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(Fr.) Raymond Ritari who has celebrated Mass with us on numerous occasions,and who recently stepped down from active ministry because of health reasons, will be offering an adult spirituality formation program. Fr. Emmanuel, our pastor, prays that “this program will run smoothly as ever and that parishioners will gladly welcome it and show their appreciation, passion and zeal by their regular attendance."
OUR LADY OF GUADALUPE MEDITATION GROUP
THURSDAY evenings from 7-8PM
FRIDAYS after 8AM Mass.
Adult Spirituality Reflection for October 18 - November 1, 2019
TO BE IN UNION/COMMUNION
The beauty of the Christian life is the call/challenge of its vision of unity. Christianity sees that all humanity has been unified in Christ who is in union with God. Only in union do we know fully who we are.
Our work is to come into union or communion with God. We do this by living a contemplative life, i. e., taking time for deeper prayer or Christian meditation.
CHRIST IN YOU - ALREADY!
The contemporary challenge, then, is to recover a way of deep prayer that will lead us to this unique union. Christian meditation is a way to recover or be in union with Christ.
The secret to this union, this universal sanctity, is this: CHRIST IN YOU! In Christian meditation we are not striving to make something happen. It has already happened. We are simply realizing what already is, by going deeper into this union. CHRIST IS ALREADY PRESENT IN US - IN THE WORLD.
Meditation is about paying attention, concentrating, attending to this astounding message!
#1. DO YOU BELIEVE CHRIST IS ALREADY PRESENT IN YOU?
The reason why we become so trivial, why we can find our lives boring, and life slipping through our fingers, is that we simply do not pay enough attention to our divine origin, or divine redemption by Jesus Christ. Nor do we pay attention to our own holiness as temples of the Holy Spirit.
#2. DO YOU KNOW THAT YOU ARE A HOLY TEMPLE OF THE HOLY SPIRIT? What an incredible gift!!!!
Live this week knowing you are indeed part of - NOW AND ALREADY - the Divine Life of God!
How Does One Meditate?
Sit down. Sit still with your back straight. Close your eyes lightly. Then interiorly, silently begin to recite a single word – a prayer word or mantra. We recommend the ancient Christian prayer-word "Maranatha" (Come, Lord Jesus). Say it as four equal syllables. Breathe normally and give your full attention to the word as you say it, silently, gently, faithfully and - above all - simply.
The essence of meditation is simplicity. Stay with the same word during the whole meditation and in each meditation day to day. Don't visualise but listen to the word, as you say it. Let go of all thoughts (even good thoughts), images and other words. Don’t fight your distractions: let them go by saying your word faithfully, gently and attentively and returning to it as soon as you realise you have stopped saying or it or when your attention wanders.
Meditate twice a day, morning and evening, for between 20 and 30 minutes. It may take a time to develop this discipline and the support of a tradition and community is always helpful.
WHY SHOULD ONE MEDITATE?
It’s very difficult to determine what exactly makes a person want to meditate. We discover the “why” only after we begin to meditate.
First, as Christians our limited minds cannot grasp the infinity of God. Philosophy, theology and other forms of learning only tell us things about God. They do not bring us into an EXPERIENCE of God. When we begin to abandon words, images and ideas about God in the silence of prayer, we come to a deeper sense and a deeper love of God.
In stillness, that quiet space, we come into the life of the Spirit, where we are transformed. Even Christ and the apostles became caught up in the activity and business at times (Mark 6:31). We need to withdraw each day from excessive noise and activity and find God in the solitary place in our own heart! We become disposed to God in silence.As Saint Augustine says,
“OUR HEARTS ARE RESTLESS UNTIL THEY REST IN YOU!”
We are losing the contemplative dimension of our lives, and we are paying a terrible price. Noise is drowning out the voice of God. That is why we come to meditation: to experience the presence of God.
Secondly, if we meditate, we become conscious of the “fruits of the spirit,“ as Saint Paul calls them........love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control (Galatians 5:22-24).
Thirdly, we join others on the common path. Spiritual writers tell us that “meditation then is the part of the universal spiritual culture of all humankind” (Ken Wilber).
Meditation is common to Hindus, Christians, Buddhists, Taoists and Sufis in Islam. Despite our different beliefs, and while our doctrinal differences seem to be great, the one practice that unites us, that brings us together is this path of meditation, of the inner silence of prayer.
MONTHLY MOVIES WITH MEANING
MOVIES WITH MEANING will offer a selection of titles that are not always religious in content but sometimes secular, yet making faith connections to the meaning of life both personally and communally, oneʼs relationship with God and with the human family. People will come together (usually 1st Friday at 7PM), watch a particular movie and then be given discussion questions, returning the following Thursday evening at 7PM after prayer/meditation or Friday after morning Mass. A movie is usually two hours long and there just isnʼt enough time to think, digest, to share that first night.
MOVIES WITH MEANING @ Our Lady of Guadalupe is happy to present our CHRISTMAS MOVIE. Join others on December 13 at 7 PM. As usual, our discussion about the film takes place after prayer/meditation on the following Thursday, December 19 at 7 PM or December 20 after Friday morning Mass.
Joyeux Noël (Merry Christmas)
An extraordinary film about a true miraculous occurrence during Christmas in World War I when men laid down their arms and fraternized with the enemy.
In the opening scenes of this French film written and directed by Christian Carlon, school boys in France, England, and Germany recite phrases they have been taught about the glories of their country and the scourge of their enemies. In this brief scene we see how people are brainwashed to see war as just and to believe that God is on their side. Add to this the perception that by going to war young men are protecting their families and their land, and it's easy to understand the enthusiasm that can sweep through a community at the outbreak of conflict.
This story is inspired by the Christmas truce of 1914, a miraculous occurrence of peace for two days when men laid down their arms, came out of their trenches, and celebrated the holiday together. The aftermath depicted in the film is also part of history. The German, French, and Scottish commanders were severely reprimanded for "fraternization with the enemy." New troops were brought in to replace those who had been tainted by the experience. After all, war depends upon seeing the other side as subhuman.
Questions To Ponder
- Do you think this is a “Christmas movie”? Why? Why not? Too sentimental?
- Is there a central character in this film for you?
- Is it reasonable to think of the alarm clock as a character in the film? Explain the role played by the clock in this film?
- There is a priest and a bishop, and many prayers are recited. Mass is observed by most of the soldiers from all sides. Is this a religious film? What view of faith or religion does the film seem to affirm. And is it significant that the character German Lieutenant Horstmayer is Jewish?
- Does the bishop who reprimands Fr. Palmer near the end of the film really believe the things he says to the priest, and the things he says in his prayer and admonition before the soldiers? How did you feel hearing him say these things? What would you say to a person who says, “I can’t except Christianity because of people like him”?
- Why does the Anglican priest, Fr. Palmer, hang up the wooden cross he was wearing and leave the room? He has been harshly criticize by his bishop, who argues that Jesus did not come to bring peace but a sword. Later, we see the bishop telling the new recruits that they are in a crusade, a holy war for freedom. Do you agree with that?What will Fr. Palmer do now that he’s being sent back to his parish in Scotland? Does this have any significance for the film as a whole?
- Briefly describe a scene that was moving to you or spoke to you. What did you feel while watching the scene? Do you think the director intended for you to have that feeling at that point in the film? Why?
- Finally, what do you really think about war? (See Catholic Catechism and “just wat”.) What do you think about sending young men/women to wars that seem to be useless?
SPIRITUAL BOOK OF THE MONTH CLUB!
November 26, December 3 and 10 (Tuesdays) @ 7PM in parish Hall.
RIDING THE DRAGON (10 lessons for inner strength and challenging times) by Robert J. Wicks.
Don't slay your dragons, learn to ride them! Drawing on various traditions, psychologist and best-selling author Robert Wicks offers help with life's difficulties-the dragons that escape from the cave. In this book you'll find guidance and encouragement to engage your problems and grow through them, to ride those dragons rather than slay them or drive them back into the cave. This book might prove to be quite beneficial for many as we prepare to enter into the holiday season, i.e., Advent and Christmas. Letʼs not be afraid to engage the problems (ride the dragon!) that we are undergoing right now in order to be more present in our Advent preparation for the birth of our Savior at Christmas.
Chapters 1 - 3 for November 26
Chapters 4 - 6 for December 3
Chapters 7 - 10 for December 10
Our next selection will be BOUNDLESS COMPASSION by Joyce Rupp. This will be a six week personal transformation process beginning in January preparing us for Lent. We will meet on Tuesdays beginning January 7, 14, 21, 28th, and February 4 and 11th at 7 PM in the parish hall. More about with regard to what chapters should be read for each werk will be announced after the beginning of January.
Book of Month
January /February 2020
BOUNDLESS COMPASSION by Sr. Joyce Rupp, OSM
Sr. Joyce’s book was named one of the top 50 Spirituality Books of 2018 by Spirituality & Practice. Winner of a 2019 Catholic Press Association Award: Spirituality/Soft Cover Books (First Place) and a 2019 Association of Catholic Publishers Award: Spirituality Books (Second Place)
Through this 6 WEEK personal transformation process for developing and deepening compassion, Sr. Joyce Rupp encourages us to grow in the kind of love that motivated Jesus’ life and mission for his disciples.
What a great way to prepare for Lent which begins on Ash Wednesday, February 26.
Please note that we will meet on Tuesday evenings at 7PM. You will be asked to read about 30 pages per week (about 4 pages per day ) reflecting upon how we can all be more compassionate persons.
READING SCHEDULE (TUESDAYS)
1. January 7 to discuss Week 1 of the text.
2. January 14 to discuss Week 2.
3. January 21 to discuss Week 3.
4. January 28 to discuss Week 4.
5. February 4 to discuss Week 5.
6. February 11 to discuss Week 6.
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