August 09, 2015

TASTE AND SEE THE GOODNESS OF THE LORD

PSALM 34

Taste and see the goodness of the Lord.

I will bless the Lord at all times;
Praise of God is always in my mouth.
In the Lord my soul shall make its boast;
The humble shall hear and be glad.

Glorify the Lord with me;
together let us praise God’s name.
I sought the Lord, and God answered me;
from all my terrors he set me free.

Look toward God and be radiant;
Let your faces not be turned away.
This lowly one called; the Lord heard,
and rescued God from all my distress.

The angel of the Lord is encamped
around those who are aware of him, to rescue them.
Taste and see the Lord is good.
Blessed the ones who seek refuge in God.

REFLECTION

Blessed are you, Lord our God,
who does daily give us bread to eat.

In a Gloria of gratitude,
we are made mindful of the many marvels of life
that spark our hearts.
You have not only given us life
but continue to increase that life by nourishing us.
Blessed are You, Holy Sustainer,
for the marvel of food,
for bread and wine,
for banquets and dinners, for picnics and suppers.

With compassionate love
You fed Moses and his people in the desert,
and You sustain us, today, with daily manna
at breakfast, lunch and dinner.

We are thankful for Your Son, Jesus,
Who was the living bread
broken, shared and eaten in love.
For this holy bread
Who calls us, each, to share ourselves unselfishly
as food for one another,
we bless You, Divine Source.

We take delight,
With Moses, Jesus and all the holy ones,
that parents, friends, teachers and poets
artists, musicians and people of prayer
have all been food for us.

Blessed are You, Boundless Father,
who have shared with us the secret of life:
to become nourishment and life
for each other.
May each meal we eat
be a wonder of worship of You.

Blessed are You, Lord our God,
Who does daily give us bread to eat.

Amen
– Edward Hayes

REFLECTION QUESTIONS

1. What line of the psalm struck you? Why?

2. What might you gratefully add to the list of God’s blessings in the reflection?

Month of Prayer for Those Suffering Religious Persecution

Prayer for those suffering religious persecution

Good and gracious Father, whose own Beloved Son suffered Violence and death for the salvation of the world, Listen graciously to our cry for all who are being persecuted for their faith.
In your great mercy, comfort them with the Holy Spirit. Give them strength in the face of hostility and courage in the face of trial.

Open the eyes of those who raise their hands in violence to see others as their brothers and sisters, children of the one Father of all.
By your grace, turn their hearts from hatred to love.

Through the powerful intercession of the Immaculate
Queen of Peace, may justice and peace prevail
So that all may have the freedom to worship you,
The one true God and him whom you have sent,
Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen

SAVE THE DATE

Sunday, September 27, 2015

PARISH PICNIC

Fun Food Friends

MISSIONARY COOPERATION PLAN COLLECTION

On the weekend of August 15 & 16, 2015, Sister Judith Gomila, MSC will be speaking at our parish.

In the 1840’s and 1850’s, Blessed Basil Moreau, a man of keen vision and contagious zeal, sent his Holy Cross religious from France to serve in the “mission territories” of Indiana, Quebec, Louisiana, Poland, Bengal, and Algeria. When he barely had more than a handful of followers, Moreau dispersed his little Holy Cross family to all corners of the globe in Jesus’ name.

The Marianites of Holy Cross were invited by Bishop Thomas Kabore, Diocese of Kaya, Burkina Faso, Africa, to minister to his people in a new parish, Holy Family. Since June of 2011, four sisters are there in pastoral ministry in this poverty-stricken, landlocked, arid desert. Aware of the dramatic felt needs of their people – drought, famine, health issues, lack of education – the Marianites have opened: The CREN (Center for Recuperation by Education and Nutrition) for mothers and severely under-nourished children, a school for evangelization and academics, a pharmacy/dispensary. In 2014, more than 1000 children were brought back to health and 10,000 patients came to be treated for malaria, dysentery, pneumonia, dehydration, skin diseases, etc. The Sisters also provide adult religious formation for RCIA and for candidates, expressing interest in beginning a local religious congregation.

Just as mission sends us across borders, your prayers and financial support will give YOU a missionary presence in the Diocese of Kaya, and assist the Marianites of Holy Cross in their willingness to embrace this ministry with our sisters and brothers and the challenges it presents

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