Day 17 – The Examen of the Future -—Excerpted from Always Discerning by Joseph A. Tetlow, SJ:
The Examen is part of our tradition. Usually thought of in terms of St. Ignatius’s Spiritual Exercises, it has emphasized watching sins and failings. That emphasis was deepened by our post-Enlightenment emphasis on rules and counting things.
The whole thrust of discernment as a spirituality for the twenty-first century has parted from that. We have opened ourselves deliberately and boldly to finding how the Holy Spirit is leading us here and now. Before we get lost in a haze, we might note that the Spirit has given us very concrete, defined norms to guide our head, heart, and hands: the Spirit’s gifts.
Mature discernment brings us to recognize and enact the gifts of the Holy Spirit. Saying yes to them is one thing; doing them is another. For these gifts are virtues, powers, or authorities. They are like spiritual muscles: exercise them, practice them, and they grow stronger. Do not, and they grow weak.
Here is the proper matter for the Examen in the twenty-first century: all the gifts of the Holy Spirit. Take the first gifts of faith, hope, and love. Spend a day or a week—or a longer time if you are weak in it—practicing that virtue. Then patiently work through wisdom, understanding, counsel, fortitude (courage), piety, knowledge, and fear of the Lord. Or do what one couple did after I explained this to them: they made a flipchart with “the virtue of the day,” which causes a bit of merriment.
But never think that living these virtues is merely of personal interest. “These gifts are meant to renew and build up the Church.” (Pope Francis, The Joy of the Gospel, 130) Pope Francis’s gifts are surely building up the Church. And wouldn’t the Church in my place and time be wonderfully attractive if all of us went through the week displaying the “fruit of the Spirit,” walking in love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, trustfulness, gentleness, and self-control?
The Examen of the future is the Gifts Examen.
Gospel Mk 6:7-13
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WELCOME FR. D’SOUZA!
As of the first of August, Fr Malcolm D’Souza will be Pastor of St. Bernard’s and Our Lady of the Assumption churches. Fr. Malcolm was ordained to the priesthood in 2002 at McMahon Stadium by Bishop Frederick Henry. He has served at St. Bonaventure Parish, St. Basil’s Lethbridge, St. Peter’s Parish (Milk River), Christ the King (Claresholm), St. Cecilia’s (Nanton), St. Mary’s (Champion), and at St. Mary’s (Calgary). He comes to us from St. Francis de Sales (High River), where he has served as an Associate Pastor since 2016. His first Sunday Masses at St. Bernard’s Parish will be on the weekend of August 4 and 5.
Welcome, Fr Malcolm!
FAREWELL GATHERINGS FOR FR. WILBERT ON JULY 29:
The people of St.Bernard and Our Lady of the Assumption Parish would like to take this opportunity to thank Fr. Wilbert Chin Jon for his time with us. Even though it has only been a few months, we have really enjoyed having Fr. Wilbert as our Administrator. We will miss his reverent liturgies and amicable personality, but wish him well in his new post as Moderator of the Curia for the Diocese of Calgary. There will be a farewell gathering at both churches on July 29, which will be Father’s last Sunday Masses.
Godspeed, Fr. Wilbert!
Feast days for the coming week:
Sunday -July 15 – St. Bonaventure
Monday – July 16 – Our Lady of Mount Carmel
Tuesday – July 17 – St. Francis Solano
Wednesday – July 18 – St. Camillus de Lellis
Thursday – July 19 – St. Mary MacKillop
Friday – July 20 – St.Apollinaris
Saturday – July 21 – St.Lawrence of Brindisi
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What kind of authority and power does the Lord want you to exercise on his behalf? Jesus gave his apostles both the power and the authority to speak and to act in his name. He commanded them to do the works which he did – to heal the sick. to cast out evil spirits, and to speak the word of God – the good news of the gospel which they received from Jesus. When Jesus spoke of power and authority he did something unheard of. He wedded power and authority with self-sacrificing love and humility. The “world” and the “flesh” seek power for selfish gain. Jesus teaches us to use it for the good of our neighbor.
Why does Jesus tell the apostles to “travel light” with little or no provision? “Poverty of spirit” frees us from greed and preoccupation with our possessions and makes ample room for God’s provision. The Lord wants his disciples to be dependent on him and not on themselves. He wills to work in and through each of us for his glory. Are you ready to use the spiritual authority and power which God wishes you to exercise on his behalf? The Lord entrusts us with his gifts and talents. Are you eager to place yourself at his service, to do whatever he bids you, and to witness his truth and saving power to whomever he sends you?
Daily Quote from the early church fathers: Jesus gives them power to heal and cast out evil spirits, by Cyril of Alexandria (376-444 AD)
“The grace bestowed upon the holy apostles is worthy of all admiration. But the bountifulness of the Giver surpasses all praise and admiration. He gives them, as I said, his own glory. They receive authority over the evil spirits. They reduce to nothing the pride of the devil that was so highly exalted and arrogant. They render ineffectual the demon’s wickedness. By the might and efficacy of the Holy Spirit, burning them as if they were on fire, they make the devil come forth with groans and weeping from those whom he had possessed…
“He glorified his disciples, therefore, by giving them authority and power over the evil spirits and over sicknesses. Did he honor them without reason and make them famous without any logical cause? How can this be true? It was necessary, most necessary, that they should be able to work miracles, having been publicly appointed ministers of sacred proclamations. By means of their works, they then could convince men that they were the ministers of God and mediators of all beneath the heaven. The apostles then could invite them all to reconciliation and justification by faith and point out the way of salvation and of life that is this justification.” (excerpt from COMMENTARY ON LUKE, HOMILY 47)
Text and reflections, courtesy and used with permission – dailyscripture.net
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“Lord Jesus, make me a channel of your healing power and merciful love that others may find abundant life and freedom in you. Free me from all other attachments that I may joyfully pursue the treasure of your heavenly kingdom. May I witness the joy of the Gospel both in word and deed.”
There will be a time of Eucharistic Adoration on the First Friday of every month. It will take place at Our Lady of the Assumption Church following the 9:00 am Mass and end with Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament at 11:00 am. All are welcome to join us for a time of silent prayer and adoration before Our Eucharistic Lord.