Caregivers: “the Antibodies to the Virus of Indifference”

A Crisis Reveals What is in our Hearts

In these Advent days, we are filled with hope in preparation for the two-fold coming of Christ: the historical Lord in the Child at Christmas and our personal meeting of the Lord at the “2nd coming”– whether that “end-time” be at our own deaths or our internal awakening to Christ’s eternal presence in our lives, here and now. Pope Francis shares what he finds as key to preparation for this “coming”- “letting your minds and heart overflow with people in conflict, people in suffering”.

“You see faces looking for life and love in the reality of each person, of each people. You see hope written in the story of every nation, glorious because it’s a story of daily struggle, of lives broken in self-sacrifice. So rather than overwhelm you, it invites you to ponder and to respond with hope. These are moments in life that can be ripe for change and conversion…a crisis that reveals what is in our hearts… what is revealed is what needs to change: our lack of internal freedom, the idols we have been serving, the ideologies we have tried to live by, the relationships we have neglected.”

“In lockdown I’ve often gone in prayer to those who sought all means to save the lives of others. So many of the nurses, doctors and caregivers paid that price of love, together with priests, and religious and ordinary people whose vocations were service. We return their love by grieving for them and honoring them… They are the antibodies to the virus of indifference. They remind us that our lives are a gift and we grow by giving of ourselves, not preserving ourselves but losing ourselves in service.”

“To come out of this crisis better, we have to recover the knowledge that as a people we have a shared destination. The pandemic has reminded us that no one is saved alone. What ties us to one another is what we commonly call solidarity. Solidarity is more than acts of generosity, important as they are; it is the call to embrace the reality that we are bound by bonds of reciprocity. On this solid foundation we can build a better, different, human future.”

  • From the New York Times Opinion Article Essay on November 26th, 2020, titled Pope Francis: A Crisis Reveals What Is in Our Hearts. -an essay adapted from his new book “Let Us Dream: The Path to a Better Future,” with Austen Ivereigh.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Psalm 100

Shout with joy to the Lord, all the earth!
    Worship the Lord with gladness.
Come before him, singing with joy.
Acknowledge that the Lord is God!
He made us, and we are his.[a]
We are his people, the sheep of his pasture.
Enter his gates with thanksgiving;
go into his courts with praise.
Give thanks to him and praise his name.
For the Lord is good.
His unfailing love continues forever,
and his faithfulness continues to each generation.

 

What Does this Moment Ask of Me?

 

In The Sacrament of the Present Moment and Abandonment to Divine Providence, Jesuit priest Jean-Pierre de Caussade reminds us that “ Each moment of our lives requires us to do our duty, the duty of the moment, and each moment is precious and holds some divinely appointed purpose”.

We need to “offer God our heart and our will, do our duties faithfully, let go of outcomes, and let God surprise us”…“He speaks joy to the mundane and purpose amidst chaos.”

“We must accept what we often cannot avoid, and endure with love and resignation things which could cause us weariness and disgust. This is what it means to be holy.”  “…to open our heart and trust that in each plan that doesn’t go according to our hopes, God has something even better in store.”

“If we have abandoned ourselves to God, there’s only one rule for us: the duty of the present moment.” “What does this moment ask of me?” is always the right question.

 

 

 

As We Wait…

Let nothing disturb you.

Let nothing frighten you.

Though all things pass,

God does not change.

Patience wins all things.

But he lacks nothing

 who possesses God;

For God alone suffices.

-St. Teresa of Avila

Cold War in our Hearts and Deadening of Conscience

“One of our great problems is to see clearly what we have to resist. I would say that at the moment we have to understand better than we do the cold-war mentality. If we do not understand it, we will run the risk of contributing to its confusions and thereby helping the enemies of man and of peace. The great danger is that under the pressures of anxiety and fear, the alternation of crisis and relaxation and new crisis, the people of the world will come to accept gradually the idea of war, the idea of submission to total power, and the abdication of reason, spirit and individual conscience. The great peril of the cold war is the progressive deadening of conscience.”

– Thomas Merton, The Hidden Ground of Love. (p. 325-6)

Perhaps these words of ring as true today as they did in 1962. May we guard against the deadening of our conscience by daily returning to the Divine Source of all Wisdom in the silence of contemplation.

Crying With… Opens the Heart

Amidst the suffering in which we are all immersed, we constantly question what is “ours to do”. Fr. Keating’s words help us understand the transformative process which must take place within ourselves  so as to “call forth” the Christ in every situation.

“We are all localized vibrations of the infinite goodness of God’s Presence. So love is our very nature…The effectiveness of social action depends upon the source from which it springs…The contemplative state, like the vocation of Mary, brings Christ into this world.”                                                                                                                                                               -Fr.Thomas Keating, Open Mind, Open Heart

Honorifics: How does one address or write to a member of the CCOA clergy?

 

While the CCOA is often informal and members of the clergy use first names, there are times when formal titles are used. In CCOA, these correct titles should be used in formal situations:

 

Deacons, Priests, and Archpriests are addressed as Reverend (often with a name.)

Bishops are addressed as Bishop (often with a first name.)

 

Formal written communication to Deacons, Priests, and Archpriest is sent to Reverend….

Formal written communication to a Bishop should be sent to The Most Reverend …

 

 

                              

The One Before You

 

In this time of confusion, as we try to determine what is ours to do, Dominican Friar, Meister Eckhart (1260-1327) of the Rhineland Mystical Tradition offers some sage advice.

“The most important hour is always the present.

The most significant person is precisely the one sitting across from you right now.

The most necessary work is always love.”

 

 

Love Alone Unites

 

In The Human PhenomenonTeilhard de Chardin writes:

“When anything really new begins to germinate around us, we cannot distinguish it—for the very good reason that it could only be recognized in the light of what is going to be” …

 “Love alone is capable of uniting living beings in such a way as to complete and fulfill them, for it alone takes them and joins them by what is deepest in themselves.”

May his words give us peace and hope during troubled times.

“New Editor and New Name”

Antioch’s Newsletter now has a new editor and a new name! Be sure not to miss the current issue of “The Voice” which can be found in the newsletter section of our website. Congratulations to Fr. Ron Catherson, our new editor, for a great beginning!


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