Magnificat - A Ministry to Catholic Women

"Magnificat Logo My soul magnifies the Lord, my spirit finds joy in God my Savior... God who is mighty has done great things for me, holy is His name." - Luke 1:46-49  


In these words of the Magnificat, Mary proclaimed to Elizabeth her gratitude for the wonderful action of God in her life. Please join us at the quarterly prayer breakfasts for Catholic women of the archdiocese of St. Louis. Share together the spirit of gratitude and woman's experience of the transforming love of Christ in her own life.

Come and bring a friend to rejoice in the presence of the Lord. There is an 8:00 AM Mass at neighboring parish, Cure of Ars on Laclede Station Rd. for those who wish to attend.

Please plan to attend the next prayer breakfast meeting on ... 

Date:         Saturday,  June 23, 2018

Speaker:    Fr. Dick Lavoie  (see About Our Speaker below)

Time:         8:30 AM Registration,  9AM – 12PM Meal & Speaker

Place:        Fleur de Lis Room,    Cardinal Rigali Center

Price:         $20.00   * Limited Seating *

SEE FLIER -  - Mag June 2018.pdf

(FUTURE DATES:    Sept 15 - Rebecca Joans, Nov 17 -Hispanic, Dec 8 -Kim Stanely)


    Please reserve your place for the breakfast by Jun 19th by calling the Catholic Renewal Center at (314) 731-6100, or by emailing, or  

     Payment can be made prior to the breakfast at the registration desk or checks may be sent ahead made out to "Our Lady of America" and mailed to

    Magnificat/Catholic Renewal Center    1406 S. Sappington Rd  Crestwood MO 63126

    To save money, no tickets are printed or mailed out. Reservations will be confirmed by phone or email.

    Please contact us 24 hours ahead if you cannot fulfill your registration.

    Space is limited so placement will be on a first-come, first-serve basis.




    Life is a journey, not only of people, places or ministries, it is a journey of faith. My faith journey began even before I was born. My parents recently married, prayed to start a family. I was the first of seven answers to their prayer. Within 2 days of my birth I was baptized, a child of God gifted with faith. My faith was nurtured by my parents and grandparents. As a child I always heard God spoke of as “the Good God”. A good education in Catholic schools taught by sisters helped me grow in my faith. After my first year of high school I entered a minor seminary where my faith was challenged by my priest professors. The same priests guided me through college. Then came the major seminary, the studies in theology and scripture grew my faith. I was ordained April 21, 1967. The first ten years as a priest were challenging. In 1974 I experienced the Baptism of the Holy Spirit. In the years since I still found challenges but I was not alone, functioning on my power only. I’ve had the privilege to minister as a teacher, missionary abroad, pastor, spiritual director in the U.S., Canada and the Philippines.
























    Saturday, September 8, 2012 -  Speaker: Archbishop Robert Carlson

    • Thank you for joining us for the Archbishop's talk on Living the Year of Faith
    • Here is the text for which he gave me that day to share with all of you.

                              Magnificat Retreat – Jesus Christ is Lord


    “Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bend, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”  (Philippians 2:9-11)


    For the Jews the “name which is above every name.” is the name of God (Yahweh), which the Mosaic Law held in particular awe.  And if the name was given by God it did not just belong to the person but expressed something that belonged to the very core of his personality.


    In this passage St. Paul describes the glorification of Jesus in terms similar to those used by the Prophet Daniel for the Son of Man: “To him was given dominion and glory and kingship, that all peoples, nations and languages should serve him; his dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and his Kingdom one that shall not be destroyed.” (Daniel 7:14)


    All created things come under his sway, and we are duty bound to accept the basic truth of Christian teaching: “Jesus Christ is Lord.”


    Pope Benedict XVI put it this way: “if we want to become spiritual stones suitable for building up the spiritual edifice of the Church we must accept our fate of being cut and carved in order to be suitable for the house we must let ourselves be bent into shape for the places we are needed.”


    This day is about cutting and carving and shaping our hearts to be ready to give our powerful yes to Christ – the one who suffered, died and rose setting an example – we are invited to follow as we take up our cross and follow him.


    1. What is the experience of God in your life – moments of joy, crisis, loneliness, and separation?

    2. How does prayer fit into your life – what is the frequency, length, and space daily for your prayer?

    3.What spiritual tools nourish your life with Christ – spiritual reading, Liturgy of the hours, spiritual direction, leisure, penance, silence and Lectio Divina?

    4.What is God saying to your heart as this day begins?

    5.What grace do you want to ask for during this time?


    “We have to die to ourselves and be born again to a new life. Jesus Christ obeyed in this way, even unto death on a cross (Philippians 2:18) that is why God exalted him. IF we obey God’s will, the cross will mean our  own resurrection and exaltation.  Christ’s life will be fulfilled step by step in our own lives.” (St. Jose Escriva’, Christ is Passing By, p20)


    This is an invitation to make Christ the center of our lives.  It demands daily conversion and as St. Paul says in Philippians 3:8. “I even consider everything as loss because of the supreme good of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have accepted the loss of all things and consider them so much rubbish, that I might gain Christ.”


    The time of reflection is an opportunity for each of us in the words of 2 Timothy 1:12 to rediscover and deepen our relationship with Christ – “for I know him in whom I have believed.”


    It is to experience the words of John 15”15: “I no longer call you servants but friends.” (Also John 15:5)


    This was the text Pope Benedict XVI used for his homily on the occasion of my receiving the Pallium on June 29,2010.


    “No longer servants, but friends’: this saying contains within itself the entire program of a priestly life.” We are not some nameless being but rather Jesus knows us personally and invites us to come to him inviting us into greater and greater conformity. He gives his life for us and reminds us that ”I appointed you that you should go out and bear fruit, and that fruit should abide.” (John 15:16)


    A Call to Evangelization:


    He called us disciples and each of us to “Go out- we see this in the great commission. “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations . . . “(Matthew 28:19ff).  We are called to move beyond self centeredness so that Christ can enter our hearts and his desires for us can become our desires.


    As St. Paul said in Romans 8:38-39: “Nothing should separate us form the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.” As we grow in love we enter deeper and deeper into union with Christ.


    “ A priest and I add every disciple can teach this union, this it=intimate friendship with the Divine Teacher Jesus Christ to others only when he is enamored of Christ.  Only then can he touch the hearts of men and open them to the Lord’s merciful love.” (Pope Benedict XVI)


    At its most basic level it is a a living out of the two great commandments to love God with our whole heart and our neighbors as our self.  It demands patience humility and growth in the conforming of our will to Gods will to the will of Jesus Christ our friend.


    The gift God gave St. Paul and each of us is the merciful grace to announce the Gospel a with all our  human short comings. (2 Corinthians 10 :10). Faithfulness to Christ and his Church =seeks a fulfillment that always includes suffering . It demands self abandonment and self giving and bears within it the sign of the cross.


    St. Gregory the Great once said in this regard; “If you are striving for God, take care not to go to him by yourselves alson.” We must be configured to Christ – indeed have a passion for Christ.


    With St. Paul we say, “It is no longer I who live but Christ who lives in me.” (Galatioans 2:20) Jesus invites us to leave behind our own narrow agenda and our worldly notions of self fulfillment in order to immerse ourselves in the will of God and be guided by it.


    Responding to St. Paul and Galatians 2;20 the words of St. John Chrysostom come to mind: ”The heart of Paul is the heart of Christ.” On this retreat day will you allow Christ to remove from your heart all that keeps him from you?



    Or as Father Cantalamessa said; “IF today we had just a small grain of Paul’s faith, we wouldn’t let ourselves be intimidated by the fact that the world is yet to be evangelized and even more that it rejects at times contemptuously, like the Areopagites being evangelized.”


    We are in the world and therefore we run the risk of also being of the world With the grace of God may we rediscover the grace and blessing of our own baptismal call and rededicate our lives to Christ through our discipleship and service in a climate of friendship and personal encounter and faithful fulfillment of our duties.