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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         

04/13/2015 10:54 PM
Walking with Jesus!

We have a treasure of life and love which cannot deceive, and a message which cannot mislead or disappoint. It penetrates to the depths of our hearts, sustaining and ennobling us. It is a truth which is never out of date because it reaches that part of us which nothing else can reach. Our infinite sadness can only be cured by an infinite love. (paragraph 265)

 It is impossible to persevere in a fervent evangelization unless we are convinced from personal experience that it is not the same thing to have known Jesus as not to have known him, not the same thing to walk with him as to walk blindly, not the same thing to hear his word as not to know it, and not the same thing to contemplate him, to worship him, to find our peace in him, as not to. It is not the same thing to try to build the world with his Gospel as to try to do so by our own lights….A true missionary, who never ceases to be a disciple, knows that Jesus walks with him, speaks to him, breathes with him, works with him. ..Unless we see him present at the heart of our missionary commitment, our enthusiasm soon wanes and we are no longer sure of what it is that we are handing on; we lack vigor and passion.  A person who is not convinced, enthusiastic, certain and in love, will convince nobody.  (paragraph 266)

 The work of evangelization enriches the mind and the heart; it opens up spiritual horizons; it makes us more and more sensitive to the workings of the Holy Spirit, and it takes us beyond our limited spiritual constructs…We do not live better when we flee, hide, refuse to share, stop giving and lock ourselves up in own comforts. Such a life is nothing less than slow suicide.  (paragraph 272)

  Evangelii Gaudium -- Pope Francis 2013         

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