Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Witness

In much of today's culture and society there are images of what it means to be cool and part of an "in crowd" we base these images off of what we see on TV or in movies. We can often fail to see the ranges that can come from what we watch because we don't think that it affects us in some way. At least this is how I fell and how I dupe myself and make excuses as to why I watch some things.

During one of the talks this morning our preacher spoke to us about witness. If we religious are to be witnesses of Christ we have to model ourselves as such. We must love the scriptures and study them and assimilate them into our life. Often times I get caught up in the doing of every day life and I forget about being. I must recognize that I need the opportunity for personal prayer to deepen my relationship with Christ. If I tell myself that I do not have time, I am lying. I have to make the time because my first priority in life is my relationship with God.

If my life is not centered on my relationship with God everything else in life has the potential and probably will fail. I need the sustenance and Grace from God to keep going and being everyday of my life. The only way to be the best witness of Christ and His Kingdom to the world is to be a faithful disciple of the Lord and have a living relationship with Him.

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Monday, August 13, 2012

Retreat


Last night began the annual retreat for the Salesians of Don Bosco in Stony Point, NY. The are roughly 60 SDBs on this retreat. Our preacher this year is Bishop Luc Van Looy, SDB of Gent, Belgium.

Am particularly excited for this retreat for a couple of reasons. Firstly, I am ever so aware that I need to refocus my priorities in life. That is one of the major objectives of retreat. The second reason that I need this retreat is because I need a conversion of heart. I have found when making an examine of conscience that I have been an am currently harboring I'll feelings towards people. This has to change because first and foremost, I am called to love.

I am also renewing my profession while on this retreat. This is exciting for me but also forces me to reexamine my plan of life. Why is it that I am professing these vows to life as a Salesian of Don Bosco? I will be reading a lot this week. I will be reexamining my life. I still feel that this is where God is calling me to holiness. This is my path. This is the path that I must follow.

Please pray for me.
- Br. Adam
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Friday, August 10, 2012

Dying unto Ourself

This morning's Gospel was a great consolation and reminder for me on how to live my life. First, I must die unto myself in order to help gain heaven. Second, I must serve. These components are very important and their magnitude is measureless. If I am to enter into heaven I must embrace the cross.

That being said, this morning's homily was also great. The priest spoke about one of our past Rector Majors. He quoted him, loosely, as saying that our dying unto ourselves everyday is a form of martyrdom. To continually sacrificing and living for God's glory is a form of martyrdom. What it lacks in its intensity it makes up for in duration.

Everyday in everything that we do we are making an offering to God. That offering could be something that is a joyous moment, or a moment of suffering. As long as it is done for God are we making that conscious effort to give God that glory.

As I gaze out at the congregation gathered in chapel this morning my eyes fall upon a group in the Salesian family, the Salesian Lay Missionaries. These 18 young people are truly embracing today's Gospel; they are dying unto themselves and are going out to serve others, all for the Glory of God.



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Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Collaboration in the Journey

Collaboration is truly essential. What do I mean by this? Simple, in order for us to excel in some endeavor we are going to need help a long the way. Whether it be in the form of physical help, or prayer, or emotional help, someone will help us a long the journey or path that we find ourselves on. The path that I am explicitly talking about in this entry is the path to holiness, to get to heaven. That is our ultimate goal.

How often is it that we ask others for prayer, or to talk to so we can vent our frustrations or share our joys and difficulties in life? For me, it is pretty often. I do share with others because God has put them into my life for some reason. After all, God did not intend for us to be solitary creatures. We are to our very core social beings and it is important for us to share our struggles and triumphs with those that are close to us, who are on that journey with us.

Recently, I was struggling internally because I felt lonely. It may sound trivial but it has a deep effect on a religious, or any family member especially when their calling is to communal life. My struggle had solidified for me my discernment for religious life for communal life. To be able to know that there is someone who cares for you, who is willing to listen to you, when you feel that need to talk, it is a great consolation to find that person. But when you look around and can find no one around you feel like you are drowning, or as if you are the only one trapped in a desert. It hurts.

But, this is why we are a Christian people. A people who are called to live in community, whether it is our family, our parish, our religious community; there is a support structure the for us so that we do not falter in our journey for Heaven.
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Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Lord, if you command it...

Today I was awoken out of some type of dream at 6:05am. Thank God I was because I would have been late for Mass at 6:30 if I had not woken up. I remember talking to a priest in my dream and he had a piece of paper in his hand, looked like a fax, and he was smiling and talking with an excited jubilation. I woke up before he could finish whatever thought that I had of him talking. So I don't know exactly what it is all supposed to mean.

But as I sit here before the Blessed Sacrament I can't help but wonder, What do you ask of me, Lord? After a short, and I stress short, discernment on this dream I think that God is calling me to listen to Him more carefully. This is important always, but if God is using to communicate with a person, it would be in the person's best interest to try to listen to God's message.

As an obedient religious, my plan today is to go to confession, spend some quiet time in prayer and listen in the silence to my Lord and God. I want to know what it is that he is trying to communicate to me. I need to open up my heart and listen attentively to His Word, and to those to whom God has put in my life. After all, he did put them in my life for a reason.

God bless you all!

-Br. Adam


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Thursday, August 2, 2012

Oh, you of little faith!

Matthew 14: 25-33
Shortly before dawn Jesus went out to them, walking on the lake. When the disciples saw him walking on the lake, they were terrified. “It’s a ghost,” they said, and cried out in fear.

But Jesus immediately said to them: “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.”

“Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the water.”

“Come,” he said.

Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!”

Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?”

And when they climbed into the boat, the wind died down. Then those who were in the boat worshiped him, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.”


This was the first thought that came to me today when I woke up. I was still getting dressed and for some reason this passage struck me. So I feel that I have to write about it. It may happen to some out there that we ask Jesus for some type of sign and when we have that request answered we become afraid and immediately become frightened over what it is that Jesus reveals to us. Then there are times where we ask for a sign of some sort and we see and hear nothing.

The part that frightens me the most is when we do receive some type of sign or revelation from Christ. When he speaks to us after we ask Him to we become obliged to do a coupe of things. 1) we must listen with full attention and respect. 2) we must be ready to do what it is that Christ is asking us to do, mainly because we asked for it. 3) We have to be willing to sacrifice.

Just like when Peter asked Christ to command him to come out to Him on the water we must be ready to abandon ourselves and be ready to obey Christ. Once we are able to do that we are ready to be Christians. Now, we all become afraid at some point in our life and on our own journeys, but like Peter, we are all human and are bound to make mistakes. This is when the beauty of God comes in. The person being tasked with something from Christ is not necessarily the one who is best qualified for that particular job or task, but rather they are the ones who have been chosen specifically for that task. you may have heard it aid in this way," God does not call the qualified, he qualifies the call."

That is all nice and peachy that Christ answers our prayers like that, but what about when we don't hear or see anything in response to a prayer or request that we made to Jesus. T that I say keep praying. If it is of great importance and something that truly need then Christ will provide it for you. But remember, Christ speaks to us in the silence. Be ready to hear His call whenever and wherever you are.

God bless you all!
-Br. Adam


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Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Be Not Afraid

In today's society, vocation to religious life or priesthood is something that is not often thought about. And if it is, the thought quickly disappears or is repressed. Our late beloved Holy Father, Bl. John Paul II said “The future starts today, not tomorrow.” he was always one that encouraged and promoted not only vocations to holiness, that we at all called to, but to religious life and priesthood; to married life and the single life. Each has a deep and rich mission in the Church.

“Do not be afraid. Do not be satisfied with mediocrity. Put out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch.”
― Pope John Paul II

Whatever your vocation is in life, do not be afraid to say yes to God. He has a plan for you and if you work with Him and love and accept your vocation, he will not let you fail.


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