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PSALM 46:10

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.






Saturday, July 13, 2024

9:30 am - 12:30 pm


 Forbearance enables us to bear
with our own imperfections, failures
and shortfalls as well as those of others.
Join us as we strive to let forbearance
become the quality of our presence
in the world.

.Fr. Gus Tharappel will guide the retreat. 
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9:00 am and 5:00 pm


Monday - Friday

6:45 am

The Mother of Compassion Shrine

is open daily for 

prayer and reflection. 

Eleventh Sunday in Ordinary Time


Dear Brothers and Sisters,


Today, we celebrate the Eleventh Sunday in Ordinary Time. Our Scripture readings of today encourage us to walk in faith, nurture hope, be patient, confident, and courageous, and desire to please the Lord. God will bless us for our faithfulness and fulfill our hopes.


Our first reading today speaks of Ezekiel the Prophet calling his people to walk in faith. Ezekiel served God as his prophet for twenty years during one of the most difficult period in his people’s history. He was a zealous missionary, filled with hope, but saddened by his people’s sinful ways. He delivered God’s message of hope and the hearts of people were turned to God. He encouraged his troubled people and gave them hope with the assurance that God would send his anointed king with peace and prosperity for all.


Like Ezekiel, Paul preached a message of hope. In our second reading today, we hear Paul encouraging his people to walk by faith and be patient, confident, and courageous and desire to please the Lord. God will bless us for our faithfulness.


Jesus gave hope to the people of his day. He used the parable of the growing seed to encourage hope. The farmer sows the seed and tenderly takes care of it. But he does not make it grow. He does not even understand how it grows. The seed has a secret of life and growth of its own, which God has placed in it. We also listened to the parable of the mustard seed, the smallest of all seeds. A small grain of seed grows into a tree that can shelter and feed the birds of the sky. We are challenged to never be afraid or ashamed of small beginnings, to trust in the Lord and do our best.


Ezekiel, Paul and Jesus call us to be men and women of Hope. Our life in Christ may have a small beginning like that of the seed. But it has the God-given power to grow and be fruitful. Our efforts may be spasmodic with increase and decrease, health and ill health, good deeds and bad deeds, success and failure, etc. Our growth in Christ is constant and imperceptible from day to day – the growth goes on because it is God’s work, God’s ongoing creative activity and our committed response.


The farmer knows that nature’s growth is imperceptible, but constant and inevitable. So, he sows the seed, does what he can to nurture it and patiently waits in hope for harvest to come.  He knows that hope is not wishful thinking. He must trust in God and work hard for the fulfillment of his hopes. Paul advises us as he did the Corinthians (Second reading) to walk by faith and be patient, confident, and courageous and keep doing our best.  Our best is all that we have and what is beyond our best is not our work.


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 


daily meditations

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