Archive for September, 2015

You Are Mine

come and follow Jesus

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Lyrics:
I will come to you in the silence
I will lift you from all your fear
You will hear My voice
I claim you as My choice
Be still, and know I am near

I am hope for all who are hopeless
I am eyes for all who long to see
In the shadows of the night,
I will be your light
Come and rest in Me

Chorus:
Do not be afraid, I am with you
I have called you each by name
Come and follow Me
I will bring you home
I love you and you are mine

I am strength for all the despairing
Healing for the ones who dwell in shame
All the blind will see, the lame will all run free
And all will know My name

Chorus:
Do not be afraid, I am with you
I have called you each by name
Come and follow Me
I will bring you home
I love you and you are mine

I am the Word that leads all to freedom
I am the peace the world cannot give
I will call your name, embracing all your pain
Stand up, now, walk, and live

Chorus:
Do not be afraid, I am with you
I have called you each by name
Come and follow Me
I will bring you home
I love you and you are mine

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sgm9lkTNQmc

#ShortNews: Be shepherds first, Pope asks US bishops

“Harsh and divisive language does not befit the tongue of a pastor,” Pope Francis said in an address to the American bishops on September 23.

The Pope encouraged the US bishops to promote a “culture of encounter,” to engage in dialogue with all elements of society. Yet he urged them not to avoid speaking out strongly on key moral issues:

The innocent victims of abortion, children who die of hunger or from bombings, immigrants who drown in the search for a better tomorrow, the elderly or the sick who are considered a burden, the victims of terrorism, wars, violence and drug trafficking, the environment devastated by man’s predatory relationship with nature– at stake in all of this is the gift of God, of which we are noble stewards but not masters.

“It is wrong, then, to look the other way or to remain silent,” the Pope said.

Speaking in Italian (with simultaneous translation) to the American bishops, who were gathered in St. Matthew’s cathedral in Washington, the Holy Father began his address by underlining his role as the focus of unity in the universal Church. He went on to praise the Catholic Church in the US, acknowledging its important contributions in education, health care, and charitable works.

http://en.radiovaticana.va/news/2015/09/23/pope_to_us_bishops_be_shepherds_in_unity_and_dialogue/1174163

#ShortNews: Catholic-Muslim statement against desecration of religious symbols

A group of Christian and Muslim leaders from Latin America and the Caribbean has signed a statement denouncing “all acts of violence or persecution committed against a person or community” and the “desecration and destruction of sacred places and religious symbols.”

The president and secretary of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue were present at the meeting, which took place in Buenos Aires. The Argentine government and the Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization also sponsored the meeting.

http://vaticanresources.s3.amazonaws.com/pdf%2FQUO_2015_216_2309.pdf

#ShortNews: ‘Like a shell’: new semicircular cathedral dedicated in France

A new semicircular cathedral was dedicated in Créteil, France, on September 20, replacing a less distinctive cathedral built in 1966.

The new Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Créteil was designed by Alain Bretagnolle of Architecture Studio, a French firm that designed the European Parliament building in Strasbourg.

In “Like a Shell,” a critique of the cathedral published in L’Osservatore Romano, Italian architect Paolo Portoghesi praised some aspects of the design but questioned the cathedral’s small ambo and the lack of a bell. Portoghesi also asked whether a “shell closed in on itself” adequately manifests “today’s Church, the Church of dialogue, the Church of the poor.”

http://www.creteilcathedrale.fr/

Be Still and Know

Most people have heard the spiritual phrase, “Be still and know.” You may have wondered, “know what?” If you have to ask the question you probably have not been still long enough.

The answer to this question may be different for varying people with varying backgrounds. For
some they will know their creator,
some will know themselves,
some will know what they are not,
some will know what they are purposed to do with their life,
some will know how to make the world better for others,
some will know the answers to their problems at work,
some will know the answers to their problems at home.

Whatever your answer may be, the point is you will know more.

Science has told us the brain is the most powerful supercomputer in the world.  We have heard some of its calculating abilities during active thought. What about its abilities during stillness? What about the spirit?

For many, their minds are arguing that we have no spirit. If that is you, are you really being still?

Our societies are so fast paced and busy that something is always going on.  The world would lead us to believe we have no time to be still. Even many people toss and turn all night; stillness cannot be achieved even when it is time to sleep.

The first thing that most will learn when trying to be still is how much at motion we really are. Just pause right now and be still and for the next 20 seconds whatever you do don’t think of a big pink elephant.

Time’s up, did you think of the big pink elephant? What’s the lesson, it is not as easy as it sounds to be still.

Even though many MountainWings issues relate to activities, most of the inspiration for the issues comes in stillness.

Be still and know.

Know what? Be still and you will know.

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Saint Joseph of Cupertino

Saint Joseph of CupertinoJoseph was born Giuseppe Maria Desa (June 17, 1603 – September 18, 1663), the son of Felice Desa and Francesca Panara in the village of Cupertino, then in the Province of Apulia, in the Kingdom of Naples. His father having died before his birth, however, the family home was seized to settle the large debts he had left, and his mother was forced to give birth to him in a shed at the back of the house, where his mother had hid herself out of very shame. With such a beginning Joseph had very poor prospects.

Joseph began to experience ecstatic visions as a child, which were to continue throughout his life, and made him the object of scorn. He was very slow and absent-minded. He would wander around, going nowhere, his mouth gaping open.  He went to school with the rest of the children in the village, but he did not succeed in anything was not at all popular. He seemed to catch every disease that came his way and his mother considered him a nuisance and treated him harshly.

Joseph was soon apprenticed by his uncle to a shoemaker. At length, one day, in the midst of this aimless life, when Joseph was already seventeen years of age, there came into his village a begging friar. At once he feeling drawn to religious life, in 1620 he applied to the Conventual Franciscan friars, but was rejected by them due to his lack of education. He then applied to the Capuchin friars in Martino, near Taranto, by whom he was accepted in 1620 as a lay brother, but was soon dismissed as his continued ecstasies made him unfit for the duties required of him.

After Joseph returned to the scorn of his family, he pleaded with the Conventual friars near Cupertino to be allowed to serve in their stables. After several years of working there, he had so impressed the friars with the devotion and simplicity of his life that he was admitted to their Order, destined to become a Catholic priest, in 1625. He was ordained a priest on March 28, 1628. He was then sent to the Shrine of the Madonna della Grazia, where he spent the next 15 years.

After this point, the occasions of ecstasy in Joseph’s life began to multiply. God began to work many amazing miracles through St. Joseph. Over seventy times, people saw him rise from the ground while saying mass or praying. Often he went into ecstasy and would be completely rapt up in talking with God. He became so holy that everything he saw made him think of God, and he said that all the troubles of this world were nothing but the “play” battles children have with popguns. Joseph then gained a widespread reputation of holiness among the people of the region and beyond. He was deemed disruptive by his religious superiors and Church authorities, and then he was assigned a tiny cell apart from the community, and a little chapel in which he might say his mass apart from others.

But the time at last came for his release. When, in 1657, Joseph had been taken to his last place of confinement, he had said he would never leave it. He added one thing more for a sign. He told his companions that the first day on which he failed to receive communion would be the day on which he would die. On August  1663, he was seized with an intermittent fever. So long as it was only intermittent he continued to rise every morning to say mass. The last day was the feast of the Assumption; on that day, says the Act of his canonization, he had ecstasies and experiences surpassing anything he had ever had before. Then he was compelled to take to his bed; but still he persisted in hearing mass when he could, and never missed communion. He became worse, and extreme unction was administered. When he had received it, he had one request to make, it was that his body should be buried in some out-of-the-way corner, and that it should be forgotten where it was laid. He fell into his agony. There came constantly to his lips the words of St. Paul: “Cupio dissolvi et esse cum Christo.” Someone at the bedside spoke to him of the love of God; he cried out: “Say that again, say that again!” He pronounced the Holy Name of Jesus. He added: “Praised be God! Blessed be God! May the holy will of God be done!” And so he died. It was September 18, 1663. He was just sixty years of age.

“Everyone is equal before God. We should help a Hindu become a better Hindu, a Muslim become a better Muslim, a Catholic become a better Catholic.”

“Everyone is equal before God. We should help a Hindu become a better Hindu, a Muslim become a better Muslim, a Catholic become a better Catholic.” ~ Mother Teresa