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Prayer

Who The Meek Are Not

         Not the bristle-bearded Igors bent
under burlap sacks, not peasants knee-deep
         in the rice-paddy muck,
nor the serfs whose quarter-moon sickles
         make the wheat fall in waves
they don’t get to eat. My friend the Franciscan
         nun says we misread
that word meek in the Bible verse that blesses them.
         To understand the meek
(she says) picture a great stallion at full gallop
         in a meadow, who—
at his master’s voice—seizes up to a stunned
         but instant halt.
So with the strain of holding that great power
         in check, the muscles
along the arched neck keep eddying,
         and only the velvet ears
prick forward, awaiting the next order.

—Mary Karr, published in Sinners Welcome


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Bold Humility

I remind myself that Mary’s willingness to bear a child was not passive. Hers was an active ‘yes,’ and the meekness with which she is often characterized is, at its heart, a bold humility.

By how she sings her Song of Praise, the Magnificat, I know that she is audacious in her actions and her words. Mary is firmly rooted, an echo of the origins of the word humble—humus, Latin for ‘ground.’

She is like Mary Karr’s “great stallion at full gallop,” deft, sensitive and strong as hell.

—Claire Peterson works in the advancement and communications office of the USA Central and Southern Province and is the local organizer for Jesuit Connections – St. Louis.

 


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Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Lk 1: 39-56

In those days Mary set out and went with haste to a Judean town in the hill country, where she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth. When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the child leaped in her womb. And Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit and exclaimed with a loud cry, “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb.

And why has this happened to me, that the mother of my Lord comes to me? For as soon as I heard the sound of your greeting, the child in my womb leaped for joy. And blessed is she who believed that there would be a fulfillment of what was spoken to her by the Lord.”

And Mary said, “My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for he has looked with favor on the lowliness of his servant. Surely, from now on all generations will call me blessed; for the Mighty One has done great things for me, and holy is his name. His mercy is for those who fear him from generation to generation.

He has shown strength with his arm; he has scattered the proud in the thoughts of their hearts. He has brought down the powerful from their thrones, and lifted up the lowly; he has filled the hungry with good things, and sent the rich away empty. He has helped his servant Israel, in remembrance of his mercy, according to the promise he made to our ancestors, to Abraham and to his descendants forever.”

And Mary remained with her about three months and then returned to her home.

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.

 


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May 31, 2019

Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Lk 1: 39-56

In those days Mary set out and went with haste to a Judean town in the hill country, where she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth. When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the child leaped in her womb. And Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit and exclaimed with a loud cry, “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb.

And why has this happened to me, that the mother of my Lord comes to me? For as soon as I heard the sound of your greeting, the child in my womb leaped for joy. And blessed is she who believed that there would be a fulfillment of what was spoken to her by the Lord.”

And Mary said, “My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for he has looked with favor on the lowliness of his servant. Surely, from now on all generations will call me blessed; for the Mighty One has done great things for me, and holy is his name. His mercy is for those who fear him from generation to generation.

He has shown strength with his arm; he has scattered the proud in the thoughts of their hearts. He has brought down the powerful from their thrones, and lifted up the lowly; he has filled the hungry with good things, and sent the rich away empty. He has helped his servant Israel, in remembrance of his mercy, according to the promise he made to our ancestors, to Abraham and to his descendants forever.”

And Mary remained with her about three months and then returned to her home.

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.

Bold Humility

I remind myself that Mary’s willingness to bear a child was not passive. Hers was an active ‘yes,’ and the meekness with which she is often characterized is, at its heart, a bold humility.

By how she sings her Song of Praise, the Magnificat, I know that she is audacious in her actions and her words. Mary is firmly rooted, an echo of the origins of the word humble—humus, Latin for ‘ground.’

She is like Mary Karr’s “great stallion at full gallop,” deft, sensitive and strong as hell.

—Claire Peterson works in the advancement and communications office of the USA Central and Southern Province and is the local organizer for Jesuit Connections – St. Louis.

Prayer

Who The Meek Are Not

         Not the bristle-bearded Igors bent
under burlap sacks, not peasants knee-deep
         in the rice-paddy muck,
nor the serfs whose quarter-moon sickles
         make the wheat fall in waves
they don’t get to eat. My friend the Franciscan
         nun says we misread
that word meek in the Bible verse that blesses them.
         To understand the meek
(she says) picture a great stallion at full gallop
         in a meadow, who—
at his master’s voice—seizes up to a stunned
         but instant halt.
So with the strain of holding that great power
         in check, the muscles
along the arched neck keep eddying,
         and only the velvet ears
prick forward, awaiting the next order.

—Mary Karr, published in Sinners Welcome


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Prayer

Above all, trust in the slow work of God.
We are quite naturally impatient in everything
to reach the end without delay.
We should like to skip the intermediate stages.
We are impatient of being on the way to something
unknown, something new.
And yet it is the law of all progress
that it is made by passing through
some stages of instability—
and that it may take a very long time.

—Excerpt from Patient Trust by Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, SJ


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Soon

My mother has six grandchildren, ages six and under, who are always asking her questions: “When can I have a snack?” “When can I go swimming?” “When can I come out of timeout?” “When’s my birthday?” Her response is always the same – “soon.” I laughed the first time I heard her say this to the grandchild who wanted a snack at 7:30 a.m.. My mom’s response was, “it doesn’t matter if I say 15 minutes, 5 hours, or a month and a half, ‘soon’ satisfies.” “Soon” is not now, but it’s not never, it’s just soon.

In today’s Gospel, the disciples struggle to understand what Jesus means by “a little while.”  Much like “soon,” a little while indicates that we will need to wait, but it also implies inevitability.  Jesus does not answer his disciples when “they said, ‘What does he mean by this “a little while”?” because there is a difference between God’s “little while” and our “little while.” Especially when we are weeping and mourning, God’s “little while” can seem like a very long while. This is where we are invited to trust God. We trust that our “pain will turn into joy”… soon.

Jackie Schulte is the Dean of Faculty Formation and a history teacher at Creighton Preparatory School in Omaha, NE.

 


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Ascension of the Lord (in some dioceses)

Jn 16:16-20

”A little while, and you will no longer see me, and again a little while, and you will see me.” Then some of his disciples said to one another, “What does he mean by saying to us, ‘A little while, and you will no longer see me, and again a little while, and you will see me’; and ‘Because I am going to the Father’?”

They said, “What does he mean by this ‘a little while’? We do not know what he is talking about.” Jesus knew that they wanted to ask him, so he said to them, “Are you discussing among yourselves what I meant when I said, ‘A little while, and you will no longer see me, and again a little while, and you will see me’?

Very truly, I tell you, you will weep and mourn, but the world will rejoice; you will have pain, but your pain will turn into joy.

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.

 


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May 30, 2019

Ascension of the Lord (in some dioceses)

Jn 16:16-20

”A little while, and you will no longer see me, and again a little while, and you will see me.” Then some of his disciples said to one another, “What does he mean by saying to us, ‘A little while, and you will no longer see me, and again a little while, and you will see me’; and ‘Because I am going to the Father’?”

They said, “What does he mean by this ‘a little while’? We do not know what he is talking about.” Jesus knew that they wanted to ask him, so he said to them, “Are you discussing among yourselves what I meant when I said, ‘A little while, and you will no longer see me, and again a little while, and you will see me’?

Very truly, I tell you, you will weep and mourn, but the world will rejoice; you will have pain, but your pain will turn into joy.

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.

Soon

My mother has six grandchildren, ages six and under, who are always asking her questions: “When can I have a snack?” “When can I go swimming?” “When can I come out of timeout?” “When’s my birthday?” Her response is always the same – “soon.” I laughed the first time I heard her say this to the grandchild who wanted a snack at 7:30 a.m.. My mom’s response was, “it doesn’t matter if I say 15 minutes, 5 hours, or a month and a half, ‘soon’ satisfies.” “Soon” is not now, but it’s not never, it’s just soon.

In today’s Gospel, the disciples struggle to understand what Jesus means by “a little while.”  Much like “soon,” a little while indicates that we will need to wait, but it also implies inevitability.  Jesus does not answer his disciples when “they said, ‘What does he mean by this “a little while”?” because there is a difference between God’s “little while” and our “little while.” Especially when we are weeping and mourning, God’s “little while” can seem like a very long while. This is where we are invited to trust God. We trust that our “pain will turn into joy”… soon.

Jackie Schulte is the Dean of Faculty Formation and a history teacher at Creighton Preparatory School in Omaha, NE.

Prayer

Above all, trust in the slow work of God.
We are quite naturally impatient in everything
to reach the end without delay.
We should like to skip the intermediate stages.
We are impatient of being on the way to something
unknown, something new.
And yet it is the law of all progress
that it is made by passing through
some stages of instability—
and that it may take a very long time.

—Excerpt from Patient Trust by Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, SJ


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Prayer

This mystery is not only the source of all creation, but . . .
This mystery is lovingly and intimately involved in what happens on planet Earth, and . . .
This mystery actively wants humankind to be in right relationship with it, so that we might evolve into the fullness of our destiny.
When the pilgrim is ready the guide appears.

—Margaret Silf, Roots and Wings: The Human Journey from a Speck of Stardust to a Spark of God


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Things we still do not know

I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now.”

I often struggle to accept this sentiment-not only from God, but those around me. I want to know everything in its entirety immediately and directly from the source. I presume I am ready to listen, to understand, and to act. And yet, this is often not the case, which leaves me feeling vulnerable and fearful of the unknown. What I need to be more mindful of is that I need more time in the presence of the Holy Spirit and those around me. I need to trust the guidance of the Holy Spirit to provide the necessary fruits for me to be able to understand and accept. It is not about knowing, but co-laboring with Jesus and the Paschal Mystery. So with humility, faithful to God’s guidance and providence, I simply desire to be with God and those loved ones around me. I seek to labor in solidarity together in pursuit of the truth the Holy Spirit provides to “bear” with whatever is to come with grace and hope. Amen.

—Dr. Sajit U. Kabadi is the Assistant Principal for Mission, Ministry, and Diversity at Regis Jesuit High School in Aurora, CO.

 


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Prayer

Who The Meek Are Not

         Not the bristle-bearded Igors bent
under burlap sacks, not peasants knee-deep
         in the rice-paddy muck,
nor the serfs whose quarter-moon sickles
         make the wheat fall in waves
they don’t get to eat. My friend the Franciscan
         nun says we misread
that word meek in the Bible verse that blesses them.
         To understand the meek
(she says) picture a great stallion at full gallop
         in a meadow, who—
at his master’s voice—seizes up to a stunned
         but instant halt.
So with the strain of holding that great power
         in check, the muscles
along the arched neck keep eddying,
         and only the velvet ears
prick forward, awaiting the next order.

—Mary Karr, published in Sinners Welcome


Please share the Good Word with your friends!

Bold Humility

I remind myself that Mary’s willingness to bear a child was not passive. Hers was an active ‘yes,’ and the meekness with which she is often characterized is, at its heart, a bold humility.

By how she sings her Song of Praise, the Magnificat, I know that she is audacious in her actions and her words. Mary is firmly rooted, an echo of the origins of the word humble—humus, Latin for ‘ground.’

She is like Mary Karr’s “great stallion at full gallop,” deft, sensitive and strong as hell.

—Claire Peterson works in the advancement and communications office of the USA Central and Southern Province and is the local organizer for Jesuit Connections – St. Louis.

 


Please share the Good Word with your friends!

Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Lk 1: 39-56

In those days Mary set out and went with haste to a Judean town in the hill country, where she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth. When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the child leaped in her womb. And Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit and exclaimed with a loud cry, “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb.

And why has this happened to me, that the mother of my Lord comes to me? For as soon as I heard the sound of your greeting, the child in my womb leaped for joy. And blessed is she who believed that there would be a fulfillment of what was spoken to her by the Lord.”

And Mary said, “My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for he has looked with favor on the lowliness of his servant. Surely, from now on all generations will call me blessed; for the Mighty One has done great things for me, and holy is his name. His mercy is for those who fear him from generation to generation.

He has shown strength with his arm; he has scattered the proud in the thoughts of their hearts. He has brought down the powerful from their thrones, and lifted up the lowly; he has filled the hungry with good things, and sent the rich away empty. He has helped his servant Israel, in remembrance of his mercy, according to the promise he made to our ancestors, to Abraham and to his descendants forever.”

And Mary remained with her about three months and then returned to her home.

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.

 


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May 31, 2019

Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Lk 1: 39-56

In those days Mary set out and went with haste to a Judean town in the hill country, where she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth. When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the child leaped in her womb. And Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit and exclaimed with a loud cry, “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb.

And why has this happened to me, that the mother of my Lord comes to me? For as soon as I heard the sound of your greeting, the child in my womb leaped for joy. And blessed is she who believed that there would be a fulfillment of what was spoken to her by the Lord.”

And Mary said, “My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for he has looked with favor on the lowliness of his servant. Surely, from now on all generations will call me blessed; for the Mighty One has done great things for me, and holy is his name. His mercy is for those who fear him from generation to generation.

He has shown strength with his arm; he has scattered the proud in the thoughts of their hearts. He has brought down the powerful from their thrones, and lifted up the lowly; he has filled the hungry with good things, and sent the rich away empty. He has helped his servant Israel, in remembrance of his mercy, according to the promise he made to our ancestors, to Abraham and to his descendants forever.”

And Mary remained with her about three months and then returned to her home.

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.

Bold Humility

I remind myself that Mary’s willingness to bear a child was not passive. Hers was an active ‘yes,’ and the meekness with which she is often characterized is, at its heart, a bold humility.

By how she sings her Song of Praise, the Magnificat, I know that she is audacious in her actions and her words. Mary is firmly rooted, an echo of the origins of the word humble—humus, Latin for ‘ground.’

She is like Mary Karr’s “great stallion at full gallop,” deft, sensitive and strong as hell.

—Claire Peterson works in the advancement and communications office of the USA Central and Southern Province and is the local organizer for Jesuit Connections – St. Louis.

Prayer

Who The Meek Are Not

         Not the bristle-bearded Igors bent
under burlap sacks, not peasants knee-deep
         in the rice-paddy muck,
nor the serfs whose quarter-moon sickles
         make the wheat fall in waves
they don’t get to eat. My friend the Franciscan
         nun says we misread
that word meek in the Bible verse that blesses them.
         To understand the meek
(she says) picture a great stallion at full gallop
         in a meadow, who—
at his master’s voice—seizes up to a stunned
         but instant halt.
So with the strain of holding that great power
         in check, the muscles
along the arched neck keep eddying,
         and only the velvet ears
prick forward, awaiting the next order.

—Mary Karr, published in Sinners Welcome


Please share the Good Word with your friends!

Prayer

Above all, trust in the slow work of God.
We are quite naturally impatient in everything
to reach the end without delay.
We should like to skip the intermediate stages.
We are impatient of being on the way to something
unknown, something new.
And yet it is the law of all progress
that it is made by passing through
some stages of instability—
and that it may take a very long time.

—Excerpt from Patient Trust by Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, SJ


Please share the Good Word with your friends!

Soon

My mother has six grandchildren, ages six and under, who are always asking her questions: “When can I have a snack?” “When can I go swimming?” “When can I come out of timeout?” “When’s my birthday?” Her response is always the same – “soon.” I laughed the first time I heard her say this to the grandchild who wanted a snack at 7:30 a.m.. My mom’s response was, “it doesn’t matter if I say 15 minutes, 5 hours, or a month and a half, ‘soon’ satisfies.” “Soon” is not now, but it’s not never, it’s just soon.

In today’s Gospel, the disciples struggle to understand what Jesus means by “a little while.”  Much like “soon,” a little while indicates that we will need to wait, but it also implies inevitability.  Jesus does not answer his disciples when “they said, ‘What does he mean by this “a little while”?” because there is a difference between God’s “little while” and our “little while.” Especially when we are weeping and mourning, God’s “little while” can seem like a very long while. This is where we are invited to trust God. We trust that our “pain will turn into joy”… soon.

Jackie Schulte is the Dean of Faculty Formation and a history teacher at Creighton Preparatory School in Omaha, NE.

 


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Ascension of the Lord (in some dioceses)

Jn 16:16-20

”A little while, and you will no longer see me, and again a little while, and you will see me.” Then some of his disciples said to one another, “What does he mean by saying to us, ‘A little while, and you will no longer see me, and again a little while, and you will see me’; and ‘Because I am going to the Father’?”

They said, “What does he mean by this ‘a little while’? We do not know what he is talking about.” Jesus knew that they wanted to ask him, so he said to them, “Are you discussing among yourselves what I meant when I said, ‘A little while, and you will no longer see me, and again a little while, and you will see me’?

Very truly, I tell you, you will weep and mourn, but the world will rejoice; you will have pain, but your pain will turn into joy.

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.

 


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May 30, 2019

Ascension of the Lord (in some dioceses)

Jn 16:16-20

”A little while, and you will no longer see me, and again a little while, and you will see me.” Then some of his disciples said to one another, “What does he mean by saying to us, ‘A little while, and you will no longer see me, and again a little while, and you will see me’; and ‘Because I am going to the Father’?”

They said, “What does he mean by this ‘a little while’? We do not know what he is talking about.” Jesus knew that they wanted to ask him, so he said to them, “Are you discussing among yourselves what I meant when I said, ‘A little while, and you will no longer see me, and again a little while, and you will see me’?

Very truly, I tell you, you will weep and mourn, but the world will rejoice; you will have pain, but your pain will turn into joy.

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.

Soon

My mother has six grandchildren, ages six and under, who are always asking her questions: “When can I have a snack?” “When can I go swimming?” “When can I come out of timeout?” “When’s my birthday?” Her response is always the same – “soon.” I laughed the first time I heard her say this to the grandchild who wanted a snack at 7:30 a.m.. My mom’s response was, “it doesn’t matter if I say 15 minutes, 5 hours, or a month and a half, ‘soon’ satisfies.” “Soon” is not now, but it’s not never, it’s just soon.

In today’s Gospel, the disciples struggle to understand what Jesus means by “a little while.”  Much like “soon,” a little while indicates that we will need to wait, but it also implies inevitability.  Jesus does not answer his disciples when “they said, ‘What does he mean by this “a little while”?” because there is a difference between God’s “little while” and our “little while.” Especially when we are weeping and mourning, God’s “little while” can seem like a very long while. This is where we are invited to trust God. We trust that our “pain will turn into joy”… soon.

Jackie Schulte is the Dean of Faculty Formation and a history teacher at Creighton Preparatory School in Omaha, NE.

Prayer

Above all, trust in the slow work of God.
We are quite naturally impatient in everything
to reach the end without delay.
We should like to skip the intermediate stages.
We are impatient of being on the way to something
unknown, something new.
And yet it is the law of all progress
that it is made by passing through
some stages of instability—
and that it may take a very long time.

—Excerpt from Patient Trust by Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, SJ


Please share the Good Word with your friends!

Prayer

This mystery is not only the source of all creation, but . . .
This mystery is lovingly and intimately involved in what happens on planet Earth, and . . .
This mystery actively wants humankind to be in right relationship with it, so that we might evolve into the fullness of our destiny.
When the pilgrim is ready the guide appears.

—Margaret Silf, Roots and Wings: The Human Journey from a Speck of Stardust to a Spark of God


Please share the Good Word with your friends!

Things we still do not know

I still have many things to say to you, but you cannot bear them now.”

I often struggle to accept this sentiment-not only from God, but those around me. I want to know everything in its entirety immediately and directly from the source. I presume I am ready to listen, to understand, and to act. And yet, this is often not the case, which leaves me feeling vulnerable and fearful of the unknown. What I need to be more mindful of is that I need more time in the presence of the Holy Spirit and those around me. I need to trust the guidance of the Holy Spirit to provide the necessary fruits for me to be able to understand and accept. It is not about knowing, but co-laboring with Jesus and the Paschal Mystery. So with humility, faithful to God’s guidance and providence, I simply desire to be with God and those loved ones around me. I seek to labor in solidarity together in pursuit of the truth the Holy Spirit provides to “bear” with whatever is to come with grace and hope. Amen.

—Dr. Sajit U. Kabadi is the Assistant Principal for Mission, Ministry, and Diversity at Regis Jesuit High School in Aurora, CO.

 


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