July 31, 2016
A little extra bulletin space during the summer weeks enables us to run a full article in four weekly segments. The topic is HOPE and is taken from a leading journal of contemporary Spirituality, SPIRITUAL LIFE (Summer 2012)
Each installment will be posted on the web-page sequentially by bulletin date.
WEEK IV SERIES ON HOPE
FEAR OF THE FUTURE:
Liberated from Fear of the Future
Mary Paul Curti, OCD
We can begin to see, with eyes of faith, how one can live by the virtue of hope so as to be liberated from fear of the future. The pathway of hope is toward greater freedom and peace. To hold in a confident heart that we are loved and cared for by God is to draw strength from the one who fulfills his promises. Live within the will of God, now, in this moment, as if the promises of God are being fulfilled, which they surely are. Rest in the quiet peace of reliance upon God who leads us into the future by his gracious Word, which is true and effective.
Whatever God asks of us, he will give us the grace and courage to do:
For surely, I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans for your welfare and not for harm, to give you a future with hope. (Jer 29:11)
If we are persons of hope, we have a passion for life. We trust in God’s supreme goodness. We know we have been blessed with God’s infinite mercy. We live by the breath of God, and his Spirit is alive in our breasts. Sustained by the theological virtue of hope, we can be opened to a new world of liberating peace and joy. We become aware of the destiny that is ours in Christ Jesus: “I came that they may have life and have it abundantly” (Jn 10:10). We rejoice that our names are written in heaven.
When our time of death arrives, we will move into the fullness of life with God in glory, a life when all promises come true in full reality. No fear will remain, no desire unfulfilled, no struggle continued. Hope will have brought us into glory with God forever. John of the Cross explains:
This is the ordinary task of hope in the soul: it raises the eyes to look only at God…the soul obtains from God all that it hopes to receive from Him.
We thank you, Lord, for the baptism we received, which gives us your very life within us. We praise you for the gifts of faith, hope, and love that sustain us in our journey home. Help us to accept the sufferings in our lives, which teach us how to love and to endure. Free us from fear of the future and help us to live in hope which will fulfill all our expectations and bring us one day to glory and life with you forever. Amen
Mary Paul Curti, OCD, is a founding member of the Carmel of the Assumption, Latrobe, PA. She has served in her community as Prioress, Councilor, Directress of Formation, and Treasurer. Her book, Sounding Solitude, was published by ICS in June of 2010.
MINISTRIES AND ORGANIZATIONS
- 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 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 email@example.com
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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.
Our very own accompanist Marc Pannullo and cantor Rachel Zegler have been very busy this summer rehearsing for the Bergen PAC’s production of Les Miserables. Marc has been working as the rehearsal pianist and will be part of the ensemble. Rachel will be playing the part of Cosette.
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