Monday of the Tenth Week in Ordinary Time
• All the readings together
• 1st Kings 17:1-6
• Psalm 121
• Matthew 5:1-12
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SUMMER 2014 DAY 15 AT IPF
Who is at IPF today:
• 169 seminarians in the 10-week Summer Program of Spiritual Formation
• 12 priests in the Seminar for Seminary Spiritual Directors
What are they doing today?
Today the seminarians enter to a new stretch for the summer. Today they begin two new classes, one in the morning and one in the afternoon. The morning class, focused on celibacy and sexuality, teaches the men the relationship between daily discernment, growth in virtue, and their integration of celibacy and sexuality. The afternoon class, focused on the spirituality of diocesan priesthood, teaches the men the unique "identity" of diocesan life, as well the unique components of the spiritual life of a parish priest.
Today the priests in the seminar for seminary spiritual directors start their first day of class. Today the priests will come define what spiritual direction is and what it is not.
"The faithful expect only one thing from priests: that they be specialists in promoting the encounter between man and God. The priest is not asked to be an expert in economics, construction or politics. He is expected to be an expert in the spiritual life. With this end in view, when a young priest takes his first steps, he needs to be able to refer to an experienced teacher who will help him not to lose his way among the many ideas put forward by the culture of the moment. In the face of the temptations of relativism or the permissive society, there is absolutely no need for the priest to know all the latest, changing currents of thought; what the faithful expect from him is that he be a witness to the eternal wisdom contained in the revealed word. ... In reality, we grow in affective maturity when our hearts adhere to God. Christ needs priests who are mature, virile, capable of cultivating an authentic spiritual paternity. For this to happen, priests need to be honest with themselves, open with their spiritual director and trusting in divine mercy."
— Pope Benedict XVI
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IF YOU WERE THIS SUMMER TODAY YOU WOULD PRAY WITH ...
John 15:1-16 ... as you leave the weekend and return to a new week, what's your attitude toward the "ordinary" rhythm of life? As you pray with John 15, ask the Lord for the grace to do everything with Him this week, so as to transform the ordinary into extra-ordiary.
FR. ROBERT BARRON WHY BELIEVE IN GOD?