Wednesday, January 11, 2012

TAKE FIVE FOR FAITH: Daily renewal for busy Catholics 1/11/2012

Citing of the Week

"Do we seek out people who have disengaged and ask them why? Do we even care? Maybe that is the more basic question: Why don’t we do these things?"

--© Bryan Froehle, 2012, Pastoral Trends,

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Appearances aren’t always deceiving
You don’t have to look very hard into Catholic tradition to find stories of supernatural appearances of Jesus, the saints, and especially Mary to believers through the centuries. These kinds of occurrences really go back to biblical times. In the New Testament the Holy Spirit “appeared” in the form of a dove at Jesus’ baptism, Jesus himself appeared to his disciples after his Resurrection, and the risen Christ made a decisive personal intervention in the life of Saint Paul, to name a few examples. Officially the church treads lightly on the subject and does not require Catholics to believe in a particular apparition. Most of us will never have such an experience, but we can indeed learn to make ourselves aware of the presence and guidance of God.

TODAY’S READINGS: 1 Samuel 3:1-10, 19-20; Mark 1:29-39 (307)
“Speak, for your servant is listening.”

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