Thursday, September 22, 2016

Welcome to Mary Mother of Jesus Inclusive Catholic Community, Sarasota, Florida

WELCOME to Mary Mother of Jesus Inclusive Catholic Community.   



Here are some answers to questions often asked by visitors. 

* Co-presiders are usually an ordained priest and a community member.  

* Our liturgies follow the familiar two-part structure of the Catholic Mass.
        
The Liturgy of the Word: Readings are usually taken from the Lectionary, although other inspired sources are also used. The Gospel reading is followed by a “homily starter” which serves as an invitation to the community to share their thoughts on the topic.  


The Liturgy of the Eucharist:   This becomes a “family meal” as everyone is invited to stand around the altar and to take part in the Eucharistic Prayer, the Consecration, and Communion. Alcohol-free wine is used.   People may drink from the cup or dip their bread in the wine – whichever they prefer.

* We use inclusive language, referring to God by multiple names and avoiding gender-specific terms, oppressive/dominating terms, etc.   For a detailed explanation of inclusive language, see the handout on the Information Table.

* If you are visiting MMOJ for the first time, there will be an opportunity for you to introduce yourself near the end of the Liturgy.

Once again, WELCOME.   We are happy to have you join us!           



Mary Mother of Jesus Inclusive Catholic Community


Mary Mother of Jesus Inclusive Catholic Community meets every Saturday at 4:00pm at 
St. Andrew United Church of Christ
6908 Beneva Road,
Sarasota, Florida 34238








Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Defining Moments at the Florida Center for Early Childhood, Interview on Healthy Families America with Kathryn Shea ARCWP




Interview with Kathryn Shea starts at 17:00





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Homily for Holy Spirit Catholic Community, 26th Sunday OT, Sept. 25, 2016 by Beverly Bingle, RCWP

“Giving Pledge” is an organization that asks billionaires
to commit the majority of their net worth to philanthropy,
either now or in their will.
Bill and Melinda Gates and Warren Buffet started it in 2010.
This year the Gates' net worth is just over 77 billion dollars.
Buffet's is nearly 68 billion.
In the six years since those three started the effort,
$365 billion has been pledged by 139 people.
In today's gospel we heard about a rich man who is not on that list.
Luke doesn't give him a name,
but sometimes he's referred to as Dives [DIE-veez],
the Latin word for “rich man.”
_______________________________________
There's nothing wrong with having enough...
enough food to eat, clean water, clothes to wear,
a secure home to live in.
Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.
Those are basic human rights.
When people don't have the basics,
something is radically wrong.
It's sinful when poverty or war or prejudice
stunt a person's potential
and suffocate hope.
_______________________________________
Dives had the ability to help Lazarus.
It wasn't that he kicked him, or yelled at him, or belittled him.
He just didn't see him.
In and out, every day, walking past,
and not so much as a penny or a table scrap.
That was Dives' sin—
indifference to the suffering in the world around him.
_______________________________________
Today we're tripping over a world full of Lazaruses.
People are homeless and without hope,
here in Toledo and around the world.
They're displaced by war and famine and greed.
They're refugees, immigrants, and migrants.
They're the addicted, the formerly incarcerated, the bankrupt,
the penniless, the mentally ill.
They're the sex slaves and the work slaves and the wage slaves.
_______________________________________
How much money is enough?
How much stuff is enough?
How much do we need
before we think we can afford to give something away?
We build up bank accounts, make investments,
buy health plans and life insurance,
sock it away in retirement plans…
always thinking we need more,
always feeling insecure.
And it's never enough,
so we hold on to everything
and lose the precious chance to help others.
_______________________________________
Those billionaires who follow through with their Giving Pledge
will have billions left after they give half of it away.
They're generous, and that's good,
but it's not quite the widow's mite,
the woman who gave
not what was extra
but what she needed to thrive.
That's the kind of generosity I see in Toledo.
_______________________________________
Joseph is one of the regular guests at Claver House.
He's young, in his 30s.
He's homeless, living at the Cherry Street Mission.
When he arrives for breakfast, he's a ray of sunshine,
even on a bleak rainy day.
When the volunteers put a basket of fruit
or a carton of chips or yogurt out,
Joseph is the one who makes sure that everybody gets some,
even if there's nothing left for him.
And when he leaves, he calls out,
“I am blessed! You have a blessed day, too!”
Joseph is doing
what the Jesuit theologian Walter Burghardt advised
when he said we can't turn our backs on the poor.
All that Joseph has is his cheerfulness,
and he spreads it around everywhere he goes.
_______________________________________
Pope Francis says that many of the wealthy have a heart problem
—a growing inattention to anything but their own desires.
They are spiritually destitute.
We've all heard the excuses they make.
“Those people” are illegal, it's too inconvenient, too far away.
They'd just buy alcohol with it, they're too far gone to be helped.
“Those people” need to get a job and buckle down
and pull themselves up by their bootstraps, they say...
“like I did.”
_______________________________________
Paul's letter to Timothy give us the prescription
to cure that heart problem—
love one another.
We do that here at Holy Spirit.
Each one of you spends time
and lends expertise
and donates to justice and peace causes.
Some of you ran—well, walked or trotted—
in the Race for the Cure this weekend,
or volunteered or donated to help make it happen.
All of you participated in the annual Global Compassion event
that ended Wednesday.
And every month we sit around the potluck
at our community meeting
and very deliberately spend
a portion of the generous offerings of our members.
Among other things,
we have helped the homeless through 1Matters,
Syrian refugees through UStogether,
people in need through Claver House,
women trapped in prostitution through Rahab's Heart,
central city children through Padua Center,
people caught in disasters through Catholic Charities,
our own parishioners through our Special Needs Fund,
and our struggling planet through Tree Toledo.
We'll meet again tomorrow night [tonight] after Mass
and put our heads together
to come up with another dose
of that medicine that makes our hearts healthy.
Together we try to keep our eyes open
to notice the poor among us,
whether they beg at our door
or huddle in refugee camps on the other side of the world.
And we reach out.
Thanks be to God!

-- 
Holy Spirit Catholic Community
Saturdays at 4:30 p.m./Sundays at 5:30 p.m.
at 3925 West Central Avenue (Washington Church)


Rev. Dr. Bev Bingle, Pastor
Mailing address: 3156 Doyle Street, Toledo, OH 43608-2006

What Does iI Mean To Be a Catholic Peacemaker? by Janice Sevre Duszynska ARCWP


What does it mean to be a Catholic peacemaker:
  • In a country in which more than half of all of its discretionary spending goes to the military? That means, for instance, that in 2015, of the $1.11 trillion in discretionary spending available for allocation by Congress, 54 percent of it, or $598.5 billion, went to the Pentagon and other defense areas, according to the National Priorities Project. Military spending has dropped over the past four or five years, largely because of withdrawal of troops from the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, but it is on schedule to begin rising again.
  • "We have heard the voice of the poor, of children and the younger generations, of women and so many brothers and sisters who are suffering due to war.  With them let us say with conviction: No to war!  May the anguished cry of the many innocents not go unheeded.  Let us urge leaders of nations to defuse the causes of war: the lust for power and money, the greed of arms’ dealers, personal interests and vendettas for past wrongs.  We need a greater commitment to eradicating the underlying causes of conflicts: poverty, injustice and inequality, the exploitation of and contempt for human life." Pope Francis




"There are people making money on the trafficking of weapons," said the cardinal.





http://www.catholicworldreport.com/NewsBriefs/Default.aspx?rssGuid=church-unity-with-a-global-focus-lessons-from-bishop-school-69332/


Dear Friends,


Last night 9 peacemakers vigiled outside the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center at the National Harbor, ten miles south of D.C.,  to decry the scandalous Air Force Association (AFA) annual "Air & Space Conference and Technology Expo," what we call an "Arms Bazaar." Some 150 arms contractors are taking part in this year's Arms Bazaar. Our vigil coincided with a $300+ per plate banquet honoring outstanding airmen. Members of Pax Christi, two Carmelite sisters and friends from several other peace groups attended the vigil which was organized by the Dorothy Day Catholic Worker. The action was held in solidarity with Campaign Nonviolence (CN), a long-term movement to build a culture of peace and nonviolence free from war, poverty, racism, the climate crisis, and the epidemic of violence and injustice. This week CN is sponsoring some 700 actions in the U.S. and worldwide.  

As we arrived at the Gaylord,  a contingent of Gaylord security and Prince George Police were on hand to greet us. Max Obuszewski and Janice Sevre-Duszynska were the first to arrive and had an animated exchange with the head of security. Shortly afterwards,  I was able to give security and police our leaflet (see below) and invited them to join with us. Several police vehicles stationed at the Gaylord main entrance remained at the site for the duration of our vigil.  

Our witness began with singing "Down By the Riverside" and the reading of our leaflet. Bob More then read the Gospel account of the Beatitudes (Lk. 6:2-28). This was followed by Janice, Max and Sr. Carmen Soto reading a selection of Dr. King's Riverside Church April 4, 1967 speech about why he opposed the Vietnam War. Bob Cooke then offered a prayer to exorcise the evil of militarism and convert our lives to God's command to love.  We then sang "Do Not Be Overcome by Evil." This was followed by Janice, Max, Bob Cooke, Steve Bush and I sharing reflections about the human cost of warmaking, the plight of refugees, the courageous witness of whistle-blower and truth teller, Edward Snowden, the urgent need to cancel weapons systems like the $400 billion F-35 Joint-Strike fighter program, killer-drones and all nuclear weapons, and the moral imperative of exposing and resisting the addiction to militarism.  A Litany of Repentance and Hope was then offered by Brian Barrett and Sr. Carmen. We then lit candles and sang "This Little Light of Mine," as we remembered all victims of violence and war, the holy cloud of witnesses past and present, imprisoned truth-tellers, resisters and whistle-blowers, the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and all who are acting to stop the Dakota Access Pipeline, and all who are working today to bring about God's reign of justice, love and peace. We concluded our witness by singing the Vine & Fig Tree and having a closing circle.



Let us redouble our efforts to do all we can to nonviolently resist the forces of violence, racism and death and witness to the God of Life and Love as we strive to create the Beloved Community.



With gratitude,

Art







Stop the Air Force Association Air & Space Conference and Technology Expo "Arms Bazaar!"


“War should always scandalize the faithful...Think of the children starving in refugee camps, these are the fruits of war. And then think of the great dining rooms, of the parties held by those who control the arms industry, who produce weapons. Compare a sick, starving child in a refugee camp with the big parties, the good life led by the masters of the arms trade.”                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

-- Pope Francis, February 25, 2014 Mass at the Vatican's Santa Marta Chapel                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            

"Why are deadly weapons being sold to those who plan to inflict untold suffering on individuals and society? Sadly, the answer, as we all know, is simply for money: money that is drenched in blood, often innocent blood. In the face of this shameful and culpable silence, it is our duty to confront the problem and to stop the arms trade."

-- Pope Francis, September 24, 2015 Speech to the U.S. Congress

                                       


From September 19-21, the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center is once again playing host to the Air Force Association (AFA) "Air & Space Conference and Technology Expo," what we call an "Arms Bazaar." The AFA, according to its web site, is "the voice for aerospace power and the Air Force family." This year's Arms Bazaar will focus on: "Air, Space & Cyber Theme: Airmen, Industry, and Allies-A Global Security Team." Some 150 arms contractors taking part in this years Arms Bazaar have played a prominent role in U.S. warmaking. These arms contractors, like Lockheed Martin, General Dynamics, Northrop Grumman and Raytheon, are profiting from war and literally are making a killing! But that's not all. The Pentagon and numerous arms dealers are committed to U.S. nuclear/military/cyber superiority and militarizing and controlling space.

       

As the world’s preeminent military superpower, the U.S. is the #1 arms dealer with $46.6 billion in foreign military sales for 2015. The U.S. supplies weapons to much of NATO and Middle Eastern allies like Turkey, Israel, and Saudi Arabia. U.S. arms sales in the Middle East are fueling widespread wars in the region, as the U.S. continues its quest to destroy ISIS. In concert with weapons contractors participating in the AFA Arms Bazaar, the U.S. is engaged in direct military intervention in Iraq, Afghanistan and Syria, continues its military support for the Israeli occupation of the West Bank and Gaza, threatens Russia over its involvement in the Ukraine, proceeds with its military "pivot" in the Asia-Pacific to threaten and contain China, and wages killer drone attacks in Pakistan, Yemen, Somalia and elsewhere.



Additionally, the U.S. continues its "Missile Defense" deployments encircling China and Russia, constituting a flagrant violation of its Anti-Ballistic missile treaty with Russia. Moreover, the U.S. plans to spend $1 trillion over the next thirty years to modernize its own nuclear arsenal, instead of pursuing a real path to disarmament. And the U.S. military, the world's single biggest consumer of fossil fuels, is directly destabilizing the earth's climate. The victims cry out for justice, and the earth, under daily assault, groans in travail!



During its three day Arms Bazaar, the AFA is sponsoring nearly 40 forums addressing how the U.S. can refine its warmaking apparatus and cyber capability so it can dominate earth and space. Tonight the AFA is holding a $300+ per plate banquet honoring outstanding airmen. On Wednesday night there will be a similar banquet. We decry the AFA Arms Bazaar for what it is: a scandalous affront to God, a theft from the poor, and a threat to people worldwide and all of creation!



Who will speak for the poor and the victims, as arms dealers reap huge profits from their lethal weapons and death technology? Who will protect our sacred earth and environment? We urgently need, more than ever, to nonviolently resist all war and violence--from Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Gaza, to Ferguson, NYC, Baltimore, Charleston, Orlando, D.C. and elsewhere. Together, let us continue to do all we can to establish the Beloved Community, end the climate crisis, eradicate poverty and create a world free of nuclear and conventional weapons, killer drones, war, racial hatred and oppression. In the name of God, who calls us to love and not to hate, demonize and kill, it's time to end the AFA Arms Bazaar!


Please join with us as we seek to say YES to Life and a resounding NO to the merchants of death and war profiteers.



For more info please contact the Dorothy Day Catholic Worker: 202-882-9649.

Monday, September 19, 2016

"The Pope's chief exorcist 'who banished 70,000 demons' and said Vatican was possessed by devil dies aged 91"

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/world-news/popes-chief-exorcist-who-banished-8871079


Father Gabriele Amorth once claimed yoga was evil and Satan is "living among religious leaders"

Tributes have been paid to the Catholic Church 's leading exorcist Father Gabriele Amorth, who died on Friday at the age of 91.

The Pope's chief exorcist, who once said the Vatican is possessed by the devil, claimed to have carried out an incredible 70,000 'exorcisms' over his 30-year career. "

Women Perform Rituals for Unborn Girls



Times of India
In the presence of the priests, 36 women recited the Vedic 'mantras' and completed the rituals. The women stressed that even they can perform 'Pind ...

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Mercy and Compassion in Jubilee Year by Olga Lucia Alvarez Benjumea ARCWP

Logo in Spanish

In many time in my life, I felt that I should stop, I remain as dry braking, and there are impulses that drive again. Not me I can step over. What happens when I?Almost every day, and more and more, especially when I open myself to His Presence. He / She is a visit that does not hinder, not tired, not Bug Me, opposite those moments inspire me, encourage me, challenge me, I become creative, wake up, fills me with hope, daffodils and always-alive .

Since Francisco announced the Jubilee Year of Mercy, I immediately head rondo the concept of "mercy" that we were taught ...

Which?

Too bad for the other.

Oh no! This can not be. We would be trampling the dignity of others / a.

Francisco whenever we can is clarifying and reformulating the concept of "Mercy".He said: "The mercy without works is dead in itself", "mercy is not an abstract word but a way of  life " (3).

This reminds me of what they taught us in school, about the things that are necessary to make a good confession. According to the Catechism of P.Astete sj Recordémoslas:


1) Examination of Conscience
2) Contrition of heart
3) Purpose of Amendment
4) Confession mouth
5) Satisfaction of work


According to that I leave consideration for us to discover what we will be failing, so that the Mercy of the Jubilee Year a reality? Without making accusations, without judging, without condemning, without blame. Where is the fault?

There is sadness, surprise, distrust, pain, among divorced people, unable to receive Communion. There is pain, sadness, surprise, distrust between the Community LGTBI. There is pain, sadness, surprise, mistrust, fear among women, increasingly rejected, marginalized identified. We are pointing to want to end the "Church" because we are asking for gender equality and non-sexism in the institution as such. Women, we are accused of families are running because they have been and are promoting divorce, abortion, contraceptive use and sexual orientation disorder in children. Women are to blame for the temples look increasingly empty of young ... many times have we heard that women sin entered into the world, to homes, to the Church and in the mouth of whom?

There is talk of poverty, ignorance, inequality, imbalance in society ... and encourages the realization of human and social works. But, "not by bread alone doth man live," (Luke 4: 4, Matthew 4: 4, Deuteronomy 8: 3)

I think we have to start by giving a new definition to the mercy and compassion.For being honest / as with ourselves / os, let's start by making a good confession:


  • Examination of Conscience. This almost done, but not finished.
  • Contrition of heart. Same.
  • Purpose of the amendment. Sure did but for what suits.
  • Boca confession. Not everything has been said, it is missing.
  • Work satisfaction. This behind the scenes, very few results.


So? Well, to make a good Jubilee Year, and that nobody is left out, because the doors are open ... this as confusing as Agreements for Peace, of which are discussed in Colombia.

Mercy and Compassion for me is above all a welcoming embrace, full of love. The Divine Essence, unforgiving , AMA!


"Jesus straightened up and saw none but the woman, he said: Woman, where are those thine accusers? Has no one condemned you? John 8: 10 "


Do not even attempt to embarrass her and ask that she felt guilty ... She also apologized, she felt loved, protected, dignified! full of joy She was sheltered by Divine Love!

BEFORE THE END TO JUBILEE YEAR, IN THIS JUBILEE RECOGNITION AND LOVE MANY WOMEN AND MEN EXPECT ONE HAND AND FOSTER Tendida be cuddled / AS IN DIGNITY AND LOVE!

* Roman Catholic presbyter.


BIBLIOGRAPHY:

The  mercy  is the willingness to sympathize with the sufferings and miseries ofothers. It manifests itself in kindness, assistance to the needy, especially ...
Too bad  ·
2) Compassion:
female name
Feeling of sadness of seeing someone suffer and driving ease your pain or suffering, to remedy or avoid.
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Compassion - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia


The  compassion  (Latin cumpassio, calque or translation of the Greek word συμπάθεια (sympathia), word composed of συν πάσχω + = συμπάσχω, ...

Definition of Compassion "ABC Concept Definition

The word  compassion  is one that refers to the feeling by which a person may feel pity for someone who is suffering.

3) VATICAN, 30 Jun. 16 / 7:15 a.m. ( CNA ) .- In his reflection this morning at the Jubilee audience in St. Peter 's Square, Pope Francis explained that "mercy is not an abstract word but a way of  life "since a person can choose to be merciful or not, you may decide to get involved and help others or be indifferent to the needs of others.

"Problems I Eperience Atttending Mass" by Tony Flannery, Priest and Writer





"After forty years of being on the altar celebrating Mass, I have now had four years of attending Mass, like any ordinary believer. It has been an experience not without its difficulties. Often I find myself as if I was standing outside the event, as a spectator, and not really being part of what is going on. I know that is not the way a person should participate at Mass, but it can be a struggle for me to get involved. There are a number of reasons for this. I will attempt to outline some of my difficulties.
The first, and maybe the most significant reason has to do with the new translation that is used by most priests. I was involved in the ACP campaign to get the Irish bishops to refuse to allow this dreadful translation into Ireland, and in the process I learned a lot about how it came to be imposed on us by the Vatican, and the people involved in this imposition. To put it mildly, deepening people’s faith, or helping them to celebrate Mass more meaningfully, we’re not the considerations that provoked the change. The official line is that they were, and maybe some of the people involved really believe that. But it is clear to me that the real motives were much less worthy. The new translation was part of a whole movement, particularly during the pontificate of Benedict, to bring the church back to the past, to a time when the Mass was celebrated in Latin. They knew they wouldn’t get away with re-introducing the Latin, so they saw this translation, a Latinised version of English, as a first step. They were also well aware that what they were doing would not be popular with the general Mass-going public, so they imposed it from on high by the force of their own authority. And we have such a supine body of bishops that there was no effort made to resist.
So, when the Mass begins with the greeting from the priest, there seem to be always a few people who very loudly respond: “And with your spirit”, I already begin to feel alienated. It is such a ridiculous response, compared to the simple “And also with you”. The opening prayer often causes problems for the celebrant, with its convoluted english, so it rarely adds anything to the prayerfulness of the event.
When we get to the consecration, and if my attention is still on what is happening and my mind hasn’t drifted away, I face my greatest challenge. Will the priest say the Lord’s blood is shed for “all” or for “many”. Thankfully, a good number of priests still insist on “all”, but when “many” is said I have to resist the urge to walk out. If the Lord’s blood is not shed for all, but only for some, be it few or many, what is the point of it? Who are these “many”, and, more importantly, who are the excluded ones? Which do I belong to? Which do I want to belong to?
By this stage we are coming up to communion time, and we are asked to recite with the priest the prayer before we receive: “Lord, I am not worthy………” I don’t mind the re-introduction to the ‘roof’ bit, since it is biblical, but the last part has me in a tangle again. We used to say “I will be healed”, but now we are asked to say “my soul will be healed”. This is introducing the old dichotomy between soul and body, which has caused to much trouble in Catholic teaching down through the centuries. It implies two separate entities, one important (the soul), and the other (the body) not worth praying for.
The whole experience highlights yet again for me the dreadful damage that is being done to the faith by the authoritarian structures of the Church, so I often end up by asking myself again why do I belong to it at all.
Happily, this does not happen to me every time I attend Mass. But when it does I come out of the church feeling anything but spiritually refreshed!
http://www.tonyflannery.com/problems-i-experience-attending-mass/

Bridget Mary's Response:

Tony Flannery is an inspiration to me and to many Catholics in Ireland, in the U.S. and beyond.

I am grateful that women priests are bringing a new model of liturgical celebration that is inclusive to our church. We celebrate eucharistic liturgies with dialogue homilies and full participation of the community in praying the Eucharistic Prayer, specifically the words of institution. The assembly shares the Body of Christ blessed, broken and given in the sacred meal and in our lives. It is good not to have to deal with the issues that Tony mentions in his article below.

Bridget Mary Meehan ARCWP,www.arcwp.org


Saturday, September 17, 2016

Two Clips of Mindy Lou Simmons Singing "Beautiful Mother" and "Beauty of the dance"

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Homily Starter for Mary Mother of Jesus Inclusive Catholic Community by Bridget Mary Meehan ARCWP and Karen Hylen Sept.17,2016

Homily Starter: Bridget Mary Meehan

A long time ago around the fireside in our cozy gray cottage in Coolkerry, County Laois, Ireland, our family prayed the rosary each evening. My mother, Bridie finished the rosary with the “trimmings,” officially known as the Litany of Loreto.

This beautiful Litany contains many names for Mary that reflect the divine feminine which the Blessed Mother and the goddesses before her carried for centuries.



In When Mary Becomes Cosmic: A Jungian and Mystical Path to the Divine Feminine, David Richo shares that the archetypal images in the Litany of Loreto are a treasure trove for our spiritual development. Each of these images reveals our soul’s potential as God ‘s spiritual power acts for us and within us: House of God, Tower of Ivory, Mirror of Justice, Vessel of Honor, Seat of Wisdom, Cause of Our Joy, Comfort of the Troubled, Morning Star,  and Gate of Heaven. 

As we reflect on the readings from Amos and the Gospel, a common message challenges us to be single-hearted and compassionate and to identify ourselves with the poor, the neglected and the suffering. As we do this, there is no “us” or “them.” Each person is the beloved of God. We erase the margins that label some people as outsiders and create a circle of compassion where all belong because we are one. 



In my experience we have opportunities to care about and for others each day. Sometimes, it is simply listening with our ears and our heart. When we respond to others' needs in practical and immediate ways, we are the face of God in our world. 

As some of you know, I have breakfast with a group of elders in McDonald’s most days. I love these wise and witty people. Sometimes, we are joined by members of the homeless community who sit on a grassy lawn nearby. They call me “Silver Angel”, my favorite name. This week Jesse, Keith and Tanya left their signs "homeless and hungry" behind, and enjoyed a sausage McMuffin breakfast at Micky D's. Thank you, Mary Mother of Jesus Community, for supporting this humble, hands-on - ministry of hospitality to our sisters and brothers in need. 

David Richo writes: “… salvation is always and already happening as long as we are engaged in the works of mercy in the world. We join in the redemptive renewal when we see pain and respond to it with forms of compassion outlined in the works of mercy.” (When Mary Becomes Cosmic, p. 123) 

Here is a contemporary translation of the works of mercy from Richo's book:

The bodily works of mercy are:
Feed the hungry;
Give drink to the thirsty;
Clothe the naked;
Shelter the homeless;
Visit the sick and imprisoned;
Assist the dying.

The Spiritual works of mercy are:
Comfort the troubled;
Counsel the Confused;
Provide information to those who need it;
Speak up to the unjust;
Forgive injuries;
Bear wrongs without retaliation;
Pray for the living and dead

Homily Starter-part 2 Karen Hylen:

I was delighted when Bridget Mary suggested that for the second reading we consider using some thoughts from David Richo’s book, When Mary Becomes Cosmic.  Richo is an author who uses the lens of Carl Jung's thoughts to effectively shed a profound and expansive perspective on our human experience. Jung spent his life exploring the human psyche and recognized that at it's depth it had a kinship with soul. Richo honors this understanding with the statement, “Salvation is always and already happening as long as we are engaged in works of mercy.” At the surface it seems like an easy formula for the significant work of participating in the ongoing process of Salvation. Wouldn't it be great if all it took, having been given a list of what those works of mercy are, to follow through as Nike proclaims and, “Just Do It!”? I certainly have found that it's not quite that easy. We know we are “failing” at this extraordinary task when we see the massive suffering surrounding us in the world and we recognize how easy it is to be distracted by our own petty needs, or by all that separates, rather than connects us, to others. However, according to Jung’s understanding there is a reason we have such difficulty in getting beyond our personal selfishness long enough to serve the needs of others. To simplify Jung’s complex body of work: There is a part of God that is unconscious and we’re it! His theory of Individuation suggests that our true life’s journey is to transform the darkness residing in the personal and collective unconscious into the light of conscious awareness and, in so doing, become uniquely and wholly ourselves. He termed this process, Individuation, and profoundly states that Individuation is the ongoing Incarnation of God. In other words, as we work doggedly at the task of becoming our true selves, this process of Individuation becomes our primary work of mercy and that this work is intimately intertwined with the redemptive process by which our world finds salvation. It is our greatest work to steadfastly redeem our struggling personal ego from its imprisonment within the conditioned mind and the false self it has created. This inferior and suffering self is created by our human past and its internalized fictions. It is this process of Individuation that gives birth to the true Self. Richo explains that for Jung, “The Self is the archetype of God (dwelling) in us as unconditional love, perennial wisdom, and healing power. These divine qualities are in bodied in our very being: the love is in our hearts; the wisdom is in our minds; and the healing is in our souls. We are not complete as humans until we activate – individuate these gifts."  Jung states that each birth of this transpersonal Self is experienced as a death by the fragile ego. We participate in our own redemption through a process of Individuation in which we use self-will to mindfully disengage from actions driven by a selfish aggrandized personal ego and choose instead to engage a transpersonal Self that sees mirrored in the pain and suffering of our brothers and sisters an indwelling Christ in need of our compassion and love. This mirrored seeing occurs when we are humble enough to recognize that the suffering we see in others also resides within our own soul. We are all "wounded healers." However, through this conscious action of Individuation we become like Mary, The House of God, and actively participate in an ongoing Incarnation of God by which we and the world seek redemption and ever so precariously walk a path toward Salvation.

As a springboard for our reflections on today’s readings, as well as the thoughts shared by Bridget Mary and myself, I would like to link and highlight the wisdom statement of our gospel reading: “ No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.” I would like to paraphrase this wisdom and suggest: You cannot serve both God and the false self! 


How have you personally experienced this inner tension of the false self vs. the indwelling Christ and how has it supported or interfered with your ability to perform works of mercy when the opportunity crosses your path?