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Memorial of Saint Barnabas

“…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

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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.”

Barnabas is one of those in our communities who is an “Encourager” for good, a “Catalyst” for being faithful to the Lord and working for justice in our communities.

Today we need to take time to look around us – in our communities, families, workplace, nation – and recognize those who are sometimes “hidden” but do God’s work daily to give dignity to all persons and to bring about justice in our lives.

Those people seem – like Barnabas – to have been “Set apart”…for the special work the Holy Spirit has called them to do.  Often they are blamed for speaking the truth when it is not the opinion of the majority.  Often they are “set aside” because to speak for justice is counter-cultural to the majority in society.  They often suffer – as did Barnabas – but remain firm in their faith.

They remain firm in their message about the “dignity” of all persons and the “justice” that needs to be practiced in our neighborhoods, cities, country.

Let us pray:
Come Holy Spirit, help us be strong in faith, fill the hearts of your faithful, and enthuse us with the courage and commitment to be firm in living our personal vocations and fulfill your will in our lives.  For we too have been called to live lives – in special ways known to you -- according to Gospel of Jesus, the Christ.

By Pat Callone

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* 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)