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Liturgy

Saturday of the 21st Week in Ordinary Time

Matthew 25:14-30

He called in his servants and handed his funds over to them according to each one's abilities.

It is wonderful to pause today to remember that Jesus has entrusted to us - put us in charge of - tremendous resources.  For us who are baptized into him, they are truly his resources.  It is good to remember that I probably don't fully appreciate what I have been given, and therefore, what I have to invest.  And I probably don't fully appreciate the gifts that others around me have, and what resources they might be able to share.

Even when I am stretched and learn new skills - becoming a better listener, changing a long standing pattern and discovering a new ability, taking a risk that pays off many times over - the inspiration and gift is from the Lord.  Whether we are practicing better patience, greater self-confidence and courage, fuller chastity, deeper generosity, these are all fruits of his Spirit - given to us for the benefit of all, for the building up of the Body of Christ.

Dear Lord,
help us to receive and come to appreciate the gifts you give us, to develop further and to share with others.
Help us to be more generous, risky, free.
Inspire us to see and trust your gifts in others.
Let us all call forth the gifts of others in our communities.
May we all one day be gathered to share your joy.

By Andy Alexander

Pope Francis Twitter Feed

* Our Way of Life *

 

"Our diverse talents and abilities, our differences in culture, nationality and age are assets for the richness of the community. Although we may be engaged in a variety of ministries, we all share the common call to apostolic discipleship in a community of the Catholic Apostolate of St. Vincent Pallotti."(OWL, 91)

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"Christ, the Apostle of the Eternal Father, and his mission are central to our personal and community life, giving meaning and direction to our thinking, our spirituality, our prayer, action and suffering." (OWL, 19)

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"As a community of disciples we are gathered around Jesus, the Apostle of the Eternal Father. Like the first disciples, we want to be with Jesus, be sent out by him and return to him to evaluate our service in the light of his presence." (OWL, 88)

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"As Pallottines, it is our special charism to foster growth in faith and love among the laity, to awaken them to awareness of their apostolic call, and to cooperate with them in furthering the apostolic mission." (OWL, 21)

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"Our relationships with one another should be marked by a love that bears all, believes all and hopes for all, a love that is neither conceited nor jealous, which hurts no one, nor is embittered or resentful. It is never discouraged but remains patient and kind. It rejoices with others and shares their suffering. It is with this kind of love that we should help and support one another." (OWL, 90)