Sacred Heart Catholic Church
655 C Avenue
Coronado, CA 92118
Phone: (619) 435-3167
Got some friends, Lord,
who are carrying some heavy loads,
their plates full of cares and concerns,
troubles and fear, loneliness and doubt...
So, I was wondering...
Could you slow things down for them,
even just a little, in the days ahead?
Could you fill in the potholes and smooth the bumps
on the road they're traveling?
Could you make their lives a little less complicated
and a whole lot simpler?
Could you spare them the curve balls
and throw a couple right down Broadway?
Could you gently touch their grief
and mend their broken hearts?
Could you give them a break
from bad news, discouragement and distress?
Could you take at least a few things off
their already full and overflowing plates of problems?
Could you let them catch a glimpse of you
standing close by their side?
Could you give them the time and space they need
to sit back, relax and find a little peace?
Could you relieve their doubts
and refresh their faith in you?
Could you bless their tender hearts,
their ailing bodies and their broken spirits
with your healing and compassion?
And we'd all be grateful, Lord,
if you'd give us some hints
on how best to help one another
when we we feel so helpless, so powerless
over what others are facing...
We're all so powerless in so many ways
and need to trust in you, Lord,
to lean on you, to ask you to be:
our strength in our weakness,
our wisdom in our doubts,
and our hope
through the darkest of lonely nights...
Got some friends, Lord,
who are carrying heavy loads, their plates overflowing
with cares and concerns, with troubles and fears:
help them know and see and feel your presence,
your love, your strength, your mercy and your peace...
🎨 ‘Burdens Seen and Unseen’
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If you bring your gift to the altar,
and there recall that your brother
has anything against you,
leave your gift there at the altar,
go first and be reconciled with your brother,
and then come and offer your gift. Matthew 5:24
📷 Reconciliation (Josefina de Vasconcellos sculpture)
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To add a few to the list...
Going to work, folding laundry, doing the dishes, grocery shopping, cutting the grass, changing diapers, cooking dinner...
When you look at all these mundane chores and responsibilities as opportunities to glorify God and prayerfully connect your soul to His endless Grace... they instantly become tiny, joyful, achievable little tasks in the quest of holiness and sanctity!
What if our Lenten observance was simply to use our daily work as prayers offered in service and love of God??
Amen to all those little opportunities today!!
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Our Christian hope begins with inspiration. Jesus awakens us spiritually and plants within us the desire to live out of love, faith, wisdom, and justice. Gradually the vision of our destiny comes into focus. We begin to see what is truly important; we can almost picture what the “kingdom of God” is and how we are part of it.
But we must practice our hope. Some days the vision fades, and we have to return to the basics: God loves us passionately, and we are invited to participate in God’s life. We practice hope with every prayer, every instance of gratitude, and every phrase of Scripture. We practice by gathering together and retelling the Jesus story through liturgy and song.
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God's call for our hospitality looks different in this time of safe distancing, but the call did not vanish entirely. It merely manifests in new ways. Instead of a family dinner, perhaps communion is a socially distant picnic with a struggling neighbor. Maybe a phone call with a relative or friend builds belonging.
How have you built belonging? 💞 How has someone made you feel like you belong?
Now here is what I am trying to say: All of you together are the one body of Christ, and each one of you is a separate and necessary part of it.
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Thursday • February 25, 2021
Has prayer moved you?
It is tempting to think about prayer in a transactional way: I ask, therefore God gives. Today’s gospel may even appear to encourage this form of thought: “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find.” But Catholic teaching urges us to see God’s response to prayer broadly. Pope Francis explains: “Prayer always transforms reality: if things around us do not change, at least our hearts are changed. Jesus promised the gift of the Holy Spirit to every man and woman who prays.” If you have a prayer that seems unanswered, consider how your heart was moved by the mere act of praying.
Today's readings: Esther C:12, 14-16, 23-25; Matthew 7:7-12. “For everyone who asks, receives; and the one who seeks, finds.”
📷Sacred Heart Women’s Retreat pre-pandemic ♥️ #takefiveforfaith ... See MoreSee Less
Gospel• Matthew 7:7-12
Jesus said to his disciples:
“Ask and it will be given to you;
seek and you will find;
knock and the door will be opened to you.
For everyone who asks, receives; and the one who seeks, finds;
and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.
Which one of you would hand his son a stone
when he asked for a loaf of bread,
or a snake when he asked for a fish?
If you then, who are wicked,
know how to give good gifts to your children,
how much more will your heavenly Father give good things
to those who ask him.
“Do to others whatever you would have them do to you.
This is the law and the prophets.”
📷 #tbt with our first 707 Youth Ministry banner 2016- Yep, that’s where the name came from, todays reading Matthew 7:7 to encourage our youth as they Ask, Seek, Knock after Jesus.
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An Ecumenical Christian Prayer
O God, Trinity of love,
from the profound communion of your divine life,
pour out upon us a torrent of fraternal love.
Grant us the love reflected in the actions of Jesus,
in his family of Nazareth,
and in the early Christian community.
Grant that we Christians may live the Gospel,
discovering Christ in each human being,
recognizing him crucified
in the sufferings of the abandoned
and forgotten of our world,
and risen in each brother or sister
who makes a new start.
Come, Holy Spirit, show us your beauty,
reflected in all the peoples of the earth,
so that we may discover anew
that all are important and all are necessary,
different faces of the one humanity
that God so loves. Amen.
Given in Assisi, at the tomb of Saint Francis, on 3 October, Vigil of the Feast of the Saint, in the year 2020, the eighth of my Pontificate.
This concludes our series on Pope Francis’ Encyclical FRATELLI TUTTI
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