Saturday, June 30, 2018

I wouldn't touch a leper (St. Mother Teresa of Kolkata)

   I try to give to the poor people for love what the rich could get for money.  No, I wouldn’t touch a leper for a thousand pounds; yet I willingly cure him for the love of God.
--St. Mother Teresa of Kolkata

Friday, June 29, 2018

The power of a touch (Leo Buscaglia)

   Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.

--Leo Buscaglia, Love (1972)         

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Sunday Gospel Reflection, July 1, 2018: Little girl, I say to you, arise!

 Who is the source of your life? 

   The Book of Wisdom tells us that God created us not for death but for life, for he fashioned all things that they might have being.  We are creatures formed in the image of the Lord’s own nature, created that we might be his representatives, his face in the world, his revelation on earth.  But although God formed us to be imperishable, it is only through righteousness, through right relationship with God, that we can come to participate in eternal life and live in the perfection of God’s love.  In Psalm 30, the psalmist recognizes God’s life-giving role in his own existence:  you brought me up from the netherworld; you preserved me… We were meant to be eternal, if only we open ourselves to this possibility and act according to God’s will. 

   Jesus, too, is a life-giving force in chapter five of Mark’s Gospel.  In the intercalated stories of the raising of the daughter of Jairus and the healing of the woman afflicted with hemorrhages, we have two instances of Jesus restoring life to those who are dead, or as good as dead.  When the woman, who has been afflicted for twelve years and therefore ritually unclean, dares to penetrate the crowd and touch his cloak, Jesus stops, seeking to identify the person who has touched him.  This moment of contact affects him, and profoundly so; it is important to Jesus that he encounter the woman as a human being, a being to whom his touch has restored life.  Indeed, he engages with her, affirming her suffering, her hope, and her great faith.  Likewise, Jesus meets Jairus’ daughter where she is, in death, and raises her to new life – Little girl, I say to you, arise! – restoring her to community, to relationship, transmitting by his touch the love of God that is life-giving.

   It is not only through his ministry on earth that Jesus gives life; Paul reminds the Corinthians that Jesus became poor so that by his poverty, they might become rich, and share the wealth that is their very existence, their life, with all around them.  Only in so doing, only by imitating Jesus himself, his sacrifice and his love, can they come to know that love in its perfection.  Jesus came that we might have life; it’s up to us to reach out and touch the cloak of Christ, to open to that life in all its plenitude, to embrace his life-giving love, and to know, once and for all, the source of our life.

This post is based on Fr. Pat’s Scripture class.
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Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Long before I was born (David Haas)

You made me, you formed me,
You kept me alive long before I was born.

You have sought me out and found me.
You know where I sit or stand.
You know the depths of my heart,
Whenever I move or rest.
You find me wherever I am.
You find me wherever I am.


Before the word comes from my mouth,
You know what I want to say.
You come close to me.
You lay your hand upon me.
All of this is too much for me.
All of this is too much for me.


How can I ever hide from you?
Where can I run from you?
Above and below – you are there.
To the dawn or to the sea – you are there.
Your hand will guide my way.
Your hand will guide my way.


You have created every inch of me.
You have knit me to my mother’s womb.
You have record of all my days,
Long before they ever began.
How amazing your thoughts, oh God!
How amazing your thoughts, oh God!

To hear this song performed by David Haas, click on the video below. To purchase the CD on which it is published, click here.