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Brooklyn Bishop at St Mark’s Parish

090830-1207_Brooklyn-Auxiliary-Bishop-Octavio-Cisneros-at-St-Mark-ParishMASS — today at St Mark the Evangelist Catholic Church (in Southwest Ranches, FL), a visiting friend of Fr Whyte presided the Mass.  Auxiliary Bishop Octavio Cisneros of the Diocese of Brooklyn celebrated Mass.  Even though the Deacon did a good homily, I wish the Bishop shared his wisdom over the readings.  There was also a long announcement encouraging involvement in ministries, especially Religious Education.  The Bishop supplemented both talks with great insight into tapping into our Baptism to be instruments of the Holy Spirit evangelizing wherever we can.  Catechesis is a critical part of our faith that we should all be involved in … whether on the receiving end to grow in our intimacy of our faith or the giving end as catechists to our own families or to others.  He also shared gratitude for the parish to having the weekly tradition of families taking home a Vocation Cup to pray for the response to God call in all our lives, whether it be priesthood, the religious life, or marriage.  He’s a very personable and holy man.

spiritual awareness + God alone suffices

February 4, 2009 Leave a comment

090124_sjvcs-fr-vallee-preachingMASS – (Fr Vallee) — No prophet is accepted in his home … Fr Omar laugh … Spirituality is about awarenessstay awake!

HOLY HOUR – (Fr Michael) — “God alone suffices”

So humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time. Cast all your worries upon him because he cares for you. Be sober and vigilant. Your opponent the devil is prowling around like a roaring lion looking for (someone) to devour. Resist him, steadfast in faith, knowing that your fellow believers throughout the world undergo the same sufferings. The God of all grace who called you to his eternal glory through Christ (Jesus) will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you after you have suffered a little. To him be dominion forever. Amen.  — 1Peter 5:6-11

tap water + faith

October 29, 2008 Leave a comment

MASS – (Fr Vallee) — today’s homily was a dream about all of us seminarians getting Baptized in our Reflection Pond (it’s pretty cold today) … healing all our vices and imperfections.  However, the Archangel Raphael (upper right side of our chapel mural) came to life to say: “with enough faith, even tap water can heal.”  — Great message … inspired … Fr Vallee 🙂 … a permanent holy memory!

be a “good” finder

September 2, 2008 Leave a comment

MASS – (Fr Michael) — We need to be transformed and renewed to have the mind of Christ.  Seminary life can get frustrating, especially living here with 60+ guys.  We can get caught up in the complaint and “tearing down” our brothers in Christ.  Instead … we need to diligently “build up” our brothers and be “good finders” to encourage others, sometimes even to acknowledge the blessings and graces we see with words of encouragement.  — assignment: each day this week, be a “good finder” to my brothers

mumbo jumbo + find myself

September 1, 2008 Leave a comment

MASS – (Fr Santos) — in seminary, sometime our discernment process can be challenging enough to even “feel formation.”  Studying philosophy can seem like a lot of mumbo jumbo.  But … Consider this is something God wants you to do, leading us to the person God wants us to become.  — the growing pains of formation while discerning my vocation

don’t be an armadillo + move!

August 31, 2008 1 comment

MASS – (Fr Alvarez) — [told story of bladder cancer]  We see lots of dead armadillos on the side of the road here in Florida.  Why?  Armadillos are blind and role up into their hard shells when they hear danger approaching … thus, the traffic incidents.  As we grow in anything in life, challenges to leave our comfort zone can bring fear that can paralyze us from moving forward to something even greater, if we keep going.  The formation process in seminary discernment presents challenges to ourselves that need to be faced and embraced … but with prayer and perseverance … not fear … don’t be an armadillo!   — I’ll try

Mark + Good News + St Francis

April 25, 2008 1 comment

street cat @ St John Vianney College Seminary, Miami, FLMASS – (Fr Joseph) — today is the feast of St Mark the Evangelist.  In today’s Gospel, Jesus tells the apostles, “Go into the whole world and proclaim the Gospel to every creature.  Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved; whoever does not believe will be condemned…”

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When we preach, we need to find the Good News for other, not just talk at people with facts and research, but truely connect to make Christ alive through our actions and witness.  As St Francis said, “Preach the Gospel to others … if necessary use words.”