Monthly Archives: November 2009

Reflection on the "OUR FATHER"

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This Reflection was given on the Mt of Olives in Jerusalem. We were gathered on the Holy Site where our Lord taught His Disciples to pray.

Matthew 5:9-13

We all say the Lord’s Prayer every day, several times a day. However, do we really think about what we are saying? It is possible for us to allow this beautiful prayer to become routine and miss the significance of it. After all, this is the only prayer that Our Lord taught to his disciples and he taught it so they would know how to pray.

We begin by saying, “Our Father, who art in heaven.” We are not only addressing Almighty God, Creator of heaven and earth, we are addressing God who wants us to call Him Father. He is not just a distant God in heaven; He wants to have a relationship with us. He wants to care for us as a father cares for his children and He wants us as children to approach Him often because we love Him.

We say, “…hallowed be thy name.” God is holy and His name is holy and we must speak it with reverence. We must give God praise and glory, acknowledging that all good things come from Him and that He holds all things in existence. To use God’s name in vain is a grave matter.

We say, “Thy kingdom come.” We are praying that the Kingdom of God be established on earth now. Jesus said, “Where ever two or more are gathered in my name, there I am in the midst of them.” Mt. 18:20

Where ever Jesus is, the Kingdom of God is present and so we can facilitate the coming of the Kingdom by making Jesus present through are prayers and our witness. Almighty God could make His Kingdom come upon the earth in an instant if He wanted. However, it is His desire that His Kingdom come upon the earth through those who believe in Him.

We also say, “Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” God’s will is done perfectly in heaven and we are praying that it be done perfectly on earth. Our purpose for being on this earth is to do the will of God. God has a personal plan for each of us; it is called a vocation. It may be to the religious life, married life or single life. He has made it possible for us to discover this plan by giving us the gifts of faith, hope and charity as well as the gifts of the Holy Spirit in baptism. When we live a life of faith, staying close to God we can reach our potential for happiness in this life and for all eternity as we discover His plan for us. Our Father’s will is done on earth when we each chose to be faithful to what He has revealed to us through the Scriptures and the Church.

“Give us this day our daily bread.” By bread we mean, all that we need. Truly, everything comes to us from God and He will give us what we need; maybe not all we want when we want it, but what we need. He wants us to turn to Him in every circumstance and to trust in His divine providence. No human has enough resources to escape the necessity to turn to God. He doesn’t want us to wait to turn to Him when we are in dire straits. He wants us to acknowledge that we need Him every day, all day and to be aware of His loving care. Certainly, He provides for us par excellence when we receive the “Living Bread,” Jesus Christ, body, blood soul and divinity.

“Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us.” In our prayer we place a condition on our own forgiveness; we ask God to forgive us in the same way we forgive others. This is to emphasize the importance of forgiveness. If we harbor any unforgiveness, bitterness, resentment or hatred in our hearts, then we ourselves become enslaved and separate ourselves from the love and mercy of God and lose hope.

“Lead us not into temptation.” God does not lead us into temptation, but He does allow us to be tempted to test our fidelity and give us opportunities to grow in virtue and spiritual maturity. We are asking God to give us the grace we need to avoid being overcome by the temptation.

“Deliver us from evil.” Every day we are involved in spiritual warfare. We have real enemies; Satan and those who have joined him. They have no power over us, but they know are weaknesses and how to seduce us. If we do not put on “The armor of God,” we leave ourselves vulnerable to their attacks. We have been given the sacraments as a source of the grace we need to overcome sin.

Amen.

EWTN’s Marcus Grodi on "Rise And Walk, San Antonio" Monday

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EWTN TV and radio personality Marcus Grodi will be a guest on the radio show “Rise And Walk, San Antonio” on Monday, Nov. 23 at 12 p.m. on KJMA 89.7 FM. He’ll be on the show to share how he left being a Protestant minister to “come home” to the Catholic faith.

Marcus will be the guest speaker at The Pilgrim Center of Hope’s annual Prayer Breakfast on December 5 at the Omni Hotel. For more information or to purchase seats, you can visit http://www.pilgrimcenterofhope.org/prayerbreakfast

Marcus is the host of “The Journal Home” show on EWTN, as well as the EWTN radio program, “Deep in Scripture.” He is the founder of The Journey Home Network, which is a ministry that helps non-Catholic ministers who are interested in the Catholic Church.

Why Can’t We All Just Get Along? A Catholic Approach to Christian Unity”

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The following outline was given to us by Father Bob Hogan. He was our guest on “Catholicism Live!”, on November 11th on this topic.

Catechism of the Catholic Church# 821: Requirements to respond adequately to the call of Ecumenism:

1) Renewal of the Church

2) Conversion of heart

3) Prayer in common

4) Fraternal knowledge of each other

5) Ecumenical formation

6) Dialogue

7) Collaboration among Christians in various areas of human service.

Activities of ecumenism:
1) Eliminate words of judgments and actions – which are not true or fair about our separated brethren, making relations more difficult.

2) Dialogue between competent experts: #11 Second Vatican Council, Decree on Ecumenism. “Catholic beliefs need to be explained more profoundly and precisely in was and in terminology which our separated brethren too can really understand.”

3) Cooperating on projects for the common good

4) Common prayer – #8 Second Vatican Council, Decree on Ecumenism. “This change of heart and holoiness of live, along with public and private prayer for the unity of Christians, should be regarded as the soul of the whole ecumenical movement, and can rightly be called “spiritual ecumenism”.

Catechism of the Catholic Church #817-819 Affirming ways God is working in separated Christians.

Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi (Director of the Vatican Press Office) “Evangelization and unity are two of the Church’s all-time priorities, and communication is key for both of them.”

Pope John Paul II wrote an encyclical “On Commitment to Ecumenism” in 1995. Go to the vatican web page at http://www.vatican.va to check it out.

See Fr. Leo Patalinghug on CBS Sunday Morning Nov. 22

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“Grace Before Meals” priest Fr. Leo Patalinghug is scheduled to be featured on the Nov. 22 edition of CBS Sunday Morning. The show airs locally in San Antonio on KENS 5 Sundays from 8 to 9 a.m.

We’re excited that Fr. Leo will be one of our speakers at our Catholic Men’s Conference on March 20th, 2010 at St. Peter – St. Joseph Children’s Home Conference Center in San Antonio.

For conference information and registration, see the 2010 Catholic Men’s Conference web page or call The Pilgrim Center of Hope (210) 521-3377.

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Fr. Bob Hogan on Catholicism Live! – Wednesday, Nov. 11 at 8:00pm

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Catholicism Live with guest Fr. Bob Hogan, B.B.D.

When: Wednesday, Nov. 11, 8:00-9:00pm central time
Topic: Can’t We All Just Get Along? A Catholic approach to Christian unity in San Antonio and beyond

TV: Time Warner CTSA-15 in San Antonio
Radio: KJMA 89.7 FM
Online: http://TinyURL.Com/CathLive

Father Bob Hogan from the Brothers of The Beloved Disciple will be the special guest on Catholicism Live on Wednesday, Nov. 11 at 8:00pm central time on Time Warner CTSA-15 TV in San Antonio and KJMA 89.7 FM radio.

The subject of the show will be Can’t We All Just Get Along? A Catholic approach to Christian unity in San Antonio and beyond. Fr. Hogan is the official representative for ecumenical and interfaith affairs for the Archdiocese of San Antonio.

We’ll tackle questions such as:
How can we work with other Christians but still retain our Catholic identity?
What are some of the challenges of Christian dialog?
What does the Catholic Church teach about ecumenism?
What can we do to inspire Christian unity and cooperation here in San Antonio?

You can email your questions and comments about Catholic/Christian unity before and during the program to live@catholic.org

Catholicism Live is a ministry of the Pilgrim Center of Hope and airs every Wednesday night from 8:00-9:00pm on CTSA-15 and KJMA 89.7 FM in San Antonio, TX.