Thursday, September 11, 2014
Holy Cross Feast celebrates historical,
by Sister Renee Delvaux
This Sunday is the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross,
which celebrates three historical events: the
finding of the true cross by St. Helena, the
dedication of the basilica built on Calvary by Constantine,
and the restoration of the true cross to
The spiritual celebration of the Feast of the Exaltation of the
Holy Cross is a remembrance and celebration of God's greatest
work: His Son Jesus' saving death on the cross and His
resurrection. The holy cross is the symbol of salvation,
divine love and compassion: "For God so loved the world that
He gave His only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him might
not perish but might have eternal life." (Jn 3: 16)
How do we respond to this awesome outpouring of love? We fall on
our knees and humbly pray:
"We adore You, O
Christ, and we praise You,
because by your holy cross You have redeemed the
Thursday, November 21, 2013
Christ our King says 'be with me in
by Sister Jackie Capelle
In his Gospel, Luke opens the door to Jesus' death and opens the
doors to the death of the two men who also would die along side
him. What a difference between these. Jesus' death is the
highlight of his life. He is the King, there is no guilt in his
We stand before Jesus knowing he was not guilty in anyway. We
stand before Jesus knowing he was an innocent King. Being King, He
has all of us in his care. As King he is filled with goodness and
we are also filled with that goodness.
Prayer for the Feast of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the
As we offer you, O Lord, the sacrifice by which the human race
is reconciled to you, we humbly pray that your Son himself may
bestow on all nations the gifts of unity and peace. Through Christ
our Lord, Amen.
(2010 International Commission on English in the Liturgy
Corporation. All rights reserved. Used with permission.)
'Year of Faith'
Prayer -- The 'Our Father'
Chapter 36, US Catholic Catechism for Adults
by Sister Laura Zelten
11:1-13, Jesus teaches his disciples to pray The Lord's Prayer
(or "Our Father"). Jesus prayed every day to his heavenly Father,
and he gave his followers a prayer that we continue to pray today.
The Lord's Prayer is the most perfect of prayers, containing all
that we rightly desire before God. It is at the heart of every
personal and communal prayer.
Our Church loves this prayer because it includes several
different prayers. We honor and adore God when we say, "Hallowed be
thy name." We pray for God's kingdom -- a kingdom of love and
justice and peace to be realized in our world. We ask God for daily
bread -- whatever we need both physically and spiritually to live
faithfully this day. We ask God to forgive us -- but only as much
as we are willing to forgive others. That's a challenging one! And
we ask for God's help so that we aren't tempted to sin and turn
away from him.
It's the perfect prayer!
EDITOR'S NOTE: The Church's
"Year of Faith" concludes on Sunday, Nov. 24. We hope you've
enjoyed this journey through the Study Guide of the US Catholic
Catechism for Adults.
Friday, September 2, 2011
by Sister Annette Koss
In the Gospel of Matthew, we are invited to be
faithful to our true identities which involves living with the
tensions that come from opposition. The heaviest cross can be the
one that comes from being grateful and accepting of our God-given
and God-blessed selves.
Jesus invites the disciples to follow Him by being faithful to
their relationship with Him which has made them who they are.
We can be quite concerned about doing the right things at all
times. Is God watching? Jesus asks for a more interior following of
Him as He lived by His showing up as who He interiorly knew Himself
to be. His cross was more than the wood of Calvary, but the flesh
and spirit, the history and destiny of his whole life. He was who
He had heard He was, the "Beloved of the Father."
Jesus offers us the personal embrace of our limited reality. We
speak of pain-avoidance as a process of not facing the truth of our
pains. Our culture promotes cross-avoidance, the most painless and
easy ways. We are called to face our history, our present condition
and our unknown future. We are called to have a more interior and
God-centered thinking pattern. The cross is not an event of time,
but the time-bound movement toward our own Jerusalem's and
- What does taking up the cross mean in my life?
- Do I stumble at the thought of losing myself to find myself in
- How can I overcome fear of repercussions for living liberating