Amazing God

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Looking in the sky,
Whoever could deny Your glory?
Gazing into space,
How small the human race appears.
Seeing You in all Your majesty,
I wonder how it could be
That You delight in me.

Lord, You are an amazing God.
Lord, You are an amazing God.
Lord, You are an amazing God,
And I love You, I love You.

Lord of everything,
No other god or king is like You.
Powerful and strong,
Yet tender is Your song to me.
Knowing the extent of all my sin,
However could You be pleased
To pour Your love on me?

You light up the heavens with just one word,
You measure the mountains in Your hand;
Yet You treasure the broken and make them whole,
You crown us with Your love.

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#ShortNews: 2018 Catholic social ministry gathering to focus on racism, environment, immigration

The 2018 Catholic Social Ministry Gathering, organized by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) and 16 collaborating organizations, attracts more than 500 participants from around the country and seeks to equip Catholic leaders to bring the voice of faith to the public square. This year’s theme is “Building Community: A Call to the Common Good.” Participants will focus on issues such as racism, the environment and immigration.

When: February 3-6, 2018.

Where: Omni Shoreham Hotel, 2500 Calvert Street, NW, Washington DC, 20008.

Press release available at: www.usccb.org/news/2017/17-249.cfm

More information is available online: www.catholicsocialministrygathering.org/

Read More: http://www.usccb.org/news/2018/18-018.cfm

#ShortNews: Church in US needs to take more decisive action against racism

Since 1979, the study found, only 18 percent of U.S. bishops had issued statements condemning racism. Of those, very few addressed systemic racism. In addition, the study noted that many diocesan seminaries and ministry formation programs were inadequate in terms of their incorporation of the history, culture and traditions of the black community.

The committee has begun with the reality, as expressed in “Brothers and Sisters to Us,” that “Racism is a sin: a sin that divides the human family…and violates the fundamental human dignity of those called to be children of the same Father.”

Read More: https://www.americamagazine.org/faith/2018/01/25/usccb-anti-racism-committee-will-seek-improve-churchs-role-racial-relations

#ShortNews: Singapore prelate calls on catechists to be Christ’s missionary disciples

Catechumens, children, students of a catechism class “should see Christ in their catechists. The important thing is your encounter with Christ”: as Agenzia Fides learns, this was a message Archbishop of Singapore Goh shared with more than 300 catechists who gathered to welcome the new catechetical year with the traditional meeting held in recent days at the Catholic Archdiocesan Education Center.

Archbishop Goh outlined the process of forming catechumens “into missionary disciples”: First, help the person to encounter Jesus; help the person to discover who she/he is in Christ; help the person to “reach out to others” in turn”. Catechists need to get to know their catechumens personally and Archbishop Goh expressed his hope for smaller groups in catechesis.

Read More: http://www.fides.org/en/news/63620-ASIA_SINGAPORE_Archbishop_Goh_to_catechists_The_important_thing_is_your_encounter_with_Christ

Do you see the need around you?

We often miss this as a main point of the story of Saint Joseph, but it is key. What was God doing through Joseph’s decades of suffering? Was he refining Joseph? Yes. Was he restoring Joseph to his family? Yes. But ultimately God intended Joseph’s life “to save many lives.”

And by the end of Joseph’s life, he told his brothers it was all worth it.

Every Christian knows that Christ gives us a foundational calling: to live as Christ. Christ met needs. And all our other passions serve only to lead us to the unique needs we can meet. Joseph weren’t especially spectacular human beings; they just gave their lives to the problems of their generations. We could do that too. And together, as one body with many parts, we could see God move.

The word passion originates in Latin, meaning “to suffer.” The word was created by religious scholars in the eleventh century to describe the willing suffering of Christ. Passions have become nearly synonymous with pleasures and what excites us in modern culture. But consider that passion is originally defined as the moment of the deepest willing suffering of Christ for our good. It lifts the word from human desires to a monumental love willing to suffer.

When we find ourselves willing to choose suffering for a cause, that cause may hold our life’s mission.Read More »

Saint Jude Thaddaeus

Saint Jude was born into a Jewish family in Paneas, a town in the Galilee portion of ancient Palestine, the same region that Jesus grew up in. He speaks Greek and Aramaic, like many of his contemporaries in that area, and he was a farmer. He was a brother of St. James the Less, also one of the Apostles. His father was Clopas, brother of St. Joseph, and his mother Mary was a cousin of the Virgin Mary. This fact allows the conclusion that St. Jude was a contemporary of Jesus and most likely in roughly the same age group.

His own first name, “Jude”, means giver of joy, while the name “Thaddaeus” means sweetness and gentleness of character. He is not the traitor Judas Iscariot, and he faithfully followed Jesus until his crucifixion, and then later set out to evangelize. There are some biblical scholars that have stated St. Jude was the bridegroom at the Cana wedding, though this is not a proven fact.

Saint Jude had at least one child, and there are references to his grandchildren living as late as 95 A.D. He was then called to be one of Jesus 12 Apostles, and began preaching the Good News of Jesus to Jews throughout Galilee, Samaria, and Judea. Read More »