The lessons for today are appropriate for people who experience distress and anxiety. At some points in our lives, all of us have fears and call out to God for rescue. But we usually don't do so from the perspective of first acknowledging that our anxieties are often due to our lack of trust and our inability to honestly confront our weaknesses and our daily need for God to reveal God's light in the midst of our lives.
In the United States and some other countries the Solemnity of the Body and Blood of Christ (Corpus Christi) is celebrated on Sunday. In other parts of the world it is celebrated today.
2 Corinthians 11:1-11; Psalm 111:1b-2, 3-4, 7-8; Matthew 6:7-15
Jesus said to his disciples:
"In praying, do not babble like the pagans." Mt. 6
It is so good to reflect upon the prayer Jesus taught us, so that we'll be less likely the "babble on" this Sunday when we recite his prayer together, in common. Even powerful words can become so automatic, that they can lose quite a bit of their power. For example, we should say, "I love you" to everyone we really love, every day. But, we have to say those three simple words, knowing what they mean and letting that meaning come from my heart to the person I love.
Mt 6:1-6, 16-18
God loves a cheerful giver. I love this phrase from Corinthians, not just in its meaning for alms and good works. God doesn’t just mean that we smile when we write out a check or grin when we drop off clothes at Goodwill (thought I think that’s a good idea too.) When I think of God loves a cheerful giver, it reminds me of finding God in all things, in our day-to-day lives -- not only when we are in church or praying or performing service. I want to be a cheerful giver among my co-workers, my neighbors, the woman at the checkout line at the grocery store.
On 16th May, the Indian Province rejoiced as two novices namely, Sr. Monalisa Minz and Sr. Rochell De Souza pronounced their First Vows in the Chapel of Novitiate house in Assagao, Goa. The celebration stood under the theme "Jesus,Prince of Peace, let your life be my life".
On Pentecost Sunday, 9th of June, the faithful of San Prisco town together with the Eucharistic Sisters, members of different religious congregations and diocesan clergy celebrated the Closing of the Diocesan Inquiry - first stage in view of the Beatification of the Servant of God Mother Anna Sardiello (1894-1982), foundress of the Eucharistic Sisters of St. Vincent Pallotti.
The Cenacle is the heart of the Pallottine charism, and the wind and fire are signs that our life has been transformed once and for all into a Paschal story of death and resurrection. To our common path, two sister Congregations, entered another event: the Feast of Mary, Queen of Apostles and Solemnity of Pentecost. This time it was celebarted in Grottaferrata, at Casa del Cenacolo, a home sanctified by the presence, prayer and service of the Roman Pallottine Sisters (CSAC).
In March 2019, three Pallottine Missionary Sisters namely: Sr. Catherine Nikuze, Sr. Perpétue Nyiramahoro and Sr. Josephine Magnifique Barahinyuza Nyirandaboneye, from Our Lady of Kibeho Region (Rwanda / Congo) arrived at Quistinic in France-Bretagne to begin a new mission. Quistinic is a town of 1,500 inhabitants in the region of Brittany, in north-western France, 400 km from Paris.
“. . . love your enemies . . .”.
Almost everyone is familiar with that command. And almost everybody thinks that, while perhaps an ideal, it is hopelessly unrealistic. Maybe. But maybe some context might help us understand how central this really is to being Christian.
What, after all, does it mean to be Christian? Not to save ourselves, as perhaps we once thought. God has done that for us. No, our job is to continue the work of Jesus – the Jesus who called people to change their priorities and submit to God’s gentle reign. Christians are a community of disciples, having disciple roles, and doing disciple work.
Annual Meeting of the General Coordination Council of the Union
28 May - ˗2 June 2019
Dear Brothers and Sisters
We wish to share with you, your families and communities, the great joy we have experienced together during the annual meeting of the General Coordination Council of UAC.
Pope Francis often speaks to us about growing in the culture of encounter, something very close also to the heart of St. Vincent Pallotti. The reports of the President of the Union, the three General Superiors, the other GCC Members and GCC Commission Representatives, demonstrated an increase in the understanding of our charism in evangelization and in the mission of forming apostles in service of the Church and of the Kingdom of God.
“Offer no resistance to injury . . . turn the other cheek.” These phrases are among the most famous and most difficult of any which the Gospels record as coming from the lips of Jesus. If we listen to them long enough to really hear them, before being frightened off by them, we usually hear in them an admonition to passivity in the face of conflict.