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!

Prayer of Abandonment in Time of Pandemic

In this time of pandemic, when many are exhausted from caring for their loved ones, Blessed Charles de Foucauld reminds us that “No matter what is encountered, it is Jesus in every situation”. For those who are feeling a loss of identity and control in their lives, may meditating on the Prayer of Abandonment give you the peace and comfort of living in Christ.

Prayer of Abandonment

Father, I abandon myself into your hands.

Do with me what you will.

Whatever you may do, I thank you.

 

I am ready for all. I accept all.

Let only Your will be done in me,

and in all your creatures.

I wish no more than this, O Lord.

 

Into your hands I commend my soul;

I offer it to you with all the love of my heart,

For I love you, Lord, and so need to give myself,

To surrender myself into your Hands,

Without reserve, and with boundless confidence,

for you are my Father. Amen.

Today and everyday

 

 

   “This is the day…. this is the day…this is the day the Lord has made…..

Let us rejoice… ”

CCOA Steps Up!

The Catholic Apostolic Church of Antioch just recently adopted three new policies, one on Anti-Discrimination, one on Anti-Harassment, and one on Anti-Bullying.

All people have the right to feel safe when participating in any of our ministries.

Experience the Christ Initiation

“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

Giving Thanks for Advent Blessings

Advent Blessings

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.


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