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06/27/2017 01:35 PM
Judging Rightly - St. Augustine
"Rather, whenever necessity compels one to reprove or rebuke another, we ought to proceed with godly discernment and caution. First of all, let us consider whether the other fault is such as we ourselves have never had or whether it is one that we have overcome. Then, if we have never had such a fault, let us remember that we are human and could have had it. But if we have had it and are rid of it now, let us remember our common frailty, in order that mercy, not hatred, may lead us to the giving of correction and admonition. In this way, whether the admonition occasions the amendment or the worsening of the one for whose sake we are offering it (for the result cannot be foreseen), we ourselves shall be made safe through singleness of eye. But if on reflection we find that we ourselves have the same fault as the one we are about to reprove, let us neither correct nor rebuke that one. Rather, let us bemoan the fault ourselves and induce that person to a similar concern, without asking him to submit to our correction." Sermon on the Mount 2.19.64 excerpt

04/26/2016 04:41 PM
Reflections on the Extraordinary Year of Mercy
Our Parish, Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary Catholic Community, recently completed a Lenten reflection titled The Holy Year of Mercy, A Faith-Sharing Guide With Reflections by Pope Francis. Here are a few of the outcomes:

  • The community as a whole participated through existing and newly formed Small Christian Communities;
  • The Parish undertook the translation of the material into Spanish so that the entire community could participate;
  • Over 750 people participated during the Lenten season and additional Small Christian Communities continue their study through the Easter season;
  • Many participants reported experiencing different dimensions of God's mercy through the reflections by Pope Francis and through their own study of the Holy Scriptures;
  • Many in the community expressed experiencing deeper "conversion" as they encounter Jesus through His Mercy and looked forward to renewal in living out their faith;

As Pope Francis says; "In this Jubilee Year; let us allow God to surprise us."

Henry Abeyta, President

04/20/2015 03:43 PM
This concludes our excerpts from The Joy of The Gospel.  Let us know what you think by email at: info@emmausjourney.org
We have to regard ourselves as sealed, even branded, by this mission of bringing light, blessing, enlivening, raising up, healing and freeing. (paragraph 273)
We achieve fulfillment when we break down walls and our heart is filled with faces and names! (paragraph 274)
Yet lowering our arms momentarily out of weariness is not the same as lowering them for good, overcome by chronic discontent and by a listlessness that parches the soul.  It also happens that our hearts can tire of the struggle because in the end we are caught up in ourselves, in a careerism which thirsts for recognition, applause, rewards and status. In this case we do not lower our arms, but we no longer grasp what we seek, the resurrection is not there. In cases like these, the Gospel, the most beautiful message that this world can offer, is buried under a pile of excuses. (paragraph 277)
Yet there is no greater freedom than that of allowing oneself to be guided by the Holy Spirit, renouncing the attempt to plan and control everything to the last detail, and instead letting him enlighten, guide and direct us, leading us wherever he wills. The Holy Spirit knows well what is needed in every time and place. This is what it means to be mysteriously fruitful!  (paragraph 280)
Evangelii Gaudium -- Pope Francis 2013         

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