August 2009 Archives

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All are invited to attend a Eucharistic Congress on September 11-12, 2009 in Washington, DC at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. The Congress, entitled Sacrifice of Enduring Love, is sponsored by the Council of Major Superiors of Women Religious (CMSWR).

There is no charge for admission to the two-day event that will consist of: celebration of the Liturgy, conferences and catechesis, Eucharistic adoration and procession, and other activities focusing on the Eucharist.

Three vocations will be explored in-depth -- the Priesthood, Religious Life, and Marriage. Speakers include: Justin Cardinal Rigali, Seán Cardinal O'Malley, Marc Cardinal Ouellet, Archbishop Pietro Sambi, Archbishop Donald Wuerl, Archbishop Edwin O'Brien, Rev. Eduardo Chávez, Rev. Bernard Murphy, CFR; Rev. David Toups, STD; Mother Ann Marie, OP; Sr. Maria del Cenaculo Perez, SSVM; Terry Polakovic, Executive Director of ENDOW; Rev. Thomas Rosica of Salt and Light Television; Laura Molla, daughter of St. Gianna Beretta Molla, and her husband Giuseppe Pannuti; Carl Anderson, Supreme Knight of the Knights of Columbus; Drs. J. David and Angela Franks, Cecilia Sone, and others.

In addition to other displays, a piece of the actual tilma of St. Juan Diego will be exhibited.

For more information about the Congress, visit www.cmswr.org or write: P.O. Box 4467, Washington, DC 20017.


Here is a reflection on the vocation of the Priesthood written for the Eucharistic Congress. As we celebrate this Year of the Priest, let us pray for priest and thank God for the gift of who they are to us. May this reflection lead you to prayer and to a deeper knowledge and love of His Heart.

 

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How great is your love, O Jesus! 

You give to us those who so closely

Follow you that when we hear them,

We hear you! They are your priests!

You use them to touch our hearts,

To heal us, to draw us closer to your own Heart.

 

Jesus, we pray for our priests,

These men, your brothers

Who sacrifice marriage, a spouse

And children to be your presence!

They do it willingly! They do it lovingly!

 

Their love for you is seen in their love

For us, your people.

Some arise at all hours of the night

To anoint and confess one who is about to die.

Others teach our children and ourselves,

Helping us think through those hard decisions

We need to make. They feed us on your Word

And nurture us with your Body and Blood.

 

They, though weak and human as we,

Trust so totally in you that they take up

What no one would dare take up on their own:

To be your presence, in persona Christi!

This is a mystery we barely understand!

We, baptized into your death and resurrection,

Share in your roles as Priest, Prophet and King!

By ordination your priests identify and personify

You, the only High Priest, we have!

 

You give to us the gift of Holy Orders

So we who live so many years

After you walked this earth

Can still encounter you, the Risen Lord Jesus!

We meet your love and your healing,

We hear you speak words

Of kindness and forgiveness in them.

 

In complete love and total dedication

These men, our brothers, commit

Themselves to you and to the service of the Church;

So all may know you, love you and serve you!

Each day they offer for us, your people,

Our thanks and praise to the Almighty

And everlasting Father in the Eucharist,

Your own gift of enduring love for us!

As they consecrate the bread and wine

into your Body and Blood;

Consecrate them and us

so that we, too, may be your presence!

 


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All are invited to attend a Eucharistic Congress on September 11-12, 2009 in Washington, DC at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. The Congress, entitled Sacrifice of Enduring Love, is sponsored by the Council of Major Superiors of Women Religious (CMSWR). There is no charge for admission to the two-day event that will explore three vocations in depth -- the Priesthood, Religious Life, and Marriage. In addition to other displays, a piece of the actual tilma of St. Juan Diego will be exhibited. For more information about the Congress, visit www.cmswr.org or write: P.O. Box 4467, Washington, DC 20017.

 

Below is a reflection on the Eucharist that I wrote for the Eucharistic Congress. As you read it I'm sure that you will see the Sacred Heart Spirituality. May this reflection lead you to prayer and to a deeper knowledge and love of His Heart.
 


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How great is your love, O Jesus! 

Out of love you became one of us:

Emptying Yourself to be as we are;

You laid down your life and told us:

Greater love has no one than this,

That he lay down his life for his friends.

Even that was not enough!

 

The night before you died,

You emptied yourself even more!

You gave your very self to us

Under the appearance of bread and wine! 

How great is your love, O Jesus! 

 

You, the sinless Son of the Father,

You, the Son of Mary most Holy,

Became sin, destroying the devil's hold on us,

Setting us free to be daughters and sons of the Father.

Jesus, your sacrifice is more than we can ask or imagine!

Our words too weak grow great with thanks

Before your enduring sacrifice of love!

How great is your love, O Jesus! 

 

United with you we give thanks to the Father

For sending you, His only Son, to us.

We proclaim your death and resurrection!

We trust you even when all seems dark,

Because you, the Light, shine in our darkness!

We are your people!

We are the People of the Eucharist!

 

Your Heart burns with love for us

Ever ready to light our path

and show to us the way to the Father.

Even that was not enough!

You give us your own Spirit,

The Living Spring, the Living Fire,

To open our eyes to see you in each other;

To open our ears to the cries of the poor;

To open our hearts to respond

with a strong Yes! to all that the Father asks of us.

We do not fear, for You are ever with us;

We know: We are not alone!