The secret to being humble
Bishop Robert Barron's: St. Benedict
The secret to being humble
According to St. Benedict, the most important virtue is humility.
, he outlined twelve degrees of humility– basically a twelve-step program
for the Christian life.
Watch this short video to learn the secret of humility:
An excerpt from
POPE FRANCIS: REJOICE AND BE GLAD
THE GREAT CRITERION
Ideologies striking at the heart of the Gospel
100. I regret that ideologies lead us at times to two harmful errors. On the one hand, there is the error of those Christians who separate these Gospel demands from their personal relationship with the Lord, from their interior union with him, from openness to his grace. Christianity thus becomes a sort of NGO stripped of the luminous mysticism so evident in the lives of Saint Francis of Assisi, Saint Vincent de Paul, Saint Teresa of Calcutta, and many others. For these great saints, mental prayer, the love of God and the reading of the Gospel in no way detracted from their passionate and effective commitment to their neighbours; quite the opposite.
Presented to: St. Benedict Cathedral, Evansville, IN
Presented by: David Rice
Date(s): March 16 &17, 2019
Season: 2nd Sunday of Lent – Cycle C
1st: Gn 15:5-12, 17-18
Resp. Psalm: Ps 27; The Lord is my light and my salvation
2nd: Phil 3:17- 4:1
Gospel: Lk 9:28B-36
Theme/Title: In our lives, let us strive to be transfigured in the image of Jesus Christ. May we strive to answer the call of Christ in all our thoughts, words, and actions.Introduction
Cincinnati Mission Trip; serving food at lunch and the antics that occurred in order to get more food
One guy turned his ball cap around thinking he would not be recognized; funny, but not
Tommy – homelessness witness
Could ask him any question
Was well-educated; had experienced great success in business
Then, it all turned around on him
Spoke about the very deep pit that is “poverty”; the difficulty in breaking the cycle and getting out
Tommy has dedicated his life to serving Christ and helping others
Today’s Scriptures – Theophany; appearance or presence of God
Have we and how do we experience the presence of God?
How? Where? When? Through what means? How do we know it is authentically God?
Gn 15:5-12, 17-18. Abram experiences God and enters covenant relationship with him. God gives wonderful assurances to Abram and his descendants
Lk 9:28B-36; Transfiguration. Focused on the amazing theophany experienced by Peter, John and James on the mountain. From the cloud, God says: “this is my chosen Son; listen to him.”
Today’s Gospel is more about Jesus’ divinity as compared to last week’s that focused more on his humanity.
Jesus is fully God and fully human – both and
Jesus in his humanity can completely relate to our human condition
In his divinity, Jesus is our Savior.
So, back to the question of how we experience God?
One very important way we experience God is through the people with whom we share life’s journey.
Recall the story I shared about some of our mission trip experiences
God calls us to be his helpers in the world and to proclaim Christ as Redeemer. This call is especially strong in our Catholic social teaching of preferential option for the poor. That principal can be summed up in this way: economic decisions and institutions should be assessed according to whether they protect or undermine the dignity of the human person.
Some approximate statistics: 15% of people in the Tri-State live below the poverty line; more than 30,000 people
Here in our community, particularly in our Christian community at SBC, there are multiple ways in which we can live out this call, ways in which we can be God’s hands and arms. We do not have to reinvent the wheel.
SVdP – providing much needed assistance to families who are experiencing hardships and financial problems
ECLC – striving to provide a means out of poverty; a hand up and not a hand out
CAJE – working to change the existing systems; focused to a greater degree on the “justice” aspects and compared to the “mercy” aspects of helping others
If you are looking for ways to become more involved in the service of our Lord Jesus Christ, to experience life in Christ in this way, please call and talk with us
The Transfiguration of Jesus Christ is a beautiful and powerful reminder that we are called to become more like Jesus; to strive for holiness.
May we always strive to experience God more fully though Jesus Christ.
People of Prayer Series: Centering Prayer
Wednesday, March 20th offered by Mary Jo Bennett at 7PM in church, after the soup supper.
Mass and Soup Suppers Wednesday Evenings During Lent
Beginning March 13th
Mass at 5:30PM with Confessions following until 6:30PM
Soup Suppers at 6PM
Lenten Fish Fries--BEGIN FRIDAY, MARCH 8TH
The Knights of Columbus will be hosting weekly Friday Night Fish Fries during Lent in the St. Ben's cafeteria from 5 PM to 7 PM. The Fish Fries will begin on March 8th and continue weekly through April 12th. (There will be no Fish Fry on Good Friday). Please pay attention to the bulletin for further information and for opportunities to volunteer.
on Tuesday, March 19 at 2:00PM