Year of Faith: 

We open the ‘door of faith’ by reading the Word of God,  studying the Vatican II documents, and renewing our lives through the lives of the saints.

The saints hold timeless wisdom for us.  St. Francis of Assisi is the saint we focus on next in our parish community.

 

“Make me a channel of your peace…”
-St. Francis of Assisi

 

 

 

Words of comfort and a call from the prophet Isaiah:

“All you who are thirsty, come to the water!

You who have no money,

come, receive grain and eat…

Come to me heedfully,

listen, that you may have life.

I will renew with you the everlasting covenant,”  Isaiah 55: 1, 3

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Spirituality:  some suggested resources  to use at home or in groups.

Books:
-Having a Mary Heart in a Martha World by Joanna Weaver

Life’s Companion: Journal Writing as a Spiritual Practice by Christina Baldwin

3 thoughts on “Spirituality for Today

  1. One of my favorite memories is about the dinner table with plates of nopalitos, albondigas and capirotada. My mother prepares the nopalitos in various ways. My favorite, even more than nopalitos with eggs, is the cool taste of nopalitos with tomatoes and cilantro, a wonderful salad-not too filling but tangy on the tastebuds. And the round shape of the lightly fried albondigas, filled with tuna, is a delight to behold on my plate.

    My sister Bertha’s capirotada is the best with its thick chunks of cheese in each bite. Where did she learn to cook it so well? I hope she saves a dish for me. I can’t say which of the three delicious meals is my very favorite, as they always complement each other.

    Yesterday, checking out at our new H-E-B, the young man, at seeing my jar of nopalitos (yes, I use the prepared kind), remarked that his mom’s dish of nopalitos with eggs is his favorite way to eat nopalitos. So, even the younger generation is familiar with this delicacy. The tradition lives on.

    As I wrote recently in a writing group, nopalitos is the ‘food of the poor’. In my written piece, I was remembering a time in my childhood when mis Abuelitos and tios stopped by the roadside or took us into the woods to ‘harvest’/cut some of the tender parts of this plant. They did this very carefully, but we did not always avoid the sharp thin needles! I can still feel the sharp pain! But, oh, the sweetness of tasting the cooked nopalitos replaced the pain on my fingers with joy on my tongue!

  2. Lent is a time to embark on a journey with Christ, knowing that it is simultaneously a preparation for a renewed encounter and spiritual transformation.

    It is a daily struggle to meet the mercy of our Lord in the sacredness of His Heart.

    As I partake in the meals of my cultural tradition, I do so with the knowledge that these traditions are part of the larger, more nourishing and sustaining repast at the Lord’s Table within a faithful and prayerful community.

  3. Our Lenten Journey

    The following may be helpful as you journal during the Lenten season or as a ‘writing prompt to write a personal narrative:
    • Lent is a time for reflection.
    • Think about your Lenten journey this year.
    • What is happening around you?
    • Who are the persons walking with you?
    • Name one or two of these persons.
    • How are they a part of your life right now?

    Helpful hints for writing a personal narrative:
    *Pre-write. Let your words and thoughts flow on the paper or document.
    *Review. Look for imagery, sounds, voices…
    *Edit
    *Rewrite
    *Save

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