Psalm 8:4-5, 6-7, 8-9
The Book of Proverbs, from which we take the First Reading for this liturgy, is an Owners Manual for the Jewish mind, heart and hands. All the chapters tell the reader about a spirit of right living for those in the Jewish families and communities. Some proverbs seem cute and clever, but the sincerely religious follower of the Holy Law, would find comfort in the little hints these proverbs were offering. There are sayings for almost every occasion, a sort of greeting-card store presentation. They are actually centered around discipline, restraint, just judgment, and relational sensitivity. They answer the big question, “WWMDN” - “What would Moses do now?” They are meant for the young, the searching, the ignorant, and those who wish to understand the sayings of the sages and Jewish elders.
2 Corinthians 5:14-21; Matthew 5:33-37
Today’s first reading proclaims that very idea in asking us how we see things and what difference does it make. If we are “in Christ,” we see things differently than we did before, because things are different. What was once a world of mere human construction has become a world redeemed and re-created by Christ’s death and resurrection. Indeed, “now all is new!” For me, then, the challenge is to see my world as renewed, to see God in all things. It is to see Him in those close to me, in friends and family. But it is also to recognize Him in relative strangers, including the student who is cutting my class, the politician who has it wrong, and the driver dawdling along in front of me. Nor is it enough to see the glory of Christ’s redemption in a magnificent sunset or the silken feel of a rose petal. God is also found in a dreary sky and the weed patch next door. It’s about seeing as believers.
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.
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.
2 Corinthians 4:7-15; Matthew 5:27-32
“We have this treasure in earthen vessels, to show that the transcendent power belongs to God and not to us.”
2 Corinthians 4:7
“I am your servant, the child of your handmaid.. You have loosed my bonds.”
“But I say to you that every one who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart.”
We are now in “Ordinary Times.” As we read through the very familiar fifth chapter of Matthew’s Gospel though, Jesus is asking us to be anything but “ordinary.” He tells us He has not come to abolish the Law (v. 17), indeed He calls us to go further than the written Law, the commands given to Moses. He asks us to go beyond our overt actions and pay attention to our thoughts, our motives, and our intentions. In today’s reading He tells us, “Do not commit adultery” not just in unfaithfulness to your spouse, but in how you deal with everyone! You are to keep your promise to a spouse in your heart, mind and actions. And you are to extend this same respect to your friends, to a bank, to God, to anyone, even your enemies!
A Brief History of the Liturgy of Christ the Eternal High Priest
The Feast of Christ the Priest is a liturgical feast celebrated each year, on the first Thursday after Pentecost. Approval was first granted by the Congregation for Divine Worship and Discipline of the Sacraments  in 1987.en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Feast_of_Christ_the_Priest Beginning in 2013 the Catholic Church of the Poland,en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Feast_of_Christ_the_Priest and in 2014 of the Netherland,en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Feast_of_Christ_the_Priest has also celebrated this feast.
Most Catholics around the world are unfamiliar with Our Blessed Lord’s title, “Christ the Eternal High Priest”, and yet, each year, millions of people already celebrate this title as an official Liturgical Feast in the Church!
2 Corinthians 3:4-11; Matthew 5:17-19
There is a wonderful short line in 2 Cor 3:6. It comes at the end of the first paragraph of the first reading used at Mass today: "The written law kills, but the Spirit gives life." The volumes that have been written about the contrast of law and spirit in our lives testify that for many Christians this opposition touches on something deep, pervasive, and recurring.
What if I would set out today to perform one action that comes not from the law but from the Spirit? What might that action be? An unexpected word of encouragement to a struggling co-worker? A gratuitous word of interest in the activities of a son, daughter, or parent?
“…and they sent Barnabas to go to Antioch.
When he arrived and saw the grace of God,
He rejoiced and encouraged them all
To remain faithful to the Lord in firmness of heart,
For he was a good man, filled with the Holy Spirit and faith….”
While they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said,
“Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul
For the work to which I have called them.” Acts: 11:21b-26; 13:1-3
Today we reflect on the person of St. Barnabas and his special relationship with the Holy Spirit. God has seen Barnabas to be a good man who encourages those with him “to remain faithful to the Lord in firmness of heart.”
On Saturday, March 3, 2018, Pope Francis declared that, henceforward, the Monday after Pentecost Sunday will be celebrated as the Memorial of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of the Church. The Memorial will be observed annually and has been added to the General Roman Calendar, the Roman Missal, and the Liturgy of the Hours. The Holy Father’s wishes for this new feast day is that it will foster Marian piety and the maternal sense of the Church