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, December 5, 2020
9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Advent is a season of waiting, but often waiting - waiting in lines, traffic and crowds - can distract us
from joyfully celebrating the coming of our Lord.
Join us at Wellspring as we reflect on ways to grow in faith, hope, and love as we wait
for the coming of the Christ Child.
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.
Please call 903-839-1280 or
email us at
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.
OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST KING OF THE UNIVERSE
REFLECTIONS FOR PRAYER AND WORSHIP
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
Today is the feast of Christ the King. We proclaim Christ as our king and celebrate his kingship over us. We rejoice in our noble and royal character and pledge our loyalty to Christ our king and our Lord. At our baptism, we were anointed “priest, prophet and king” which describes our character as a holy, noble, and royal people. Holy people must live holy lives; noble people must live noble lives and royal people must live noble lives. Lives of holiness, nobility and royalty are lived out in response to the simple, daily needs of ordinary people.
The Gospel reading of today gives us simple but challenging insights into living holy, noble, and royal lives under the kingship of Jesus, our Lord and master. In this reading, Mathew invites us into a vivid imaginative courtroom scene where judgment of those who are worthy to be welcomed into eternal life is taking place. “Loving kindness” is used as the standard for the judgment of worthiness for eternal life. It is help in response to daily needs of ordinary people: giving food to the hungry, drink to the thirsty, comforting the sick – things that anyone can do, things that do not require training in skills or a degree or diploma from a university. It is not performance of miracles or preaching of great sermons or donations of large sums of money or holding higher positions in society or any recognition offered to a person by the world, but in simple acts of loving kindness which has become part of the very nature, character of a person.
Acts of kindness are done not for a reward, not even thinking that it is done for the Lord, but it has become part of a person’s character. It is help which is uncalculating. In the parable, those who helped did not know that they were helping Christ and gaining merit for eternal life. And those who failed to help claimed that they would have helped if they knew the Lord was in need. Acts of loving kindness flow from loving hearts, from loving people without expecting praise, reward and merits. It is the nature, the character of loving people to do loving things in response to the simple, everyday needs of ordinary people.
The judgment is about what you have become and not what you have done or not done. You have become a new creation. You have become a noble person. You have become sons of God. You have become sensitive to those around you. You have become especially sensitive to the marginal people in the community. You have reached out in kindness because you just couldn’t do otherwise. You have become a true disciple of Jesus.
I encourage you to take a few moments each day of this week to reflect on how your day has been and how you have been reaching out to others in kindness and compassion.
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