Silent Prayer: by Deacon John

        Greetings Brothers and Sisters,

Father Elias invited me to share with you my experiences and insights in how to use silent prayer to better listen to the voice of God within ourselves. Most commonly, when we think of prayer what comes immediately to our minds are the prayers that we either say in the various liturgies or in the prayers where we petition God to help us in some manner. But there is also another type of prayer.
This is prayer where we open our hearts and minds and begin to listen to what God is trying to tell us. By listening to this voice, we can come to understand and actually live out what God wants us to do with our lives. Rather than using words, we rely on silence to enter a newer deeper relationship and ultimate Communion with God. Our prayer is surrounded by silence rather than with all the noise we constantly hear throughout our busy days. One way to get started with this type of contemplative prayer is to use the techniques associated with Lectio Divina.
Lectio Divina
is a slow, deliberate, and contemplative reading and praying of the Scriptures.
We can be most effective with this type of prayer if we set aside a specific time a n d p la c e in our busy lives to pray. By doing this we can begin to discover a new spiritual rhythm to our day. Most of us encounter feelings of frustration throughout our daily lives. We all have days filled with the natural problems associated with our families and work that can result in anxiety, depression, or feelings of emptiness.
By setting aside time in a special quiet manner through Lectio Devina we can discover in our daily lives a new special underlying rhythm. This rhythm can help us to establish a new relationship with God our Father and enable us to enter a newer fresher relationship with His Son, Jesus Christ.
We begin to open ourselves to receive the many graces given so freely by God. By being surrounded in silence we can tune out the distractions around us and focus on God in a new profound manner.
By internalizing what we read in the Scriptures we gradually become much more attuned to what the Scriptures are calling each of us to do with our lives. We begin to focus less on our own individuality and begin to think and act in Communion with God and our neighbors.
In silence we are able to bring our concerns, our relationships, our hopes, and our aspirations and intertwine them with the beautiful message of the Scriptures in our mediations. We can begin to unify our body and our soul to become receptive to hearing and then living out the voice of God.
In future Bulletins I will explain in more details the actual techniques of Lectio Divina that I use. Today, I just wanted to share with you my overview of praying in silence.
Peace,
Deacon John




Dear Parishioners,

St. Rocco was born of noble parentage about 1340 A.D. in Montpellier, France. Saint Rocco is greatly venerated in Southern Italy and Sicily. In fact, no other country in the world honors Saint Rocco as extensively as Italy, most particularty in the South. Numerous cholera epidemics ravaged Southern Italy from shortly after Saint Rocco's death and the Southern Italian people turned to St. Rocco for his protection against this plague, other sickness and for his help in all circumstances of life.
Saint Rocco is venerated in the Roman Catholic Church as the protector against the plague and all contagious diseases. The statue of Saint Rocco is considered unique among theologians because of his pose. It is most unusual because it depicts him with his left hand pointing to an open sore on his left leg. Few images of saints expose any afflictions or handicaps. His body is enclosed in a glass tomb in the church of St. Rocco in Venice, Italy. St. Rocco is remembered on August 16th of each year.
At the turn of the Century, millions of Southern Italian immigrants brought their devotion to the Blessed Mother and the Saints, including St. Rocco to the United States.
After his death it is said that Rocco continued to perform many miracles of healing. He is known as the patron saint of the sick


Dear Parishioners,

On Easter Sunday the Church lost one of her greatest living servants, Mother Angelica. Although she had been hidden from the world for more than a decade on account of her stroke, her influence will live on for years to come thanks to her visionary media apostolate, which not only include the Eternal Word Television Network but also print and radio in America and through the world.

In my opinion, Mother Angelica is one of the greatest figures in the history of the Catholic Church in the United States whose amazing personal story has inspired many people including me. If she had only founded a Poor Clare monastery in Alabama in a time when there were few Catholics in the South, she would already be an extraordinary woman. But she did so much more! She trusted so confidently in God that she did truly astounding things.

I think one of her most important contributions was to let many ordinary Catholic laypeople that their understanding of the Catholic Faith was not wrong even if they were told it was. She comforted many Catholics who felt very lost in the decades following the Second Vatican Council. The tumultuous period of social changes in the Sixties and Seventies left many people uncertain about the Church and her teachings on faith and morals. In those days, for example, there was no Catechism of the Catholic Church (which only appeared in 1992!). Liturgical experimentation and yes, liturgical abuse, seemed to diminish the holiness of the Mass and the Sacraments.

To many, who had once seen the Church as a bedrock and foundation that helped one to make good decisions in a complicated world, it then seemed like the Church had lost her confidence and no longer knew her purpose. Mother Angelica, it seems to me, showed particular compassion for these Catholics through her patient and humorous explanations of the faith on her television show and through the programming on EWTN.

I know that my Mom very much appreciated Mother Angelica’s efforts when she returned to the practice of the Catholic faith in the late Eighties after about twenty years away from the Church. As far as I am concerned, Mother Angelica is a saint. She was not perfect. She did not always explain things or speak in the most felicitous manner, but it was clear that her heart moved her in her intense love for God to action. She is a true daughter of the Church in her heroic efforts to spread the Gospel by the modern means and moreover, she gave a compelling witness of faith in the face of human suffering.

Like the soon to be canonized Mother Teresa, who suffered much from the purification that comes in the spiritual life, and St John Paul II who maintained his human dignity in the face of illness and dying until he went to God in 2005, Mother Angelica’s own personal sanctification in the midst of suffering gives an example that invite us in the midst of suffering – spiritual, emotional and physical – to embrace the Cross for our own sanctification and for the salvation of the world.

I hope I will be alive when Mother Angelica is canonized. If not, I hope that I will be able to meet her in Heaven and thank her for all that she has done for the Catholic Church, and through the Church, for the entire human race and then we will laugh a lot together because of God’s goodness.

God bless you,
Father Elias



The Passionist Spiritual Center

If you quiet your mind and your heart, God will speak to you. My Brothers and Sisters in Christ, How can I describe how peace was placed in my mind, my heart and my soul. How do I find the words to share How God has pulled me out of the darkness and brought me back into the light, Truly I say to you my brothers and sisters in Christ, the world is in darkness and full of evil; In this world that man has changed from the vision of God You need a safe harbor, a retreat from the storm, a tranquil port. God can show you a better way, the way the truth and the light, As Scripture teaches us, "no one comes to me except through the father" come and experience for yourself; a safe harbor, a tranquil port from the storm and the peace that God can give you.
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"Through a combination of weekend retreats and days and evenings of recollection, for men, women, married and engaged couples, young adults, religious and clergy, the Bishop Molloy Retreat House offers opportunities to leave our busy word and to take sometime for ourselves with God and neighbor. "
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May the grace, peace and love of our God , Lord and Savior be with you, always.
"I can do all things through he [Christ] who strengthens me" Philippians 4:13
"If God be for us who can be against us"                             Romans 8:31
"The Kingdom of God is within you"                                   Luke 17:21
"Be still and Know that I am God"                                     Psalm 46:11
"Fear you not; for I am with you: be not dismayed; for I am your God: I will strengthenyou; yes, I will help       you; yes, I will uphold you with the right hand of my righteousness."                         Isaiah 41:10-13
"Let us rejoice for today isa day the the Lord has made, Let us rejoice and be glad in it"    Psalm 128;17
"What eye has not seen, and ear has not heard, and what has not entered the human heart, what God has        prepared for those who love him,"                                                                        1 corinthians 2:9
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"I can do all things through [Chirst] who strengthens me." [phil 4:13]

[phil 4:6-13]
6 Brothers and sisters: Have no anxiety at all, but in everything,
     by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving,  make your requests known to God.
7 Then the peace of God that surpasses all understanding
       will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.
8 Finally, brothers and sisters,
      whatever is true, whatever is honorable,
       whatever is just, whatever is pure,
       whatever is lovely, whatever is gracious,
      if there is any excellence and
      if there is anything worthy of praise,
      think about these things.
9 Keep on doing what you have learned and received and heard and seen in me.      
      Then the God of peace will be with you.
10 I rejoice greatly in the Lord that now at last you revived your concern for me.
     You were, of course, concerned about me but lacked an opportunity.
11 Not that I say this because of need, for I have learned,
     in whatever situation I find myself, to be self-sufficient.
12 I know indeed how to live in humble circumstances;
    I know also how to live with abundance.
    In every circumstance and in all things I have learned the secret of being well fed and of going hungry, of living in abundance and of being in need.
13 I can do all things through [Chirst] who strengthens me.




Divine Mercy Sunday

The feast of the Divine Mercy is celebrated on the first Sunday after Easter Sunday;
Lent is a perfect time to prepare ourselves for this great feast of Mercy, placing our trust in the mercy of God and especially by practicing deeds of mercy; there must also be deeds of mercy, which are to arise out of love for Jesus.




"You are to show mercy to our neighbors always and everywhere. You must not shrink from this or try to absolve yourself from it." (Diary 742).

"My daughter, tell the whole world about My inconceivable mercy. I desire that the Feast of Mercy be a refuge and shelter for all souls, and especially for poor sinners. On that day the very depths of My tender mercy are open. I pour out a whole ocean of graces upon those souls who approach the fount of My mercy. The soul that will go to Confession and receive Holy Communion shall obtain complete forgiveness of sins and punishment. On that day all the divine floodgates through which graces flow are opened. Let no soul fear to draw near to Me, even though its sins be as scarlet. My mercy is so great that no mind, be it of man or of angel, will be able to fathom it throughout all eternity." "Whoever approaches the Fountain of Life on this day will be granted complete forgiveness of sins and punishment." (Diary 300) Sorrow For Sin

"I never reject a contrite heart" (1485). "Sooner would heaven and earth turn into nothingness than would My mercy not embrace a trusting soul" (1777). "On the cross, the fountain of My mercy was opened wide by the lance for all souls no one have I excluded! (1182).


 

 

Plenary indulgence with the feast of Divine Mercy on:
-The Vatican website
-The Divine Mercy Sunday website,

 



"What eye has not seen, and ear has not heard, and what has not entered the human heart,
  what God has prepared for those who love him," 1 corinthians 2:9

The Responsory For The Faithful Departed

V. Eternal rest, grant unto him/her O Lord
R. and let perpetual light shine upon him/her.

V. May s/he rest in peace.
R. Amen.

V. May his/her soul and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.
R. Amen.


il responsorio per i fedeli defunti

V. L'eterno riposo, dona loro, o Signore,
R. e splenda ad essi la Luce perpetua.

V. Riposino in pace.
R. Amen.

V. La sua anima e le anime di tutti i fedeli defunti, per la misericordia di Dio, riposano in pace.
R. Amen.


The Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed (All Souls):

Reading 1
WIS 3:1-9
The souls of the just are in the hand of God,
and no torment shall touch them. They seemed, in the view of the foolish, to be dead;
and their passing away was thought an affliction
and their going forth from us, utter destruction.
But they are in peace.
For if before men, indeed, they be punished,
yet is their hope full of immortality;
chastised a little, they shall be greatly blessed,
because God tried them
and found them worthy of himself.
As gold in the furnace, he proved them,
and as sacrificial offerings he took them to himself.
In the time of their visitation they shall shine,
and shall dart about as sparks through stubble;
they shall judge nations and rule over peoples,
and the LORD shall be their King forever.
Those who trust in him shall understand truth,
and the faithful shall abide with him in love:
because grace and mercy are with his holy ones,
and his care is with his elect.

Psalm [23:1-3A, 3B-4, 5, 6]
The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.
In verdant pastures he gives me repose;
beside restful waters he leads me;
he refreshes my soul.

He guides me in right paths
for his name’s sake.
Even though I walk in the dark valley
I fear no evil; for you are at my side
with your rod and your staff
that give me courage.

You spread the table before me
in the sight of my foes;
You anoint my head with oil;
my cup overflows.

Only goodness and kindness follow me
all the days of my life;
and I shall dwell in the house of the LORD
for years to come.

R. The Lord is my shepherd; there is nothing I shall want.
or:
R. Though I walk in the valley of darkness, I fear no evil, for you are with me.

Reading 2
[ROM 5:5-11]

Brothers and sisters:
Hope does not disappoint,
because the love of God has been poured out into our hearts
through the Holy Spirit that has been given to us.
For Christ, while we were still helpless,
died at the appointed time for the ungodly.
Indeed, only with difficulty does one die for a just person,
though perhaps for a good person
one might even find courage to die.
But God proves his love for us
in that while we were still sinners Christ died for us.
How much more then, since we are now justified by his Blood,
will we be saved through him from the wrath.
Indeed, if, while we were enemies,
we were reconciled to God through the death of his Son,
how much more, once reconciled,
will we be saved by his life.
Not only that,
but we also boast of God through our Lord Jesus Christ,
through whom we have now received reconciliation.

Gospel [JN 6:37-40]
Jesus said to the crowds:
“Everything that the Father gives me will come to me,
and I will not reject anyone who comes to me,
because I came down from heaven not to do my own will
but the will of the one who sent me.
And this is the will of the one who sent me,
that I should not lose anything of what he gave me,
but that I should raise it on the last day.
For this is the will of my Father,
that everyone who sees the Son and believes in him
may have eternal life,
and I shall raise him on the last day.”



The Responsory For The Faithful Departed

V. Eternal rest, grant unto him/her O Lord
R. and let perpetual light shine upon him/her.

V. May s/he rest in peace.
R. Amen.

V. May his/her soul and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.
R. Amen.


il responsorio per i fedeli defunti

V. L'eterno riposo, dona loro, o Signore,
R. e splenda ad essi la Luce perpetua.

V. Riposino in pace.
R. Amen.

V. La sua anima e le anime di tutti i fedeli defunti, per la misericordia di Dio, riposano in pace.
R. Amen.