BE STILL AND KNOW THAT I AM GOD.
Wellspring is a Catholic spirituality center, located in Whitehouse, Texas, 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.
JOIN US FOR OUR RETREAT
IN PREPARATION FOR HOLY WEEK
Saturday, March 23, 2024
9:30 am - 12:30 pm
The journey through Holy Week is a call to
walk with Jesus. The journey we began in
ashes will take us to the cross. Take this
opportunity to reflect on the merciful
and spiritual significance of Holy Week.
Fr. Gus will guide the retreat.
to register for the retreat.
9:00 am and 5:00 pm
Monday - Friday
The Mother of Compassion Shrine
is open daily for
prayer and reflection.
First Sunday of Lent
REFLECTIONS FOR PRAYER AND WORSHIP
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
Today we celebrate the First Sunday of Lent. We began our Lenten Journey with a cross traced in ashes on our foreheads. We listen to the call for repentance, for a change of mind and heart. It is call for the conversion and transformation our life in Christ. We heard the priest or the minister saying, “Repent and believe in the Gospel,” as he traced the cross in ashes on our foreheads and we began our journey to conversion and transformation in Christ.
Seeds of fire are in the ashes. In the ancient world where matchboxes, matchbooks, lighters and other sources of fire were not available, people kept the source of fire hidden deep in the ashes. Late in the evening, after cooking and all other activities, where fire was needed, were finished, our ancient wise men and women buried the ember in ashes. Whenever fire was needed, they would move the ashes and blow on the ember and there was fire. This is a beautiful image for our reflection and prayer as we begin the season of Lent. Seeds of our Easter fire are in the Ashes of Ash Wednesday!
We begin our Lenten journey in Ashes. From the ashes of destruction, we make our way to the cross of Christ and beyond it to the fire of easter. Unlike the fire of destruction, we encounter a purifying, life-creating fire that gives light to a dark and despairing world. It is the fire that lights the Paschal candle which proclaims, “the light of Christ.” It is the fire that brings us into the light of Christ and lights up our own path. This journey will end in Baptism and the renunciation of the forces of evil for some and for others a renewal of their baptismal promises.
The first reading of today’s mass (Genesis 9:8-15), tells us the story of the great flood and the appearance of the rainbow, as a sign of the covenant and the promise of new beginnings. The second reading (1 Peter 3:18-22) speaks of participating in the resurrected life, in the new of life through Baptism. And the Gospel (Mark 1:12-15) speaks of Jesus going into the desert after his baptism, being tempted, rising above the temptations to a new power and strength and coming to call people to repentance and new life in the Kingdom of God.
The first reading of today’s mass, from Genesis 9:8-15, tells us the story of the great flood and the appearance of the rainbow, hung colorfully across the sky as a sign of the covenant that God made and the promise of new beginnings. In the Hebrew Bible, the rainbow is a symbol of the Covenant between God and man, a covenant that will never be broken. The rainbow is the sign of the promise of God’s unconditional, invincible, unconquerable, enduring, everlasting, unfailing, covenant Love - the symbol of God’s steadfast and all-embracing Love.
To read more of this Sunday’s reflection, please click on the link below…
2024 Reflection theme and prayer
Learn more about our reflection theme, forbearance,
and read Fr. Gus' prayer for 2024
Click on the date to read Fr. Gus' meditations
on the Scripture readings of the daily Mass.