Blessed Pentecost! Today we feel the wind beneath our wings Today the hidden fountain flows and plays Today the church draws breath at last and sings As every flame becomes a Tongue of praise. This is the feast of fire,air, and water Poured out and breathed and kindled into earth. The earth herself awakens to her maker And is translated out of death to birth. The right words come today in their right order And every word spells freedom and release Today the gospel crosses every border All tongues are loosened by the Prince of Peace Today the lost are found in His translation. Whose mother-tongue is Love, in every nation. 🔥🕊️❤️🔥 Come, Holy Spirit, Come! ... See MoreSee Less
"Let us ask the Virgin Mary to obtain also today a renewed Pentecost for the Church that will imbue in all, and especially in the young, the joy of living and witnessing to the Gospel…..With Mary, the Virgin in prayer at Pentecost, let us ask the Almighty for an abundant outpouring of the Holy Spirit, the spirit of unity and harmony, to inspire thoughts of peace and reconciliation in everyone." - Pope Benedict XVI
Come Holy Spirit fill the hearts of the faithful! Enkindle in us the fire of your love. 🔥🕊️❤️🔥🕊️🔥 Painting by Jen Norton ... See MoreSee Less
Prayer Leads to Compassion Prayer and action can never be seen as contradictory or mutually exclusive. Prayer without action grows into powerless pietism, and action without prayer degenerates into questionable manipulation. If prayer leads us into deeper unity with the compassionate Christ, it will always give rise to concrete acts of service. And if concrete acts of service do indeed lead us to a deeper solidarity with the poor, the hungry, the sick, the dying, and the oppressed, they will always give rise to prayer. In prayer we meet Christ, and in him all human suffering. In service we meet people, and in them the suffering Christ. . . .
Action with and for those who suffer is the concrete expression of a compassionate life and the final criterion of being a Christian. Such acts do not stand beside the moments of prayer and worship but are themselves such moments. Why? Because Jesus Christ, who did not cling to his divinity, but became as we are, can be found where there are hungry, thirsty, alienated, naked, sick, and imprisoned people. -Henri Nouwen ... See MoreSee Less
We're here to honor those who went to war Who did not wish to die, but did die, grievously, In eighteen sixty-one and in two-thousand four Though they were peaceable as you or me. Young and innocent, they knew nothing of horror --- Singers and athletes, and all in all well-bred. Their sergeants, mercifully, made them into warriors, And at the end, they were moving straight ahead. As we look at these headstones, row on row on row, Let us see them as they were, laughing and joking, On that bright irreverent morning long ago. And once more, let our hearts be broken. God have mercy on them for their heroic gift. May we live the good lives they would have lived.
~ A Prairie Home Companion, May 29, 2004 📸 1.Fort Rosecrans 2.Taken at the dedication of our Fallen Heroes Memorial in the Sacred Heart of Jesus Prayer Garden ... See MoreSee Less
Heart Calling to Heart. Friendship, marriage, family, religious life, and every other form of community is the grateful recognition of God’s call to share life together and the joyful offering of a hospitable space where the re-creating power of God’s Spirit can become manifest. Thus all forms of life together can become ways to reveal to each other the real presence of God in our midst. Community embraces all people, whatever their individual differences may be, and allows them to live together as brothers and sisters of Christ and sons and daughters of his heavenly Father. -Henri Nouwen ... See MoreSee Less