A prayer for Dads...
Gracious God and Father, who birthed us, give to men who are the fathers of our children an openness to your presence in unknown and surprising futures as you did Joseph who cared for the child Jesus that was not his son, yet rejoiced in his birth, protected him against the evil of Herod, taught him to labour with his hands that would one day be outstretched on the cross for our salvation, worried about him in adolescence, and give him the foundation he needed to leave home to preach to the world.
Bless these men with graciousness, a gentle strength and a deep trust in you the Father of us all. We ask this through Joseph, the protector of the Church, who lives amidst the cloud of witnesses in heaven with your Son, Jesus Christ in the unity of the life-giving Holy Spirit, our God, now and forever. Amen.
Pope Francis to the People of the United States
Dear brothers and sisters in the United States, I have witnessed with great concern the disturbing social unrest in your nation in these past days, following the tragic death of Mr George Floyd. My friends, we cannot tolerate or turn a blind eye to racism and exclusion in any form and yet claim to defend the sacredness of every human life. At the same time, we have to recognize that “the violence of recent nights is self-destructive and self-defeating. Nothing is gained by violence and so much is lost.” Today I join the Church in Saint Paul and Minneapolis, and in the entire United States, in praying for the repose of the soul of George Floyd and of all those others who have lost their lives as a result of the sin of racism. Let us pray for the consolation of their grieving families and friends and let us implore the national reconciliation and peace for which we yearn. May Our Lady of Guadalupe, Mother of America, intercede for all those who work for peace and justice in your land and throughout the world. May God bless all of you and your families.
Sacred Space Astronomy
Explore the universe while in quarantine by following the Vatican Observatory. CLICK HERE
Catholic Authors - Christian Themes
Jon Hasssler: Staggerford, North of Hope, Dear James, A Green Journey
Shusaku Endo: Silence
Willa Cather: Death Comes for the Archbishop
Flannery O’Connnor: The Complete Stories, The Violcent Bear It Away
G. K. Chesterton: Manalive, The Ball and the Cross
John Steinbeck: East of Eden
Fyodor Dostoevsky: Crime and Punishment, The Brothers Karamazov, The Idiot
Rumer Godden: In This House of Brede
Graham Greene: The End of the Affair, The Power and the Glory, Monsignor Quixote
A.. J. Cronin: The Keys of the Kingdom
Spiritual Reading - Suggestions
Being Home: A Book of Meditations by Gunilla Norris with photography by Greta D. Sibley. Publisher: Bell Tower, New York, 1991.
This is a collection of poems that bring mindfulness, spirituality and prayer to the very heart of daily routines such as making the bed, reading the newspaper, sorting wash and taking our the trash. Allow yourself to be led into the mystery of everyday routine.
Following the Path: The Search for a Life of Passion, Purpose and Joy by Joan Chittister, OSB
This book is meant to give someone in the process of making a life decision at any age, when we find ourselves at the crossroads without a name—some ideas against which to pit their own minds, their own circumstances. Its purpose, as they wrestle with the process of trying to find and follow their own special call at this new stage of life, is to both provoke thinking and to clarify it.
The Practice of the Presence of God by Brother Lawrence of the Resurrection
This classic Christian work details how to gain that constant and comforting connection to God. Bro. Lawrence's gives honest advice rejoicing in everyday tasks.
Falling Upward: A Spirituality for the Two Halves of Life by Richard Rohr
In the first half of life, we are naturally preoccupied with establishing ourselves; climbing, achieving, and performing. But as we grow older and encounter challenges and mistakes, we need to see ourselves in a different and more life-giving way. This message of falling down - that is in fact moving upward - is the most resisted and counter-intuitive of messages in the world's religions.
Open the Door by Joyce Rupp
The spiritual guide Joyce Rupp creatively leads readers to explore how the image of the door can guide them in a process of discovering their true self.
Abide: Keeping Vigil with the Word of God by Macrina Wiederkehr, OSB
Macrina Wiederkehr, OSB, encourages you to turn the words of Scripture over in your heart as a plough turns over the soil to welcome the seed. In these scriptural meditations, the piercing reflective questions and personal prayers lead the reader into a deeper relationship with the Divine.
The Seven Story Mountain by Thomas Merton, OCSO
This spiritual autobiography tells of the growing restlessness of a brilliant and passionate young man, who at the age of twenty-six, takes vows in one of the most demanding Catholic orders—the Trappist monks. One of the most influential religious works of our time.
Silence In the Age of Noise by Erling Kagge, Pantheon Books, New York, 2017
The Passion and the Cross by Ronald Rolheiser,Franciscan Media, Cincinnati, OH 1989.
Soul Provider: Spiritual Steps to Limitless Love by Edward L. Beck; Image Books, New York, 2007.
the art of confession: Renewing Yourself Through the Practice of Honesty by Paul Wilkes; Workman Publishing, New York, 2011.
The Way of the Heart by Henri Nouwen
Introduction to the Devout Life by Saint Francis DeSales
Story of a Soul by Saint Theresa of Lesieux
The Holy Loning by Ronald Rolhieser
Parents...home guides to assist you
Parents, for a guide to assist you in educating your children at home and making Christian disciples of them CLICK HERE.
For a digital booklet on the Sacrament of Holy Orders written by Kate Johnston, our Coordinator of Faith Formation at Saint Mary's Parish. CLICK HERE. In connection with this, parishioner, Paul Cerosaletti is a diaconal candidate and his ordination is scheduled for Saturday, 5 September 2020 at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Albany, New York.