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July 14, 2016

St. Kateri Tekakwitha

Mt 11: 28-30

“Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.

Be Patient and Wait

Today we celebrate the feast of Saint Kateri Tekakwitha. Saint Kateri is the patroness of ecology, the environment, people in exile, and Native Americans. Saint Kateri was a Native American woman, worker, and virgin. She strongly lives out two virtues we see echoed in today’s reading, diligence and patience. In today’s reading we are reminded to be patient and wait for God. Our souls yearn and desire God, especially in difficult times. In dark moments we grow especially impatient because God’s ways might not be our ways and we desire answers.

Let us remember to be diligent in prayer and faith, like Saint Kateri, and wait for God. There is always hope, even in our lowest moments. Nothing is ever the end because the “dead shall live.” Even life conquers death if we are patient and wait. Pray for patience today. Is there an aspect of my life in which I am being impatient and not waiting for God?

—Samantha Grady is currently completing her Masters in Theology degree at Loyola University Chicago.

Prayer

Wait for the Lord, whose day is near.
Wait for the Lord, keep watch, take heart.

—The Taize Community

 


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Acting and Reacting

In the Gospel today we see Jesus become aware of the envy, righteousness, and cruel intentions of the Pharisees. Further, he notices that they are trying to find ways to undermine his authority, to diminish him, to destroy him. Despite this, Jesus is not deterred. Instead of losing time reacting to what the Pharisees think of him, he acts to the desires he has within him.

Oftentimes, we find ourselves worried and anxious about how others perceive us; then we react by trying to alter their perception of us. Jesus acted out of love for those around him, rather than reacting out of fear. Perhaps today we can ask Jesus for a still mind to listen to our hearts and not our worries.

When have I reacted because of the expectations of others rather than my own desires? If I was not worried about what they thought, how would I have acted? Today I resolve to act out of my loving desires rather than react out of worry or fear

 —Juan Ruiz, S.J., a scholastic of the U.S. Central Southern Jesuit province, just completed philosophy studies at Loyola University, Chicago IL.

 

 

 

 


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St. Bonaventure

Mt 12: 1-8

At that time Jesus went through the grainfields on the sabbath; his disciples were hungry, and they began to pluck heads of grain and to eat. When the Pharisees saw it, they said to him, “Look, your disciples are doing what is not lawful to do on the sabbath.” He said to them, “Have you not read what David did when he and his companions were hungry? He entered the house of God and ate the bread of the Presence, which it was not lawful for him or his companions to eat, but only for the priests.

Or have you not read in the law that on the sabbath the priests in the temple break the sabbath and yet are guiltless? I tell you, something greater than the temple is here. But if you had known what this means, ‘I desire mercy and not sacrifice,’ you would not have condemned the guiltless. For the Son of Man is lord of the sabbath.”

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.

 


Please share the Good Word with your friends!

Prayer

Wait for the Lord, whose day is near.

Wait for the Lord, keep watch, take heart.

—The Taize Community

 

 

 


Please share the Good Word with your friends!

Be Patient and Wait

Today we celebrate the feast of Saint Kateri Tekakwitha. Saint Kateri is the patroness of ecology, the environment, people in exile, and Native Americans. Saint Kateri was a Native American woman, worker, and virgin. She strongly lives out two virtues we see echoed in today’s reading, diligence and patience. In today’s reading we are reminded to be patient and wait for God. Our souls yearn and desire God, especially in difficult times. In dark moments we grow especially impatient because God’s ways might not be our ways and we desire answers.

Let us remember to be diligent in prayer and faith, like Saint Kateri, and wait for God. There is always hope, even in our lowest moments. Nothing is ever the end because the “dead shall live.” Even life conquers death if we are patient and wait. Pray for patience today. Is there an aspect of my life in which I am being impatient and not waiting for God?

—Samantha Grady is currently completing her Masters in Theology degree at Loyola University Chicago.

 

 

 


Please share the Good Word with your friends!

St. Kateri Tekakwitha

Mt 11: 28-30

“Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.

 

 

 


Please share the Good Word with your friends!

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July 14, 2016

St. Kateri Tekakwitha

Mt 11: 28-30

“Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.

Be Patient and Wait

Today we celebrate the feast of Saint Kateri Tekakwitha. Saint Kateri is the patroness of ecology, the environment, people in exile, and Native Americans. Saint Kateri was a Native American woman, worker, and virgin. She strongly lives out two virtues we see echoed in today’s reading, diligence and patience. In today’s reading we are reminded to be patient and wait for God. Our souls yearn and desire God, especially in difficult times. In dark moments we grow especially impatient because God’s ways might not be our ways and we desire answers.

Let us remember to be diligent in prayer and faith, like Saint Kateri, and wait for God. There is always hope, even in our lowest moments. Nothing is ever the end because the “dead shall live.” Even life conquers death if we are patient and wait. Pray for patience today. Is there an aspect of my life in which I am being impatient and not waiting for God?

—Samantha Grady is currently completing her Masters in Theology degree at Loyola University Chicago.

Prayer

Wait for the Lord, whose day is near.
Wait for the Lord, keep watch, take heart.

—The Taize Community

 


Please share the Good Word with your friends!

Acting and Reacting

In the Gospel today we see Jesus become aware of the envy, righteousness, and cruel intentions of the Pharisees. Further, he notices that they are trying to find ways to undermine his authority, to diminish him, to destroy him. Despite this, Jesus is not deterred. Instead of losing time reacting to what the Pharisees think of him, he acts to the desires he has within him.

Oftentimes, we find ourselves worried and anxious about how others perceive us; then we react by trying to alter their perception of us. Jesus acted out of love for those around him, rather than reacting out of fear. Perhaps today we can ask Jesus for a still mind to listen to our hearts and not our worries.

When have I reacted because of the expectations of others rather than my own desires? If I was not worried about what they thought, how would I have acted? Today I resolve to act out of my loving desires rather than react out of worry or fear

 —Juan Ruiz, S.J., a scholastic of the U.S. Central Southern Jesuit province, just completed philosophy studies at Loyola University, Chicago IL.

 

 

 

 


Please share the Good Word with your friends!

St. Bonaventure

Mt 12: 1-8

At that time Jesus went through the grainfields on the sabbath; his disciples were hungry, and they began to pluck heads of grain and to eat. When the Pharisees saw it, they said to him, “Look, your disciples are doing what is not lawful to do on the sabbath.” He said to them, “Have you not read what David did when he and his companions were hungry? He entered the house of God and ate the bread of the Presence, which it was not lawful for him or his companions to eat, but only for the priests.

Or have you not read in the law that on the sabbath the priests in the temple break the sabbath and yet are guiltless? I tell you, something greater than the temple is here. But if you had known what this means, ‘I desire mercy and not sacrifice,’ you would not have condemned the guiltless. For the Son of Man is lord of the sabbath.”

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.

 


Please share the Good Word with your friends!

Prayer

Wait for the Lord, whose day is near.

Wait for the Lord, keep watch, take heart.

—The Taize Community

 

 

 


Please share the Good Word with your friends!

Be Patient and Wait

Today we celebrate the feast of Saint Kateri Tekakwitha. Saint Kateri is the patroness of ecology, the environment, people in exile, and Native Americans. Saint Kateri was a Native American woman, worker, and virgin. She strongly lives out two virtues we see echoed in today’s reading, diligence and patience. In today’s reading we are reminded to be patient and wait for God. Our souls yearn and desire God, especially in difficult times. In dark moments we grow especially impatient because God’s ways might not be our ways and we desire answers.

Let us remember to be diligent in prayer and faith, like Saint Kateri, and wait for God. There is always hope, even in our lowest moments. Nothing is ever the end because the “dead shall live.” Even life conquers death if we are patient and wait. Pray for patience today. Is there an aspect of my life in which I am being impatient and not waiting for God?

—Samantha Grady is currently completing her Masters in Theology degree at Loyola University Chicago.

 

 

 


Please share the Good Word with your friends!

St. Kateri Tekakwitha

Mt 11: 28-30

“Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”

New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.

 

 

 


Please share the Good Word with your friends!