Sunday, April 22, 2012

open your heart

Mr. Butlertron from Clone High (2002-2003)
"open your heart to me I won't stop ...
I'm coming at your sleep
there are no mirrors here
what you want is clear what you feel" (The Men - Open Your Heart, 2012)

another post promoting all things IEC2012 in the Archdiocese of Ottawa.

happy Sunday!  this order, ..., sounds better in French, "bon dimanche".  nonetheless, happy Sunday, hope you had a great day.  the Gospel this weekend has Our Risen Crucified Lord chillin' with his peeps, saying, "the peace be with you."  i enjoyed the above song the first time i heard it, thinking of today, the priests, deacons, calling us to open our hearts ... to peace

what peace is He referring too?  'cause this week, i had difficulty finding it.  it was one of those days, weeks, etc., again.  they are not much fun, are they?!

this week was all about IEC2012 - crossing the "I"'s, and dotting the "T"'s, or something like that.  indeed, stay tuned to a magazine (Catholic Ottawa) near you, as 4 articles will soon be published.  two on the IEC2012, and two on Hawkesbury, as we prepare to celebrate our 70th Anniversary of the Eucharistic Congress in 1942.

along with articles, the journey towards Dublin (June 8-18, 2012) is almost here.  i sent a few million emails over to the organizers trying to get accreditation for our brother priests joining the group.  peace, ... i heard about that once!  it is not really just one thing is it, but the accumulation of everything, and then ... oh snap!  i started losing my peace, but God in Our Lord Jesus Christ is always ready to heal our wounds.

just when i couldn't take it anymore, parishioners invited me to a lunchtime feast of goodness.  it was delicious - does a body good, does a soul better.  the peace that Our Lord speaks of, is Himself.  indeed, we are at peace when we are in communion Him, and with one another (IEC2012 theme).

He gave me more peace this week through the Sacrament of Confession, through running, coffee with a friend, meal with brother priests, supper (fundraiser gala) with almost three hundred people over at Helping with Furniture!  that is His peace working in my life - surrounding me with a family - those who do the will of the Father are my brothers, sisters, mothers.

God is good.  all the time.


ps.  please keep all our pilgrims in your prayers as we continue to prepare our hearts for the peace of the Eucharist:  communion with Christ, communion with one another.

CONGRESS COUNTDOWN:  7 WEEKS 3 DAYS 3 HOURS 18 MINUTES 43 SECONDS. "Peace be with you."  (3rd Sunday of Easter, Luke 24:35-48). What does Communion mean? Catholics are used to speaking of ‘going to Communion’ or of ‘receiving Communion’ at Mass. The theological notion of communion (‘koinonia’ in New Testament Greek), however, is multi-faceted.  In proclaiming the Kingdom of God, Jesus knew he was sent ‘to bring good news to the poor … to proclaim release to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free’ (cf. Lk 4:16-20). Through his words and deeds he formed a messianic community of disciples who experienced this Kingdom of God draw near to them in Jesus himself. The members of this community related to one another in a new way, in relationships marked by love, freedom and truth, equality and reciprocity. Those called to lead were to exercise their responsibility by serving.  In the Fourth Gospel we hear Jesus pray, the night before he died, a prayer that seems to summarise his mission, ‘may all be one. As you, Father, are in me and I am in you, may they also be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me’ (Jn 17:21). The community was to be nothing less than a sharing in the very life of God.  (#7 + #8, The Eucharist: Communion With Christ And With One Another
1, 2, 3, on y va: COMPTE À REBOURS AU CONGRÈS: 7 SEMAINES 3 JOURS 3 HEURES 18 MINUTE 43 SECONDES! "La paix soit avec vous." (3e dimanche de Pâques, Luc 24:35-48).  Que signifie la Communion ? Il est d’abord nécessaire de clarifier ce que l’on signifie par communion. Les Catholiques parlent d’ « aller communier » ou de « recevoir la communion » pendant la messe. La notion théologique de communion (‘koinonia’ en Grec du Nouveau Testament) est cependant une réalité aux multiples facettes. Lorsqu’il proclamait le Royaume de Dieu, Jésus dit qu’il était venu « apporter la Bonne Nouvelle aux pauvres, annoncer aux prisonniers qu'ils sont libres, et aux aveugles qu'ils verront la lumière, apporter aux opprimés la libération » (cf. Lc 4, 16-20) Par ses paroles et ses actes, il constitua une communauté messianique de disciples qui virent l’arrivée du Royaume de Dieu en Jésus lui-même. Les membres de cette communauté étaient unis entre eux de façon nouvelle, par l’amour, la liberté et la vérité, l’égalité et la réciprocité. Ceux qui étaient appelés à diriger les autres devaient exercer leur responsabilité en se mettant à leur service. La nuit avant sa mort, Jésus prononça ces paroles qui résument bien sa mission : « Que tous, ils soient un, comme toi, Père, tu es en moi, et moi en toi. Qu'ils soient un en nous, eux aussi, pour que le monde croie que tu m'as envoyé » (Jn 17, 21). La communauté ne devait être rien de moins qu’une participation à la vie-même de Dieu. (#7 +#8, L’Eucharistie : Communion avec le Christ et entre nous)

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