<MP>Sunday, 17 May 2009

  • From: "Fr. Pat Umberger" <frpat@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: "Fr. Pat Umberger" <frpat@xxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sat, 16 May 2009 18:30:08 -0500

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     From Father Pat Umberger

P E N T E C O S T    N O V E N A
A novena is made up of nine days of prayers for a special cause.  The Novena
in honor of the Holy Spirit is the most ancient of all Novenas.  It was the
first one ever prayed.  It recalls the period of nine days where Jesus sent
his apostles back to Jerusalem to await the coming of the Holy Spirit at
Pentecost. This wonderful Novena is addressed to the Holy Spirit and can be
a powerful way for us to prepare to receive the light, strength and courage
we need.
So, let's pray this wonderful Novena, beginning on the Friday after
Ascension Thursday, this year on the 22nd of May, even when, like this year
in the United States, the celebration of Holy Thursday is transferred to the
next Sunday.  Come Holy Spirit, Come! Just follow the link from:


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St. Paschal Baylon (1540-1592)
In Paschal's lifetime the Spanish empire in the New World was at the height
of its power, though France and England were soon to reduce its influence.
The 16th century has been called the Golden Age of the Church in Spain, for
it gave birth to Ignatius of Loyola, Francis Xavier, Teresa of Avila, John
of the Cross, Peter of Alcantara, Francis Solano and Salvator of Horta.
Paschal's Spanish parents were poor and pious. Between the ages of seven and
24 he worked as a shepherd and began a life of mortification. He was able to
pray on the job and was especially attentive to the church bell which rang
at the Elevation during Mass. Paschal had a very honest streak in him. He
once offered to pay owners of crops for any damage his animals caused!  For
more, follow the link below:

Saint of the Day: http://www.americancatholic.org/Features/SaintofDay/ 

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In this is love: not that we have loved God, but that he loved us and sent
his Son as expiation for our sins. ~1 John 4:7-10

This is my commandment: love one another as I love you. No one has greater
love than this, to lay down one's life for one's friends. ~John 15:9-17

Scriptures: http://www.nccbuscc.org/nab/

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The word "love" is used 9 times in our second reading and 9 more times in
the Gospel.  Jesus does not speak of romantic or commitment-free love.  He
speaks of self sacrifice, and even laying down one's life for one's friends.
We grow the most in God's love and as human persons when love requires
something difficult of us.

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I pray that I may love.  I pray that I may not shrink from sacrifice, or
even laying down my life out of love.

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We pray for unity in our country and that we may build a Culture of Life. We
pray for the safety of our troops, their safe return and their families at
home.  We pray for a deep and profound respect for life, and for the courage
and willingness to stand up for life. We pray for one another, for those who
have asked our prayers and for those who need our prayers the most. Have a
good day!

May God Bless you and those you love, and keep you safe!

Father Pat

      "Be still and know that I am God." ~Psalm 46:10

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