Excite in our hearts, O Raymond!
that sincere compunction,
which is the condition required of us
when we seek our pardon in the Sacrament of Penance.
Make us understand both the grievousness of mortal sin,
which separates us from our God for all eternity,
and the dangers of venial sin,
which disposes the tepid soul to fall into mortal sin.
Excite in our hearts, O Raymond!
Lord, you have chosen Brother André
to spread devotion to Saint Joseph,
and to dedicate himself
to all those who are poor and afflicted.
Grant us the grace
to imitate his piety and charity,
so that, with him,
we may share the reward promised
to all who care for their neighbors out of love for you.
O Jesus, who on earth commanded and practiced a hidden life,
grant that in these our days of pride
and outward display the example of your servant John Neumann
may lead us to follow Your humble ways.
Grant, O Lord, that like your holy bishop
we may do all our works with the pure intention of pleasing You,
God takes us beyond what our minds can imagine
beyond the limits we put on our hearts
knowing that the cosmos and all earth creatures
are brother and sister as St. Francis knew.
When we look at the scene of the baptism of Jesus as depicted by Christian artists the important figures seem to be Jesus, John the Baptist and the Holy Spirit descending in the form of a dove. The paintings all emphasize the intimate relationship between the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
The latest letter of Pope Francis, his Encyclical, Fratelli Tuttii “Brothers and Sisters All,” is one that should touch every heart, stimulate our minds, awaken our conscience, warm our emotions and motivate us to do good and make this a happier, just and better world. Can we humans ever unite as one humanity to change the world and together reach out to the downtrodden and the poor? Can we work together to lift from suffering the wounded, the excluded, the marginalized and unwanted, rejected, poor people in our neighborhood, community, town and city? That is the challenge posed by the letter
The Parkari Kohlis are one of many tribal peoples in Sindh, Pakistan, who live in an on-going state of liminality; that is geographically, religiously, economically, politically and socially they live on the edge. Even the oppression they endure as bonded laborers leaves them in liminality as their resilience to their present suffering reveals their longing for a better future.
Who was born for us in a stable,
lived for us a life of pain and sorrow,
and died for us upon a cross;
say for us in the hour of death,
and to Your Mother,
"Behold your child."
Say to us,
"This day you shall be with Me in paradise."
Dear Savior, leave us not, forsake us not.
The word of the Lord came to Jeremiah,
“Before I formed you in the womb I knew You,
before you were born I dedicated You…”
We can say the same is true for us.
The Lord has chosen each one of us
for a special purpose.
At times we feel at a loss.
We think the Lord is absent.
Does the Lord really care?
St. Gregory, you are known for your zeal
for the Catholic faith, love of liturgy,
and compassion and mercy toward those in need.
Please help and guide us
so that we may share in these virtues
and thereby bring Jesus into the hearts
of our families and all we encounter.
We especially ask for blessings on our parish family,
our priests and our deacons.