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What is it in my life that prevents me from being able to see as God sees? Am I so insecure that I can't see someone different from me as another child of God?  Why am I not able to trust God enough to see others with the compassion they need and deserve instead of feeling fear or discomfort?  

Once I can figure that out, when I can "Remain in my love." as Jesus counsels his disciples in today's Gospel,  then my " joy might be complete."

Thursday of the Fifth Week of Easter


What does God most likely care about? I come down to Jesus’ two great commandments to love God and to love our neighbor as ourselves. As to who is my neighbor, Jesus spells it out in the parable of the Good Samaritan. The Beatitudes also cannot be beat for guidance on loving others and living the way God desires.

Wednesday of the Fifth Week of Easter

 


How can I take that peace that Jesus gives to me and pass it on? ...

As we can see in the world around us, peace requires continual action. We can start small and bring peace to our corner of the world. We can pray for peace in every corner of the world. I pray for peace. I pray for God’s grace to help me find God in all things and to be a peacemaker in every way I can.

Tuesday of Fifth Week of Easter

 

 

 

 


In the Gospel today, Jesus tells us that if we love Him, then we will be both loved in return and Jesus will reveal himself to us. Any of us, and I do hope all of us, who have experienced loving and being loved knows that how this love is revealed changes and develops over time, depth of relationship, and experiences. The ways that I am finding myself being called to love Jesus in my spirit and through my actions is changing and developing, and so the way Jesus’ love for me is, in return, being revealed is also likely changing and developing.

Monday of the Fifth Week of Easter

 


We are living in a historical time where we tend to only want to love those who look, think, talk, and act like us. Is this what Jesus meant when he said, “As I have loved you, so you also should love one another”? What does it mean today, for us, to love one another like Jesus loved us?

Let us ponder these questions in our prayer today and ask God for the grace of openness to love in justice and reconciliation in our own lives, in our communities and in our world.

Fifth Sunday of Easter

 

 


Jealousy and the quest for position and power often leads to contentiousness and conflict, preventing us from dialogue and contemplation.  Social cohesion can be a good thing when we reach out to help others based on compassion and empathy, but it can also become a tool for oppression.  Our desire to be part of the “in” group can make us do harmful things.  We are likely still learning these lessons.  Let us pray for grace to open our hearts and minds to become receptive to the truth, and to have the courage to act on our convictions.  Thanks be to God.

Saturday of the Fourth Week of Easter

 


Whether in prayer or in the words of a faithful companion, we need reminders just as the disciples did.  We need to hear these words frequently. “My dear friend, you know Jesus, you know the way, you know to whom you belong, so trust the process; trust that you will be led and given all you need.”

Today we pray, not for a faith to be given us, but to recognize the faith that we have already been given, a faith that lives deep within our hearts, because we, too, know Jesus and have seen him. We know to whom we belong. May we, too, be his witnesses, proclaiming the good news.

Friday of the Fourth Week of Easter


Stories arrive from many sources.  Tales are passed down by family members until no one is left to answer our questions.  From religion, history, and literature come figures that shape us: Ignatius, Terese, Eleanor, Walker, Eudora, Simone, Dorothy, Vanier, Vincent, Flannery, and Kavanaugh.  We feel the impact of another’s life, and that story stays with us.  We are less isolated than supposed.  A tribe travels with me.  No one makes this journey alone.
Jesus washed their feet a last time.  Still on his knees he said once again: remember me.  I AM.  I am the one beside you.  Should you reject me, I will remain.

Thursday of the Fourth Week of Easter

Weekly Guide


This is a great week to get in touch with our deepening desires and to let my conversations with Jesus grow in friendship. The easiest way to do this is to say simple ordinary things -- the very way I would say them to a close friend. Some examples might offer words that will inspire our own conversation with the Lord who loves us.

Fifth Week of Easter

 

 

 


Sometimes it will take a conscious effort to let these thoughts replace the thoughts that are there already. In the background of our day is where our worries reside. It's where we carry anxiety and stress. Sometimes it is where we carry on imaginary conversations with others or “replay” past conversations like a song that we can't get out of our heads. This is when we turn those returning anxieties over the God, asking God to heal us.

Fifth Week of Easter


We can hold the words of Jesus in our hearts all week. As we do, we will discover their attractiveness and invitation. We will also encounter resistance in ourselves and in others.

It takes practice to stay focused in the background of our daily life. We all have years of habit to overcome. However, we can practice letting this consoling message of Jesus find a place in our awareness at various points in our day, whether it is in the shower, while getting dressed, or simply whenever we are on our way from one place to another.

Fifth Week of Easter


All week, as we read about the inspiring development in the early community - with the acceptance of the good news by the Gentiles - we experience the assurance of Jesus.

The Gospels this week continue the “Last Discourse” of our Lord, taking chapters 14 and 15 of the Fourth Gospel.

In these marvelous chapters we experience Jesus, “the way, the truth and the light.” He consoles his disciples with the gift of his peace, which is different than the peace the world offers.

Fifth Week of Easter

 


The Fifth Sunday of Easter brings us stories from Acts of the Apostles of Paul and Barnabas and their work in the early church. They spread the good news to the Gentiles and then “called the church together and reported what God had done with them and how he had opened the door of faith to the Gentiles.” John's Gospel returns to the Last Supper. Jesus gives his followers a new way of life: “This is how all will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”

Fifth Week of Easter

 

 


“Whoever believes in me believes not only in me but also in the one who sent me, and whoever sees me sees the one who sent me.” “From now on I am telling you before it happens, so that when it happens you may believe that I AM.” “Do not let your hearts be troubled.” “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” “If you ask anything of me in my name, I will do it.”

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Each night we can look back over the day with gratitude, even as we get ready for bed. Later in the week, we can begin to want to hear the upcoming Sunday gospel, longing to hear Jesus say to us: “Do not let your hearts be troubled.”

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Imagine how helped we will be this week to wake each morning and just have these kind of prayers on our lips. As we focus them throughout each day, we will be doing two things: letting these desires deepen in our hearts in the background of our consciousness, and we will let them interact and transform the options before us and the choices we make. We will be able to feel how good this feels, how it lightens our spirits and how it helps us end each day feeling a gifted intimacy with our Lord.

Fourth Week of Easter

 

 

 

Pope Francis


The Pope noted that Christian prayer that is “born of the audacity to call God by the name of ‘Father’”, expresses a “filial intimacy” into which we are introduced by the grace of the Holy Spirit.  He cited a few examples from the New Testament where the various expressions of Jesus’ prayers recall the text of the "Our Father".

Courage and filial intimacy to call God “Father”

 

 

 


Only in this way, he explained, can we love one another not only as we love ourselves, but as He loved us: that is, immensely more.

“God loves us much more than we love ourselves”, he said.

Only in this way, Pope Francis said, can we “spread the seed of love that renews relationships between people and opens horizons of hope”.

God's love opens horizons of hope


Jesus, the Pope said, loved us despite our frailties, our limitations and our human weaknesses. It was He who made us worthy of His love, which knows no limits and never ends.

By giving us the new commandment, the Pope added, He asks us to love one another not only with our love, but with his love, the love the Holy Spirit infuses into our hearts if we invoke him with faith.

God's love opens horizons of hope

 

 


“I therefore urge you to work according to truth and justice, so that communication is truly an instrument for building, not for destroying; for meeting, not for clashing; for dialoguing, not for monologizing; for orienting, not for disorienting; for understanding, not for misunderstanding; for walking in peace, not for sowing hatred; for giving a voice to those who have no voice, not for being a megaphone to those who shout louder,” the Pope told some 400 journalists of the Foreign Press Association of Italy.

Pope calls for humble and free journalism that serves truth and goodness

“Conjugal and family love reveals the precious gift of a life together where communion is nourished and a culture of individualism, consumption and waste is averted”, reads the statement. It also places emphasis on recognizing the importance of the identity of each member of the family.

According to the statement, marriage and family shape a concrete experience of love. They demonstrate the “great significance of human relationships in which joys and struggles are shared in the unfolding of daily life as people are led towards an encounter with God”.

Theme of next World Meeting of Families

At the core of the Pope’s discourse to members of the Association was the defense, respect and promotion of life.

He thanked those gathered on Friday for their “irreplaceable service” to people who are most vulnerable or in need of assistance because they are sick, or elderly, or marginalized.

Noting how in recent decades, the system of care and treatment had changed radically, the Pope also pointed out that along with advances in technology, ever greater problems of an ethical nature were also being presented.

Treat the sick as people

But, the Pope noted, the person who prays is not blind and sees clearly that evil is in contradiction with the mystery of God.

“The last cry of the Our Father is hurled against this evil,” he said, “which encompasses the most diverse experiences, including mourning, the suffering of innocents, slavery, the exploitation of others, and the cries of innocent children.”

Covering the full range of evil, the Lord’s prayer is like “a symphony that seeks to be fulfilled in each of us.”

Lord’s prayer confronts full range of evil


The Pope also offered words of encouragement, saying, that “dialogue is the way to better understand one another and to work together in building a climate not only of tolerance but also of respect between religions.”  

Our strength, he added, “is the gentle strength of encounter, not of the extremism emerging in certain quarters today, which leads only to conflict.  One never errs in seeking dialogue.”  

Never err in seeking dialogue

 

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