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Weekly Update, April 19, 2015

Apr 28, 2015

Dear Theologians,

The following article from Evangelii Gaudium is taken from Chapter 3 – ”On the Proclamation of the Gospel”. As we prepare to preach the word of God to the faithful, we must remember to first encounter Jesus speaking to us personally in the Word.

“In the presence of God, during a recollected reading of the text, it is good to ask, for example: ‘Lord, what does this text say to me? What is it about my life that you want to change by this text? What troubles me about this text? Why am I not interested in this? Or perhaps: What do I find pleasant in this text? What is it about this word that moves me? What attracts me? Why does it attract me?’ When we make an effort to listen to the Lord, temptations usually arise. One of them is simply to feel troubled or burdened, and to turn away. Another common temptation is to think about what the text means for other people, and so avoid applying it to our own life. It can also happen that we look for excuses to water down the clear meaning of the text. Or we can wonder if God is demanding too much of us, asking for a decision which we are not yet prepared to make. This leads many people to stop taking pleasure in the encounter with God’s word; but this would mean forgetting that no one is more patient than God our Father, that no one is more understanding and willing to wait. He always invites us to take a step forward, but does not demand a full response if we are not yet ready. He simply asks that we sincerely look at our life and present ourselves honestly before him, and that we be willing to continue to grow, asking from him what we ourselves cannot as yet achieve.” (Pope Francis, Evangelii Gaudium, # 153)

Thank you for all who made the Pork Fest a success. The food was wonderful, especially the bacon.

Congratulations to the winners of our annual Tennis Tournament, and thank you to the coordinators of this event.

All Third Theologians will meet with Father Iasiello and Dr. Aguilar on Monday, April 20, 2015 at 1915 in Divinity Hall to discuss preparations for the diaconate pilgrimage and priesthood retreat. Please bring your passports to the meeting. Thank you. 

There will be no house meeting and no formation meeting on Monday, April 20.

The Board of Trustees will be meeting on Tuesday, April 21.

There will be a Red Cross Blood Drive from 10:00 – 3:00p.m. on Tuesday, April 21 in the Theology Residence Basement.

Our annual Softball Tournament on Saturday, April 25. There will be a 7:00a.m. morning Mass.

I would like to welcome the following individuals this week:

  • Members of the Board of Trustees, on Monday, April 20 – Tuesday, April 21.
  • Fr. Michael dePalma, Director of Vocationfor the Archdiocese of Santa Fe, visiting on Sunday, April 19 – Tuesday, April 22.
  • Msgr. Charles Singler, Director of Vocations for the Diocese of Toledo, visiting on Monday, April 20 – Wednesday, April 22.
  • Fr. Chris Luoni, Director of Vocations for the Diocese of Youngstown, visiting on Tuesday, April 21– Wednesday, April 22.

 

During these first days of Spring, don’t forget to go outside! We encounter God in the beauty of his creation. The flowers blooming, the blue sky, and the birds singing are all gifts for us and invitations to experience his love for us.

In Christ,

Fr. Oxley

 



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