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Doing God's will:
Everything else is taken care of

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Living the Scriptures 

with St. Paul University 
Catholic Center 

Jorge Miramontes 

After I left home for the seminary, I became literally sick with worry every time something happened back home. After all, I used to help at home, was part of my family and church life, was always available for people. So now that I was gone, my family, friends, and church were doomed without me.

Somehow, when I left for the seminary, without consciously knowing it, I got the idea that the world needed me so much that it was not going to be able to run without me. It appeared that one of the requisites for me to follow the will of God was to be able to bilocate, that is, be at two different places at the same time.

Since I did not get the divine gift of bilocation as I had requested it, I had only one thing left to do: worry and worry hard. It was as if by worrying hard everything would go back to normal and nothing else would go wrong because I was so worried that everything in nature was going to re-accommodate so I could be at peace again.

28th Sunday
in Ordinary Time
(Sunday, Oct. 15, 2006)
Wis 7:7-11
Ps 90:12-13, 14-15, 16-17
Heb 4:12-13
Mk 10:17-30 or 10: 17-27

Well, it did not work. I kept getting sick and was losing my focus on my studies. Things were still the same back home and with the world.

Through prayer I received the grace to know that those instances were opportunities for me to let go and to learn to really trust the Lord while I was doing His will. The grace to know that I had to put my trust completely in Our Lord Jesus came through my family - the thing that I was mostly concerned with. It was the Lord telling me, "See? Nothing happens when you are doing my will, so trust me, be quiet, and do not worry."

Ask, the Lord to show you how to trust Him, totally, with abandonment, with love. Ask Him to let you see, soon, that He is your Best Friend and how much he really loves you.

If we do not know Him and love Him as our best friend, how can you and I trust Him with everything we have?

He is the ONLY one who will never fail us. Read Scripture; pray all the time and spend time in front of the Blessed Sacrament, and I mean lots of time; that is the only way.

Reflection questions

• Do I trust God? And if I do not, is it because I do not really love Him?

• Why do I trust others, something, or myself more than I do God?

After all, He made us a promise: "Truly I say to you, there is no one who has left house or brothers or sisters or mother . . . he will receive a hundred times as much now in the present age, . . . and in the age to come, eternal life." And remember, this is a promise for all, not only for religious people.

Lastly, as my mother reminds me constantly through the words of a saint: No matter what you see, no matter what you hear, trust in the Lord. What is impossible for us is possible for God.

Jorge Miramontes is a seminarian for the Diocese of Madison. He is currently in his second year of pre-theology (second philosophy) year at Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit, Mich. He is a member of Holy Redeemer Parish in downtown Madison and Saint Joseph Parish on the Beltline, where he helped with the choir, youth group, and different ministries. If you wish to write to him, he can be reached at miramontes.jorge@shms.edu

St. Paul's Web site is www.stpaulscc.org

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Faith Alive!

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In a Nutshell

  • The ecumenical movement doesn't seek a unity between divided Christian denominations that is based on the least common denominator in their separate practices and beliefs. Ecumenism is concerned with the greatest common denominator. Ecumenism means more, not less.

  • Ecumenism involves honestly sharing traditions in depth, not minimizing them.

  • Does the lack of Christian unity cause divided Christians the pain it should cause?

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  •  Food for Thought
    One reason Pope Benedict XVI has made "the recovery of full and visible Christian unity a priority of [his] pontificate" is that he is "quite aware" -- based on experience in his native Germany -- "of the painful situation that the rupture of unity in the profession of the faith has entailed for so many individuals and families."

    The pope spoke of this in Cologne, Germany, where he also said that divisions among Christians of different denominations "are contrary to the will of Jesus, and they disappoint people's expectations."

    Later, the pope spoke again of ecumenism and the family, this time in Poland. It is common today that a man and woman of "different traditions, different religions or different Christian denominations decide to start a family," he noted, adding that while this decision entails some risks, it also can serve a valuable ecumenical role. Pope Benedict said:

    "Thanks to the spread of ecumenical dialogue on a larger scale, the decision can lead to the formation of a practical laboratory of unity. For this to happen there is a need for mutual good will, understanding and maturity in faith of both parties and also of the communities from which they come."

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    Moving ecumenically toward the greatest, not the least, common denominator
    By Father John W. Crossin, OSFS

    Catholic News Service

    Ecumenism seeks unity in substance. Christian unity will not be superficial.

    Some mistakenly think ecumenism means that:

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    Ecumenism in the tapestry of parish life
    By Father Dan Danielson

    Catholic News Service

    The people in our parish are quite conscious that most Protestants are not our enemies. They are our sisters and brothers in faith. Ecumenism has created a wonderful new spirit in the church.

    In our community we have held ecumenical services on Good Friday and a service on Thanksgiving morning. We even have had interfaith services on the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. And most dramatically, we held a service in the spirit of the Jubilee Year 2000 -- the sort of service encouraged by Pope John-Paul II -- at which we apologized to one another for our prejudices, fears and lack of effort in bringing our churches together.

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    When husband and wife belong to separate
    Christian traditions
    By Mary Jo Pedersen

    Catholic News Service

    "We don't agree on everything, but we have a deep faith in Christ and share many beliefs. We see the Holy Spirit working in our lives and in our home."

    That comment came from a couple who met recently with other interchurch couples in one of the many focus groups the U.S. bishops sponsored as part of their National Pastoral Initiative on Marriage. The focus groups were a way of listening to couples as the bishops prepared to issue a pastoral letter on marriage, probably in 2007.

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    This Week's Discussion Point:

    Describe an ecumenical activity you've participated in on the local level.

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    This week's readings

    Week of October 15 - 21, 2006

    Sunday, October 15, 2006

    Twenty-eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time
    Reading I: Wis 7:7-11
    Reading II: Heb 4:12-13
    Gospel: Mk 10:17-30 or 10: 17-27

    Monday, October 16, 2006
    Reading I: Gal 4:22-24, 26-27, 31--5:1
    Gospel: Lk 11:29-32

    Tuesday, October 17, 2006
    Memorial of Saint Ignatius of Antioch, bishop and martyr
    Reading I: Gal 5:1-6
    Gospel: Lk 11:37-41

    Wednesday, October 18, 2006
    Feast of Saint Luke
    Reading I: 2 Tm 4:10-17b
    Gospel: Lk 10:1-9

    Thursday, October 19, 2006
    Memorial of Saint John de Brébeuf and Saint Isaac Jogues, priests and martyrs
    Reading I: Eph 1:1-10
    Gospel: Lk 11:47-54

    Friday, October 20, 2006
    Reading I: Eph 1:11-14
    Gospel: Lk 12:1-7

    Saturday, October 21, 2006
    Reading I: Eph 1:15-23
    Gospel: Lk 12:8-12

    Pope's Prayer Intentions

    October General Intention

    Mature faith: That all those who are baptized may mature in their faith and manifest it through clear, coherent and courageous choices in life.

    October Mission Intention

    World Mission Day: That the celebration of World Mission Day may everywhere increase the spirit of missionary animation and cooperation.

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    Prayer for St. Raphael Cathedral

    O God,
    Whose word is like fire,
    who spoke to Your servant Moses in the burning bush;
    who led Your people Israel out of bondage
          with a cloud by day and a pillar of fire by night:
    hear Your people as we call upon You
    in both need and gratitude.

    May the Cathedral fire purify Your Church
    in the Diocese of Madison
    so that our hearts may burn with the knowledge
          that Your Church is built upon the bedrock
    of Your Son, Jesus Christ.

    Through the intercession of Saint Raphael,
          Your messenger of healing,
    in union with our Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI,
    and with our Bishop, Robert C. Morlino,
    may we find comfort in our affliction
    and the courage to proclaim
          the Good News of Jesus Christ,
    who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit,
    one God forever and ever.


    For more prayer resources visit the Office of Worship's Web page at www.straphael.org/~office_of_worship/
    (Click on the link on the main page.)

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