Archive | November, 2014

A “Vacation/Retreat” — 2015

18 Nov

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You are invited to Deacon Henry’s 

14th Retreat Cruise

RCCL Serenade of the Seas

 November 13-23, 2015

Sailing from Fort Lauderdale, FL with stops at Tortola, BVI … Bassettere, St. Kitts …Roseau, Dominca …St. John … Antigua … Philipsburg, … St. Maarten

Starting at $1,087.00 per person.

You will need a valid passport

Contact:

Vacations by Annette

http://www.AnnetteTravels@aol.com

Phone 407-971-1971  

Retreat Outline:

Moving into God … How to Live the Faith More Effectively

The retreat will help already committed Catholics to renew an appreciation for their faith. It will also invite participants to reflect on how they embrace the call to grow and live the faith in their own families, communities and the environments of work and play.

Session One: Conversion, Moving from Darkness into Light

                Wonderful and Wounded Humanity

                Finding the Light

                Move into the Heart of God

Session Two: Move into God’s Embrace

                Called into the Community of Faith

                Why Belong to the Church

                The Mass—Perfect Prayer

Session Three: Prayer is Living the Mystery

                The Five ‘Words’ of Mary

                Adventures in Prayer—Getting Personal

Session Four: Move into the Mission of Christ

                Called to Give What You Have Received

                Feedback

(Note: Each session will be held while we are at sea and will run from sixty to ninety minutes. If you wish to prepare, look over the Gospels, the Documents of Vatican II on the Laity and the Liturgy, as well as Pope Paul VI’s “On the Evangelization of Peoples” and Pope Francis’ “Light of Faith.”)

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Part 2: Merry Christmas!

12 Nov

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Part One was posted Nov. 11, 2014

As the old man says, “It’s where the rubber meets the road.”

The gift of Jesus Christ as our Savior challenges us to live what we say we believe.

It isn’t enough to accept Jesus Christ intellectually or emotionally.

Conversion is Challenge No. 1.

 Without conversion there is no real acceptance of Jesus Christ.

Just what does it mean to be converted to Jesus Christ?

  • Your life changes; you focus on the Lord, thirst for his truth, pray for total conversion, which by the way, is a lifelong effort.
  • You measure all statements and events in the light of Holy Scripture and the authentic teachings of the Church. Truth sheds a light that reveals things as they really are. In faith you will see the extremes of capitalism (it’s all about profit) and of socialism, which would deny private ownership of property and the opportunity to become financially independent. Faith reveals the fallacy of the ill-advised push for same sex-marriages, the totally unacceptable co-habitation of men and women outside of marriage. Faith also will shed divine light on the “political” problems among nations, revealing the moral dimension of those events in our world.
  • Conversion makes you an eager participant in righting the wrongs in society: the oppression of the weak and minorities, the lie that a strong economy alone will make our nation what it should and can be. You will be willing to stand up for justice and other moral values in the midst of public ridicule—and to declare your faith before an increasingly pagan values system in our nation and world.
  • Conversion, continually fortified by God’s Word and the Sacraments of the Church, will help you become that proverbial “city on a mountain” that cannot be hidden (See Mt 5:14-16). You will be able to explain why you believe in Jesus Christ and live in the warmth and strength of his Church.

Courage is Challenge No. 2

We might well be prepared for the future hinted at by current politics and government interference with religious freedom.

One example?

The government is demanding copies of sermons by certain pastors who preach the truth regarding the government’s unconstitutional foray into both freedom of speech and freedom of religion.

Still another?

Obamacare fights Catholic institutions which refuse to carry abortion coverage in their health package for employees.

Could you not add other challenges to our faith and our Church? Consider how often we are told we can’t speak of God in schools or public meetings; however, it seems the irreligious and anti-religious can spew their disbelief anywhere and anytime with the government’s blessing.

If you can turn your back on these challenges, you may want to ask yourself: Have I really become converted to Christ and his Church?

Part 1: Merry Chrismas!

11 Nov

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What? Already?

Yep, already.

It’s easy to think about Christmas before the Thanksgiving turkey is slaughtered, cooked and eaten—commercials and movies about Christmas abound on television. And few of those holiday offerings have anything to do with the real meaning of Christmas.

Let’s take a breather.

Why not turn a deaf ear to all the secular holiday music and turn away from the tinsel and glitter of a commercial Christmas. It’s time to refocus on what God offers us in this historical event and eternal reality—the mystery of the Incarnation of the Son of God and his birth of the Virgin Mary.

We find in this mystery both hope and challenge.

The Hope of Incarnation

Today’s world is not all that different from the world at the time of the birth of Jesus: People suffer and nations fight; people experience sadness and despair, joy and sorrow, success and failure.

People seek God or ignore him. God accepts gratitude from those who remember him; he stands ignored by others who think they are the authors of all the good in their lives.

In the ones who seek and embrace truth, an imperishable hope is born in the birth of Jesus Christ and his life, death and resurrection.

It is the hope echoed in Scripture: “God does not lie” (Nm 23:19, Heb 6:18). He has promised salvation and he never breaks a promise (Jer 32:42 and 33:14; EZ 37:12-14).

The promise of the Messiah comes first to us in a rather veiled reference. God is cursing the serpent (Satan) and tells him that the woman’s offspring will strike the serpent’s head. At the same time, God acknowledges that Satan will continue to strike out at the Messiah and his people: “you will strike at his heel” (See Gn 4:14-15).

So, the Messiah has arrived—a weak and totally dependent Babe, the Son of God, the only begotten Son of the Father. This Babe, and the adult man he is to become, possesses two distinct natures. He is at once totally divine and totally human. He is the One who will teach, heal, admonish–the One who will bring believers together in the Church enlivened and empowered by the Holy Spirit.

This is our hope: We share the divine life of God in Jesus who suffered, died, was buried and rose from the dead. We share his divine life in Baptism and in all the Sacraments of the Church, in hearing, believing and living the Holy Scriptures.

But. we find challenge in the Incarnation of the Son of God.

Next: Part 2, Merry Christmas!