26 May 2018

27th May 2018 - Answering the call to holiness - Gaudate et Exsultate (Rejoice & be glad) - Trinity Sunday

On Trinity Sunday, Fr Eamon Conway joins with John and Shane to take us through the highlights of the newest papal document from Pope Francis called Gaudete et Exsultate ("Rejoice and be glad"). We have our run through various liturgical odds & ends as well as a brief reflection on this weeks Sunday gospel.

You can listen to the full podcast of this weeks programme HERE.

Gaudete et Exsultate

Gaudete et Exsultate is a new apostolic exhortation on “the call to holiness in the contemporary world.” “Gaudete et Exsultate” is the Latin title of the text, which translated into English means “Rejoice and Be Glad.” The words are taken from the Gospel of Matthew (5:12) at the end of the discourse on the Beatitudes.

Fr Eamon Conway takes us through this very readable document of five chapters which explore the call to holiness, the enemies of holiness, what it is to be holy – through living out the beatitudes, the signs of holiness in today’s world and spiritual combat.

Pope Francis reminds the church of the example of the saints and how their lives are an imitation of Christ. He also states that this imitation is not limited to the canonised or beatified but to “God’s holy and faithful people, for “it has pleased God to make men and women holy and to save them, not as individuals without any bond between them, but rather as a people who might acknowledge him in truth and serve him in holiness”.

Read the apostolic exhortation HERE.

You can listen to the interview with Fr Eamon excerpted from the main podcast HERE.

— “I like to contemplate the holiness present in the patience of God’s people: in those parents who raise their children with immense love, in those men and women who work hard to support their families, in the sick, in elderly religious who never lose their smile.”

— “Holiness is the most attractive face of the church.”

— “The important thing is that each believer discern his or her own path, that they bring out the very best of themselves, the most personal gifts that God has placed in their hearts, rather than hopelessly trying to imitate something not meant for them.”

— “In times when women tended to be most ignored or overlooked, the Holy Spirit raised up saints whose attractiveness produced new spiritual vigor and important reforms in the church.”

— “We are frequently tempted to think that holiness is only for those who can withdraw from ordinary affairs to spend much time in prayer. That is not the case.”

— “We are all called to be holy by living our lives with love and by bearing witness in everything we do, wherever we find ourselves.”

— “This holiness to which the Lord calls you will grow through small gestures.”

— “Do not be afraid of holiness. It will take away none of your energy, vitality or joy.”

— “Thanks be to God, throughout the history of the church it has always been clear that a person’s perfection is measured not by the information or knowledge they possess, but by the depth of their charity.”

— “Jesus explained with great simplicity what it means to be holy when he gave us the Beatitudes (Mt 5:3-12; Lk 6:20-23).”

— “Giving and forgiving means reproducing in our lives some small measure of God’s perfection, which gives and forgives superabundantly.”

— “We need to think of ourselves as an army of the forgiven. All of us have been looked upon with divine compassion.”

— “The saints are not odd and aloof, unbearable because of their vanity, negativity and bitterness. The Apostles of Christ were not like that.”

— “In this call to recognize him in the poor and the suffering, we see revealed the very heart of Christ, his deepest feelings and choices, which every saint seeks to imitate.”

— “It is true that the primacy belongs to our relationship with God, but we cannot forget that the ultimate criterion on which our lives will be judged is what we have done for others.”

— “The saints do not waste energy complaining about the failings of others; they can hold their tongue before the faults of their brothers and sisters and avoid the verbal violence that demeans and mistreats others.”

— “Christian joy is usually accompanied by a sense of humor.”

— “The saints surprise us, they confound us, because by their lives they urge us to abandon a dull and dreary mediocrity.”

— “A community that cherishes the little details of love, whose members care for one another and create an open and evangelizing environment, is a place where the risen Lord is present, sanctifying it in accordance with the Father’s plan.”

— “I do not believe in holiness without prayer, even though that prayer need not be lengthy or involve intense emotions.”

— “We should not think of the devil as a myth, a representation, a symbol, a figure of speech or an idea. This mistake would lead us to let down our guard, to grow careless and end up more vulnerable.”

— “The devil does not need to possess us. He poisons us with the venom of hatred, desolation, envy and vice. When we let down our guard, he takes advantage of it to destroy our lives, our families and our communities.”

— “Discernment is not about discovering what more we can get out of this life, but about recognizing how we can better accomplish the mission entrusted to us at our baptism.”

— “Let us ask the Holy Spirit to pour out upon us a fervent longing to be saints for God’s greater glory, and let us encourage one another in this effort.”

Gospel - Matthew 28:16-20 - the Solemnity of the Holy Trinity

The eleven disciples went to Galilee,to the mountain to which Jesus had ordered them.When they all saw him, they worshiped, but they doubted.Then Jesus approached and said to them,"All power in heaven and on earth has been given to me.Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations,baptizing them in the name of the Father,and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit,teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you.And behold, I am with you always, until the end of the age."
Reflections on this weeks gospel:

S+L - The Trinity is the Model of Every Human Community -- A Biblical Reflection for the Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity
Thinking Faith God is three and God is one
Thinking Faith - The Trinity: On Loving Love Loving

Liturgical odds & ends

Liturgy of the Hours - Psalter week 4; 8th week in ordinary time

Saints of the Week

May 30th - St Joan of Arc
June 1st - St Justin Martyr (First Friday)
June 2nd - St Marcellinus (First Saturday)
June 3rd - Corpus Christi

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