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, November 14, 2020
9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Theme: The Art of Being Still
One of the greatest challenges is to accept that when we are quiet, silent and in solitude,
just sitting, dwelling or abiding in God's presence,
we are doing very difficult but important work.
Join us as we strive to "be still."
Come away to a quiet place and be still!
Due to COVID-19, there is limited
space at the retreat.
Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
to reserve a space at the retreat.
All retreat participants are asked to wear a mask
and socially distance at the retreat.
Due to COVID-19,
there is limited seating
at our Sunday Masses.
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for information about our Masses.
Monday - Friday
The Mother of Compassion Shrine
remains open daily for
prayer and reflection.
All classes at Wellspring
at this time
due to COVID-19.
Twenty ninth week in ordinary time
REFLECTIONS FOR PRAYER AND WORSHIP
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
Today is “World Mission Sunday”, a day set aside for the Catholic church throughout the world to publicly renew its commitment to the missionary movement that Jesus began. It is celebrated on the Sunday before the last Sunday of October every year. It was created by Pope Pius XI in 1926 as the day of prayer for missions.
World Mission Sunday reminds us of our mission to continually proclaim the gospel of Jesus, the good news of the all-embracing and steadfast love of God. Pope Francis says, “The Church is missionary by nature; otherwise, she would no longer be the Church of Christ, but one group among many others that soon end up serving their purpose and passing away.” The Church must continue to fulfill the mission of Jesus by proclaiming the salvation of Christ to all people.
The first reading of this Sunday and the responsorial psalm speak to the heart of the mission of the Church. Isaiah fulfilled his mission by speaking to a people who wondered how God could forgive a people who messed up their lives so many times. They were afraid that God would never forgive them for the infidelities of priests and people. Cyrus, the Persian emperor, had defeated many nations and finally Babylon in 539 B.C. and had become the ruler of the then middle east. He was very tolerant and understanding toward the exiles and helped them reestablish themselves in their homeland. Isaiah called his people to see how God used the hands of a pagan king to deliver his people though the king did not even know it. Such was the love God had for his people that He used “pagan hands” to save His people. God is a God of everlasting, constant, all-embracing, and steadfast love. God continues to reveal his plan and purpose even through the most unexpected people and situations.
This is our mission today. We are called and sent to proclaim the all-embracing, and steadfast love of God for all people. We cannot all go to distant lands to fulfill this mission. We can do so where we are now. We live in confusing, difficult and unsettling times. The pandemic, political unrest, racial tensions, violence in our cities, lack of confidence in leadership, and other disturbing and unhealthy things are happening all around us. Our world needs the gospel of Jesus, the good news of the presence of a loving and compassionate God among us. World Mission Sunday calls us to stand our ground in our faith and give witness to the constant, all-embracing, and steadfast love of God during these troublesome and uncertain times.
I encourage you to take a few moments each day of this week to reflect on fulfilling your mission in the Church by living a godly, noble, virtuous, and holy life during the unsettling days.
God bless you and your family.
Fr. Gus Tharappel, msfs
WORDS OF ENCOURAGEMENT DURING DIFFICULT TIMES
Do not anticipate the unpleasant events of this life by anxiety; rather anticipate them with the perfect hope that, as they happen, God, to whom you belong, will protect you. He has protected you up to the present moment; just remain firmly in the hands of His providence and He will help you in all situations and at those times when you find yourself unable to walk, He will carry you.
St. Francis de Sales