily placed a small invocation at the head of the page, an ejaculation, continually lifting up his thought to God in this way.
This acknowledgement by JP2 of his trustful dependence on our Lord in everything was a testament to his deep, well-ordered humility.
The ways in which different forms of prayer pervaded the life of JP2 can only occur in one who has a deeply personal relationship with Jesus. The more intimate one’s friendship with Christ, the more natural it will be for prayer to arise from within us and to be an integral part of our daily lives.
Remember to pray for our priests and seminarians today, as we are celebrating with the Church the World Day of Prayer for the Sanctification of Priests on this feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Here’s an encouraging letter to seminarians issued a few days ago for the occasion by Cdl Piacenza, the head of the Congregation for the Clergy.
Community members Phil and Walt made a day-trip on Tuesday June 4th to Mount Saviour Monastery. Their day was filled with engaging conversation in the car and over meals. At the monastery, they prayed with the monks, attended Mass, and prayed together.
1. The month of June is set aside in a special way for devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. To celebrate the Heart of Christ means to go to the inner centre of the Person of the Saviour, the centre which the Bible identifies as his Heart, the seat of the love that has redeemed the world.
If the human heart is really an unfathomable mystery known only to God, how much more sublime is the Heart of Jesus in whom the very life of the Word is pulsating. Echoing the Scriptures, as the beautiful Litany of the Sacred Heart suggests that we find in the Heart of Jesus all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge and the whole fullness of divinity.
To save man, the victim of his own disobedience, God wanted to give him a “new heart” that would be faithful to his loving will (cf. Jer 31,33; Ez 36,26; Ps 50,12). This heart is the Heart of Jesus, the Holy Spirit’s masterpiece, which began to beat in Mary’s virginal womb and was pierced by the spear as Jesus hung on the Cross, becoming for all an inexhaustible source of eternal life. That Heart is now a pledge of hope for every man and woman.
2. How necessary for humanity today is the message that flows from contemplation of the Heart of Christ! Indeed, where else, but in that source, can humanity find the reserves of gentleness and forgiveness so needed to heal the conflicts that bloody them?
Today in a special way I want to entrust to the merciful Heart of Jesus all who live in the Holy Land: Jews, Christians and Muslims. That Heart, deeply scorned, never nursed sentiments of hatred or revenge, but asked forgiveness for his executioners; that Heart points to the only way out of the spiral of violence: the way of pacification of souls, reciprocal understanding and reconciliation.
3. Beside the merciful Heart of Christ, we venerate the Immaculate Heart of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mediatrix of grace and of salvation.
From Bd John Paul II’s Angelus message on June 23, 2002.
Sarah Reinhard, who blogs at CatholicMom, is facilitating an online discussion of Sherry Weddell’s Forming Intentional Disciples, including questions for discussion. Here’s her introduction to the online discussion, and here’s the first post. Participants can either leave a comment on Sarah’s posts, or, if they have their own blog, can post their responses on their blog, and Sarah will link to it. Currently, 25 bloggers have participated in the first session. Since our Community recently studied this book, I thought some of our members may be interested to read what the online participants have to say.