Father Bryce’s Message
January 21, 2018
Reflections: Examination of Conscience
“The Kingdom of God is at hand. Repent and believe in the Gospel.”
The Prophet Jonah, Jesus and St. Paul all call us to consider the most important decision of our lives: to listen to and follow the Word of God! Our challenge is to look at ourselves in the mirror of our conscience.
The great teacher of the spiritual life, St. Ignatius Loyola, recommended strongly the practice of the “Daily Examen”, that is, to review each day in light of what God expects of us. The fruit of this exercise is humility, knowing the truth about ourselves. This information is not to be put on Facebook, Twitter or any ‘social media’. It is strictly for ourselves.
Others might capture our attention with brutal criticism or fraternal correction, but they are not privy to our real condition. That is why Jesus told us: “Do not judge, so that you may not be judged. For with the judgment you make you will be judged, and the measure you give will be the measure you get.” [Mt. 7: 1f.] The challenge, however, might serve us well, if we bring the matter up during the daily examination of our conscience.
After all we are called by God to be saints. To that end Jesus died for us so that the sojourn on earth would be prelude to eternal love to the full extent of our capacity to love.
January 14, 2018
Reflections: Here I am Lord, I come to do your will!
“Jesus is the Father’s Emissary. From the beginning of his ministry, he called to him those whom he desired;…. And he appointed twelve, whom also he named apostles, to be with him, and to be sent out to preach.’ From then on they would also be his ‘emissaries’ (Greek apostoloi). In them, Christ continues his own mission: Jesus said to the Twelve: ‘he who receives you receives me.’ ” (CCC 858)
MEDITATION FOR TODAY FROM ST. PAUL
“Brothers and Sisters: The body is not for immorality, but for the Lord, and the Lord is for the body; God raised the Lord and will also raise us by his power. Do you not know that your bodies are members of Christ? But whoever is joined to the Lord becomes one Spirit with him. Avoid immorality. Every other sin a persons commits is outside the body, but the immoral person sins against his own body. Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God and that you are not your own? For you have been purchased at a price. Therefore, glorify God in your body. (1 Cor. 6: 13ff.)