MARY, OUR MOTHER

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

TAKE FIVE FOR FAITH: Daily renewal for busy Catholics 1/17/2012

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"We live in a time of cultural change, and religious change is part of it. Older structures, including ritual practices and symbols, no longer have the same automatic attraction. That is not a cause for despair."

--© Bryan Froehle, 2012, Pastoral Trends, PrepareTheWord.com


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Tuesday, January 17
FEAST OF ANTHONY, ABBOT

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Turn down the distractions
On the feast of Saint Anthony of the Desert, we recall that there has been, almost from the beginning, a way of following Christ that draws the believer away from busyness, away from noise, away from the sense stimulation that many experts say we are becoming addicted to. We respond reflexively not to what is most important in life but to the latest signal, beep, buzz, or ringtone to impinge upon our consciousness. Few of us have a desert at hand where we can retreat and listen to the still, small voice of God, but perhaps there is a park, a rooftop, a chapel, a parked car with the radio off that can offer a chance for contemplation, for quietly considering the things that really matter.

TODAY’S READINGS: Samuel 16:1-13; Mark 2:23-28 (312)
“The sabbath was made for man, not man for the sabbath. That is why the Son of Man is lord even of the sabbath.”

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