Saint Casimir Parish
Saint Casimir Parish
PLEASE PRAY FOR THE FOLLOWING INTENTIONS
That the Church’s preaching
and teaching will win many to the authority of the Gospel.
That attacks on religious
liberty be ended and the right to practice religion in freedom be protected.
That our parish community
live as the salt of the earth and the light of the world.
That civil rulers will work
to eliminate the structural causes of poverty and to develop programs to
integrate the poor into the greater community.
That God bless Father
Bacevice and the Pastoral and Finance Councils in their efforts to secure
the future of St. Casimir Parish.
That all parishioners recognize their
responsibility to St. Casimir Parish’s future through financial support,
commitment to parish activities, sharing ideas, and most importantly prayer.
That those engaged in business will serve
the common good by making the goods of the world accessible to all.
That those who are afflicted, especially
the poor, refugees, and marginalized, may find welcome and comfort in our
That those who pray be validated in their belief of its power.
WHAT’S HAPPENING AT ST. CASIMIR PARISH?
In Ascent of Mount Carmel, St. John of the Cross wrote:
“Oh that someone might show us how to understand, practice, and experience what this counsel is which our Savior gives us concerning the denial of ourselves, so that spiritual persons might see in how different a way they should conduct themselves upon this road than that which many of them think proper…Oh that someone would tell how far Our Lord desires this self-denial to be carried!”
“Receive one child”
(Sister Ruth Burrows, O.C.D., a Carmelite nun in Norfolk, England)
Our hearts should always be asking, “What more, Lord? What do you want of me? Show me anything that is preventing your love having full scope in me. Show me. Help me to see the showing. Help me to hear the answer to the question: ‘what more?’”
What our Lord asks, what he realized was so bitterly hard for the human heart, was “conversion”: our accepting to turn around, to be uncoiled from the self-possession, self-centeredness, and self-orientation that is our native condition, to become God-possessed, God-centered, God-directed. It is what he means by becoming a little one, a child, who alone is capable of receiving the kingdom, of knowing the mysteries of the kingdom.
This re-making is God’s exclusive work. But we must accept his work, we must allow his divine hand to take hold of us and wrench us into true shape. And we resist with all our might. He knows that only when we are thus re-shaped can we be truly happy. Our misery springs from our self-centeredness. Joy and freedom are in God’s possession. “Ah, if only you knew what is for your peace! (Lk 19:42).
Let us then open our hearts to God that his Spirit may take possession of us and the dream of God become a reality in our lives, the dream of our vocation—God alone.
Source: MAGNIFICAT. Feb. 2014, Vol. 15, No. 12, pp. 355-356.