August 07, 2016

QUESTING

Frederic and
Mary Ann Brussat
Spiritual Literacy

“If we are spiritual beings on a human path rather than human beings who may be on a spiritual path,” Jungian analyst Jean Shinoda Bolen suggests, “then life is not only a journey but a pilgrimage or quest as well.” It is a quest for meaning, fulfillment, and wholeness.

This image of journey, quest, or pilgrimage is a theme in all the wisdom traditions. When a monk asks, “What is the Tao?” Master Unmon replies “Walk on.” It’s important to keep moving. Or as Confucius says, “It does not matter how slowly you go, so long as you do not stop.”

In the Bible, journey plays a central role in the Old and New Testaments. The Jews wandered in the wilderness on the way to the Promised Land. Jesus of Nazareth took the long, hard road to Jerusalem. And Saul was converted-transformed-to Paul on the road.

Throughout history, people looking for spiritual renewal have undertaken pilgrimages to sacred sites. Once in a lifetime, Muslims are under the obligation to journey to Mecca. They set out with high hopes for the quickening of their faith.

For many of us the inward quest is equally important. Trappist monk Thomas Merton writes: “Our real journey in life is interior; it is a matter of growth, deepening, and of an ever greater surrender to the creative action of love and grace in our hearts.”

The point of questing is to polish our souls, to come to terms with the shadow, to explore what naturalist Loren Eiseley calls “the ghost continent” within.

This ongoing endeavor takes discipline, courage, and perseverance. As the Indian philosopher and poet Sri Aurobindo reminds us, “The spiritual journey is one of continuously falling on your face, getting up, brushing yourself off, looking sheepishly at God and taking another step.”

Psychologist Jacqueline Small notes, “At certain points along the journey, people begin to crave a larger context….They long to be in the supportive and joyful company of others who are seekers like themselves.” Companions who can share our experience and insights are essential on the inward quest.

The word question is derived from the Latin quaerere (to seek) which has the same root as the word quest. This makes sense. Questions are powerful allies on a spiritual journey. They stretch our mind, body, and soul.

“A very powerful question may not have an answer at the moment it is asked,” social activist Fran Peavey observes. “It will sit rattling in the mind for days or weeks as the person works on an answer. If the seed is planted, the answer will grow. Questions are alive.”

And we are more alive when actively involved with questing and questions. Keep moving. Keep crossing inner and outer borders. Keep asking.

2017 MASS BOOK

The 2017 Mass Book will open on Monday, August 15th. The donation for one mass, the Sanctuary Candle or Offertory Gifts is $20.00.

The Eucharist is the universal prayer of the Church remembering all of Gods people, past, present and future at every celebration.

Theologically, liturgically and canonically the graces of the mass are infinite. On a personal level, we know that God cannot be outdone in generosity.

Missionary Co Op Sunday
Sr. Regi Karumakkel, a member of the Daughters of Charity of the Most Precious Blood, will be visiting our parish the weekend of August 20 & 21, 2016. They are located here in the Paterson Diocese on Preakness Ave in Paterson.

The Congregation has missions in Brazil, India, Nigeria, Philippines, and Indonesia. She will be talking about some experiences she has had and also heard from their missionary Sisters.

MINISTRIES AND ORGANIZATIONS

Widow/Widowers

  • The Monday Night Group: Aug. 8th & 22nd at 6:30 PM
  • The New & Recently Bereaved Group: Wednesday, Aug. 10th & 24th at 7:00 PM.

St. Philip’s Players – Nunsense
Tickets are now on sale!

Nunsense

Nunsense is a hilarious spoof about the misadventures of five nuns trying to manage a fundraiser. Sadly, the rest of the sisterhood died after eating tainted soup. The remaining nuns stage a talent show in order to raise the money to bury their dearly departed. Shows will be:
Friday, September 16 at 8 PM with Dessert: $25.00
Saturday, September 17 with Dinner & Dessert following 5:30 PM Mass: $35.00 or
Dessert Theater at 8:00 PM: $25.00
For tickets or reservations, please call 973-779-1439 or 973- 607-1924. Please leave a message, your call will be returned. You may also email us at stphilipsplayers@aol.com

Props Needed:
1 exercise bicycle, 1 small folding bed and 1 old black desk phone.

If you have props that you can share with us, to be used for our performances, please call us at 973 779-1439 or 973 607-1924. They will be returned to you.

oktoberfest! Save the date: October 1st
Gather up your lederhosen and practice your yodeling to get ready for Oktoberfest on Saturday, October 1st.
St. Philip’s Players will hold its first fundraiser for the theater group. There will be German food, domestic and imported beer, music and dancing! Tickets will be on sale in August.

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