23 September 2014

Thank You, Lord

Thank you, Lord, for the many ways Your Church brings Your peace and love to the world.

Elizabeth Scalia on Incarnational Evangelization

"Do you know why, as Pope Francis rightly noted, proselytizing doesn’t work?

"Because it is not Incarnational. It has nothing in common with the example set by the Word when he condescended to join humanity and 'set his tent among us'. Not near humanity, but still apart; not above humanity, overseeing it, but among and with and in commonality with us. . . .

"Proselytizing tries to make people jump into holiness in order to get Jesus, which entirely contradicts Jesus’ own example.

"Jesus went to people - and let them come to him - and once they found him, people wanted the holiness they saw embodied in him. Sharing in that holiness meant staying bound to Christ in such a profoundly hopeful, consoling and enlightening way that even apart from him - even living in a different place, even living in a different time - the connection held, even unto death.

"Evangelization differs from Proselytizing - and gets closer to the Incarnational example of Christ Jesus - by being non-confrontational. Rather than repelling people by preaching at them, it attracts in large measure through a kind of positive passivity that allows room for the Holy Spirit to work."

In a recent commentary, writer Elizabeth Scalia reflected on the the importance of a spirit of a missionary mindset, meeting people where they are and letting them see Jesus and His Light in us.

To access Ms. Scalia’s complete post, please visit:

The Anchoress: Why Dolan, and Francis, and Benedict are Right (19 SEP 14)

Reflection Starter from Edward Everett Hale

"I am only one; but still I am one. I cannot do everything; but still I can do something; and because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do the something that I can do." - Edward Everett Hale

22 September 2014

Thank You, Lord

Thank you, Lord, for the many "talents" You have given us (whatever their form may be).

Marcel LeJeune on the Parable of the Talents

" Reading the parable of talents, I was hit between the eyes with this sentence: ‘But the man who received one (talent) went off and dug a hole in the ground and buried his master's money.’

“A talent is a coin worth about 17 years worth of wages. In today's modern income, this would be equivalent of about $750,000 today. This is no small amount of money. The point of the story is there is a great wealth we have been given and digging holes to bury God's gifts can get us in serious trouble.

 “Jesus is letting you and I know we all have been given great gifts. Sometimes we look at other's gifts and compare our own. Think of the man with 10 talents - $7.5 million - what would the servant with only 1 talent think of him?

•If I only had his money.

•I could really do something good with that.

•I deserve it as much as he does. . . .”

In a recent commentary, Marcel LeJeune reflected on this parable may apply to our own lives..

To access Deacon Greg’s complete post, please visit:

Aggie Catholics: Burying A Treasure: Entitlement (19 SEP 14)

Reflection Starter from Pope Francis

"The Lord is always there waiting to give us his love: it is an amazing thing, one which never ceases to surprise us!" - Pope Francis

20 September 2014

Thank You, Lord

Thank you, Lord, for Your kind and loving Providence (whether or not we are aware of it in our lives).

Pope Francis: The Church is Catholic (Universal) and Apostolic (Missionary)

"When you say that the Church is 'Catholic' and 'Apostolic' it means that it is 'universal' and 'missionary', 'outgoing', as were the apostles. This means 'taking to heart the salvation of all mankind', 'having a sense of the fullness, completeness, harmony of Christian life' and 'being aware that our faith is anchored to the same proclamation and witness of the apostles'. These were Pope Francis reflections today at his General Audience dedicated to the Church."

"The Pope toured at length among the 30 thousand people in St Peter's Square, stopping to accept even a sip of mate. Speaking to them Francis also pointed out the value of the work of missionaries. 'Let us give thanks to the Lord because our Church has many missionaries, has had many missionary and still needs more.'"

A recent AsiaNews article reported on the Pope'e general audience on Wednesday (17 September), an audience in which Poe Francis explained what "catholic" and "apostolic" - in the Creed - mean.

To access the complete AsiaNews report, please visit:

AsiaNews: Pope: The Church is "catholic" and "apostolic". That is it’s "universal" and "missionary" (17 SEP 14)