25 July 2016

Thank You, Lord

Thank you, Lord, for the blessing of cool breezes on a hot summer day.

Archdiocese of New Orleans Initiates Movie Theater Outreach

"Roman Catholic Archbishop Gregory Aymond is taking to the big screen with an invitation to all local moviegoers: 'Come join us!' Before each movie starting on July 22, New Orleans area theaters will show a 15-second spot depicting young Catholics participating in the life of the church, and concluding with the archbishop encouraging viewers to learn more about the faith.

"For the next 12 months, the commercials will run in all local movie theaters in rotation with other advertisers, said Sarah McDonald, director of communications for the Archdiocese of New Orleans. 'We don't know of any other diocese that has undertaken this type of campaign,' McDonald said. 'We're excited, and we're hopeful and we are looking forward to seeing what God can do with this.'

"The campaign comes against the backdrop of what has been described as a modest decline in church attendance and participation around the United States. According to the Pew Research Center, the share of U.S. adults who say they believe in God, while still remarkably high by comparison with other advanced industrial countries, has declined from about 92 percent to 89 percent since 2007."

To access a Times-Picayune report on this initiative, please visit:

The Times-Picayune: New Orleans Catholic archbishop hits big screen with church invite (15 JUL 16)

Background information:

Archdiocese of New Orleans

Reflection Starter from Dag Hammarskjöld

"When the morning’s freshness has been replaced by the weariness of midday, when the leg muscles give under the strain, the climb seems endless, and suddenly nothing will go quite as you wish – it is then that you must not hesitate." - Dag Hammarskjöld

24 July 2016

"The King of Love My Shepherd Is"

As we continue our Sunday celebration, I offer this version of "The King of Love My Shepherd Is":

Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Today the Church celebrates the Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time. The assigned readings are Genesis 18:20-32, Colossians 2:12-14, and Luke 11:1-13. The Responsorial Psalm is Psalm 138 (Psalm 138:1-3, 6-8). 

For one version of the Responsorial Psalm set to music, please visit:

YouTube: Responsorial Psalm - Psalm 138 On the day I called for help You answered me O Lord 

The Gospel reading is as follows:

Jesus was praying in a certain place, and when he had finished, one of his disciples said to him, "Lord, teach us to pray just as John taught his disciples."

He said to them, "When you pray, say: Father, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come. Give us each day our daily bread and forgive us our sins for we ourselves forgive everyone in debt to us, and do not subject us to the final test."

And he said to them, "Suppose one of you has a friend to whom he goes at midnight and says, 'Friend, lend me three loaves of bread, for a friend of mine has arrived at my house from a journey and I have nothing to offer him,' and he says in reply from within, 'Do not bother me; the door has already been locked and my children and I are already in bed. I cannot get up to give you anything.' I tell you, if he does not get up to give the visitor the loaves because of their friendship, he will get up to give him whatever he needs because of his persistence.

"And I tell you, ask and you will receive; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks, receives; and the one who seeks, finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened. What father among you would hand his son a snake when he asks for a fish? Or hand him a scorpion when he asks for an egg? If you then, who are wicked, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him?"

Reflections on these readings:

Oblates of St. Francis de Sales: Sundays Salesian: Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time (July 24, 2016)

Oblates of St. Francis de Sales: Salesian Sunday Reflection: Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time (July 24, 2016)

Community in Mission: Three Teachings from the Lord on Prayer (23 JUL 16)

The Sacred Page: Haggling With God: 17th Sunday in Ordinary Time (21 JUL 16)

The Sacred Page: Jesus Teaches Us How To Pray: The Mass Readings Explained (The Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time) (21 JUL 16)

Word on Fire: Abba Father, Bring us Jesus (Cycle C * Ordinary Time * Week 17)

The Dispatch: The Godless Confusion and the God of Justice (23 JUL 16)

St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology: Sunday Bible Reflections: Asked and Answered: Scott Hahn Reflects on the 17th Sunday in Ordinary Time (15 JUL 16)

Spirituality of the Readings: Ask and You Will Receive (17th Sunday of Ordinary Time C)

Let the Scriptures Speak: Ask and You Shall Receive (17th Sunday of Ordinary Time C)

The Word Embodied: Praying and Pleading (17th Sunday of Ordinary Time C)

Historical Cultural Context: Mediterranean and American Prayer (17th Sunday of Ordinary Time C)

Thoughts from the Early Church: Commentary by Venerable Bede (17th Sunday of Ordinary Time C)

Thank You, Lord

Thank you, Lord, for the gift of our intellect and for the many ways in which You work through it.

Msgr. Pope on the Need for the Mystical

"Our intellect is our greatest strength and one of our greatest blessings, yet almost nothing gets us into as much trouble. Our strength is also our struggle. We think we know a few things, and indeed we do - a very few things.

"The greatest intellects, if they have wisdom and humility, know this. St. Thomas Aquinas famously said, 

"In finem nostrae cognitionis Deum tamquam ignotum cognoscimus. (At the end of our knowledge we know God as unknown.) (In Boetium de Trinitate, q. 1, a. 2, ad 1um)."

 In a recent commentary, Monsignor Charles Pope (pastor of Holy Comforter-Saint Cyprian Parish, Washington, DC) reflected on the importance of our intellect and on the need to keep it in a proper perspective vis-à-vis with a properly directed mystical reverence. 
To access Msgr. Pope's complete post, please visit:
Community in Mission: Don't Think, Look! A Meditation on the Need for the Mystical (17 JUL 16)

Reflection Starter from Pope Francis

"In the world of work today it is essential to educate and follow the luminous and demanding path of honesty." - Pope Francis