Prayer: Learning from a great spiritual master
Bishop Robert Barron: Prayer
Learning from a great spiritual master
Thomas Merton is one of the most well-known and influential spiritual writers of the twentieth century, especially on the topic of prayer.
The Seven Storey Mountain
, is considered one of the finest accounts of conversion and spiritual transformation ever written.
In Merton’s early years, he was very focused on worldly things, especially the pursuit of pleasure.
Then after becoming Catholic, he began to yearn for a deeper union with God. He entered the Gethsemani Monastery in Kentucky, and spent the last 27 years of his life as a monk, poet, and writer.
Learn more about Thomas Merton in this short video:
An excerpt from
POPE FRANCIS: REJOICE AND BE GLAD
A supernatural gift
173. Naturally, this attitude of listening entails obedience to the Gospel as the ultimate standard, but also to the Magisterium that guards it, as we seek to find in the treasury of the Church whatever is most fruitful for the “today” of salvation. It is not a matter of applying rules or repeating what was done in the past, since the same solutions are not valid in all circumstances and what was useful in one context may not prove so in another. The discernment of spirits liberates us from rigidity, which has no place before the perennial “today” of the risen Lord. The Spirit alone can penetrate what is obscure and hidden in every situation, and grasp its every nuance, so that the newness of the Gospel can emerge in another light.
Fr. Godfrey's Homily
Advent 2A 2019
St. Benedict Cathedral
Surely she said it at least five times a week. “How many times do I have to say it?” It didn’t matter what Mom was asking us to do. Unfortunately, it didn’t usually lead to action on our part right away. So, “How many times do I have to say it?” And clearly, it was more than it had already been said!
This may have been the first time that the Pharisees and Sadducees heard the call to repentance. John is the voice in the wilderness calling them to change. As we well know, many calls to repentance, to conversion, to a new way of living – none of it, even from Jesus, seems capable of breaking their spirit hell-bent against change.
And how about for us? We hear EVERY WEEK how we are to live and we hear it from Jesus Himself in the scriptures. Do we make a quick break for holiness? Or hold on to our favorite sins, just in case Jesus might be mistaken? Jesus is persistent with us in His call. Let’s become more persistent ourselves in prayer this Advent season as we ask for the true spirit of conversion.
As an example of that persistence in prayer, let’s sing a line we all know: “Open my heart, Lord.” Let’s sing it several times together. Maybe we’ll hear Christ if we ask Him to open our hearts. God is always persistent. We must be too!
Daily Mass Schedule
Tuesday 7AM, 9AM
Wednesday 7AM, 9AM (School Mass)
Thursday - Saturday 7AM, 9AM
Confessions 20 minutes before each Mass until 5 minutes before Mass
Scouts Selling Homemade Cinnamon Rolls and Suckers
The St. Benedict Scouts are selling homemade cinnamon rolls and Christmas suckers after all the Masses next weekend (12/14-15). We have a choice of Iced or Cinnamon rolls only $10 each and we have a variety of Christmas suckers to choose from only $1 each. All for you to enjoy and support our Scouts!
On Friday, December 13, St. Benedict Cathedral School and Parish will be hosting a Christmas Trivia Night forstudents, families, and parishioners of all ages. All are welcome to attend. The event will take place inthe Woodward Center. Doors will open at 5:00pm and trivia starts at 5:30pm. All participants should plan to arrive by 5:00 to register and claim a table. Participants can sign up at the door on the night of the event.Teams may contain up to6 members. Thecost per mem-ber is $7. All proceeds from this event will support clubs at St Benedict Cathedral. Contact Mr. Craig Keepes at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
4:30pm Children's Mass Christmas Eve
Midnight, 6AM, 9AM
Holy Day Masses- Mary, Mother of God
4:30PM December 31
6AM, 9AM January 1
Open House at St. Benedict Cathedral
January 5th from 12pm - 2pm
St. Ben's Women's Retreat
- January 31 - February 2nd at Sarto Retreat Center
Registration form below.
Mardi Gras 2020
- SAVE THE DATE! Saturday, February 8, 2020 in the Eykamp Hall in the Ridgway Center on the University of Evansville campus. 5:30 – midnight. Dinner, dance & auction.
2020 St.Ben's Women Retreat Registration form.pdf
on Tuesday, December 10, 2019 at 2:00PM