THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK August 14-20, 2016


Sister Rosemarie Goins, CSSF

August 14-20, 2016

Another school year has commenced at St. Augustine High School in Laredo, Texas, so we resume the “Thought for the Week from St. Augustine Spirituality Center.”

This week’s readings show us the prophet, Jeremiah, experiencing rejection by his own people, because of words they don’t want to hear. Jeremiah 38:4-6, 38-10   In our world today many people do not want to hear God’s Word either.  Many things become their gods – money, power, abortion, war, greed, lying, etc.  At times we feel helpless, like Jeremiah. Our words and values fall on deaf ears and we suffer the loss of Christina values.  However, it is important to continue to stand strong for right relationships (justice) and increase our prayer.

Hebrews 12:1-4 uses the wonderful image of running. “…persevere in running the race that lies before us, while keeping our eyes fixed on Jesus.” We know that exhaustion can set in very quickly in running. So, we prepare ourselves with the tools that strengthen our spiritual life – prayer, fasting (from negativism, selfishness, gossip, harsh words, the list is endless) and the Spiritual and Corporal Works of Mercy. The support system is extensive – Jesus and other like-minded runners. In this we can rejoice.

In Luke 12:49-53 Jesus came “to set the earth on fire” with his love, mercy and values.  As the Gospel explains, Jesus’ way will even divide families.  These divisions will be many and tremendous compassion, mercy, non-judgement and forgiveness will be required.  Making the first step toward reconciliation and conversion is a challenge.

Monday celebrates the Assumption of Mary. Since Mary was born immaculate, so that the devil would have no power over Jesus, it stands to reason that she was not subject to original sin.  For this reason, she was not subject to death, so when her time on this earth came to an end, she was taken to heaven body and soul by God. Some of the early Church writings claim that when they opened Mary’s tomb, her body was gone and only her clothes remained. This gives us another reason to throw a party.

Have a week full of the love and mercy of God,

Sister Rosemarie Goins, CSSF



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