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God Is With Me

“The Lord is close to the brokenhearted.”

When I feel brokenhearted, do I realize that God is with me? Until Lent began the answer was no and I blame Instagram (I’m clearly to blame, but let’s pretend it was Instagram’s fault for a bit). When I felt lonely, sad, or questioned my value, I could instantly feel better by clicking the icon. As I found myself mindlessly scrolling, some ugly parts of me surfaced: judging and comparing others; feeling inadequate, left out; wishing for more, different, better. In short, in trying to alleviate feelings of brokenness, I was spiraling towards more brokenness. As I mindlessly scrolled, I was about as brokenhearted and far away from God as one could be. Giving it up has been difficult for me, mainly because it hurts to feel lonely and sad and not have an easy solution. Yet, it has also been incredibly life giving because I am more aware of God’s presence. When those moments of brokenness pop up as they often do, I take a deep breath and smile, grateful to know that God is with me.

-Mrs. Kate Toussaint teaches Spanish and moderates STUCO at St. Louis U. High.


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Ps 34:17-18, 19-20, 21 and 23

R. The Lord is near to the brokenhearted.

The face of the Lord is against evildoers,
to cut off the remembrance of them from the earth.
When the righteous cry for help, the Lord hears,
and rescues them from all their troubles.

R. The Lord is near to the brokenhearted.

The Lord is near to the brokenhearted,
and saves the crushed in spirit.
Many are the afflictions of the righteous,
but the Lord rescues them from them all.

R. The Lord is near to the brokenhearted.

He keeps all their bones;
not one of them will be broken.
The Lord redeems the life of his servants;
none of those who take refuge in him will be condemned.

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.


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Prayer

You are all we have; 
you give us what we need;
Our lives are in your hands, O Lord,
Our lives are in your hands.

 


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March 31, 2017

Ps 34:17-18, 19-20, 21 and 23

R. The Lord is near to the brokenhearted.

The face of the Lord is against evildoers,
to cut off the remembrance of them from the earth.
When the righteous cry for help, the Lord hears,
and rescues them from all their troubles.

R. The Lord is near to the brokenhearted.

The Lord is near to the brokenhearted,
and saves the crushed in spirit.
Many are the afflictions of the righteous,
but the Lord rescues them from them all.

R. The Lord is near to the brokenhearted.

He keeps all their bones;
not one of them will be broken.
The Lord redeems the life of his servants;
none of those who take refuge in him will be condemned.

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.

God Is With Me

“The Lord is close to the brokenhearted.”

When I feel brokenhearted, do I realize that God is with me? Until Lent began the answer was no and I blame Instagram (I’m clearly to blame, but let’s pretend it was Instagram’s fault for a bit). When I felt lonely, sad, or questioned my value, I could instantly feel better by clicking the icon. As I found myself mindlessly scrolling, some ugly parts of me surfaced: judging and comparing others; feeling inadequate, left out; wishing for more, different, better. In short, in trying to alleviate feelings of brokenness, I was spiraling towards more brokenness. As I mindlessly scrolled, I was about as brokenhearted and far away from God as one could be. Giving it up has been difficult for me, mainly because it hurts to feel lonely and sad and not have an easy solution. Yet, it has also been incredibly life giving because I am more aware of God’s presence. When those moments of brokenness pop up as they often do, I take a deep breath and smile, grateful to know that God is with me.

-Mrs. Kate Toussaint teaches Spanish and moderates STUCO at St. Louis U. High.

Prayer

You are all we have;
you give us what we need;
Our lives are in your hands, O Lord,
Our lives are in your hands.


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Prayer

Lord, teach me to be always open to seeing you in new places, new faces, and new experiences.
Shake me out of the comfortable state of half-living I sometimes fall into,
and grow in me the grace to say ‘yes’ to you on a whim’s notice. Amen.

—Joe Laughlin


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Prayer As Habit

Jesus tells the Jews, “You search the Scriptures…but you do not want to come to me to have life.” Obviously, Jesus is not saying that searching the Scriptures is bad, but he is reminding them that Scripture is not the end of the story of salvation. These Jews were worshipping Scripture rather than following what Scripture says. How often can we fall into the trap of replacing Jesus with things we associate closely with him? How often do we put retreats, liturgies, community service, morality, or social justice as the main focus of our religious energy? Though prayer is absolutely necessary, I think one of the most dangerous things we do is make prayer routine. We risk letting Jesus into only one part of our day. Rather than be a routine, prayer should be a habit. We should not just pray in the morning or at night, but rather walk with Jesus moment to moment in all of the new experiences we live. I can be the first to say that this is not easy and I fail many days. However, I’d rather fail and fall into the mercy of God than settle for a comfortable and easy faith.

– Joe Laughlin is a member of the Senior Pastoral Team at St. Louis U. High.


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Jn 5: 31-47

“If I testify about myself, my testimony is not true. There is another who testifies on my behalf, and I know that his testimony to me is true. You sent messengers to John, and he testified to the truth. Not that I accept such human testimony, but I say these things so that you may be saved. He was a burning and shining lamp, and you were willing to rejoice for a while in his light. But I have a testimony greater than John’s. The works that the Father has given me to complete, the very works that I am doing, testify on my behalf that the Father has sent me. And the Father who sent me has himself testified on my behalf.

You have never heard his voice or seen his form, and you do not have his word abiding in you, because you do not believe him whom he has sent. “You search the scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life; and it is they that testify on my behalf. Yet you refuse to come to me to have life.I do not accept glory from human beings. But I know that you do not have the love of God in you. I have come in my Father’s name, and you do not accept me; if another comes in his own name, you will accept him.

How can you believe when you accept glory from one another and do not seek the glory that comes from the one who alone is God? Do not think that I will accuse you before the Father; your accuser is Moses, on whom you have set your hope. If you believed Moses, you would believe me, for he wrote about me. But if you do not believe what he wrote, how will you believe what I say?”

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.

 


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March 30, 2017

Jn 5: 31-47

“If I testify about myself, my testimony is not true. There is another who testifies on my behalf, and I know that his testimony to me is true. You sent messengers to John, and he testified to the truth. Not that I accept such human testimony, but I say these things so that you may be saved. He was a burning and shining lamp, and you were willing to rejoice for a while in his light. But I have a testimony greater than John’s. The works that the Father has given me to complete, the very works that I am doing, testify on my behalf that the Father has sent me. And the Father who sent me has himself testified on my behalf.

You have never heard his voice or seen his form, and you do not have his word abiding in you, because you do not believe him whom he has sent. “You search the scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life; and it is they that testify on my behalf. Yet you refuse to come to me to have life.I do not accept glory from human beings. But I know that you do not have the love of God in you. I have come in my Father’s name, and you do not accept me; if another comes in his own name, you will accept him.

How can you believe when you accept glory from one another and do not seek the glory that comes from the one who alone is God? Do not think that I will accuse you before the Father; your accuser is Moses, on whom you have set your hope. If you believed Moses, you would believe me, for he wrote about me. But if you do not believe what he wrote, how will you believe what I say?”

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.

Prayer As Habit

Jesus tells the Jews, “You search the Scriptures…but you do not want to come to me to have life.” Obviously, Jesus is not saying that searching the Scriptures is bad, but he is reminding them that Scripture is not the end of the story of salvation. These Jews were worshipping Scripture rather than following what Scripture says. How often can we fall into the trap of replacing Jesus with things we associate closely with him? How often do we put retreats, liturgies, community service, morality, or social justice as the main focus of our religious energy? Though prayer is absolutely necessary, I think one of the most dangerous things we do is make prayer routine. We risk letting Jesus into only one part of our day. Rather than be a routine, prayer should be a habit. We should not just pray in the morning or at night, but rather walk with Jesus moment to moment in all of the new experiences we live. I can be the first to say that this is not easy and I fail many days. However, I’d rather fail and fall into the mercy of God than settle for a comfortable and easy faith.

– Joe Laughlin is a member of the Senior Pastoral Team at St. Louis U. High.

Prayer

Lord, teach me to be always open to seeing you in new places, new faces, and new experiences.
Shake me out of the comfortable state of half-living I sometimes fall into,
and grow in me the grace to say ‘yes’ to you on a whim’s notice. Amen.

—Joe Laughlin


Please share the Good Word with your friends!

Looking Beyond Appearances

In today’s first reading, God reminds us about the theme of our school year—human dignity—through describing how people usually view others by judging their appearance. God sees each person not only on the outside, but through his or her heart inside. We often hold ourselves back from viewing people for who they really are, so we should strive to look past appearances this Lenten season and attempt to accept others for their personalities and differences. We should not judge others only by a couple of actions or stories friends have told us about them that might have repelled us.

Along with others, each of us occasionally finds ourselves reluctant to get to know someone because of their appearance, but we invite you to try and push past that barrier with me. Throughout the day, I challenge you to reflect upon who you have judged in the past. Before Lent is over, try to reach out to one or more of those persons, and greet them in an attempt to brighten their day.

Andrew Voras and Joseph Weber are members of the Junior Pastoral Team at St. Louis U. High.


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Is 49:8 -15

Is 49:8 – 15

Thus says the Lord:
In a time of favor I have answered you,
on a day of salvation I have helped you;
I have kept you and given you
as a covenant to the people,
to establish the land,
to apportion the desolate heritages;
saying to the prisoners, “Come out,”
to those who are in darkness, “Show yourselves.”
They shall feed along the ways,
on all the bare heights shall be their pasture;
they shall not hunger or thirst,
neither scorching wind nor sun shall strike them down,
for he who has pity on them will lead them,
and by springs of water will guide them.
And I will turn all my mountains into a road,
and my highways shall be raised up.
Lo, these shall come from far away,
and lo, these from the north and from the west,
and these from the land of Syene.

Sing for joy, O heavens, and exult, O earth;
break forth, O mountains, into singing!
For the Lord has comforted his people,
and will have compassion on his suffering ones.

But Zion said, “The Lord has forsaken me,
my Lord has forgotten me.”
Can a woman forget her nursing child,
or show no compassion for the child of her womb?
Even these may forget,
yet I will not forget you.

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.


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God Is With Me

“The Lord is close to the brokenhearted.”

When I feel brokenhearted, do I realize that God is with me? Until Lent began the answer was no and I blame Instagram (I’m clearly to blame, but let’s pretend it was Instagram’s fault for a bit). When I felt lonely, sad, or questioned my value, I could instantly feel better by clicking the icon. As I found myself mindlessly scrolling, some ugly parts of me surfaced: judging and comparing others; feeling inadequate, left out; wishing for more, different, better. In short, in trying to alleviate feelings of brokenness, I was spiraling towards more brokenness. As I mindlessly scrolled, I was about as brokenhearted and far away from God as one could be. Giving it up has been difficult for me, mainly because it hurts to feel lonely and sad and not have an easy solution. Yet, it has also been incredibly life giving because I am more aware of God’s presence. When those moments of brokenness pop up as they often do, I take a deep breath and smile, grateful to know that God is with me.

-Mrs. Kate Toussaint teaches Spanish and moderates STUCO at St. Louis U. High.


Please share the Good Word with your friends!

Ps 34:17-18, 19-20, 21 and 23

R. The Lord is near to the brokenhearted.

The face of the Lord is against evildoers,
to cut off the remembrance of them from the earth.
When the righteous cry for help, the Lord hears,
and rescues them from all their troubles.

R. The Lord is near to the brokenhearted.

The Lord is near to the brokenhearted,
and saves the crushed in spirit.
Many are the afflictions of the righteous,
but the Lord rescues them from them all.

R. The Lord is near to the brokenhearted.

He keeps all their bones;
not one of them will be broken.
The Lord redeems the life of his servants;
none of those who take refuge in him will be condemned.

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

You are all we have; 
you give us what we need;
Our lives are in your hands, O Lord,
Our lives are in your hands.

 


Please share the Good Word with your friends!

March 31, 2017

Ps 34:17-18, 19-20, 21 and 23

R. The Lord is near to the brokenhearted.

The face of the Lord is against evildoers,
to cut off the remembrance of them from the earth.
When the righteous cry for help, the Lord hears,
and rescues them from all their troubles.

R. The Lord is near to the brokenhearted.

The Lord is near to the brokenhearted,
and saves the crushed in spirit.
Many are the afflictions of the righteous,
but the Lord rescues them from them all.

R. The Lord is near to the brokenhearted.

He keeps all their bones;
not one of them will be broken.
The Lord redeems the life of his servants;
none of those who take refuge in him will be condemned.

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.

God Is With Me

“The Lord is close to the brokenhearted.”

When I feel brokenhearted, do I realize that God is with me? Until Lent began the answer was no and I blame Instagram (I’m clearly to blame, but let’s pretend it was Instagram’s fault for a bit). When I felt lonely, sad, or questioned my value, I could instantly feel better by clicking the icon. As I found myself mindlessly scrolling, some ugly parts of me surfaced: judging and comparing others; feeling inadequate, left out; wishing for more, different, better. In short, in trying to alleviate feelings of brokenness, I was spiraling towards more brokenness. As I mindlessly scrolled, I was about as brokenhearted and far away from God as one could be. Giving it up has been difficult for me, mainly because it hurts to feel lonely and sad and not have an easy solution. Yet, it has also been incredibly life giving because I am more aware of God’s presence. When those moments of brokenness pop up as they often do, I take a deep breath and smile, grateful to know that God is with me.

-Mrs. Kate Toussaint teaches Spanish and moderates STUCO at St. Louis U. High.

Prayer

You are all we have;
you give us what we need;
Our lives are in your hands, O Lord,
Our lives are in your hands.


Please share the Good Word with your friends!

Prayer

Lord, teach me to be always open to seeing you in new places, new faces, and new experiences.
Shake me out of the comfortable state of half-living I sometimes fall into,
and grow in me the grace to say ‘yes’ to you on a whim’s notice. Amen.

—Joe Laughlin


Please share the Good Word with your friends!

Prayer As Habit

Jesus tells the Jews, “You search the Scriptures…but you do not want to come to me to have life.” Obviously, Jesus is not saying that searching the Scriptures is bad, but he is reminding them that Scripture is not the end of the story of salvation. These Jews were worshipping Scripture rather than following what Scripture says. How often can we fall into the trap of replacing Jesus with things we associate closely with him? How often do we put retreats, liturgies, community service, morality, or social justice as the main focus of our religious energy? Though prayer is absolutely necessary, I think one of the most dangerous things we do is make prayer routine. We risk letting Jesus into only one part of our day. Rather than be a routine, prayer should be a habit. We should not just pray in the morning or at night, but rather walk with Jesus moment to moment in all of the new experiences we live. I can be the first to say that this is not easy and I fail many days. However, I’d rather fail and fall into the mercy of God than settle for a comfortable and easy faith.

– Joe Laughlin is a member of the Senior Pastoral Team at St. Louis U. High.


Please share the Good Word with your friends!

Jn 5: 31-47

“If I testify about myself, my testimony is not true. There is another who testifies on my behalf, and I know that his testimony to me is true. You sent messengers to John, and he testified to the truth. Not that I accept such human testimony, but I say these things so that you may be saved. He was a burning and shining lamp, and you were willing to rejoice for a while in his light. But I have a testimony greater than John’s. The works that the Father has given me to complete, the very works that I am doing, testify on my behalf that the Father has sent me. And the Father who sent me has himself testified on my behalf.

You have never heard his voice or seen his form, and you do not have his word abiding in you, because you do not believe him whom he has sent. “You search the scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life; and it is they that testify on my behalf. Yet you refuse to come to me to have life.I do not accept glory from human beings. But I know that you do not have the love of God in you. I have come in my Father’s name, and you do not accept me; if another comes in his own name, you will accept him.

How can you believe when you accept glory from one another and do not seek the glory that comes from the one who alone is God? Do not think that I will accuse you before the Father; your accuser is Moses, on whom you have set your hope. If you believed Moses, you would believe me, for he wrote about me. But if you do not believe what he wrote, how will you believe what I say?”

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!

March 30, 2017

Jn 5: 31-47

“If I testify about myself, my testimony is not true. There is another who testifies on my behalf, and I know that his testimony to me is true. You sent messengers to John, and he testified to the truth. Not that I accept such human testimony, but I say these things so that you may be saved. He was a burning and shining lamp, and you were willing to rejoice for a while in his light. But I have a testimony greater than John’s. The works that the Father has given me to complete, the very works that I am doing, testify on my behalf that the Father has sent me. And the Father who sent me has himself testified on my behalf.

You have never heard his voice or seen his form, and you do not have his word abiding in you, because you do not believe him whom he has sent. “You search the scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life; and it is they that testify on my behalf. Yet you refuse to come to me to have life.I do not accept glory from human beings. But I know that you do not have the love of God in you. I have come in my Father’s name, and you do not accept me; if another comes in his own name, you will accept him.

How can you believe when you accept glory from one another and do not seek the glory that comes from the one who alone is God? Do not think that I will accuse you before the Father; your accuser is Moses, on whom you have set your hope. If you believed Moses, you would believe me, for he wrote about me. But if you do not believe what he wrote, how will you believe what I say?”

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.

Prayer As Habit

Jesus tells the Jews, “You search the Scriptures…but you do not want to come to me to have life.” Obviously, Jesus is not saying that searching the Scriptures is bad, but he is reminding them that Scripture is not the end of the story of salvation. These Jews were worshipping Scripture rather than following what Scripture says. How often can we fall into the trap of replacing Jesus with things we associate closely with him? How often do we put retreats, liturgies, community service, morality, or social justice as the main focus of our religious energy? Though prayer is absolutely necessary, I think one of the most dangerous things we do is make prayer routine. We risk letting Jesus into only one part of our day. Rather than be a routine, prayer should be a habit. We should not just pray in the morning or at night, but rather walk with Jesus moment to moment in all of the new experiences we live. I can be the first to say that this is not easy and I fail many days. However, I’d rather fail and fall into the mercy of God than settle for a comfortable and easy faith.

– Joe Laughlin is a member of the Senior Pastoral Team at St. Louis U. High.

Prayer

Lord, teach me to be always open to seeing you in new places, new faces, and new experiences.
Shake me out of the comfortable state of half-living I sometimes fall into,
and grow in me the grace to say ‘yes’ to you on a whim’s notice. Amen.

—Joe Laughlin


Please share the Good Word with your friends!

Looking Beyond Appearances

In today’s first reading, God reminds us about the theme of our school year—human dignity—through describing how people usually view others by judging their appearance. God sees each person not only on the outside, but through his or her heart inside. We often hold ourselves back from viewing people for who they really are, so we should strive to look past appearances this Lenten season and attempt to accept others for their personalities and differences. We should not judge others only by a couple of actions or stories friends have told us about them that might have repelled us.

Along with others, each of us occasionally finds ourselves reluctant to get to know someone because of their appearance, but we invite you to try and push past that barrier with me. Throughout the day, I challenge you to reflect upon who you have judged in the past. Before Lent is over, try to reach out to one or more of those persons, and greet them in an attempt to brighten their day.

Andrew Voras and Joseph Weber are members of the Junior Pastoral Team at St. Louis U. High.


Please share the Good Word with your friends!

Is 49:8 -15

Is 49:8 – 15

Thus says the Lord:
In a time of favor I have answered you,
on a day of salvation I have helped you;
I have kept you and given you
as a covenant to the people,
to establish the land,
to apportion the desolate heritages;
saying to the prisoners, “Come out,”
to those who are in darkness, “Show yourselves.”
They shall feed along the ways,
on all the bare heights shall be their pasture;
they shall not hunger or thirst,
neither scorching wind nor sun shall strike them down,
for he who has pity on them will lead them,
and by springs of water will guide them.
And I will turn all my mountains into a road,
and my highways shall be raised up.
Lo, these shall come from far away,
and lo, these from the north and from the west,
and these from the land of Syene.

Sing for joy, O heavens, and exult, O earth;
break forth, O mountains, into singing!
For the Lord has comforted his people,
and will have compassion on his suffering ones.

But Zion said, “The Lord has forsaken me,
my Lord has forgotten me.”
Can a woman forget her nursing child,
or show no compassion for the child of her womb?
Even these may forget,
yet I will not forget you.

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!