August 11, 2010 – Memorial of Saint Clare of Assisi.

St. Clare of Assisi

The following is the sharing Sr. Therry, MFIC offered to the Euntes community during the Eucharistic Celebration.

Clare, the first woman in the 12th century to give up her wealth as the daughter of a noble family and followed Jesus in the foot prints of Francis of Assisi. She was known and believed to have lived more radically her vow of ‘poverty’ after her Lord and spouse, ‘Jesus the crucified’ who emptied himself from his Godhead and took the nature of a servant. He became like man and appeared in human likeness. He was humble and walked the path of obedience all the way to death, his death on the cross. (Phil 2: 6 – 11) was the Word of God that found a dwelling place in the heart of lady Clare and called her forth to give up all and cling to him whom she came to call as ‘the mirror of eternity’. More

LETTING GO

REFLECTION ON EXODUS   5  – 13

Sr. Martha was teaching Mission and the word of God. The Word of God is the living word. Through the living Word, people through the ages have been able to live a meaningful life. Exodus is the beautiful theme that many theologians are interested in. It is related to our life and reflects our experience about letting go. Letting go is

Sr. Martha Gamolo, DC speaker on the Word of God

an experience that everyone has undergone. I was reflecting on chapter 5 to 13. These chapters tell about how God chose Moses and Aaron to go to Pharaoh and ask to release Israel people from slavery in Egypt and bring them to the desert in order to hold a feast for Yahweh.   God frees his people with great power, using a strong and an outstretched hand. The liberation process was not easy. Pharaoh was too stubborn to listen to Moses, the person of God. So, Moses and Aaron also complain to God when everything didn’t go the way they were expecting.  When I read and contemplated on the point that Pharaoh didn’t want to release Israel, I was struck by the stubbornness of Pharaoh. It made me recall the experiences in my life, my personal and communal experiences. It is reasonable for Pharaoh to behave like he did. How can he let Israel, a source of laborers for his country, leave Egypt? Pharaoh would lose a big source of income for his country. He was a king, how can he listen to God – the invisible one who directed Moses and Aaron, ordinary men. Israel was really a treasure for the Egyptians. More

Gospel Reflections: II

Breaking Open the Word of God

By Jovie Emmanuel

I welcome our seventh week going through our Euntes experience — re-telling our stories in the light of the Gospel and inputs given to us . . . deepening it with the

Juvie Emmanuel with Sr. Lucy, Milagrosa partly cut and Fr. Nauwen

reality of the marginalized and to find God in them. I realized that to be of greater service entails the courage of facing the reality of myself — celebrating and sharing my potentials and giftedness amidst the pains of my woundedness and brokenness. Yet, by the grace of God, I found myself called to a greater challenge in our mission today, to go and to enter into dialogue with the poor, cultures, religions, secularization and globalization in the spirit of life and love. —   making the Word of God alive in my words and deeds. At the same time, the Word of God constantly reminds me to shift paradigm to the paradigm of JESUS and to fix my eyes in Him . . .  in Him, whom I am reconciled to in His sufferings, death and resurrection. More

GOSPEL REFLECTION

My Short Reflection for Today’s Gospel (Mt 16:13- 23)

Thursday, August 5, 2010

This gospel is not fresh or new for me, I heard this several times before. But now, it seems there’s a different perceptive and reflection came into my inner person that

grounds me why I cannot simply respond the question of Jesus. I was struck when Jesus said today “But who do you say that I am?”

Vincent Sanchez (right) and Bro. Rustico Lumbo, FMS

I was challenged by this question; I consider that Jesus is asking me once again today; “Who is He for me?” after my one month of staying at the Euntes…from the module of Fr. Calvo, Earnest, Fr. Edgar, Sis. Martha, and now with Dr. Manny’s module “Shifting Paradigms of culture, church and mission.”

I was challenged to find again or rediscover who Jesus is for me today or today’s mission, the postmodern age. It encouraged me to exert more effort to move on or to shift my pattern or paradigm of knowing Jesus more extremely and broadly, but also, it gave me an extra confidence after learning that there is a reward in knowing Jesus more deeply. Just as Simon Peter was rewarded after he said: “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” More

FEAST OF OUR LADY OF THE ASSUMPTION

BY:  Sr. Stella-Marie R. Llerin, OND

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Part 4: The Church: A Community of Memory and of Hope

The Church is first of all a community of memory. It does not engage in the forgetfulness urged by the powerful upon the vulnerable and poor—to forget their sufferings, to erase their memories of what has been done to them, to act as though wrongdoing never happened. The Church as a community of memory creates those safe spaces where More

Part 3: The Ministry of Reconciliation as Process

Reconciliation is both a process and a goal. It is both an ongoing work in which we participate and a final point at which we hope to arrive.

RECONCILIATION AS PROCESS

Participation in the horizontal dimension of reconciliation is about participating in God’s healing societies that have been wounded deeply and broken by oppression, injustice, discrimination, war, and wanton destruction. This healing begins with truth-telling, the breaking of the codes of silence that hide wrongdoing against the poor and vulnerable members of society. More

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