BE STILL AND KNOW THAT I AM GOD.
Wellspring is a Catholic spirituality center that offers spiritual growth opportunities such as classes and retreats and promotes contemplative spirituality. The center is owned and operated by The Missionaries of St. Francis de Sales and operates on a basic vision that all of God’s people are called to holiness and that it is possible for all to live a contemplative life style while being active in ministry.
Saturday, February 12, 2022 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
God's love is simple and pure. His call to conversion and transformation do not require elaborate, complicated rites, rituals, and processes. A simple yes to the call of love will lead us to the transformation of our life in Christ. Join us as we strive to understand simplicity as a virtue and form and nurture a simple lifestyle.
Fr. Gus Tharappel will guide the retreat.
To register, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
9:00 am and 5:00 pm
Monday - Friday
The Mother of Compassion Shrine
is open daily for prayer and reflection.
We reflected on “gratefulness” as our theme in 2021. Our theme for reflection in 2022 is the virtue of “simplicity.” This year, we want to strive to learn to “be simple” and “live simply.” We want to let “simplicity” become our way of being, living and acting.
Lord, teach me to be simple and humble in my ways. Help me not to busy myself with great matters, things too sublime for me.
Free my heart from pride and arrogance, resentment, and bitterness and from all things that burden my soul.
second Sunday in ordinary time
REFLECTIONS FOR PRAYER AND WORSHIP
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
Last Sunday we reflected on the Baptism of the Lord and on our own baptism in the process. It was a wonderful way to begin the Ordinary Time of the Year. It was good to be reminded again that in baptism we are immersed into the mystery of God’s love, washed clean, given a clean, white and new garment, a lighted candle and anointed priest, prophet, and king…. All of which symbolizing our character, Christ character….an indelible character!!! We are identified, named, chosen, and sent to be symbols of God’s “salvation, justice and peace” for the world. Just as other nations came to know God’s salvation, justice, and peace through Israel, today the world must experience the salvation, justice, and peace of God through us and our church and our church institutions!
Today, the second Sunday in Ordinary Time, our Scripture readings remind us of the new name that God has for us. We have a new name…we are called children of God, children of light! We are called to rejoice and celebrate our new name and be faithful to this new name, this new identity! Fidelity to the new identity means fidelity to Christ. We have been immersed into Christ and our identity is in him. St. Paul advises us, “Be imitators of God, as His beloved children, and live in love, as Christ loved us and handed himself over for us as a sacrificial offering to God for a fragrant aroma” (Ephesians 5:1-2).
We must give witness to our identity by giving others what God gave us, acting toward others the way God has acted toward us, loving others the way God has loved us, “love one another as I have loved you” was the command Jesus gave his disciples!
In the first Scripture reading of today’s mass, the sixth century B.C.E. prophet tells us that the people of Judah were being given new and endearing names by God. These names give us images reflecting God's special love for his people. They also reflect a change of status…."you shall be called by a new name…." says the Prophet - the exiles who were "Forsaken" and "Desolate" would soon be free to rebuild their home, temple and country and return to their own way of life. They will be newly named “My delight” and “espoused”.
God was claiming Judah as a groom claims his bride. A new relationship was emerging between God and the people. They were gaining a new identity. They were going to be God’s people and God’s delight! The exiles were going to be forgiven and healed and that was going to be so complete that Judah would still be in a virginal state, untouched and untainted. So, the prophet says, "I will not be silent”. He must sing and shout about what God was doing for His people.
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