Our Lady of Fatima

Let us remember. We are in the Holy Presence of God.

Welcome Mullen Junior Class to your induction as Seniors.  We celebrate this moment with Mass, because there is an important connection between what we expect of you as future leaders of your school and what faith inspires you to do.  Faith in the presence of God is one of our core principles, but the secret is that it is the one core value that strengthens and enlightens all our other core values.  As Lasallians, we do not simply believe that God exists, we do not believe that in some invisible and transcendent place – detached from our world, separated from our daily lives – there is an impersonal, intangible, and distant entity that simply holds everything in existence.  We believe in a God that has broken the silence and spoken to us throughout history, a God who continues to speak to us today through the Holy Scriptures, and the circumstances of our lives.  Faith is the power to actually hear the voice of God whenever we hear the words of the Scriptures read.  Today, by faith, Jesus teaches his disciples, gathered at the last supper, the divine remedy for fear.  He says, “You have faith in God, have faith also in me.”  The difference is subtle, but important: “You have faith in God” – Jesus is reminding his disciples of their experience of faith – they are experienced listeners, they hear the Word of God, the words of Moses, and the prophets.  They have come to know what God’s voice sounds like and recognize Him whenever they hear the Torah, the Psalms, or Isaiah.  They have come to recognize the same voice whenever Jesus speaks to them – but Jesus is more than a prophet, He is more than just another messenger.  “You have faith in God, have faith also in me.”  The power of faith that connects you to the invisible Father when you listen, that same power of faith, when placed in Jesus, causes you to know that the divinity is right here, in the flesh, present.  Faith in the presence of God, is faith in Jesus Christ, God made present in the flesh.  This faith is the core value that strengthens us in our Christian and LaSallian mission. read more

The Fifth Day in the Octave of Christmas

These days of Christmas are given to us so that we might meditate upon the mystery of the Incarnation.  The Incarnation is a joyful mystery, but it is also a luminous mystery – full of light.  Light is a very important theme in the scriptures, and of all our senses, we rely to a great extent upon our eyes.  Light is what makes the things around us visible, and when we see things, we begin to know them and understand them.  The theme of light in the first reading is an invitation to consider a light that is not physical – not the sun, not the flame of candle or fire.  We are to consider a spiritual light.  What is spiritual light?  It is something that makes us know and understand in a deeper way – it causes us to know and understand what we cannot see and know by our eyes.  Light for the mind makes us understand reality more completely, we call that light, truth.  When you know the truth, your whole mind is full of light: everything else you have known becomes clearer, and things you may not have understood become apparent. read more

Wednesday of the First Week of Advent

We’re at the very beginning of the Advent Season, and so that will reflect something very particular about our Kairos experience.  Kairos is about God’s time, God’s timing, and one of the concrete ways God speaks with us is through the seasons of the year and the liturgical seasons.  The word Advent (Adventus) literally contains the word for ‘wind’ – ventus – so we could say Advent also has the sense of “blowing towards” “ad – ventus. ” Advent is a change in the direction of the wind, a change of the air – what was once blowing another direction is now blowing towards us.  We also know that wind, air, and breath are the same word as Spirit in the ancient languages of the scriptures.  Genesis 1:2, “The earth was without form and void, and darkness was upon the face of the deep; and the Spirit of God was moving (or blowing) over the face of the waters.”  The Spirit of God blows across the face of the waters at the beginning of time.  At Advent, that same Spirit begins blowing towards us.  Our Kairos is happening now, as the wind changes direction, as the Spirit begins blowing towards us.  The same Spirit that transformed the empty and formless darkness into the incredible created world in which we live, now moves our way, now blows towards us.  He moves towards us to recreate us – to make us completely new. read more

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