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, February 25, 2023
9:30 am - 12:30 pm
As we journey through the season of Lent,
you are invited to join us as we strive to learn
what God is calling forth from us as we
remember and celebrate the
life, death and resurrection of Jesus.
Fr. Gus Tharappel will guide the retreat.
To register, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
2023 rEFLECTION THEME AND PRAYER
Our theme for reflection in 2023 is “
Steadfast Love.” This year, we want to
learn what it means to be steadfast in loving as our God is in his love. We want to strive
to let “Steadfast Love” become our way
of being, living and acting and let it
define who we are.
This is my prayer for you in 2023…
That you will nurture a blessing attitude and bless the world with all that you are.
That you will nurture gratefulness for yesterday, faithfulness for today and hopefulness for tomorrow.
The fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time
REFLECTIONS FOR PRAYER AND WORSHIP
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
Today, we celebrate the fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time. We continue our journey with Jesus through the Gospel of Mathew. On the first Sunday, we met Jesus as he was being baptized, identified and affirmed as the beloved son of God and empowered with the Holy Spirit. On the second Sunday, we heard John the Baptist’s testimony about Jesus being the one God sent to baptize with the Holy Spirit. On the third Sunday, we met Jesus leaving Nazareth, taking up residence in Capernaum to begin his ministry and beginning to call his disciples… Simon, Andrew, James and John followed him. On the fourth Sunday, we listened to and reflected on the most important, the central and the core of his message, the Beatitudes. (Mathew 5:1-12)
After giving us the essence of the teaching of Jesus, Mathew gives us the great command of Jesus to all is followers: “You are the salt of the earth. But if salt loses its taste, with what can it be seasoned?” “You are the light of the world…your light must shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your heavenly Father.” (Mathew 5:13-16) Each of us must become the salt and the light - witnesses to God’s Light, Truth, Life, Peace and Steadfast Love.
Jesus said, “You are the salt of the earth. But if salt loses its taste, with what can it be seasoned?” (Mathew 5:13) Salt is a flavoring, cleansing, purifying, healing, preserving, and stabilizing agent. And that is what disciples of Jesus are called to be in the world! Take a few moments and reflect on being the salt of the earth – the flavoring, cleansing, purifying, healing, preserving, and stabilizing agents in the world. What does this mean for you at home, in your work place, in the supermarket and other places where you find yourself? And what would a Christian be in the world without these qualities of Christian living?
A certain church had the names of ten families scheduled to receive food baskets on the eve of Thanksgiving Day. A local merchant donated hams, and groceries were purchased from the local food bank. As the boxes were being packed in the fellowship hall, these families were getting excited over the food they were taking home. It would be the best meal many had enjoyed in months. As they were picking up their boxes, another family arrived - Father, mother and three children piled out of an old pickup truck and came inside the hall. This was a new family, not on our list. They had just heard there was food being distributed by a church.
To read more of this Sunday’s reflections, please click the link below.
Click on the date to read Fr. Gus' meditations
on the Scripture readings of the daily Mass .