As we pass the one-year mark in stunned remembrance of the 565,000 souls lost to Covid-19, perhaps Fr. Michael Joncas’ hymn, “Shelter Me” may be a soothing balm for our collective sorrow. Our lives will be forever touched.
You can find this moving hymn on YouTube by entering search criteria: Shelter Me by Michael Joncas / Recorded by Spiritu during the time of COVID-19.
“Nothing matters now but the highest reaches of human attainment. Nothing but the finest is adequate. We must respond enthusiastically to that alert which calls us to move into the highest reaches of heart, mind, body and soul.”
Many years ago, Herman Adrian Spruit, Patriarch and founder of the Catholic Apostolic Church of Antioch taught:
“Prayer is the primary process by which you learn to align your desires, your life’s purpose, and your life plans, and work them out in cooperation with [God] … Prayer cleanses, chastens our desires, realizes them, so you can no longer tell where your desires begin to overlap with God’s.”
1 Shout with joy to the Lord, all the earth! 2 Worship the Lord with gladness.
Come before him, singing with joy. 3 Acknowledge that the Lord is God!
He made us, and we are his.[a]
We are his people, the sheep of his pasture. 4 Enter his gates with thanksgiving;
go into his courts with praise.
Give thanks to him and praise his name. 5 For the Lord is good.
His unfailing love continues forever,
and his faithfulness continues to each generation.
“This is the most propitious time to experience the Christ Initiation. It presents us with the Opportunity to rise into a newness of life. … Let’s take some time out to experience the central event and experience the Holy Madonna and the Glorious Newborn Christ at Christmas-time!”
Herman Adrian Spuit, The Eternal Madonna, Jan. 15, 1984
We are about to begin the season of Advent, the time of expectancy and waiting. This year the season begins as we in the United States are finishing our Thanksgiving celebrations.
We may want to reflect on this and continue observing our blessings during Advent and then carry this practice into the new church year. We so often overlook the little things that can truly be wonderful blessings.
Sometimes when we are asked to do something, we offer all kinds of excuses why we shouldn’t do it, such as: we don’t have time, the necessary material, or the ability. To think of our limitations and shortcomings gives them life and force. August, 1979
We firmly believe that the internet should be available and accessible to anyone, and Catholic Apostolic Church of Antioch is committed to providing a website that is accessible to the widest possible audience, regardless of circumstance and ability.To fulfill this promise, we are in the process of reviewing our site to adhere as closely as possible to the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.1 (WCAG 2.1) published by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C). These guidelines explain how to make web content more accessible to people with a wide array of disabilities. Complying with those guidelines helps us provide a site that is accessible to all our site visitors.This website utilizes various technologies that are incorporated to make it more accessible.What Are We Presently Doing to Make our Website More Usable for People With Disabilities?
We utilize an interface that allows persons with specific disabilities to adjust the website’s UI (user interface) and design it to their personal needs. This interface replaces the older fashioned method of providing all users with the same, lesser but accessible design or user interface. Some of the interface’s capabilities are Font handling, Color Handling and more
Additionally, the website utilizes an AI-based application that runs in the background and optimizes its accessibility level by resolving HTML issues:
Identify the Site’s Language in Header Code
Label All Images on the Website with Descriptions of the Image (Alt-Tags)
Fix Empty Links, so Website is Easier to Use
Remove Empty Headings
Remove Empty Form Labels
Fix Menu Broken ARIA
Fix Missing Form Labels
Handling NoScript Elements
Handling Autoplay Attributes
Additional capabilities are being researched and added as timing and budget allow
Interface to Adjust the Website’s UI
High Contrast Mode
Dark Contrast Mode
Font Size Adjustment
Big Mouse Cursor
Our efforts are ongoing as ADA standards and guidelines may change, or we may find additional compliance items that need to be edited on our website.Despite our very best efforts to allow anybody to adjust the website to their needs, there may still be pages or sections that are not fully accessible, are in the process of becoming accessible, and/or are lacking an adequate technological solution to make them accessible.