Worship . . . that is relevant to everything in my life.
There is no question that the bread and wine we carry to the altar is by the power of the Holy Spirit changed into the body, blood, soul, and divinity of Christ. But we do not come to mass simply to be passive observers of transubstantiation, but to be part of the Mystery we celebrate. “For the sharing in the body and blood of Christ has no other effect than to accomplish our transformation into that which we receive.” (Lumen Gentium #26, quoting St. Leo the Great). Fr. Ron Lewinski
Spirituality. . . that connects the dots of my life.
“Spirituality is the endeavor to discover the face of God in the daily routine of life at home, in school, or place of employment. It is the ability to find peace of mind and contentment of heart in one's world and enjoy it to the ful. . . Spiritual people blend all aspects of life so that they can form a harmonious unity. They live an integrated life that has no compartments separating one life experience from another. There is no dichotomy between their prayer and their work or the performance of one's daily tasks, as if these realities were estranged from one another. For holistic persons, everything leads to God and everything becomes a factor of growth in the spiritual life.” Anscar J. Chupungo, OSBS, “What then is the Liturgy?” pp 234-235.
A Holy Year of Mercy. . . that makes a difference in my community.
“It is my burning desire that, during this jubilee, the Christian people may reflect on the corporal and spiritual works of mercy. It will be a way to reawaken our conscience, too often grown dull in the face of poverty. And let us enter more deeply into the heart of the Gospel where the poor have a special experience of God's mercy.
“Jesus introduces us to these works of mercy in his preaching so that we can know whether or not we are living as his disciples. Let us rediscover these corporal works of mercy, to feed the hungry, give drink to the thirsty, clothe the naked, welcome the stranger, heal the sick, visit the imprisoned, and bury the dead.
“And let us not forget the spiritual works of mercy: to counsel the doubtful, instruct the ignorant, admonish sinners, comfort the afflicted, forgive offences, bear patiently those who do us ill, and pray for the living and the dead.” Misericordiae Vuiltus, the letter of Pope Francis announcing the Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy, beginning December 8, 2015.