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The Desire to Belong

“Amen, amen, I say to you, unless you eat the Flesh of the Son of Man and drink his Blood, you do not have life within you.”

I don’t know about your family, but this weekend I have two family members making their First Communion.  I remember my First Holy Communion like it was yesterday.  I remember all of the practicing and what a beautiful day it was when it arrived.  I had been waiting a long time for that big day!

One of my earliest memories of going to Mass with my family was going to Communion.  I remember being carried up by my father when I was really little.  I will admit, I was not the best kid in church.  On one occasion, I tried prying my father’s mouth open trying to steal some of the Communion wafer from him.  It didn’t seem fair – what was the big deal?  Why couldn’t I join in?   

As a child, it was the unattainable and wanting to belong.  As an adult it is trying to find the more spiritual meaning.  Unity is what it represents to me.  We all experience this sacrament  in the same way, no matter who we are.  It unifies us in Christ, while also being a personal experience as we receive the blood and body of Christ.  Whatever the meaning to you, it is a personal one and a very special bond between you and Jesus.

Pray for all of those who are making their Holy Communions in the next few weeks.  It truly is a wonderful memory that we all share.  

Mrs. Cortney Schraut is Library Director at St. Louis U. High.

 


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Jn 6:52-59

The Jews then disputed among themselves, saying, “How can this man give us his flesh to eat?” So Jesus said to them, “Very truly, I tell you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you. Those who eat my flesh and drink my blood have eternal life, and I will raise them up on the last day; for my flesh is true food and my blood is true drink. Those who eat my flesh and drink my blood abide in me, and I in them. Just as the living Father sent me, and I live because of the Father, so whoever eats me will live because of me. This is the bread that came down from heaven, not like that which your ancestors ate, and they died. But the one who eats this bread will live forever.” He said these things while he was teaching in the synagogue at Capernaum.

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

Grant me, O Lord, to see everything now with new eyes, 
to discern and test the spirits that help me read the signs of the times, 
to relish the things that are yours, and to communicate them to others. 
Give me the clarity of understanding that you gave Ignatius.

—Personal prayer of Fr. Pedro Arrupe. S.J.

 

 


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When Do You Quit Listening?

Have you ever heard the beginning of a story and then, upon recognition, quit listening? That happened to me with the first reading today, the conversion story of St. Paul. I was lucky, though, as I noticed what I was doing. So I reread the story and was amazed by what I would have missed.

Saul (later named Paul) sat in Damascus for three days unable to see and did not eat or drink —3 DAYS!  What would happen to me if I went without food and drink for that long? When Saul made it to the house of Judas, he is praying. What? Was he reciting familiar prayers over and over? Was he reading devotional books? Was he in conversation with God? What must that have been like for him, especially in his current blind and hungry condition?

Then Paul stayed with the disciples for some days. I imagine he wanted to learn more about this Jesus whom he was persecuting and now will “begin at once” to proclaim. It must have been some intense catechesis!

In so many stories of our faith, there lie many opportunities for growth. Don’t leave these stories early. You might miss out on some amazing graces God is tossing out there for you.

—Fr. Kevin Schneider, SJ is the director of adult spirituality programs at Creighton Preparatory School in Omaha, NE. He is a spiritual director and offers parish missions and retreats in the style of Ignatian Spirituality.

 


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Acts 9: 1-20

Meanwhile Saul, still breathing threats and murder against the disciples of the Lord, went to the high priest and asked him for letters to the synagogues at Damascus, so that if he found any who belonged to the Way, men or women, he might bring them bound to Jerusalem. Now as he was going along and approaching Damascus, suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him. He fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to him, “Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?” He asked, “Who are you, Lord?” The reply came, “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting. But get up and enter the city, and you will be told what you are to do.”

The men who were traveling with him stood speechless because they heard the voice but saw no one. Saul got up from the ground, and though his eyes were open, he could see nothing; so they led him by the hand and brought him into Damascus. For three days he was without sight, and neither ate nor drank.

Now there was a disciple in Damascus named Ananias. The Lord said to him in a vision, “Ananias.” He answered, “Here I am, Lord.” The Lord said to him, “Get up and go to the street called Straight, and at the house of Judas look for a man of Tarsus named Saul. At this moment he is praying, and he has seen in a vision a man named Ananias come in and lay his hands on him so that he might regain his sight.”

But Ananias answered, “Lord, I have heard from many about this man, how much evil he has done to your saints in Jerusalem; and here he has authority from the chief priests to bind all who invoke your name.” But the Lord said to him, “Go, for he is an instrument whom I have chosen to bring my name before Gentiles and kings and before the people of Israel; I myself will show him how much he must suffer for the sake of my name.”

So Ananias went and entered the house. He laid his hands on Saul and said, “Brother Saul, the Lord Jesus, who appeared to you on your way here, has sent me so that you may regain your sight and be filled with the Holy Spirit.” And immediately something like scales fell from his eyes, and his sight was restored. Then he got up and was baptized, and after taking some food, he regained his strength. For several days he was with the disciples in Damascus, and immediately he began to proclaim Jesus in the synagogues, saying, “He is the Son of God.”

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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May 5, 2017

Jn 6:52-59

The Jews then disputed among themselves, saying, “How can this man give us his flesh to eat?” So Jesus said to them, “Very truly, I tell you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you. Those who eat my flesh and drink my blood have eternal life, and I will raise them up on the last day; for my flesh is true food and my blood is true drink. Those who eat my flesh and drink my blood abide in me, and I in them. Just as the living Father sent me, and I live because of the Father, so whoever eats me will live because of me. This is the bread that came down from heaven, not like that which your ancestors ate, and they died. But the one who eats this bread will live forever.” He said these things while he was teaching in the synagogue at Capernaum.

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.

The Desire to Belong

“Amen, amen, I say to you, unless you eat the Flesh of the Son of Man and drink his Blood, you do not have life within you.”

I don’t know about your family, but this weekend I have two family members making their First Communion.  I remember my First Holy Communion like it was yesterday.  I remember all of the practicing and what a beautiful day it was when it arrived.  I had been waiting a long time for that big day!

One of my earliest memories of going to Mass with my family was going to Communion.  I remember being carried up by my father when I was really little.  I will admit, I was not the best kid in church.  On one occasion, I tried prying my father’s mouth open trying to steal some of the Communion wafer from him.  It didn’t seem fair – what was the big deal?  Why couldn’t I join in?   

As a child, it was the unattainable and wanting to belong.  As an adult it is trying to find the more spiritual meaning.  Unity is what it represents to me.  We all experience this sacrament  in the same way, no matter who we are.  It unifies us in Christ, while also being a personal experience as we receive the blood and body of Christ.  Whatever the meaning to you, it is a personal one and a very special bond between you and Jesus.

Pray for all of those who are making their Holy Communions in the next few weeks.  It truly is a wonderful memory that we all share.  

Mrs. Cortney Schraut is Library Director at St. Louis U. High.

Prayer

Grant me, O Lord, to see everything now with new eyes,
to discern and test the spirits that help me read the signs of the times,
to relish the things that are yours, and to communicate them to others.
Give me the clarity of understanding that you gave Ignatius.

—Personal prayer of Fr. Pedro Arrupe. S.J.

 


Please share the Good Word with your friends!

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The Desire to Belong

“Amen, amen, I say to you, unless you eat the Flesh of the Son of Man and drink his Blood, you do not have life within you.”

I don’t know about your family, but this weekend I have two family members making their First Communion.  I remember my First Holy Communion like it was yesterday.  I remember all of the practicing and what a beautiful day it was when it arrived.  I had been waiting a long time for that big day!

One of my earliest memories of going to Mass with my family was going to Communion.  I remember being carried up by my father when I was really little.  I will admit, I was not the best kid in church.  On one occasion, I tried prying my father’s mouth open trying to steal some of the Communion wafer from him.  It didn’t seem fair – what was the big deal?  Why couldn’t I join in?   

As a child, it was the unattainable and wanting to belong.  As an adult it is trying to find the more spiritual meaning.  Unity is what it represents to me.  We all experience this sacrament  in the same way, no matter who we are.  It unifies us in Christ, while also being a personal experience as we receive the blood and body of Christ.  Whatever the meaning to you, it is a personal one and a very special bond between you and Jesus.

Pray for all of those who are making their Holy Communions in the next few weeks.  It truly is a wonderful memory that we all share.  

Mrs. Cortney Schraut is Library Director at St. Louis U. High.

 


Please share the Good Word with your friends!

Jn 6:52-59

The Jews then disputed among themselves, saying, “How can this man give us his flesh to eat?” So Jesus said to them, “Very truly, I tell you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you. Those who eat my flesh and drink my blood have eternal life, and I will raise them up on the last day; for my flesh is true food and my blood is true drink. Those who eat my flesh and drink my blood abide in me, and I in them. Just as the living Father sent me, and I live because of the Father, so whoever eats me will live because of me. This is the bread that came down from heaven, not like that which your ancestors ate, and they died. But the one who eats this bread will live forever.” He said these things while he was teaching in the synagogue at Capernaum.

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

Grant me, O Lord, to see everything now with new eyes, 
to discern and test the spirits that help me read the signs of the times, 
to relish the things that are yours, and to communicate them to others. 
Give me the clarity of understanding that you gave Ignatius.

—Personal prayer of Fr. Pedro Arrupe. S.J.

 

 


Please share the Good Word with your friends!

When Do You Quit Listening?

Have you ever heard the beginning of a story and then, upon recognition, quit listening? That happened to me with the first reading today, the conversion story of St. Paul. I was lucky, though, as I noticed what I was doing. So I reread the story and was amazed by what I would have missed.

Saul (later named Paul) sat in Damascus for three days unable to see and did not eat or drink —3 DAYS!  What would happen to me if I went without food and drink for that long? When Saul made it to the house of Judas, he is praying. What? Was he reciting familiar prayers over and over? Was he reading devotional books? Was he in conversation with God? What must that have been like for him, especially in his current blind and hungry condition?

Then Paul stayed with the disciples for some days. I imagine he wanted to learn more about this Jesus whom he was persecuting and now will “begin at once” to proclaim. It must have been some intense catechesis!

In so many stories of our faith, there lie many opportunities for growth. Don’t leave these stories early. You might miss out on some amazing graces God is tossing out there for you.

—Fr. Kevin Schneider, SJ is the director of adult spirituality programs at Creighton Preparatory School in Omaha, NE. He is a spiritual director and offers parish missions and retreats in the style of Ignatian Spirituality.

 


Please share the Good Word with your friends!

Acts 9: 1-20

Meanwhile Saul, still breathing threats and murder against the disciples of the Lord, went to the high priest and asked him for letters to the synagogues at Damascus, so that if he found any who belonged to the Way, men or women, he might bring them bound to Jerusalem. Now as he was going along and approaching Damascus, suddenly a light from heaven flashed around him. He fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to him, “Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?” He asked, “Who are you, Lord?” The reply came, “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting. But get up and enter the city, and you will be told what you are to do.”

The men who were traveling with him stood speechless because they heard the voice but saw no one. Saul got up from the ground, and though his eyes were open, he could see nothing; so they led him by the hand and brought him into Damascus. For three days he was without sight, and neither ate nor drank.

Now there was a disciple in Damascus named Ananias. The Lord said to him in a vision, “Ananias.” He answered, “Here I am, Lord.” The Lord said to him, “Get up and go to the street called Straight, and at the house of Judas look for a man of Tarsus named Saul. At this moment he is praying, and he has seen in a vision a man named Ananias come in and lay his hands on him so that he might regain his sight.”

But Ananias answered, “Lord, I have heard from many about this man, how much evil he has done to your saints in Jerusalem; and here he has authority from the chief priests to bind all who invoke your name.” But the Lord said to him, “Go, for he is an instrument whom I have chosen to bring my name before Gentiles and kings and before the people of Israel; I myself will show him how much he must suffer for the sake of my name.”

So Ananias went and entered the house. He laid his hands on Saul and said, “Brother Saul, the Lord Jesus, who appeared to you on your way here, has sent me so that you may regain your sight and be filled with the Holy Spirit.” And immediately something like scales fell from his eyes, and his sight was restored. Then he got up and was baptized, and after taking some food, he regained his strength. For several days he was with the disciples in Damascus, and immediately he began to proclaim Jesus in the synagogues, saying, “He is the Son of God.”

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!

May 5, 2017

Jn 6:52-59

The Jews then disputed among themselves, saying, “How can this man give us his flesh to eat?” So Jesus said to them, “Very truly, I tell you, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you. Those who eat my flesh and drink my blood have eternal life, and I will raise them up on the last day; for my flesh is true food and my blood is true drink. Those who eat my flesh and drink my blood abide in me, and I in them. Just as the living Father sent me, and I live because of the Father, so whoever eats me will live because of me. This is the bread that came down from heaven, not like that which your ancestors ate, and they died. But the one who eats this bread will live forever.” He said these things while he was teaching in the synagogue at Capernaum.

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.

The Desire to Belong

“Amen, amen, I say to you, unless you eat the Flesh of the Son of Man and drink his Blood, you do not have life within you.”

I don’t know about your family, but this weekend I have two family members making their First Communion.  I remember my First Holy Communion like it was yesterday.  I remember all of the practicing and what a beautiful day it was when it arrived.  I had been waiting a long time for that big day!

One of my earliest memories of going to Mass with my family was going to Communion.  I remember being carried up by my father when I was really little.  I will admit, I was not the best kid in church.  On one occasion, I tried prying my father’s mouth open trying to steal some of the Communion wafer from him.  It didn’t seem fair – what was the big deal?  Why couldn’t I join in?   

As a child, it was the unattainable and wanting to belong.  As an adult it is trying to find the more spiritual meaning.  Unity is what it represents to me.  We all experience this sacrament  in the same way, no matter who we are.  It unifies us in Christ, while also being a personal experience as we receive the blood and body of Christ.  Whatever the meaning to you, it is a personal one and a very special bond between you and Jesus.

Pray for all of those who are making their Holy Communions in the next few weeks.  It truly is a wonderful memory that we all share.  

Mrs. Cortney Schraut is Library Director at St. Louis U. High.

Prayer

Grant me, O Lord, to see everything now with new eyes,
to discern and test the spirits that help me read the signs of the times,
to relish the things that are yours, and to communicate them to others.
Give me the clarity of understanding that you gave Ignatius.

—Personal prayer of Fr. Pedro Arrupe. S.J.

 


Please share the Good Word with your friends!