What is forgotten cannot be healed

Homily Given by Bishop Gumbleton Click Here to Read Full Text
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Bishop Gumbleton’s Homily for September 17, 2017

Sirach 27:30-28:7

Psalms 103:1-2, 3-4, 9-10, 11-12

Romans 14:7-9

Matthew 18:21-35

Full text of the readings

Excerpted from National Catholic Reporter-September 21, 2017

The lesson of today’s Scriptures, I think, is very clear to us. It’s a lesson about God’s mercy, God’s forgiveness. This is something that is part of our Scriptures, not just in the Gospel. Jesus certainly makes it clear that God is a merciful and forgiving God, but also in the Scriptures of the Old Testament. For example, in today’s psalm, after the first reading, “God is kind and merciful, slow to anger, rich in compassion. God pardons all our iniquities, heals all our ills, saves our life from destruction, crowns us with kindness and compassion.”

The message is so clear: God is a God of mercy; God is a God of love and compassion and forgiveness. There’s a beautiful passage in the book of the prophet Isaiah where the chosen people, in spite of the warning of Isaiah, have formed a military alliance with the Egyptians and have gone off to war. Isaiah had warned them that it would be a disaster, and it was. The chosen people were defeated and they were forced into exile. But then at the conclusion of the passage Isaiah says, “God is waiting to be gracious to you.”

Source: What is forgotten cannot be healed | National Catholic Reporter

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Finding that you are too busy to pray-Try the “Pray As You Go” App

Modlitwa w drodze (logo)Modlitwa w drodze (logo)facebook_share_thumbnailIs your commute to work more than ten minutes? Is it difficult to make the time to pray and reflect? Download the App ‘Pray As You Go’ and listen on your iPhone or device and you’ll easily fit prayer and reflection into your day.

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A new prayer session is produced every day of the working week and one session for the weekend.  It is not a ‘Thought for the Day’, a sermon or a bible-study, but rather a framework for your own prayer.

Lasting between ten and thirteen minutes, it combines music, scripture and some questions for reflection.

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It is produced by Jesuit Media Initiatives, with material written by a number of Jesuits, both in Britain and further afield, and other experts in the spirituality of St Ignatius of Loyola. Although the content is different every day, it keeps to the same basic format.

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Lent starts in one week

Here are a few Lenten resources:

From Center for Action and Contemplation-Richard Rohr

Companions for Your Journey through Lent
Explore the meaning of this liturgical season (Lent begins March 1) through contemplative reading. Two excellent books for personal devotions and group study:

Wondrous Encounters: Scripture for Lent
by Richard Rohr

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God For Us: Rediscovering the Meaning of Lent and Easter
featuring Richard Rohr, Kathleen Norris, Ronald Rolheiser, Luci Shaw, and others
Find these and other resources at store.cac.org.

Living Lent Daily

Click Here for Lenten Resources from Loyola Press

 

Click Here for Lenten Resources from Monasteries of the Heart

USCCB

Click Here for Lenten Resources from USCCB

 

 

‘Who are you?’ – a Scripture Reflection

One of the elderly sisters in my religious community used to ask a younger sister that question every day at breakfast. The senior in question didn’t have dementia. She was challenging the other to dig deeper into her own identity, to discover and articulate who she really was. The younger one started with her name and went on to other words which described the relationships that called her forth: sister, daughter, friend, etc. Some answers had an overtly religious tone while others could include such varied roles as a swimmer and a Cardinals fan. As the days went on, it became quite a challenge to continue to respond with new, honest, creative answers — and a good number of us learned from watching the interchange.

Continue Reading Click Here

 

Respond to God’s love by loving your neighbor – National Catholic Reporter

by Thomas Gumbleton

A longtime national and international activist in the peace movement, Bishop Thomas Gumbleton is a founding member of Pax Christi USA and an outspoken critic of violence and militarism. He has appeared on numerous radio and television programs, and has published numerous articles and reports.

The Peace Pulpit-As you may recall a couple of weeks ago, the disciples asked Jesus, “Increase our faith.” They were begging him to help them to deepen their life of faith. Then Jesus, over these last couple of weeks, has been showing them and showing us what that means to increase our faith and how we do it. The first thing to remind ourselves of is that when we’re talking about faith in this context, it’s not simply saying “yes” to a list of doctrines. Continue Reading Click Here

Source: Respond to God’s love by loving your neighbor – National Catholic Reporter

Faith is relationship between us and God through Jesus – National Catholic Reporter

Thomas Gumbleton

A longtime national and international activist in the peace movement, Bishop Thomas Gumbleton is a founding member of Pax Christi USA and an outspoken critic of violence and militarism. He has appeared on numerous radio and television programs, and has published numerous articles and reports.

Faith is relationship between us and God through Jesus

The Peace Pulpit: “Will we be people who believe in Jesus … even in those times of stress and difficulty where there seems to be darkness?” Continue Reading Click Here

Or you can listen to Bishop Gumbleton’s homily- click here

Source: Faith is relationship between us and God through Jesus – National Catholic Reporter