April 24-30, 2016 THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK

THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK
Picture2FROM ST. AUGUSTINE SPIRITUALITY CENTER
Sister Rosemarie Goins, CSSF

Jesus made a major change to an Old Testament teaching – the Golden Rule – “…love your neighbor as yourself.”  Jesus said, “I give you a new commandment: Love one another, as I have loved you, so you should love one another.  This is how all will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” John 13: 34-35 Perhaps we should call this one the Diamond Rule. Of course, we need to be avid readers of Scripture to know all the ways that Jesus showed love.  The list is endless, but the greatest was his freely giving of his very life for our salvation.

We daily have the opportunity to give our lives for others, perhaps not through death, but those daily “dyings” to ourselves – caring of children, sitting with a sick relative, sharing with a sibling, waiting patiently for a student to respond, rising early from bed to help the needy, praying when we would rather go shopping, doing chores around the house without being asked, leaving gossip in the trash can, etc. Try making a list of your “loving moments,” or loving behavior you could add to the list. St. Paul says, “It is necessary for us to undergo many hardships to enter the Kingdom of God.” Acts 14: 21-27

Monday is the Feast of St. Mark, the Evangelist, who wrote the second Gospel.  It was written in Greek for the Gentile converts in Rome, probably sometime before 60 A.D.  John Mark, as he was often called, and his mother, Mary, were highly respected in the city of Jerusalem.  Meetings were often held in his mother’s home.  Mark also went on some of the journeys of Paul and Barnabas.  It is believed that he founded the Church in Alexandria.

St. Catherine of Siena, Doctor of the Church and a Dominican Tertiary,  lived a life packed with most unusual spiritual experiences and extreme influence on the political and religious components of her time.  From her earliest days she had visions of Jesus and continued to experience the depths of mysticism and contemplation.  She received the Stigmata, but asked that it not be visible.  It appeared upon her death.  She often negotiated between warring factions in Italy.  She was instrumental in bringing the Pope back to Rome from Avignon.  She wrote or dictated many letters of counsel, which are still useful today.  Her writings are most profound.  She cared for the needy and was a gentle, loving person.  The full story of her life is astounding and worth reading.

 

Have a full week of practicing “loving moments” and being joyful,

Sister Rosemarie Goins, CSSF

Director

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