Faith Formation

Deep Thoughts

WE    ARE    EASTER     PEOPLE!    (Are you?) 

“We  are  an  Easter  people  and  Alleluia  is  our  song!”

 

  This phrase is most often attributed to St Augustine, the fifth-century Bishop of Hippo, a Roman city in North Africa. Problem is, it’s not from Augustine. It’s one of Pope John Paul II’s most famous quotes, written in 1986 (He shepherded the Catholic Church for over three decades from 1978 – 2005). In the pope’s letter at the time, the quote appears in quotation marks but without attribution to Augustine

 

JOHN PAUL II,  ANGELUS

Sunday, 30 November 1986
Adelaide, Australia

 

1. At the end of this Eucharistic celebration, I invite you to join me in praying the Angelus. This prayer takes its name from the Angel’s message to Mary: “Rejoice . . . the Lord is with you”. Soon, in the Christmas liturgy, you will hear those other words of joy which announced the birth of Jesus: “Listen, I bring you news of great joy, a joy to be shared by all the people”.”. I now add: “joy - deep and lasting joy - to the people of Australia”.In a true sense, joy is the keynote of the Christian message". As I said then, my wish is that the Christian message may bring joy to all who open their hearts to it: “joy to children, joy to parents, joy to families and to friends, joy to workers and scholars, joy to the sick and to the elderly, joy to all humanityI have said before on another occasion: 

3. We do not pretend that life is all beauty.

We are not looking for a shallow joy but rather a joy that comes from faith, that grows through unselfish love, that respects the “fundamental duty of love of neighbor, without which it would be unbecoming to speak of Joy”. We realize that joy is demanding; it demands unselfishness; it demands a readiness to say with Mary: “Be it done unto me according to thy word”..“We are an Easter People and Alleluia is our song!”  

We are aware of darkness and sin, of poverty and pain. But we know Jesus has conquered sin and passed through his own pain to the glory of the Resurrection. And we live in the light of his Paschal Mystery - the mystery of his Death and Resurrection.

[For the entire Angelus letter see: ]http://www.vatican.va/content/john-paul-ii/en/angelus/1986/documents/hf_jp-ii_ang_19861130.html

 

 Wishing you the deep joy of the Easter Season

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Easter   Glory   is  reflected in   God’s   unending   MERCY

LEARN MORE ABOUT GOD'S MERCY   (Are you experiencing frustration or anxiety because of the stressors of your life and the world around you? Do you feel unheard and alone in your struggles? Do you feel unloved or unworthy of love?  Do you desire peace of mind and heart?

The message of God's  Divine  Mercy  is  simple.

It is that God loves us – all of us. He wants us to recognize that His mercy is greater than our sins, so that we will call upon Him with trust, receive His mercy, and let it flow through us to others. Thus, all will come to share His joy. 

 

Website to answer all your questions about Divine mercy      https://www.thedivinemercy.org 

Enter into a Powerful Prayer Experience- unlock God's Mercy………….

The Chaplet of Divine Mercy Prayer Devotion                                                (for info. about Holy Rosary's DM Ministry Group - please contact : Ann D.  302-798-4345)

What is Divine Mercy? (4 min. video)    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kvx6TWLxRjQ&t=149s   

 

 

 

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Spiritual Links:

 “Fratelli tutti”: short summary of Pope Francis's Social Encyclical

https://www.usccb.org/prayer-and-worship/prayers-and-devotions

Father Spitzer's Spontaneous Prayers

The Peace Prayer of St. Francis

 St. Ignatius Loyola's Examen is an opportunity for peaceful daily reflective prayer. It invites us to find the movement of God in all the people and events of our day. It is simply a set of introspective prompts for you to follow or adapt to your own character and spirit. Learn how....

 https://www.ignatianspirituality.com/examen-prayer-card/:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Try    Praying    the

         Rosary.......

   Like pondering a great piece of Art in a  museum,   the Rosary  invites  you  to  stare deeply  into  the  life  of  Jesus and  His  Mother

Quiet Your Mind,.. allow the depths of your Soul to Rise

 JOIN  BISHOP ROBERT  BARRON - Find Everything  You  Need  To Enter  More  Fully  into The  Rosary:

https://www.wordonfire.org/rosary-why/

Includes LINKS FOR:  Why Pray the Rosary?,  How To Pray the Rosary ,  and  4 Video Rosaries (1 for each set of Mysteries) with beautiful music, art and explanations of each mystery to enhance contemplation

Do you desire closeness to Jesus?

  We have a ZOOM  Devotion:

        (every Tuesday @ 7pm)          Divine Mercy Prayer    Gathering-

with Live adoration of the  Blessed Sacrament,

For more information, about this devotion or the group, contact parish office   OR   email   pmanerchia@verizon.net