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, September 12, 2020
9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Theme: Being Still
We began the year 2020 reflecting on
letting "stillness" become our way of being,
living and acting. As we have faced the
many challenges of this year, being still
has helped us to know our challenges and
face them without fear or anxiety. Being
still enables us to be more of what we can
be, what we are made to be, what God
calls us to be. Join us as we strive to "be still"
and continue to focus on what is important
and move into the future with confidence
in divine providence.
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.
nineteenth week in ordinary time
REFLECTIONS FOR PRAYER AND WORSHIP
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
Today, we celebrate the nineteenth Sunday in ordinary time of the year. The gospel of this Sunday is a continuation of the gospel of last Sunday, the story of Jesus feeding the crowd. After feeding the multitude, Jesus sent the disciples away. The reason for this was that they were going to force Jesus to be their king and Jesus did not want the disciples to get caught up in this movement. Then Jesus went up the mountain to pray.
Today’s Gospel reading (Matthew 14:22-33) tells us that on the way, the disciples got caught in a severe storm and Jesus came toward them, walking on the troubled waters. The frightened disciples did not recognize him. In the hour of the disciples' need, Jesus came to them. When the wind was contrary and life was a struggle, Jesus was there to help and to save.
In life, the wind is often contrary. There are times when we are up against it and life is a desperate struggle with ourselves, with our circumstances, with our temptations, with our decisions and other such slings and arrows. At such times, we do not need to struggle alone. Jesus comes to us across the storms of life, with hands stretched out to save and calls us to have courage and assures us, “It is I, do not be afraid.” When the wind is contrary and we are in danger of being overwhelmed by the storms of life, listen to the voice of Jesus. He says, “Come! It is I, do not be afraid.” At the biding of his master, Jesus, Peter began to walk toward him on the troubled waters. Peter looked at the wind and saw how strong it was and began to sink. He was doing well when his eyes were on his master and began to go down when he began to look at the wind. Jesus pulled Peter up and got into the boat with him. With Jesus in the boat, the storm passed, the sea became calm and they found peace.
St. Francis de Sales speaks abut a custom in the country district in which he lived. He had often noticed a servant girl going to draw water at the well. He also noticed her putting a piece of wood into the brimming pail. One day, Francis de Sales asked the girl why she put the piece of wood into the pail. She replied, “To keep the water from spilling….to keep it steady.” Writing to a friend later, Francis de Sales told the story and added, “When your heart is distressed and agitated, put the cross into its center to keep it steady.” In times of storm and stress, the presence of Jesus and the love that flows from the cross bring peace and serenity.
During the coming week, take a few moments each day to meditate on the compassion and generosity of our God. Reflect also on how you may become more generous and compassionate in your relationships with those around you.
God bless you and your family.
Fr. Gus Tharappel
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