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, July 9, 2022 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
We will continue to focus on the virtue of simplicity during our July retreat. God's way is simple. The message of the Gospel is simple. We often talk about how complex and complicated our lives have become. Join us as we continue to look for ways to simplify our lives and find peace and joy.
Fr. Gus Tharappel will guide the retreat.
To register, please email us at email@example.com
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.
thirteenth Sunday in ordinary time
REFLECTIONS FOR PRAYER AND WORSHIP
Dear Brothers and Sisters,
Today, we celebrate the thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time. Our Scripture readings of this Sunday offer us a few challenges. I want to reflect on two of them that seem to stand out. The first is about the cost of discipleship and the second is about seizing the opportunities for discipleship which the Lord sends in his time and place.
In today’s Gospel reading, we hear Jesus asking a man who wanted to follow him to stop and think what it would cost him. Jesus wanted him to know that he didn’t have anything to offer, not even a place to rest. He was asking the man to count the cost of being a disciple. Jesus challenges us to make difficult choices, make the difficult journey, walk the path of trials, face testing times, enter through the narrow door, take up the cross and follow… choose the way of His Kingdom. The way to the kingdom is not easy, but it is just the right way, the way made to fit our needs! We must make difficult choices and be faithful to the choices we make. The choice is ours. Once the choice is made, the question is: is that your final choice? Your final answer to God’s call?
Jesus spoke of a son who said “no” to his father and changed it into an “yes” and another son who said “yes” to his father changed it into a “no” (Mathew 21:28-32). The final answer made the difference. There are many whose lives once characterized by “no” to God and to God’s goodness and then transformed it into a decided “yes”, into a final answer “yes”. Peter denied knowing Jesus but changed his denial into a commitment; Thomas doubted but changed his doubts into an affirmation of faith; Thomas Merton, one of the great mystics of our times moved from “No” to “Yes” - orphaned at 16, traveled Europe at 18 maintaining a bohemian lifestyle, a vowed communist at 20, a reporter for New York times at 24 and a Trapist monk at 26. Some of you may remember John Newton’s dramatic conversion during a storm at sea. He was a slave trader. His “yes” to God is memorialized in “Amazing Grace.”
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