In The Joy of the Gospel, Pope Francis challenges all of us to become missionary disciples.
What is a missionary disciple?
Through the grace of the Holy Spirit, we encounter Jesus in the Scripture, in the Sacraments, and in every person we meet. We open our hearts and minds to Jesus and the Gospel message. Our encounter with Jesus transforms us and helps us to live and act in a way that witnesses to and invites people to share in the Love, Joy, and Peace of Christ. This is the work of the Church, but it begins with each individual and his or her relationship with Jesus.
Evangelization Roundtable: “The Next Step in Evangelization in the Parish”
On Tuesday, August 16, 2016, there will be an Evangelization Roundtable at the Cardinal Rigali Center from 6:30-8:00 p.m. The Cardinal Rigali Center is located at 20 Archbishop May Drive, St. Louis MO 63119. There will be small group discussions in which parishioners can share ideas and experiences with others. We will conclude with a Q and A session. Beverages and snacks will be provided. I hope you can join us.
RSVP to Michael Horn, Evangelization Coordinator, at 314.792.7178 or email@example.com.
Month of August Dedicated to the Immaculate Heart of Mary
The month of August is dedicated to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. The physical heart of Mary is venerated (and not adored as the Sacred Heart of Jesus is) because it is united to her person and is the seat of her love, virtue, and inner life. This devotion has received new emphasis in this century from the visions given to Lucy Dos Santos, oldest of the visionaries of Fatima, in her convent in Tuy, in Spain, in 1925 and 1926. In the visions Our Lady asked for the practice of the Five First Saturdays to help make amends for the offenses committed against her heart by the blasphemies and ingratitude of men. The practice parallels the devotion of the Nine First Fridays in honor of the Sacred Heart.
Each of us owes reparation to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Every sin of ours causes grief and suffering to her in union with her divine Son. For sin was the cause of that terrible day on Calvary when she, as the New Eve, shared in the torment of the great sacrifice, and, amidst indescribable pain, brought forth spiritually all the members of the Mystical Body of her divine Son. God willed that Mary should be intimately associated with His Son in bearing the burden of all sin; surely then, her Immaculate Heart, in union with His divine Heart, should receive reparation from us who have caused them such pain. If anyone causes hurt to even a very ordinary human being, he does not overlook the need to make amends. How much more do we owe to the Hearts of Jesus and Mary!
Immaculate Heart of Mary, pray for us!
|Michael A. Horn
Office of Laity and Family Life
|Monsignor Mark S. Rivituso
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