Our Holy Cross community in North Easton, MA with its twenty priests and one brother welcomed a new religious superior. He met with us individually asking us about our lives in community, what we expected from him and the big question, “do we have a spiritual director”. I’m sure this question elicited a lot of different responses.
Wally Funk, at 82, the oldest person to ever fly in space, commented upon her return to earth that she had been waiting a long time to get up there and it finally happened. My thoughts turned to Mary Magdalene, whose feast day we celebrate today. As a disciple of Jesus, she joined the ranks of other men and women who stood by Him, and participated in His mission of bringing compassion and care to the masses. Wally Funk waited and she finally got up there. Mary Magdalene waited and she got to meet Jesus.
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"Whoever has ears ought to hear." When I hear Jesus' statement, I think back to all the times I heard from a coach, scoutmaster, and others: "Listen up!"
A lay preacher received a call from another church offering him a higher salary. He spent much time in prayer, trying to discern what God wanted him to do. One day a friend met the preacher’s son on the street and enquired about his dad’s position, and if he had made a decision. The boy replied, “Well, Dad is praying, but Mom is packing!”
The Museum of Family Prayer is still accepting entries as we approach the July 26, 2021 deadline for the 2nd Annual Mary Garden Contest! Father Jim Phalan, C.S.C., sits down with Currents News of New York to discuss last year's entries, what's happening this year, and the inspiration behind the contest.
Many researchers have written about the importance of spending time in nature to improve our mental, physical, and spiritual health. The connection with fresh air, and living growing plants and creatures can pull us out of our daily concerns and reset our wellness in all these areas.