Thank you, our diocesan spiritual development chairpersons, for their reports. The wonderful good works and prayers that your dioceses have completed are truly commendable and so worthy of praise. God bless you! Some of you will be leaving the Diocesan Spiritual Development position this year. Thank you for all your hard work. You are an inspiration to me and your League sisters.
Our national SD chairperson Shari Guinta writes that there is a new League stole for permanent deacons. It is available for $185 from national. She also urges us to have retreats for diocesan and provincial councils where the current national and provincial themes could be used.
There will be a League Mass for living and deceased members on Vision TV on April 26, 2019. Check your local TV listing for the time.
Easter Sunday April 21,2019
Feast of Our Lady of Good Counsel April 26,2019
Divine Mercy Sunday April 28,2019
!2 Hours of Prayer for Palliative Care May 5-11
WUCWO Day May 13, 2019
12 Hours of Prayer for Palliative Care
National has some great suggestions for having this program in our parishes. Go online to find out more.
National’s theme Care for our Common Home, Sub theme water.
One way you could promote using our national theme is to encourage everyone to install a holy water font at their front door. St. Teresa of Avila, said …” there is nothing the devils flee from more than holy water.”
As our thoughts turn to spring and we want to be outdoors why not consider doing a pilgrimage. A pilgrimage is defined as “a journey to a place of devotion to pray for grace or petition for some favor.” In BC we have the Rose Prince pilgrimage. This is held the second weekend in July at Fraser Lake. Internationally there is the very famous St. James de Compostela pilgrimage in Spain. My husband, two of our sons and a grandson walked it last summer. You can go online for more information on both of these pilgrimages.
The Poustina is another way of getting closer to God. The Russian baroness Catherine Doherty of Madonna House has made this form of prayer popular in Canada and the US.
She said, “True silence is the search of man for God.” This form of prayer is most popular when you go into a secluded cabin for 3 to 7 days and pray. You usually bring a loaf of bread, water and a Bible. It is not however for those who have a depressive type of personality, the pilgrimage is a better option… Catherine Doherty said, “In order to face our ever changing, technical, troubled world we need prayer and silence.” Seton House of Prayer in Kelowna has a poustina cabin
Remember to say the League prayer daily. Two other great ways to pray are novenas and invocations. Invocations are short prayers that can be said at any time of the day or night. Invocations include “Jesus, Mary and Joseph pray for us, Jesus come near., Help me Jesus, Thank you God for everything.” Some people say invocations when they do a specific duty like turning on water on or when they start their car. Novenas, that are usually said over a 9-day period are so special and so helpful. I have said many in my life. In an emergency you can quickly say 9 Glory Be to the Father prayer. “Prayer, leads us forward in hope” Pope Francis
Encountering the poor
Please remember that all of the above suggestions on how to get closer to God should manifest itself in encountering the poor. Encountering the poor means talking to them, touching them, helping them in some tangible way. Some examples include taking extra garden produce to the food bank, giving a monthly food donation to the Salvation Army, or making an extra batch of cookies or muffins for your local homeless lunch program. Other ways are asking the poor how you can help. Maybe take them to lunch, speak to them at fast food restaurants, or say hello. Just listening to a person can open up their soul.
I would like to conclude with an inspiring quotation I recently read. “Almost every successful person begins with two beliefs: the future can be better than the present, and I have the power to make it so.”
You are all in my daily prayers
Have a blessed holy Easter.