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St. Ignatius Parish at 3704 Spring Hill Ave, Mobile, AL 36608 US - Daughters of Mary Women Renewing Faith &Family

Daughters of Mary

Women Renewing Faith &Family

 


DAUGHTERS OF MARY

Women Renewing Faith and Family

 

 Please join us 22 July 2014

FORGING A FEMININE FAITH

 

Prayer:  Spiritual Formation in the Marian Tradition

Reflection:  Gospel Insight for Contemporary Women

Renewal:  Creating a Culture of Faith for Family, Church and Community

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IMPORTANT NOTICES:

 

JOIN US FOR A SPECIAL DOM FAREWELL TO REV. STEPHEN HELLMAN!

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Fr. Hellman, we will miss you!!

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MARK YOUR CALENDARS

Daughters of Mary 3rd Birthday Celebration

Day of Prayer

Saturday, September 6 8AM-3PM

St. Ignatius Church

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Called To Love, Catholic Women’s Conference

A Mobile Archdiocesan Event

October 4, 2014

http://www.calledtolovemobile.com

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WE HAVE VIDEO! 

Please enjoy the video of Matthew Baugh S.J.  

Just click on the link, listen and pray!          

 http://new.livestream.com/accounts/1734109/events/3004685

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Dear Beautiful Daughters of Mary,

 

“We do not know how to pray as we ought,”  wrote Paul to the Romans (8:26).  

These words will be heard during the second reading this Sunday.  I believe Paul was on to something very real.  He was speaking of heartfelt prayer and his words are worthy of our attention.

 

It is true, sometimes we do have difficulty in prayer.   We resist prayer.  We get distracted in prayer.  We go through periods of dryness.  We endure many burdens in life, so our prayer life suffers.  We feel fear and panic.  We face hurt and rejection.   Often we find it difficult to articulate our feelings, and often we think that God is distant.  We may at times feel alienated from God.  It is the existential dilemma!

 

It is not unusual for one who is committed to prayer to lose patience with prayer.  We must be cautious however, for if we lose patience with ourselves in prayer, we will lose patience with ourselves in life.   And we will lose hope and confidence in God.

 

We have heard the common idiom,  “pain in the neck.”  Well,  if we are real and truthful about prayer we will admit that prayer can at times be a “pain in the heart.”  Our hearts are weak, so our prayer will sometimes be weak.   We really do not always know how to pray as we ought.

 

Paul understood the weakness of the human heart.  

Paul also understood the strength of God’s love.  He reassures us that God will send His Spirit, and “the Spirit comes to the aid of our weakness…the Spirit intercedes for us…And then one who searches hearts knows what is the intention of the Spirit, because he intercedes for the holy ones according to God’s will.”  (Romans 8:26-27)

 

Paul gives us hope and confidence.  —It matters not that we cannot always pray as we ought.  What is important is that the Spirit of God prays in us and with us and for us.  As C. S. Lewis once wrote about this very passage, “We must lay before him what is in us, not what ought to be in us.” 

 

Let us be women who pray—no matter what.  Commit to prayer.  Resist the resistance to prayer.  Do not worry about weakness in prayer.  Be yourself, be confident, and pray from a hopeful heart.   

Pray and rely upon the words of our dear Pope Francis, who seems to echo Paul, in Joy of the Gospel:  

The Holy Spirit works as he wills, when he wills and where he wills; 

we entrust ourselves without pretending to see striking results. 

We know only that our commitment is necessary. 

Let us learn to rest in the tenderness of the arms of the Father amid our creative and generous commitment. 

Let us keep marching forward; let us give him everything, 

allowing him to make our efforts bear fruit in his good time.  (#279)

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Spiritual Gift of the Week

We ask for the grace to be open to God's Word, 

that it will take deep root in our hearts, so that we may bear good fruit,  

just as Mary bore Jesus for God's glory.

 

Spiritual Direction of the Week

We hope to bear fruit for God’s glory

Our hearts find confidence in the Spirit of God—

Who ‘helps us in our weakness.’ (Rom.8:26)

 

Gospel Reflection /Matthew 11:24-33

16th Sunday of Ordinary Time— July 20, 2014

By Cindy Warner

(Full Commentary Attached)

     This gospel contains three different parables, The Weeds Among the Wheat, the Mustard Seed and The Leaven. The "Word Study" in the Ignatius Study Bible states that the word Parable is taken from the Greek word parabole.  It is a spoken or literary "comparison" between two things.  The word is found 48 times in the Synoptic Gospels for short stories that use familiar images and word pictures to illustrate a truth or to challenge a common outlook on life and religion.  It is also found in the Greek Old Testament as a term for literary forms such as proverbs.
     Jesus uses parables in the New Testament for two purposes: to reveal and to conceal divine mysteries.  (1) Parables invite the humble to reach behind the images and lay hold of God's truth, they sketch out earthly scenarios that reveal heavenly mysteries.

     In the Parable of The Weeds Among the Wheat, the enemy has sown weeds among the good seeds.  The weed most likely was "darnel", a slightly poisonous weed resembling wheat in the early stages of growth.  Only when it is fully mature can it be distinguished and separated from wheat.  Weeds can spoil and even kill a good harvest if they are not separated and destroyed at the proper time. Uprooting them too early, though, can destroy the good plants in the process.  Do you allow God's word to take deep root in your heart?
      The second parable is of the tiny mustard seed.  It literally grew to be a tree which attracted numerous birds because they loved the little black mustard seed it produced. God's kingdom works in a similar fashion. It starts from the smallest beginnings in the hearts of men and women who are receptive to God's word. And it works unseen and causes a transformation from within.
      The final parable of the Leaven illustrates the contrast between the small beginnings of the kingdom and its marvelous expansion.  "The kingdom of heaven is like leaven which a woman took and hid in three measures of flour, till it was all leavened.” Three measures was an enormous amount, enough to feed a hundred people.  The exaggeration of this element of the parable points to the greatness of the kingdom's effect.

     In the explanation of the parable of the weeds emphasis lies on the fearful end of the wicked, whereas the parable itself concentrates on patience with them until judgment time.
Good and evil are sown in our hearts like tiny seeds which germinate, and in due time yield a harvest of good or bad fruit.  In the day of judgment each will reap what he or she has sown in this life. Those who sow good will shine in the kingdom of their Father. They will radiate with the beauty, joy, and fullness of God's love. Those resurrected to eternal life share in Jesus's glory.  Do you allow the love of Christ to rule in your heart and in your actions?

 

Meditation Music of the Week

You are mine,” from Best of David Haas, Volume 2, by David Haas.

“Loving and Forgiving,”  from Journeysongs, 3rd Edition, by Scott Soper.

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Dear Beautiful Daughters of Mary,

 

Let us close by asking for grace:

 

Our dear Lord, teach me to pray.  

Give me the grace to pray with confidence— 

Give me the grace to pray from my heart—

To turn from my own weak heart—to your strength—to your heart,

That I will bear fruit for your glory.

Give me the grace to pray as Mary prayed,

To pray with hope that your will be done—

That your love may be revealed.  Amen.

 

Preghiamo—Let us pray,

 

Deb




Deborah Madonia

Daughters of Mary, Facilitator

daughtersofmary@stignatius.org

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