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, October 8, 2022
9:30 am - 12:30 pm
More details coming soon.
Fr. Gus Tharappel will guide the retreat.
To register, please email us at email@example.com
WEDNESDAYS WITH ST. FRANCIS DE SALES
December 28, 2022 is the 400th death anniversary of St. Francis de Sales, the Gentleman Saint, who lived a simple life and left a spiritual legacy for the coming generations. All the religious congregations and entities following the spirituality of St. Francis de Sales are making this important day as a time of celebration, inspiring remembrances and spiritual growth opportunities.
Wednesdays with St. Francis de Sales – A five-minute reflection on the spirituality of St. Francis de Sales will be offered every Wednesday by a member of one of the religious orders that follows the Spirituality of St. Francis de Sales. Fr. Gus offered the first of the series on Wednesday, April 27th. You may access his reflections and the reflections of other members of various religious orders each week:
9:00 am and 5:00 pm
Monday - Friday
The Mother of Compassion Shrine
is open daily for
prayer and reflection.
twenty sixth Sunday in ordinary time
REFLECTIONS FOR PRAYER AND WORSHIP
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
Today, we celebrate the Twenty sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time. We continue to journey with Jesus and his disciples through the Gospel of Luke. Last week, we reflected on cultivating a healthy and wholesome attitude toward all our possessions. Our Scripture readings of this Sunday call us to be grateful for all our possessions which are God’s gracious gifts to us and let our gratitude make us mindful of those who are less privileged, the poor, the orphans, the suffering, the neglected and the marginalized in our world.
Last week, we heard Amos the prophet (780 B.C.E.) bluntly and forcefully condemning the behavior of the rich of his day as not befitting the justice and mercy of God, championing the cause of the poor, the disadvantaged and the marginalized. In the days of Amos, Israel had become rich and affluent and began to take the Lord for granted and become unmindful of the less privileged, the poor and the marginalized in their world. The first verse of today’s first reading (Amos 6:1) is a warning to the rich who lived in luxury that they would be the first to go into exile if they didn’t change their ways and, indeed, this warning was realized in 722 B.C.E. when Assyria swept out of the north, captured the Northern Kingdom of Israel, and took the ten tribes into captivity.
Our second reading today is from Chapter 6 of Paul’s letter to Timothy. In the beginning of this chapter, Timothy was advised to be cautious of the desire for wealth, love of money, etc. because some men, in their passion for it have strayed from their faith. Today’s excerpt begins with a challenge, “Man of God that you are, flee from all this (love of money, etc.). Instead, “seek after integrity, piety, faith, steadfastness and a gentle spirit. Fight the good fight of faith.”
Timothy is being reminded that the faith he nobly professed at his baptism is the same faith that prompted him to bear witness to Jesus Christ and be a loyal and steadfast teacher and caretaker of that faith for the community. He is now being instructed to treasure and to teach sound doctrine, to seek virtue, avoid evil and persevere in following the way of Jesus, to bear witness to Christ and to give honor and glory to God just as Christ gave honor and glory to God.
I encourage you to read the rest of chapter 6 when you have time – all about avoiding and being cautious of evil tendencies and living virtuous lives. One of the evil tendencies that Timothy is being cautioned is the desire for riches and material possessions. All possessions are God’s gifts to us for our own use and for the good of the community. But the desire for wealth and the tendency to hang on to them make us unfree. Our possessions begin to possess us, and we become unfree. Paul advised Timothy to be cautious of this tendency and live a virtuous life.
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