A PRAYER FOR OUR EARTH – September 1, 2015

All-powerful God, you are present in the whole universe
and in the smallest of your creatures.
You embrace with your tenderness all that exists.
Pour out upon us the power of your love,
that we may protect life and beauty.
Flll us with peace, that we may live
as brothers and sisters, harming no one.
O God of the poor,
help us to rescue the abandoned and forgotten of this earth,
so precious in your eyes.
Bring healing to our lives,
that we may protect the world and not prey on it,
that we may sow beauty, not pollution and destruction.

Touch the hearts
of those who look only for gain
at the expense of the poor and the earth.
Teach us to discover the worth of each thing,
to be filled with awe and contemplation,
to recognize that we are profoundly united
with every creature
as we journey toward your infinite light.
We thank you for being with us each day.
Encourage us, we Pray, in our struggle
for justice, love and peace.
Pope Francis May 24, 2015
                            found on page 118 in Encyclical,
                           Laudato Si’: On Care for Our Common Home
                           USCCB June 2015

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Feast of Mary of Magdala – July 22

Blessed are you, Mary of Magdala!

The Risen Christ Jesus chose you
to go tell the brothers, 

“I am ascending to my Father and your Father,
to my God and your God.”  (John 20:17)

The God of Jesus the Christ
is the God of the woman, Mary of Magdala
and the God of every woman who believes in Christ Jesus.
We women, like Mary of Magdala, are called upon to “tell the brothers”
and we must not fail in our calling.

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Easter Time

Christ is risen, Alleluia!
Christ is risen, indeed, Alleluia, Alleluia!

Peace be with you
at Easter and always.

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Palm Sunday

The crowd accompanied Jesus into Jerusalem
with shouts of honor and jubilation.
How quickly the mood changed
and jubilation turned to condemnation.

This coming week, Holy Week, will tell the rest of the story.

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Caiaphas, the high priest, said,
“You know nothing at all!  
You do not understand that it is better for you
to have one man die for the people
than to have the whole nation destroyed.”
…So from that day on they planned to put him [Jesus] to death.
(from John 11:45-57)

Jesus, the one accused of the potential destruction of the Jewish nation,
is put to death,
and by rising,
Jesus becomes the Omega Point, the Cosmic Christ,
drawing all people and all creation into one with our God.

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I am listening

I am here to do your will, O God.

How easy to say;
how easy to forget;
how easy to misunderstand;
how hard to know if it is your will or my will.

Send me wisdom to know your way, O God.
I am listening.

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A Plane Fell

A plane fell from the sky this week.
People traveling from Barcelona to Duesseldorf, 150 people,
including sixteen joyful German students returning home
from visiting their foreign exchange friends in Spain
who will never see their parents or village again.

How much we take for granted.  We expect to return from a trip;
we expect to wake up in the morning to spend the day in life’s routine.
A plane fell…

Life is changed in minutes.
Appreciate God’s simple blessings in your life,
especially the blessing of life itself.

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The Announcement

Do not be afraid, Mary, for
you have found favor with God.
You will conceive a child and
he shall be called Jesus.
(from Luke 1:26-38)

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The Cosmic Christ

When I am lifted up from the earth,
I will draw all to myself,
says the LORD.
(from John 12)

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Women falsely accused

falsely accused by two lustful men of adultery
sentenced to death.
Enter Daniel
who brought the truth to light
and saved Susanna’s life.
(from today’s scripture, Daniel 13:1-9, 15-17, 19-30, 33-64)

March 19, 2015, Kabul, Afghanistan
falsely accused of “burning pages of the Quran”
beaten and burned to death by a mob.
Criminal investigation found her innocent;
thirteen suspects have been arrested.
But Farkhunda is dead.
Was there no Daniel in the crowd to intervene?

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