22 May 2018

"I Heard the Voice of Jesus Say"

As we continue to live this week, I offer this version of "I Heard the Voice of Jesus Say":

National EMS Week 2018

This week, the week of 20-26 May, is being observed as the 41st annual National Emergency Medical Services Week. This year’s theme is "Stronger Together."

 National Emergency Medical Services Week is designed as an opportunity to publicize safety and honor the dedication of those who provide the day-to-day lifesaving services of medicine’s “front line.”

For more information about National EMS Week, please visit:

American College of Emergency Physicians: EMS Week

Facebook: National EMS Week

National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians: EMS Week

Journal of Emergency Medical Services: Celebrating EMS Week: Stronger Together (21 MAY 18)

Thank You, Lord

Thank you, Lord, for the gifts of the Holy Spirit and for the many ways in which You work through them in our lives.

Tom Hoopes on the Gifts of the Holy Spirit

"The readings for [Pentecost Sunday] tell the story of the dramatic way the Holy Spirit came to the Apostles and Mary.

"But the Holy Spirit comes to each of us in less dramatic ways: The seven gifts of the Holy Spirit, bestowed on us in Baptism, are crucial to the Christian life."

In a recent commentary, Tom Hoopes (writer in residence at Benedictine College, Atchison, Kansas) reflected on some ways that may be used to help a person better understand the gifts of the Holy Spirit.

To access his complete essay, please visit:

Aleteia: Tom Hoopes:The 7 Gifts of the Holy Spirit, illustrated (18 MAY 18)

Reflection Starter from Psalm 55

"Cast your care upon the LORD, who will give you support." - Psalm 55:23

21 May 2018

Thank You, Lord

Thank you, Lord, Your gift of Your Blessed Mother as Mother of Your Church.

Fr. Ron Rolheiser on a Chrisian Response to Protest Opportunities

"Dreaming is sometimes the most realistic thing we can do. Or, is there still something else we might do, like public protest, or something else?

"In his book on prophecy, Commandments for the Long Haul, Daniel Berrigan offers this advice. Prophetic gestures aren't always politically effective. Often they accomplish nothing that's practical; but he adds: If you can't save the world at least you can save your own sanity.

"Sometimes that's all that can be accomplished by our protests against injustice. Moreover struggling to salvage our own sanity is not as privatized as it first appears. When we protest something that's wrong, even though we know our protest is not going to practically change anything, the sanity we are saving is not just our own. We're also saving the sanity of the moment."

In a recent commentary, Father Ronald Rolheiser, O.M.I. reflected on an appropriate Christian response to issues that appear to call for protests - sometimes following up accordingly and sometimes "hold[ing] our own moral ground, humbly, prophetically - and perhaps quietly."

To access Father Ron's complete post, please visit:

The Boston Pilot: Protest, Sanity, and a Christian Response (9 MAY 18)

Reflection Starter from Ethel Waters

"We are all gifted. That is our inheritance." - Ethel Waters