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Day 49 - Tuesday, April 2nd (The Luminous Mysteries)

The First Luminous Mystery - The Baptism of Jesus

Scripture: After Jesus was baptized, He came up from the water and behold, the Heaven were opened for Him and He saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and coming to Him. And a voice came from the Heaven saying, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased.” (Mt. 3:16-17)

Reflection: We are like raindrops, the ancients believed. We are all made from the same “holy stuff,” the water that is life. In our time, our mothers give birth to us and we “fall” to earth. Each one of us is unique, each one of us possesses our own identity; but we are all part of what has gone before us and what comes after us. And, with other drops of rain, we journey to the same ocean and then back to Father Sky (adapted from Soul Stories by Gary Sukave).
In the waters of baptism, we begin our journey back to God, the Father who gives us this life in the first place. In these waters, we embrace the name of “Christ” and the Spirit of his gospel that unite us to the saints who have come before us and who will come after us. In these waters, we travel through life’s deserts and meadows, in struggling trickles and powerful rivers to the ocean where one day we will “return” to God.
When God pours new life into us at Baptism through the life-giving Spirit, it is a permanent relationship that is given to us. Our Baptism is not a one-time event that happened in the past and has stopped being active--not at all. As is the case of Jesus, the Spirit descends upon us and remains with us. That is why it is so meaningful to dip our fingers into the baptismal or holy water font each time we enter a church. In so doing, we remind ourselves of the permanent baptismal “river of life” that remains and continues to flow within us and is reinforced by the Eucharist and other sacraments.

Meditation: What does Jesus’ Baptism teach us about our own Baptism? How has the recent renewal of your baptismal promise at Easter renewed your understanding of being part of a family, a parish, a community?

Prayer: O God, in the waters of baptism you have raised us up and set us on our life’s journey to your dwelling place. May the spring of your life within us make us currents of your reconciling and healing grace for all we travel with on this path to you.

(From Daily Reflections for Advent and Christmas: Waiting in Joyful Hope 2012-13 by Jay Cormier, DMin) and www.americancatholic.org
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Day 49

Tuesday, April 2nd

Luminous Mysteries in THANKSGIVING

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Day 50 - Wednesday, April 3 (The Sorrowful Mysteries)

The Fourth Sorrowful Mystery - The Carrying of the Cross

Scripture: And there followed him a great company of people, and of women, which also bewailed and lamented him. But Jesus turning unto them said: “Daughters of Jerusalem, weep not me, but weep for yourselves, and for your children. For, behold, the days are coming, in which they shall say, Blessed are the barren, and the wombs that never bare, and the paps which never gave suck”… (Luke 26-32)

Reflection: Walking in the woods one day, a boy find the cocoon of a monarch butterfly. He watches the butterfly struggle to force its way through the tiny hole in the cocoon’s casing. Then it seems to stop making progress: the butterfly seems to be stuck. Concerned that the butterfly is in trouble, the boy takes out a small knife he has in his pocket and carefully cuts away the rest of the cocoon. The butterfly emerges easily - but its body is swollen and small and its wings are all shrivelled. The boy expects that at any moment the wings will begin to enlarge and expand and the butterfly will take flight. But it never happens.
The boy does not understand that the butterfly’s struggle through the restricted cocoon forces fluid from the body into the wings, giving the wings stability and strength so that the butterfly is ready to fly once it works its way through the cocoon. The young savior wannabe does not realize that the butterfly’s freedom and flight are only possible because of the struggle and hardship it must undergo.
Like the kind but inexperienced boy who tries to elp the struggling butterfly, we seek to avoid what is painful, stressful, and traumatic. We want to “fix” things; we want to save ourselves and those we love from hurt and struggle. But it is in failure that we learn; it is in suffering that we find healing; it is in our crosses that we discover the wholeness and joy of the resurrection.
The people of Jesus’ time have dismissed John’s hard admonitions to repentance and conversion; they have written off Jesus’ teachings of “God’s reign” centered in the human heart as simplistic and a disaster waiting to happen. But Jesus challenges them - and us - to realize the wisdom of John’s call to reconciliation and forgiveness and his own gospel of love and compassion. If we are willing to see beyond ourselves, if we hear the man different voices in which God is speaking, God’s wisdom will take root in us, re-creating and transforming our lives into that of God’s.

Meditation: What gospel teaching of Jesus do you find most difficult to grasp? Despite your misgivings, how do you see those words of Jesus as a reality in your life?

Prayer: Lord Jesus, open our hearts and minds to accept what we find hard to understand, to see what is hidden from us, to hear what the noise and clamor of the world shout down. By your light, may we make our way to your holy mountain; by your grace, may we overcome the struggles and obstacles we encounter on our journey to your dwelling place.

(From Daily Reflections for Advent and Christmas: Waiting in Joyful Hope 2012-13 by Jay Cormier, DMin)
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Wednesday, April 3rd

Sorrowful Mysteries in THANKSGIVING

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Day 51 - Thursday, April 4th (The Glorious Mysteries)

The Third Glorious Mystery - The Descent of the Holy Spirit

Scripture: All were filled with the Holy Spirit. They began to express themselves in foreign tongues and make bold proclamation as the Spirit prompted them. (Acts 2, 4)

Reflection: God speaks to us through Scripture, in the cry of the poor, in the inner movements of our heart, through the richness of our sacramental life. The challenge is listening, a most difficult art for us humans. So many voices seek our attention and elicit our commitment. To whom or what doe we listen?
But listening (and responding) depends upon the texture of our hearts. It is in Ezekiel the prophet that we find much hope. In chapter 36, verses 24-28, we are told that God will give us a new heart and a new spirit. Perhaps another way of looking at conversion is through the lens of a heart transplant. When we put on the mind and heart of Christ, we see, feel, and act in a different fashion. Then, and only then, will we walk in the ways of the Lord.
In his novel Eternity, My Beloved, Jean Sulivan forcefully writes, “To believe you can change your ideas without a change of heart, and that you can achieve this change of heart without changing your life-style, is the illusion of many, an incurable illusion.” Conversion is multidimensional. It involves a change of heart, a change of lifestyle, a change of thinking. Only through the grace of God and the support of others will we enter and stay in the process of conversion.
Inspirations, through ongoing nudges, whispers, proddings, drawings that are the action of the Holy Spirit, are to be seriously discerned and followed. Every day these inner stirrings happen; every day God works in the depth of our being. In the mystery of creation,, God brought forth the world in all its splendor. In the mystery of the covenant, God established a unique relationship with a people. We are people of a new covenant and we are faithful to that covenant to the extent that we hear and do God’s will.

Meditation: Why is listening such a difficult task? How has your thinking, feeling, and acting changed in the past five years? Who are the mentors and models who help you follow in the ways of God? In what ways does God “inspire” you? Are you attentive to the inner stirrings and proddings of grace?

Prayer: Jesus, help us to deepen our knowledge and love of you and the Father. Send us the Spirit of courage so that we may face what needs changing and the grace of hope not to become discouraged. Grant us the gift of discernment so that we might be attuned to your slightest stirring within our hearts. May we follow in the way you traveled, reaching out to the needy, caring for the ill, and sharing our life with the downtrodden. Then, after our discipleship, may we and our sisters and brothers share eternity with you.

(From Daily Reflections for Lent: Not by Bread Alone 2013 by Bishop Robert F. Morneau)


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Thursday, April 4th

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Rosary Novenas to Our Lady: including the mysteries of light (It is a little blue booklet.)

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Friday, April 5th

Joyful Mysteries in THANKSGIVING

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Rosary Novenas to Our Lady: including the mysteries of light (It is a little blue booklet.)

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