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Present Moment Reflection for the Sixth Week of Lent

Posted by on Apr 15, 2014 in Inspiration | 0 comments

Present Moment Reflection for the  Sixth Week of Lent

Every day we have 24 hours at our disposition.
That’s all the time we need to readjust a life; to construct happiness,
to serve society, to collect what is positive;
to place ourselves before God, to listen to him, to accept him.
Then, we too, will rejoice at His word: This day you will be with me in Paradise.

From: The Present Moment by Fr. Louis-Marie Parent

Present Moment Reflection for the Fifth Week of Lent

Posted by on Apr 7, 2014 in Inspiration | 0 comments

Present Moment Reflection for the  Fifth Week of Lent

Instead of wasting my time questioning myself, filling myself with doubts, having sentiments of guilt about the past or making plans for an uncertain future, I will endeavor to live intensely the present moment.
by accomplishing positive valuable actions.

 From: The Present Moment by Fr. Louis-Marie Parent

Present Moment Reflection for the Fourth Week of Lent

Posted by on Mar 31, 2014 in Inspiration | 0 comments

Present Moment Reflection for the  Fourth Week of Lent

If a person wants to repair the past,
they must put perfection into the present moment.
Each day they must seek cheerfulness with the same energy as a bee,
who flies enormous distances to collect the pollen
that it transforms into delicious honey.

 From: The Present Moment by Fr. Louis-Marie Parent

Present Moment Reflection for the Third Week of Lent

Posted by on Mar 26, 2014 in Inspiration | 1 comment

Present Moment Reflection for the Third Week of Lent

The present moment is given to us to create marvels.

A perfect today influences an unknown tomorrow and

repairs yesterday’s deficiencies.

God so limited human beings that they can control only the present moment.

From: The Present Moment by Fr. Louis-Marie Parent

Third Week of Lent

Posted by on Mar 24, 2014 in Inspiration | 1 comment

Third Week of Lent

[A woman came to a well.  Jesus said to her,] “Those who drink this water will get thirsty again, but those who drink the water that I will give them will never be thirsty again. . . .”  “Sir,” the woman said, “give me that water!”

John 4: 13-15

This scene is both simple and dramatic.  Jesus encounters a Samaritan woman at a well where He was sitting.  He asked her for a drink of water, a simple but human need.  Jesus knew what her state was which led, little by little, to her recognizing Jesus as the prophet Savior she had been looking for throughout her life.

The fact here, it seems to me, is that we too must come to Jesus on “empty.”  Only in our emptiness can we be filled with what The Lord wishes to give us.  On “empty” we have foregone pride, ego, self-centeredness.  It is really only in such a state that The Lord can fill us with His gifts.

What must I leave behind today in order to be filled with the gifts that God wishes to give me?  Needy is good if it drives me to God.

Treatment Center Construction Update

Posted by on Mar 21, 2014 in Inspiration, New Treatment Center | 4 comments

Treatment Center Construction Update

We have approximately 50% of the lower level exterior walls poured and 95% of the lower level footing poured. We are presently waterproofing the East portion of the lower level walls and starting to back fill. The lower level wall forms are being installed for the balance of the lower level walls. Thank  you all for your support!

Gh Construction

Present Moment Reflection for the Second Week of Lent

Posted by on Mar 17, 2014 in Inspiration | 0 comments

I must conclude that my mood and my humor
are dependent  more on me than on others.
In reality, the present moment, lived in a positive spirit
makes me a happy person and as time passes I will notice
that my serene attitude is the measure of my happiness and of my influence.

From: The Present Moment by Fr. Louis-Marie Parent

NATIONAL CATHOLIC SISTERS WEEK

Posted by on Mar 11, 2014 in Inspiration | 0 comments

NATIONAL CATHOLIC SISTERS WEEK

First National Catholic Sisters Week Launches

The inaugural National Catholic Sisters Week (NCSW) will launch March 8-14, 2014, at St. Catherine University in St. Paul, Minn., as a part of Women’s History Month. The celebratory week seeks to honor Catholic sisters’ contributions both past and present. It will also bring together young college-age women and women religious to build relationships and foster a better understanding of a vocation that is often misunderstood.

Kick-off events for NCSW include a panel discussion entitled “Sister Stories: How Did I Know?” hosted by broadcast journalist Soledad O’Brien followed by a Eucharistic celebration in St. Catherine’s Our Lady of Victory Chapel. Other events will aim to engage college age women in discussions about religious life and the use of social media to promote personal women religious narratives and information about the vocation. Students from St. Catherine’s will participate by gathering oral histories from sisters. The work will create relationships among sisters and college-age students and preserve the unique stories and
contributions of many sisters.

The NCSW is the first project of a larger three-year effort called Sister Story, an initiative made possible by a partnership between St. Catherine University and the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation. To learn more about the mission of National Catholic Sisters Week and Sister Story view this video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oMCgdQTTdsk

Addiction, Recovery and Hope at Guest House for Clergy and Religious

Posted by on Mar 6, 2014 in Inspiration | 0 comments

Many thanks to Randy Hain and The Integrated Catholic Life along with Eileen Homire, our dedicated Atlanta friend, for coordinating the excellent interview  below, with Archbishop Gregory.

In the secular world we frequently hear of drug and alcohol addiction affecting almost every segment of society.  Nobody seems to be immune from this scourge.  However, we don’t often hear about how addiction sometimes affects our Clergy and Religious.  These men and women of the Church face pressures and stress that many of us seldom see or appreciate.

What happens if they become overwhelmed by these challenges and seek relief in alcohol or drugs?

How can we help them come to grips with their addictions, find healing and return to active ministry?

Looking for answers to these questions, I sought out an interview with Archbishop Wilton Gregory of the Archdiocese of Atlanta.

Archbishop  Gregory is hosting two educational workshops in his Archdiocese next month on April 1st (Spanish Track) and April 2nd (English Track) at the Cathedral of Christ the King in Atlanta, Georgia. Both tracks are open to parishioners, counselors, social workers and therapists interested in learning more.  The workshops will include sessions on:

  • Steps for Spiritual Living,
  • Establishing a Parish Substance Abuse Ministry,
  • Addiction and the Older Adult,
  • Internet Addiction, and
  • Addiction and Prevention for Older Youth.

For more information on the workshops, please visit the National Catholic Council on Addictions website: nccatoday.org/ and  nccatoday.org/calendar-2/.


Archbishop Gregory, thank you for taking time out of your busy schedule to be interviewed for Integrated Catholic Life. (more…)