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CACCLC Retreat 2014

Society of St. Vincent de


Paul
Circle V Camp
Santa Barbara, CA
August 29 to September 1,
2014

Fr. Samuel W. Ward


Associate Director of
Vocations
Archdiocese of Los Angeles
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Ever Ancient, Ever New. Ever Relevant?
Who are the CACCLC Retreatants?
How many were born in China?
How many were born in the U.S.? (A.B.C.s
American Born Chinese)
Born elsewhere?
How many do not speak Chinese (Mandarin or
Cantonese) fluently?
How many were baptized Catholics as infants?
How many went to Catholic School? Catholic
High School or College?
How many are converts? As children? As
teens? As young adults?
How many are the only Catholic or Christian in
their family?
Or your family is the only Catholic family in
your extended family?
How many here are not Catholic? Were
invited by a friend?
How many are living a retreat for the first time
this weekend?
First time at CACCLC?
How many are involved in some sort of
ministry in the Church? At your parish? At
your college?
How many are part of a Chinese Catholic
community in your parish? 2
For reflection, without raising your
hand:
How many have been away from the
Catholic faith at times in your life?
Recently?
How many are here reluctantly or are
trying this out with skepticism?
How many are searching for
connections in their lives? With God?
With peers? With other Catholic
young adults? With other Chinese
Catholics?
How many are here because a retreat
at this point in your life is exactly
what you need?
What are your expectations this
weekend? Your hopes? Your fears?
Are you open to new possibilities for
your life?
Are you open to the Holy Spirit
working in your life in a new way?
Thank God we are here! 3
List of Retreat Conferences:

Friday Evening
IntroductionIntroducing the Theme & Getting to know the
Retreatants

Saturday
Conference #1Ever Ancient: The Faith of Our Fathers (And
Mothers)
Conference # 2Ever New: The New Evangelization & Catholic Young
Adults
Mass in Slow MotionA Catechetical Primer on the Holy Sacrifice of
the Mass
Mass HomilyDont Squander What Has Been Given To You.
Eucharistic Holy Hour & Benediction
Confessions during Holy Hour

Sunday
Conference #3Ever Relevant: The Catholic Church in Asia &
Implications for Chinese Catholics in the U.S.
Conference #4Ever Relevant? Part IIMaking a Choice for Jesus and
His Church
The Holy Chinese Martyrs
Mass HomilyDiscernment & Discipleship: Offering Ourselves as a
Holy and Pleasing Sacrifice to the LORD
Lectio Divina & Ignatian SpiritualityContemplative Praying with the
Scriptures

Monday
Conference #5Prayer, Spirituality & Living the Catholic-Christian
Faith: Implications for Daily Life
Mass HomilyThe Holy Sacrifice of the Mass & Confession:
Encountering Divine Mercy in the Sacraments

***Fr. Sam will be available for counseling/Spiritual Direction


throughout the weekend. Please see him to make
arrangements when and where to meet.

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CACCLC 2014
Retreat Schedule Mass
FRIDAY 12:30 pm
4:30 pm Lunch
Registration 1:30 pm
6:30 pm Workshops (3) 3:15 pm
Dinner Free Time
7:30 pm 4:15 pm
Intro & Icebreakers Talk #2
9:00 pm 5:15 pm
Evening Mass Small Group Discussion
(optional) 6:00 pm
SATURDAY Dinner
7:15 am 7:00 pm
Morning Prayer Group Pictures
(optional) 7:15 pm
7:30 am Lectio Divina
Wake-up Call 8:00 pm
8:15 am Praise & Worship /
Morning Exercise (Reconciliation)
8:30 am 10:00 pm
Breakfast Night Prayer (optional)
9:30 am Quiet Time
Talk #1
10:30 am
Small Group
Discussion
11:30 am

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SUNDAY 4:00 pm MONDAY
7:15 am Talk #4 7:15 am
Morning Prayer 5:00 pm Morning Prayer
(optional) Small Group (optional)
7:30 am Discussion 7:45 am
Wake-up Call 6:00 pm Wake-up Call
8:15 am Dinner 8:30 am
Morning Exercise 7:00 pm Breakfast
8:30 am Evening hike 9:30 am
Breakfast (Leads into Talk #5
9:30 am Eucharistic 10:30 am
Talk #3 Procession into Mass
10:30 am Adoration 11:30 am
Small Group 8:00 pm Final Remarks /
Discussion Taize & Adoration Survey
11:30 am Reconciliation 12:00 pm
Mass 10:00 pm Final Small
12:30 pm Night Prayer Group
Lunch (optional) Discussion
1:40 pm Quiet Time 12:30 pm
Conference Call Lunch
2:00 pm Pack & Clean
Large Group Up
Activity
3:30 pm

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CONFERENCE #1

Ever Ancient
The Faith of
our Fathers
(and our
Mothers)

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Hymn:
Faith of our fathers! Faith and prayer
Shall win all nations unto thee;
And through the truth that comes from
God,
Mankind shall then be free.

Refrain:
Faith of our fathers, holy faith!
We will be true to thee till death.

Faith of our fathers! We will love


Both friend and foe in all our
strife:
And preach to thee too, as love
knows how,
By kindly deeds and virtuous life.

Refrain:
Faith of our fathers, holy faith!
We will be true to thee till death.

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From The
Confessions of
Saint
Late haveAugustine:
I loved you, O
Beauty ever ancient,
ever new, late have I
loved you! You were
within me, but I was
outside, and it was there
that I searched for you. In
my unloveliness I plunged
into the lovely things
which you created. You
were with me, but I was
not with you. Created
things kept me from you;
yet if they had not been
in you they would have
not been at all. You called,
you shouted, and you
broke through my
deafness. You flashed,
you shone, and you
Painting of St Augustine
dispelled my blindness. by Botticelli
You breathed your
fragrance on me; I drew
in breath and now I pant
for you. I have tasted you,
now I hunger and thirst
for more. You touched 9
Fr. Sams testimony:
Late have I loved you, Lord. I can identify with those
words. I am a Catholic priest now, but for the first 22 years of
my life, I was what you call a nominal Catholic. I was a
believer but only a part-time practice of my faith. And I knew
ever less about my faith. For the last years of high school and
the first years of college, I was a C & E Catholic. You know
what that means. Christmas and Easter. Thats when I went
to Church. I barely prayed and I had forgotten more about my
faith since my Confirmation in 8th grade than I remembered. If
you asked me at that time to define the Immaculate
Conception, I would have given you one of two answers: It
either referred to when Jesus was conceived (wrong, thats the
Annunciation in Luke 1:26-38) or to an amazing touchdown
catch by Franco Harris of the Pittsburg Steelers against the
Oakland Raiders in 1973the so-called Immaculate
Reception (I always seem to relate things back to sports!).
But even though it was later in my life that I really came
to know Jesus Christ in a more real and powerful way, it was
not too late for me. And here I am now as a Catholic priest,
ordained for over 11 years and now Vocation Director for the
Archdiocese of Los Angeles. I was barely going to Mass before
and was pretty ignorant of my faith, which I consequently
never share with others since I felt so unprepared and
inadequate, and now I am leading a Young Adult Retreat for
Chinese Catholics! How did that happen? Surely it is a
miracle of Gods grace. And the preaching of the Gospel, the
Good News of Jesus Christ and his Holy Catholic Church, for
the past 2000 years. Us being here this weekend is the fruit of
a missionary, evangelical, Spirit-led group of Christian
believers who have preached and taught and shared the
Gospel with men, women, and children of every time and
place, culture and language, in season and out of season,
when it was both convenient and inconvenient (cf. 2 Timothy
4:2), suffering martyrdom and ridicule and persecution, all
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done for the love of Christ and a zeal for the salvation of souls.
Jesus and the Great Commission
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The Commissioning of the Disciples. (Matthew
20:16-20)

The eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the


mountain to which Jesus had ordered them.
When they saw him, they worshiped, but
they doubted. Then Jesus approached and
said to them, All power in heaven and on
earth has been given to me. Go, therefore,
and make disciples of all nations, baptizing
them in the name of the Father, and of the
Son, and of the holy Spirit, teaching them to
observe all that I have commanded you.
And behold, I am with you always, until the
end of the age.
o I AM: Jesus identifies Himself as YHWH
(Yahweh or LORD); see Johns Gospel:
God reveals Himself to Moses at the
Burning Bush (See Exodus 3)
I AM the God of your father, the God of
Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God
of Jacob. (Exodus 3:6)
God said to Moses, I AM WHO I AM
Say this to the people of Israel, I AM
has sent me to you. (Exodus 3:14)

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I AM the Bread of Life (John 6:35)
I AM the Light of the World (John 8:12)
Before Abraham was, I AM (John 8:58)
I AM the Door [or Gate] for the Sheep
(John 10:9)
I AM the Good Shepherd (John 10:11,
14)
I AM the Resurrection and the Life (John
11:25)
I AM the Way, the Truth, and the Life
(John 14:6)
I AM the True Vine (John 15:1)
o Jesus name means God saves. (Luke 1:31)
o He is also Emmanuel, God with us.
(Matthew 1:23)

The Commissioning of Moses (Exodus 3)


God also said to Moses, Say this to the
people of Israel, The LORD, the God of your
fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of
Isaac, and the God of Jacob, has sent me to
you: this is my name for ever, and thus I am
to be remembered throughout all
generations. Go and gather the elders of
Israel togetherI promise that I will bring
you up out of the affliction of Egypt to the
land of the Canaanites, [etc.; i.e.: to the
Promised Land]. (Exodus 3:15-18)
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The Commissioning of Abraham (Genesis
12)
Now the LORD said to Abram, Go from your
country and your kindred and your fathers
house to the land that I will show you. And I
will make of you a great nation, and I will
bless you, and make your name great, so
that you will be a blessingAbram went as
the LORD had told him.; and Lot [his nephew]
went with him. (Genesis 12:1-2, 4)
o Notice how Abram (soon to be called
Abraham, father of a multitude, in
Genesis 17:5) is called to leave his own
country and family for a new calling
(vocation), a new mission in life. He was
75 years old at the time!
Think of the circumstances and
decisions that led you (and your
family) to come to the U.S.

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The Commission of the Church at Pentecost (See Acts
of the Apostles 2)
When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all
together in one place. And suddenly a sound came from
heaven like the rush of a mighty wind, and [the Holy Spirit]
filled all the house where they were sittingAnd they were
all filled with the Holy Spirit(Acts 2:1-4)
Peter, standing with the eleven, lifted up his voice and
addressed them. Let this be known to you, and give ear
to my words. For these men are not drunk, as you
suppose, since it is only the third hour of the day [9:00
AM]; but this is what was spoken by the prophet Joel: And
in the last days it shall be, God declares, that I will pour out
my spirit upon all flesh.... (Acts 2:14-17; see Joel 2:28ff.)
o Ever ancient.
Peter continued, And it shall be that whoever calls on the
name of the LORD shall be saved. (Acts 2:21)
After the Preaching of Peter at Pentecost, Now when they
heard this they were cut to the heart, and said to Peter and
the rest of the apostles, Brethren, what shall we do? And
Peter said to them, Repent, and be baptized every one of
you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of sins;
and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. For the
promise is to you and to your children and to all
that are far off, every one who the LORD our God
calls to him. (Acts 2:37-39)
o Ever ancient, ever new. Ever relevant?
And [Peter] testified with many other words and exhorted
them saying, Save yourselves from this crooked
generation. (Acts 2:40)
o Think about it, if that was wicked and crooked
generation, what can we say about our time and our
culture today?
So those who received his word were baptized, and there
were added that day about three thousand souls. And
they devoted themselves to the apostles teaching,
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Discussion Questions:
1. What does the Great Commission
mean to you?
Go therefore.
Where do you need to take the
Gospel?
2. How does the Holy Spirit work in your
life?
In other words, how relevant is the
Pentecost experience of the Apostolic
Church for you today?
3. Which of the I AM statements of
Jesus most resonates with you at this
point in your life? Why?
I AM the Bread of Life (John 6:35)
I AM the Light of the World (John
8:12)
Before Abraham was, I AM (John
8:58)
I AM the Door [or Gate] for the Sheep
(John 10:9)
I AM the Good Shepherd (John 10:11,
14)
I AM the Resurrection and the Life
(John 11:25)
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I AM the Way, the Truth, and the Life
Holy Mass on SaturdayMass in Slow Motion
Dont Squander What Has Been Given To You.

1st Reading 1 Corinthians 1:26-31


Consider your own callingNot many of you were
wise by human standards, not many were powerful,
not many were of noble birth. Rather, God chose the
foolish of the world to shame the wise, and God chose
the weak of the world to shame the strong, and God
chose the lowly and despised of the world, those who
count for nothing, to reduce to nothing those who are
something, so that no human being might boast before
God. It is due to him that you are in Christ Jesus, who
became for us wisdom from God, as well as
righteousness, sanctification, and redemption, so that,
as it is written, Whoever boasts, should boast in the
LORD.
o The paradox of the Christian life.
o Humility is demanded of the true disciple.
o All have a chance; none are excluded based on
superficial criteria.

Psalm 33:12-13, 18-19, 20-21


Blessed the people the LORD has chosen
to be his own.

Gospel Matthew 25:14-30


The Parable of the Talents
Not squandering what is given to you. To be a good
and generous steward. There are consequences for
our actions, whether positive or negative.
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Conference #2

Ever NewThe
New
Evangelization
and Catholic
Young Adults

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From the USCCB (U.S. Conference of Catholic
Bishops) Website:
"It is like a mustard seed that, when it is
sown in the ground, is the smallest of all
the seeds on the earth. But once it is sown,
it springs up and becomes the largest of
plants and puts forth large branches, so
that the birds of the sky can dwell in its
shade."
Mark 4: 31-32

What is the New Evangelization?


The New Evangelization calls each of us to
deepen our faith, believe in the Gospel
message and go forth to proclaim the Gospel.
The focus of the New Evangelization calls all
Catholics to be evangelized and then go forth
to evangelize. In a special way, the New
Evangelization is focused on 're-proposing'
the Gospel to those who have experienced
a crisis of faith. Pope Benedict XVI called for
the re-proposing of the Gospel "to those
regions awaiting the first evangelization and to
those regions where the roots of Christianity
are deep but who have experienced a serious
crisis of faith due to secularization." The New
Evangelization invites each Catholic to
renew their relationship with Jesus Christ 1
Why do we need the New Evangelization?

The New Evangelization offers hope. Jesus grants


all people rest and comfort from the world's
burdens (Mt. 11:28) by offering us the hope of
salvation and eternal life. Through the re-
proposing of the Gospel, the Church seeks to
comfort all those who are burdened. The New
Evangelization offers the gifts of faith, hope, love
and new life in Christ.
o Come to me all you who labor and are
burdened and learn from me. Take my joke
upon you and learn from me; for I am meek
and humble of heart, and you will find rest for
yourselves. For my yoke is easy, and my
burden is light. (Matthew 11:28-30)
Jesus speaks to us about His own Most
Merciful and Sacred Heart.
o Those who hear you, hear me, and those who
reject you, reject me, and those who reject me
rejects him who sent me. (Luke 10:16)
The context of these words of Jesus is he
has just sent out 72 disciples in pairs to
preach the Gospel. Jesus says, The
harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are
few; pray therefore to the LORD of the
harvest to send out laborers into his
harvest. (Luke 10:1-2)
The call for new priestly and religious
vocations in the Church.
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And also the call to active lay ministry
in the Church.
The New Evangelization in the United States

The Church in the United States can be likened to the


mustard seed. The Church has been present in the
Americas since the first missionaries arrived in the 15th
Century. Over the past five centuries, the Church's
foundation has sprung up and taken root in the U.S.,
spreading her branches and offering shade to the
weary. This can be seen simply by looking at the
work of Catholic Charities on behalf of the poor,
the network of Catholic schools offering
education to millions, and the commitment of
U.S. Catholics to the Church's social justice
teachings. However, there is still work to do.

The 2008 Center for Applied Research in the


Apostolate (CARA) study Sacraments Today: Belief
and Practice Among U.S. Catholics provides a glimpse
into the beliefs, practices and attitudes of U.S.
Catholics. According to the study, only 23% of U.S.
Catholics regularly attend Mass once a week,
while 77% self-identify as proud to be Catholic.
These statistics point to the need for the New
Evangelization.
The seed of the Church is present, but the message
of Jesus Christ needs to be re-sown and watered
for those who have already heard Christ's call,
but who have not been fully evangelized or
catechized. Truly, the seed of Christ's message has
taken root and yielded much fruit in past seasons. In
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the spirit of the New Evangelization, it is our hope that
[it] will yield even greater harvests for Christ in the
APOSTOLIC LETTER MOTU PROPRIO
OF BENEDICT XVI PORTA FIDEI: FOR THE INDICTION OF THE YEAR OF FAITH
1. The door of faith (Acts 14:27) is always open for us, ushering us into the life of
communion with God and offering entry into his Church. It is possible to cross that threshold
when the word of God is proclaimed and the heart allows itself to be shaped by transforming
grace. To enter through that door is to set out on a journey that lasts a lifetime. It begins
with baptism (cf. Rom 6:4), through which we can address God as Father, and it ends with
the passage through death to eternal life, fruit of the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, whose
will it was, by the gift of the Holy Spirit, to draw those who believe in him into his own glory
(cf. Jn 17:22). To profess faith in the Trinity Father, Son and Holy Spirit is to believe in one
God who is Love (cf. 1 Jn 4:8): the Father, who in the fullness of time sent his Son for our
salvation; Jesus Christ, who in the mystery of his death and resurrection redeemed the
world; the Holy Spirit, who leads the Church across the centuries as we await the Lords
glorious return.
2. Ever since the start of my ministry as Successor of Peter, I have spoken of the need to
rediscover the journey of faith so as to shed ever-clearer light on the joy and renewed
enthusiasm of the encounter with Christ. During the homily at the Mass marking the
inauguration of my pontificate I said: The Church as a whole and all her Pastors,
like Christ, must set out to lead people out of the desert, towards the place of
life, towards friendship with the Son of God, towards the One who gives us life,
and life in abundance. It often happens that Christians are more concerned for the
social, cultural and political consequences of their commitment, continuing to think of the
faith as a self-evident presupposition for life in society. In reality, not only can this
presupposition no longer be taken for granted, but it is often openly denied. Whereas in
the past it was possible to recognize a unitary cultural matrix, broadly accepted
in its appeal to the content of the faith and the values inspired by it, today this
no longer seems to be the case in large swathes of society, because of a profound
crisis of faith that has affected many people.
4. In the light of all this, I have decided to announce a Year of Faith. It will begin on 11
October 2012, the fiftieth anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican
Council, and it will end on the Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, Universal King,
on 24 November 2013. The starting date of 11 October 2012 also marks the twentieth
anniversary of the publication of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, a text promulgated
by my Predecessor, Blessed John Paul II, with a view to illustrating for all the faithful the
power and beauty of the faith. This document, an authentic fruit of the Second Vatican
Council, was requested by the Extraordinary Synod of Bishops in 1985 as an instrument at
the service of catechesis and it was produced in collaboration with all the bishops of the
Catholic Church.

6. The renewal of the Church is also achieved through the witness offered by the
lives of believers: by their very existence in the world, Christians are called to
radiate the word of truth that the Lord Jesus has left us...
The Year of Faith, from this perspective, is a summons to an authentic and renewed
conversion to the Lord, the one Savior of the world. In the mystery of his death and
resurrection, God has revealed in its fullness the Love that saves and calls us to conversion
of life through the forgiveness of sins (cf. Acts 5:31).
7. Caritas Christi urget nos (2 Cor 5:14): it is the love of Christ that fills our hearts
and impels us to evangelize. Today as in the past, he sends us through the highways of the
world to proclaim his Gospel to all the peoples of the earth (cf. Mt 28:19).
10. ...The example of Lydia is particularly eloquent in this regard. Saint Luke recounts that,
while he was at Philippi, Paul went on the Sabbath to proclaim the Gospel to some
women; among them was Lydia and the Lord opened her heart to give heed to
what was said by Paul (Acts 16:14). There is an important meaning contained within
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this expression. Saint Luke teaches that knowing the content to be believed is not
How can I unless someone teaches me? (Acts
8)
But there was a man named Simon who had
previously practiced magic in the city and amazed
the nation of Samaria [to the north of Jerusalem],
saying that he was somebody great. They all gave
heed to him, from the least to the greatest, saying,
This man is that power of God which is called Great.
And they gave heed to him, because for a long time
he had amazed them with his magic. But when they
believed Philip [the Apostle] as he preached the good
news about the kingdom of God and the name of
Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and
women. Even Simon himself believed, and after
being baptized he continued with Philip. And seeing
signs and great miracles performed, he was
amazed. (Acts 8:9-13)
o See the effects of preaching the Gospel.
o Once captivated by the passing allure of magic,
the people are interiorly transformed by the
grace of God.
o The witness of the conversion of Simon, one of
the least likely to heed the call of the Gospel, is
able to be the instrument of salvation for many
more.
St. Mary Magdalene
St. Paul
St. Augustine
St. Francis of Assisi
St. Ignatius of Loyola
Fr. Donald Calloway, MHIC
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Philip the Apostle
&
the Ethiopian 2
Philip the Apostle & the Ethiopian Eunuch:

An angel of the LORD said to Philip, Rise and go toward the


south to the road that goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza.
This is the desert road. And he rose and went. And behold,
an Ethiopian, a eunuch, a minister of Candice the queen of the
Ethiopians, in charge of all her treasure, had come to
Jerusalem to worship and was returning; seated in his chariot,
he was reading the prophet Isaiah. And the Spirit said to Philip,
Go up and join this chariot. So Philip ran to him and heard
him reading I Isaiah the prophet, and asked, Do you
understand what you are reading? And he said, How
can I unless someone teaches me. And he invited Philip
to come up and sit with him. Now that passage of scripture
which he was reading was this:
As a sheep led to the slaughter or a lamb before its
shearer is dumb,
so he opens not his mouth.
In his humiliation justice was denied him.
Who can describe his generation?
For his life is taken up from the earth. [Isaiah 53:7-8]
And the eunuch said to Philip, About whom does the prophet
say this, about himself or about some one else? Then Philip
opened his mouth, and beginning with this scripture he
told him the good news of Jesus. And as they went along
the road they came to some water, and the eunuch said, See,
here is water! What is to prevent me from being baptized?
And he commanded the chariot to stop, and they both went
down into the water, Philip and the eunuch, and he baptized
him. And when they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the
LORD caught up Philip; and the eunuch saw him no more, and
went on his way rejoicing. But Philip was found at Azotus, and
passing on he preached the gospel to all the towns till he came
to Caesarea. (Acts 8:26-40)
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o What is going on here?
o There is fellowship, or more precisely,
there is communion. Relationship with
another. Personal encounter and
interaction. Companionship.
o Evangelizationsharing the Gospel of
Jesus Christ with another.
The heart.
o Catechesisteaching another about
Jesus, His Church, and the Christian faith.
The mind.

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The idea of the desert in the Christian life.
Retreats are about getting away for a while with
Jesus, literally retreating from our normal routine, to
allow God to encounter us anew.
The desert (or wilderness) is often the place
(metaphorically and literally) where the believer has
gone in sure of Christ.
o It is not only a place of temptation, but also of
searching and of purification (asceticism).
Examples in Scripture:
o Think of the 40 years of the People of Israel
wandering in the desert, longing for the Promised
Land.
o The Temptation of Jesus in the Desert for 40 Days
(see Matthew 4:1-11; Mark 1:12-13; Luke 4:1-13).
The Mountaintop is another image of retreat or
withdrawal for a time, for a time of encounter with
God or of transformation:
o Elijah in the Cave (1 Kings 19:9-14)
Go forth, and stand upon the mount before
the LORD. And behold, the LORD passed
by, and a great and strong wind rent the
mountains, and broke in pieces the rocks
before the LORD, but the LORD was not in
the wind; and after the earthquake, but was
not in the earthquake; and after the
earthquake a fire, but the LORD was not in
the fire; and after the fire a still small voice.

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o The Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-8).
Jesus teaches his disciples, especially
the Beatitudes (Matthew 5:1-12).
o The Transfiguration (Matthew 17:1-8; Mark
9:2-8; Luke 9:28-36).
Examples when Jesus withdrew alone to pray
to His Heavenly Father:
o Matthew 14:23After Jesus had dismissed
the crowds, he went up into the hills by
himself to pray.
o Mark 1:35And early in the morning, Jesus
rose and went to a lonely place, and there
he prayed. And Simon and those who were
with him followed him.
o Luke 5:16Jesus withdrew to the
wilderness and prayed.
o Luke 6:12The Calling of the 12 Apostles:
In those days Jesus went out into the hills
to pray; and all night he continued in
prayer to God. And when it was day, he
called his disciples, and chose from them
twelve, whom he also called apostles.
o Luke 22:41-44The Agony in the Garden:
And Jesus withdrew from [the Apostles]
about a stones throw and knelt down and
prayed.

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By the way, what exactly is the Gospel?
St. Mark begins his Gospel in this way:
o The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ,
the Son of God. (Mark 1:1)
The word Gospel comes from the Greek word
eugelion, where we get the word evangelical. The
Spanish word for Gospel is evangelio.
Gospel as defined by the Glossary of the
Catechism of the Catholic Church:
o The good news of Gods mercy and love
revealed in the life, death, and resurrection of
Christ. It is this Gospel or good news that the
Apostles, and the Church following them, are
to proclaim to the entire world (see CCC #571,
1964). The Gospel is handed on in the
apostolic tradition of the Church as the source
of all-saving truth and moral discipline (CCC
#75). The four Gospels are the books written
by the evangelists Matthew, Mark, Luke, and
John which have as their central object Jesus
Christ, Gods incarnate Son: his life, teachings,
Passion and glorification, and his Churchs
beginnings un the Spirits guidance. (CCC
#124, 514).

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Discussion Questions:
1. What is the New
Evangelization? After this
talk, do you understand
what the Church and the
Popes are calling us to do
in the New
Evangelization?
2. What does St. Philip tell us
about Evangelization?
3. What can you do or are
you doing to advance the
New Evangelization?
4. What is the role of the
CACCLC in the New
Evangelization?
5. How can we engage other
Young Adults in the New
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CONFERENCE #3

Ever Relevant?
The Catholic
Church in Asia
& Implications
for
Chinese Catholics
in the U.S.

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Pope John Paul IIEcclesia in Asia: On
Jesus Christ the Savior and His Mission of
Love and Service in Asia: That They May
Have Life, and Have It Abundantly (John
10:10)
Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhoration,
November 6, 1999

Where was Jesus born?


o Specifically, in a manger in
Bethlehem in the Holy Land.
o Where is the Holy Land?
In Asia, or Western Asia, to be
precise.

Jesus is Asian!
o [H]e took flesh as an Asian!

Because Jesus was born, lived, died and rose


from the dead in the Holy Land, that small
portion of Western Asia became a land of
promise and hope for all mankind. Jesus
knew and loved this land. He made his own
the history, the sufferings and the hopes of its
peopleAnd from this land, through the
preaching of the Gospel in the power of the
Holy Spirit, the Church went forth to make 3
disciples of all nations (Matthew 28:19).
With the Church throughout the world, the
Church in Asia will cross the threshold of the
Third Christian Millennium marveling at all that
God has worked from those beginnings until
now, and strong in the knowledge that just as
in the first millennium the Cross was planted on
the soil of Europe, and in the second on that of
the Americas and Africa, we can pray that in the
Third Christian Millennium a great harvest of
faith will be reaped in this vast and vital
continent. [Address to the Federation of Asian
Bishops Conferences (FABC), Manila, January
15, 1995] (EA #1)
That in Asia the issue of the encounter of
Christianity with ancient local cultures and
religions is a pressing one. This is a great
challenge for evangelization, since religious
systems such as Buddhism or Hinduism have a
clearly soteriological [concerning salvation]
character (JPII in Tertio Millenio Adveniente
#30). Indeed it is a mystery why the
Savior of the world, born in Asia, has until
now remained largely unknown to the
people of the continent[I]n Manila, the
Philippines, during the memorable Tenth World
Youth Day celebrations, I reminded the Bishops:
If the Church in Asia is to fulfill its providential
destiny, evangelization as the joyful, patient
and progressive preaching of the saving
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Ecce natus est nobis Salvator
mundi, Behold the Savior of the
World is born to us, born in
Asia! (EA #2)

Particularly moving was the


encounter of the new Churches with
the Ancient Churches which trace
their origins to the Apostles [India for
instance, which was evangelized by
St. Thomas]. We experienced
incomparable joy of seeing the
Bishops of the particular Churches in
Myanmar, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia,
Mongolia, Siberia and the new
republics of Central Asia sitting
beside their Brothers who had long
desired to encounter them and to
dialogue with them. Yet there was
also a sense of sadness at the
fact that Bishops from Mainland
China could not be present.
Their absence was a constant
reminder of the heroic sacrifices 3
The Synod was also an occasion to recognize the
ancient religious traditions and civilizations, the
profound philosophies and the wisdom which have
made Asia what it is today. Above all, the peoples of
Asia themselves were remembered as the
continents true wealth and hope for the future.
o Respect and acknowledgment that the Gospel
builds upon the good that is already there, and
transforms and purifies that which is not in
conformity with the demands of the Gospel.
o Vatican II and the Catechism of the Catholic
Church on the Church and non-Christians:
Those who have not yet received the
Gospel are related to the People of God in
various ways. (CCC #839; Lumen gentium
#16)
The Jewish People.
Muslims
Non-Christian religions
The Catholic Church recognizes in other
religions that search, among shadows and
images, for the God who is unknown yet
near since he gives life and breath and all
things and wants all men to be saved. Thus,
the Church considers all goodness and truth
found in these religions as a preparation for
the Gospel and given by him who enlightens
all men that they may at length have life.
(CCC #843; LG #16; Nostra aetate #2;
Evangelii utiandi #53)
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o Outside the Church there is no salvation.
Restated positively, it means that all
salvation comes from Christ the Head
through the Church which is his Body.
Although in ways known to himself God
can lead those who, through no fault of
their own, are ignorant of the Gospel, to
that faith without which it is impossible
to please him, the Church still has the
obligation and also the sacred right to
evangelize all men. (CCC #848; Ad
gentes #7; cf. Hebrews 11:6; 1
Corinthians 9:16)
Hebrews 11:6without faith it is
impossible to please him. For whoever
would draw near God must believe that
he exists and that he rewards those who
seek him.
1 Corinthians 9:16For if I preach the
gospel, that gives me no ground for
boasting. For necessity is laid upon me.
Woe to me if I do not preach the gospel!
As well as a remembrance and a celebration,
the Synod was an ardent affirmation of faith in
Jesus Christ the SaviorThey emphasized
frequently that the faith is already being
proclaimed with trust and courage on the
continent, even amid great difficulties.
o All of you are the fruit of this work of
evangelization in China! 3
Religious Realities (EA #6)
o Asia is the largest continent on earth.
o Home to nearly 2/3 of the worlds
population.
China & India account for almost of
the total population
o A substantial part of the history and
patrimony of the human family comes from
Asia.
o Cradle of the worlds major religions:
Judaism
Christianity
Islam
Hinduism
o Birthplace of many other spiritual
traditions:
Buddhism
Taoism
Confucianism
Zoroastrianism
Jainism
Sikhism
Shintoism
o Plus other traditional or tribal religions
practiced by millions.

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The Catholic Church has the deepest respect for
these traditions and seeks to engage in sincere
dialogue with their followers. The religious values
they teach await their fulfillment in Jesus
Christ.

Cultural Realities (EA #6 cont.)


o The people of Asia take pride in their religious
and cultural values, such as:
Love of silence and contemplation.
Simplicity
Harmony
Detachment
Non-violence
The spirit of hard work
Discipline
Frugal living
The thirst for learning and philosophical
enquiry.
Respect for life
Compassion for all beings
Closeness to nature
Filial piety towards parents, elders, and
ancestors.
A highly developed sense of community.
In particular, the family is held as a vital
source of strength, a closely-knit
community with a powerful sense of
solidarity.
A spirit of religious tolerance and peaceful
co-existence.
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A spirit of religious tolerance and
peaceful co-existence.
A remarkable capacity for
accommodation and a natural
openness to the mutual enrichment of
peoples in the midst of a plurality of
religions and cultures.
This not to deny the existence of
bitter tensions and violent conflicts
that have and still do exist.
Despite the influence of modernization
and secularization, Asian religions are
showing signs of great vitality and a
capacity for renewal, as seen in reform
movements within various religious
groups.
Many people, especially the
young, experience a deep thirst
for spiritual values, as the rise of
new religious movement clearly
demonstrates.
Is this your experience among your
family and peers, both here in the
U.S. and in China?
All of this indicates an innate spiritual
insight and moral wisdom in the Asian
soul, and it is the core around which a
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growing sense of being Asian is built.
Economic realities (EA #7)
o Some countries are highly developed.
o Others are slowly developing.
o Others still find themselves in abject poverty.
o The rise of materialism and secularism,
especially in urban areas.
With threats to traditional, social, and
religious values.
Multinational business & conglomerations
o Rapid changes in some countries.
Urbanization
Large poor areas racked by organized
crime, terrorism, prostitution, and
exploitation of poor workers.
Corruption
Migration within Asia and out of Asia.
o Population growth
o Clearly, the question of population is
closely linked to that of human
promotion.
o But false solutions that threaten the
dignity and inviolability of life abound and
present a special challenge to the Church
in Asia.
o External influences
o Mass media
o Entertainment
o Poverty & the Exploitation of people
o The status of women

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Political Realties (EA #8)
o From Democracy to Theocracy in Asian
countries.
o Military dictatorships
o Atheistic ideologies
o From religious freedom to persecution for
their faith in various countries.
The Synod Fathers remembered
in a special way the people of
China and expressed the fervent
hope that all their Chinese
Catholic brothers and sisters
would one day be able to exercise
their religion in freedom and
visibly profess their full
communion with the See of
Peter.

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The Church in Asia: Past and Present (EA
#9)
o Persian merchants took the Good News to
China in the 5th Century.
o The first Christian Church was built there in
the early 7th Century.
o During the Tang dynasty (618-907 A.D.),
the Church flourished for nearly two
centuries.
o The decline of this vibrant Church in China
but the end of the First Millennium is one
of the sadder chapters in the history of
Gods people on the continent.
o In the 13th Century the Gospel was
announced to the Mongols and the Turks
and to the Chinese once more. But by the
end of the 14th Century, Christianity almost
vanished from these regions. Among other
reasons:
The rise of Islam
Geographical isolation
The absence of an appropriate
adaptation to local cultures.
And perhaps a lack of preparedness to
encounter the great religions of Asia.
o Only the isolated Christian community in
South India survived these times.
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St. Francis Xavier, Jesuit Missionary
o Missionary successes in the 16-17th Centuries
o Pope Gregory XV founded the Congregation of
Propoganda Fide
o Missionaries were given new directives to respect
and appreciate local cultures.
o In 19th Century educational and charitable works
went hand in hand with the preaching of the
Gospel, thus reaching the poor and
underprivileged in a more effective way.
o New efforts were made at enculturation of the
faith but were not sufficient.
o The Church was also considered foreign in many
areas, and was often associated in peoples
minds with colonial powers.
o This was the situation up the eve of Vatican II
(from 1962-1965).
o An new understanding of mission dawned in the
Church.
o The Philippines is the only Asian country
with a Catholic majority.
o Signs of hope today:
Reports of heroic witness, unshaken
perseverance and steady growth of the
Catholic Church in China.
The efforts of the Church in South Korea to
offer assistance to the people of North Korea.
The humble steadfastness of the Church in
Vietnam.
The isolation of Christians in such places as
Laos and Myanmar.
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The difficult co-existence with the majority in
some predominantly Islamic states.
Discussion Questions:
1. What does it mean for
your faith that Jesus is
Asian?
2. What challenges do you
encounter as a Chinese
Catholic in living your
faith? As a young adult?
What support is there for
you?
3. What elements of your
culture and family
traditions are difficult to
incorporate into your
faith? Easy to
incorporate?
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Discernment and Spiritual
Obedience:
1. What do you like to do?
How do you spend your time? Your
free time? What are you
passionate about? What brings you
joy? What energizes you? Why?
2. What are you good at?
What talents do you have? How do
you use these talents? Do others
recognize these talents in you?
3. What is possible for you?
Do you have the time for these
activities? Do you need special
training or equipment for this
activity? Do you have the
necessary finances to carry this
out? What obstacles do you face in
this task? How does this activity
glorify God? Build up His Kingdom?
Make you a better person? Make
you a better Christian, a better
disciple? 4
Holy Mass on Sunday22nd Sunday in Ordinary
TimeYear A
Discernment & Discipleship: Offering Ourselves
as a Holy and Pleasing Sacrifice to the LORD

1st Reading Jeremiah 20:7-9


You duped me, O LORD, and I let myself be duped; you
were too strong for me, and you triumphed.
The Spanish translation of duped is seduced.
All the day I am an object of laughter; everyone
mocks me.
What do the Beatitudes guarantee us: that we will
suffer and be persecuted for our faith.
I say to myself, I will not mention him. I will speak in
his name no more. But then it becomes like fire
burning in my heart, imprisoned in my bones; I grow
weary holding it in, I cannot endure it.
We try to run away, to flee from God.
But God is persistent, gentle but persistent.
Wooing us. Enticing us. Duping us in our
foolishness. Seducing us with His grace and
mercy.
In the end, will we let Him triumph, to win our
affections, our hearts, our lives?

Psalm 63:2, 3-4, 5-6, 8-9 (2b)


My soul is thirsting for you, O LORD my
God.

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2nd Reading Romans 12:1-2
Perfect spiritual worship: to offer our bodies as a
living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God
Do not be conformed to this age but be
transformed by the renewal of your mind
that you may discern what is the will of God, what
is good and pleasing and perfect.

Gospel Matthew 16:21-27


1st Prediction of the Passion, Peter is rebuked,
& Conditions of Discipleship
Context: Peter has just confessed Jesus as the
Messiah and has his named changed, received the
Keys of the Kingdom, and the power to forgive sins.
Jesus now tells the Apostles what will happen to him
in JerusalemHis Passion, Death, and Resurrection.
Peter challenges Jesus and is sharply rebuked!
Jesus sets out the Conditions of Discipleship.
The decisive question: What profit would there be
for one to gain the whole world and forfeit his life?

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Conference #4
Ever Relevant? Part II:
Making a Choice
for Jesus and His Church

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C.S Lewis is the great 20th Century Christian
(Anglican) Convert, Apologist & Professor of
English Literature. Best known popularly as the
author of the Chronicles of Naria.
From What are we to make of Jesus Christ? in God in
the Dock.
On the one side clear, definite moral teaching. On
the other, claims which, if not true, are those of
a megalomaniac, compared with whom Hitler
was the most sane and humble of men. There
is no half-way house and there is no parallel in
other religions. If you had gone to Buddha and
asked him Are you the son of Bramah? he would
have said, My son you are still in the vale of
illusion. If you had gone to Socrates and asked, Are
you Zeus? he would have laughed at you. If you
would have gone to Mohammed and asked, Are you
Allah? he would first have rent his clothes and then
cut your head off. If you had asked Confucius, Are
you Heaven?, I think he would have probably
replied, Remarks which are not in accordance with
nature are in bad taste. The idea of a great
moral teacher saying what Christ said is out of
the question. In my opinion, the only person
who can say that sort of thing is either God or
a complete lunatic suffering from that form of
delusion which undermines the whole mind of
man. If you think you are a poached egg, when you
are looking for a piece of toast to suit you, you may
be sane, but if you think you are God, there is no
chance for you. We may note in passing that He
was never regarded as a mere moral teacher. 5
He did not produce that effect on any of the
Can Someone Lead a Good Life without Christianity?
The question before each of us is not Can
someone lead a good life without
Christianity? The question is, Can I? We all
know there have been good men who were not
Christians; men like Socrates and Confucius who had
never heard of it, or men like J. S. Mill who quite
honestly couldnt believe it. Supposing Christianity to
be true, these men were in a state of honest
ignorance or honest error. If there intentions were as
good as I suppose them to have been (for of course I
cant read their secret hearts) I hope and believe
that the skill and mercy of God will remedy the evils
which their ignorance, left to itself, would naturally
produce both for them and for those whom they
influenced. But the man who asks me, Cant I
lead a good life without believing in
Christianity? is clearly not in the same
position. If he hadnt heard of Christianity he
would not be asking this question. If, having
heard of it, and having seriously considered it,
he had decided that it was untrue, then once
more he would not be asking the question. The
man who asks this question has heard of Christianity
and is by no means certain that it may not be true.
He is really asking, Need I bother about it? Maynt I
just evade the issue, just let sleeping dogs lie, and
get on with being "good? Arent good intentions
enough to keep me safe and blameless without
knocking at that dreadful door and making sure
whether there is, or isnt someone inside?
From God or Rabbit? in God in the Dock
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Saints & Martyrs of Asia (EA #9 cont.)
o Canonized and those known only to God.
o They are the teachers and the protectors, the
glory of the Church in Asia in her work of
evangelization.
Saints to know:
o St. Paul Miki & Companions, MartyrsJapan
(February 6)
o St. Peter Chanel, Priest, Missionary & Martyr
Oceania (April 28)
o St. Christopher Magallanes & Companions, Martyrs
Mexico (May 21)
o St. Augustine Zhao Rong & 119 Companions,
MartyrsChina (July 9)
o St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross (Edith Stein),
Virgin & MartyrGermany [Auschwitz] (August 9)
o St. Andrew Kim Taegon, Priest and St. Paul Chong
Hasang, Lay Apostle, & 101 Companions, Martyrs
Korea (September 20)
o St. Lorenzo Ruiz, Married & Lay Missionary, &
Companions, MartyrsJapan/the Philippines
(September 28)
o Born in Manila of a Chinese father and Filipino
mother.
o St. Isaac Jogues and St. John de Brebeuf, Priests &
Martyrs, and Companions, MartyrsNorth America
(October 19)
o St. Andrew Dung-Lac & 116 Companions, Martyrs
Vietnam (November 24)
o St. Francis Xavier, Priest & MissionaryAsia
(December 3)
o St. Juan Diego Cuauhtlatoatzin, Layman & Convert
Mexico (December 9)
o Our Lady of GuadalupeMexico (December 12)
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Holy Chinese
Martyrs

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Holy Chinese Martyrs:
St. Augustine Zhao Rong & 119 Companions,
MartyrsChina (July 9)
o Augustine Zhao Rong was one the Chinese
soldiers who escorted Bishop John Gabriel
Taurin Dufresse (from the Paris Foreign
Mission Society) to his execution. Moved
by his patience, he asked to be baptized,
and in due course was sent to the
seminary and ordained a priest. He was
arrested and savagely tortured. He died in
1815.
o With him are celebrated 119 of his
companions in martyrdom in China
between 1648 and 1930 (including Bishop
Dufresse).
o Official persecution of Christians by the
Emperor ceased in 1842, but violent anti-
religious sentiments persisted, and in the
Boxer Rebellion of 1900, Christians were
particularly attacked and publically
condemned as wicked and cruel and an
estimated 25,000 thousands were killed.
(see RC Calendar App for IPhone for July 9.)
o The martyrs included priests, nuns,
seminarians, and laypersons.
o In Shanxi, eight Franciscan Missionaries of
Mary were beheaded. Do not be afraid,
Sister Marie de Sainte-Nathalie was heard
to say. Death is only God who is passing
by. 5
(see Magnificat, July 2014, Vol. 16, No. 5. Yonkers, NY.
o Christianity arrived in China by way of Syria in
the 600s. Depending on China's relations with
the outside world, Christianity over the
centuries was free to grow or was forced to
operate secretly.
o The 120 martyrs in this group died
between 1648 and 1930. Most of them (87)
were born in China and were children,
parents, catechists or laborers, ranging
from nine years of age to 72. This group
includes four Chinese diocesan priests.
o The 33 foreign-born martyrs were mostly
priests or women religious, especially from
the Order of Preachers, the Paris Foreign
Mission Society, the Friars Minor, Jesuits,
Salesians and Franciscan Missionaries of
Mary.
o Beatified in groups at various times, these 120
martyrs were canonized in Rome on October 1,
2000.
o The People's Republic of China and the Roman
Catholic Church each have well over a billion
members, but there are over 12million
Catholics in China. The reasons for that are
better explained by historical conflicts than by a
wholesale rejection of the Good News of Jesus
Christ. The Chinese-born martyrs honored by
today's feast were regarded by their
persecutors as dangerous because they were
considered allies of enemy, Catholic countries.
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The martyrs born outside China often tried to
distance themselves from European political
o The Good News of Jesus Christ is intended to
benefit all peoples; today's martyrs knew that.
May 21st-century Christians live in such a way that
Chinese women and men will be attracted to hear
that Good News and embrace it.
o A year after these martyrs were canonized,St.
John Paul II addressed a group of Chinese and
Western scholars, gathered in Rome for a
symposium honoring the 400th anniversary of the
arrival in Beijing of Matteo Ricci, a Jesuit scholar
and Chinese intellectual.
o After noting the positive contributions that
Christianity had made to China, especially in
health care and education, Pope John Paul II
continued: "History, however, reminds us of the
unfortunate fact that the work of members of the
church in China was not always without error, the
bitter fruit of their personal limitations and of the
limits of their action. Moreover, their action was
often conditioned by difficult situations connected
with complex historical events and conflicting
political interests. Nor were theological disputes
lacking, which caused bad feelings and created
serious difficulties in preaching the Gospel.
o "I feel deep sadness for these errors and limits of
the past, and I regret that in many people these
failings may have given the impression of a lack
of respect and esteem for the Chinese people on
the part of the Catholic Church, making them feel
that the church was motivated by feelings of
hostility toward China. For all of this I ask the
forgiveness and understanding of those who may
have felt hurt in some way by such actions on the
part of Christians."
o (Seehttp://www.americancatholic.
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Early 19th-century Martyrdoms:
A new period of persecution in regard to the Christian
religion then occurred in the nineteenth century.
While Catholicism had been authorized by some
Emperors in the preceding centuries, Emperor Kia-Kin
(17961821) published, instead, numerous and severe
decrees against it. The first was issued in 1805. Two
edicts of 1811 were directed against those among the
Chinese who were studying to receive sacred orders,
and against priests who were propagating the Christian
religion. A decree of 1813 exonerated voluntary
apostates from every chastisement, that is, Christians
who spontaneously declared that they would abandon
their faith, but all others were to be dealt with harshly.
In this period the following underwent martyrdom:
5. Saint Peter Wu, a Chinese lay catechist. Born of a
pagan family, he received baptism in 1796 and passed
the rest of his life proclaiming the truth of the Christian
religion. All attempts to make him apostatize were in
vain. The sentence having been pronounced against
him, he was strangled on November 7, 1814.
6. Saint Joseph Zhang Dapeng, a lay catechist, and
a merchant. Baptised in 1800, he had become the
heart of the mission in the city of Kony-Yang. He was
imprisoned, and then strangled to death on March 12,
1815.
Also in the same year, there came two other decrees,
with which approval was given to the conduct of the
Viceroy of Sichuan who had beheaded Monsignor
Dufresse, of the Paris Foreign Missions Society, and
some Chinese Christians. As a result, there was a
worsening of the persecution.
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The following martyrs belong to this period:
7. Saint Gabriel-Taurin Dufresse, M.E.P., Bishop.
He was arrested on May 18, 1815, taken to Chengdu,
condemned and executed on September 14, 1815.

8. Saint Augustine Zhao Rong, a Chinese


diocesan priest. Having first been one of the soldiers
who had escorted Monsignor Dufresse from Chengdu
to Beijing, he was moved by his patience and had
then asked to be numbered among the neophytes.
Once baptised, he was sent to the seminary and then
ordained a priest. Arrested, he was tortured and died
in 1815.

9. Saint John da Triora, O.F.M., Priest. Put in prison


together with others in the summer of 1815, he was
then condemned to death, and strangled on February
7, 1816.

10. Saint Joseph Yuan, a Chinese diocesan priest.


Having heard Monsignor Dufresse speak of the
Christian Faith, he was overcome by its beauty and
then became an exemplary neophyte. Later, he was
ordained a priest and, as such, was dedicated to
evangelisation in various districts. He was arrested in
August 1816, condemned to be strangled, and was
killed in this way on 24 June 1817.

11. Saint Paul Liu Hanzuo, a Chinese diocesan


priest, killed in 1819.
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12. Saint Francis Regis Clet of the Congregation of the
Mission (Vincentians). After obtaining permission to go to
the Missions in China, he embarked for the Orient in
1791. Having reached there, for thirty years he spent a
life of missionary sacrifice. Upheld by an untiring zeal, he
evangelised three immense provinces of the Chinese
Empire: Jiangxi, Hubei, Hunan. Betrayed by a Christian,
he was arrested and thrown into prison where he
underwent atrocious tortures. Following sentence by the
Emperor he was killed by strangling on February 17,
1820.

13. Saint Thaddeus Liu, a Chinese diocesan priest. He


refused to apostatize, saying that he was a priest and
wanted to be faithful to the religion that he had
preached. Condemned to death, he was strangled on
November 30, 1823.

14. Saint Peter Liu, a Chinese lay catechist. He was


arrested in 1814 and condemned to exile in Tartary,
where he remained for almost twenty years. Returning to
his homeland he was again arrested, and was strangled
on May 17, 1834.

15. Saint Joachim Ho, a Chinese lay catechist. He was


baptised at the age of about twenty years. In the great
persecution of 1814 he had been taken with many others
of the faithful and subjected to cruel torture. Sent into
exile in Tartary, he remained there for almost twenty
years. Returning to his homeland he was arrested again
and refused to apostatize. Following that, and the death
sentence having been confirmed by the Emperor, he was 6
strangled on July 9, 1839.
16. Saint John Gabriel Perboyre, C.M., entered
the Vincentians as a high school student. The death
of his younger brother, also a Vincentian priest,
moved his superiors to allow him to take his
brother's place, arriving in China in 1835. Despite
poor health, he served the poverty-stricken
residents of Hubei. Arrested during a revival of anti-
Christian persecution, he was arrested, and, upon
imperial edict, strangled to death in 1840.

17. Augustus Chapdelaine, M.E.P., a priest of the


Diocese of Coutances. He entered the Seminary of
the Paris Foreign Missions Society, and embarked for
China in 1852. He arrived in Guangxi at the end of
1854. Arrested in 1856, he was tortured,
condemned to death in prison, and died in February
1856.

18. Saint Laurence Bai Xiaoman, a Chinese


layman, and an unassuming worker. He joined
Blessed Chapdelaine in the refuge that was given to
the missionary and was arrested with him and
brought before the tribunal. Nothing could make him
renounce his religious beliefs. He was beheaded on
February 25, 1856.

19. Saint Agnes Cao Guiying, a widow, born into


an old Christian family. Being dedicated to the
instruction of young girls who had recently been
converted by Blessed Chapdelaine, she was
arrested and condemned to death in prison. She 6
was executed on March 1, 1856.
Martyrs of MaoKou and Guizhou:
Three catechists, known as the Martyrs of MaoKou (in
the province of Guizhou) were killed on 28 January
1858, by order of the Mandarin of MaoKou:
17. Saint Jerome Lu Tingmei
18. Saint Laurence Wang Bing
19. Saint Agatha Lin Zao
All three had been called on to renounce the Christian
religion and having refused to do so were condemned
to be beheaded.
In Guizhou, two seminarians and two lay people, one of
whom was a farmer, the other a widow who worked as
a cook in the seminary, suffered martyrdom together
on July 29, 1861. They are known as the Martyrs of
Qingyanzhen (Guizhou):

20. Saint Joseph Zhang Wenlan, seminarian


21. Saint Paul Chen Changpin, seminarian
22. Saint John Baptist Luo Tingyin, layman

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23. Saint Martha Wang Luo Mande, laywoman
In the following year, on February 18 and 19, 1862,
another five people gave their life for Christ. They
are known as the Martyrs of Guizhou.

24. Saint John Peter Nel, a priest of the Paris


Foreign Missions Society,
25. Saint Martin Wu Xuesheng, lay catechist,
26. Saint John Zhang Tianshen, lay catechist,
27. Saint John Chen Xianheng, lay catechist,
28. Saint Lucy Yi Zhenmei, lay catechist.

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Boxer Rebellion:

Of the martyrs belonging to the Franciscan family,


there were also eleven Secular Franciscans, all
Chinese:
44. Saint John Zhang Huan, seminarian,
45. Saint Patrick Dong Bodi, seminarian,
46. Saint John Wang Rui, seminarian,
47. Saint Philip Zhang Zhihe, seminarian,
48. Saint John Zhang Jingguang, seminarian,
49. Saint Thomas Shen Jihe, layman and a
manservant,
50. Saint Simon Qin Chunfu, lay catechist,
51. Saint Peter Wu Anbang, layman,
52. Saint Francis Zhang Rong, layman and a
farmer,
53. Saint Matthew Feng De, layman and neophyte,
54. Saint Peter Zhang Banniu, layman and
labourer.
To these are joined a number of Chinese lay faithful:

55. Saint James Yan Guodong, farmer,


56. Saint James Zhao Quanxin, manservant,
57. Saint Peter Wang Erman, cook.

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The names and ages of the Chinese lay
Christians were as follows:
62. Saint Mary Zhu born Wu, aged about 50
years,
63. Saint Petrus Zhu Rixin, aged 19,
64. Saint Ioannes Baptista Zhu Wurui, aged
17,
65. Saint Mary Fu Guilin, aged 37,
66. Saint Barbara Cui born Lian, aged 51,
67. Saint Joseph Ma Taishun, aged 60,
68. Saint Lucia Wang Cheng, aged 18,
69. Saint Maria Fan Kun, aged 16,
70. Saint Mary Qi Yu, aged 15,
71. Saint Maria Zheng Xu, aged 11 years,
72. Saint Mary Du born Zhao, aged 51,
73. Saint Magdalene Du Fengju, aged 19,
74. Saint Mary Du born Tian, aged 42,
75. Saint Paul Wu Anju, aged 62,
76. Saint Ioannes Baptista Wu Mantang,
aged 17,
77. Saint Paulus Wu Wanshu, aged 16,
78. Saint Raymond Li Quanzhen, aged 59,
79. Saint Peter Li Quanhui, aged 63,
80. Saint Peter Zhao Mingzhen, aged 61,
81. Saint John Baptist Zhao Mingxi, aged 56,
82. Saint Teresa Chen Jinjie, aged 25,
83. Saint Rose Chen Aijie, aged 22,

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84. Saint Peter Wang Zuolong, aged 58,
85. Saint Mary Guo born Li, aged 65,
86. Saint Joan Wu Wenyin, aged 50,
87. Saint Zhang Huailu, aged 57,
88. Saint Mark Ji Tianxiang, aged 66,
89. Saint Ann An born Xin, aged 72,
90. Saint Mary An born Guo, aged 64,
91. Saint Ann An born Jiao, aged 26,
92. Saint Mary An Linghua, aged 29,
93. Saint Paul Liu Jinde, aged 79,
94. Saint Joseph Wang Kuiju, aged 37,
95. Saint John Wang Kuixin, aged 25,
96. Saint Teresa Zhang born He, aged 36,
97. Saint Lang born Yang, aged 29,
98. Saint Paulus Lang Fu, aged 9,
99. Saint Elizabeth Qin born Bian, aged 54,
100. Saint Simon Qin Chunfu, aged 14,
101. Saint Peter Liu Ziyu, aged 57,
102. Saint Anna Wang, aged 14,
103. Saint Joseph Wang Yumei, aged 68,

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104. Saint Lucy Wang born Wang, aged 31,
105. Saint Andreas Wang Tianqing, aged 9,
106. Saint Mary Wang born Li, aged 49,
107. Saint Chi Zhuzi, aged 18,
108. Saint Mary Zhao born Guo, aged 60,
109. Saint Rose Zhao, aged 22,
110. Saint Maria Zhao, aged 17,
111. Saint Joseph Yuan Gengyin, aged 47,
112. Saint Paul Ge Tingzhu, aged 61,
113. Saint Rose Fan Hui, aged 45.
(See
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Martyr_Saints_of_China
.)

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Discussion Questions:
1. Who is Jesus Christ for
you?
2. Can you live a good life
without Christ and/or the
Church?
3. In your experience, what
kind of reaction does
mention of Jesus provoke
in your peers, family
members, co-workers,
friends, etc.?
4. What is the future of
Catholicism for Chinese
Catholicsin the U.S., in
mainland China, in Taiwan
& Hong Kong? 6
Online Resources for Offline
Living:

1.What are the online and print


resources that you use in your
Catholic life and prayer life?
2.Please break into small groups
to list all resources that you
know of and/or use.

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Conference #5

Prayer, Spirituality &


Living the Catholic-
Christian Faith:
Implications for
Daily Life

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Distinctions about the Word:
o The WORD of GodJesus the Eternal
WORD of God
o The Word of Godknowing the Bible
and the Teachings of the Church
o words about Godsharing the Good
News of the WORD and the Word of
God with others with conviction and
confidence.

The Parable of the Sower


(Matthew 13)

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Essentials of the Spiritual Life:
Sunday Mass as priority
Daily Mass, if possible, even 1-2 days a week
o Is there a noon Mass near your work or school?
Regular Confession
o Monthly is an ideal
o At least every 2-3 months
Daily Prayer
o In the morning
o During the day
o At night before bed
Regular visits to the Blessed Sacrament
o Find Churches with Perpetual Adoration Chapels
in your area.
o Find Holy Hours with Exposition of the Blessed
Sacrament in your area.
Devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary and the Saints.
Magnificat monthly Missalette
o Daily Mass readings
o Daily reflections
o Morning & Evening Prayers

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Small community Prayer Group and/or Bible Study
Regular Spiritual Reading
o (See list below for some ideas.)
Who are your friends? How do you spend your free
time, whether alone or with friends?
o What are you priorities in your life? Currently?
For your future.
o Find faithful, active Catholic friends.
o Catholic friends on Social Media.
This retreat is a great start if you dont have
any yet.
Cultivating a spirit of discernment in your life.
o Who are your confidants? Who can you talk to
about your hopes, dreams, and fears?
o Who do you trust? Are you able to be truly
honest with them?
o Will your friends tell you what you want to hear
or tell you the hard truths about yourself?
Ministry in the Parish or Diocese
o CACCLC
o Parish Ministries
o Campus Ministry
Works of Mercy and Charity
Serving God in the poor, the sick and the needy.
What opportunities are there at your college, in
your neighborhood?

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Online Resources for Offline
Living

CACCLC.org
USCCB Website (U.S. Bishops)
Zenit.com (Catholic news)
Mark Hart the Bibile Geek
Catholic.com
EWTN (TV & Website)
YouCat (Youth Catechism)
Life Teen
Word on Fire (Fr. Robert Barron)
Catholicism DVD Series
Laudate app
Ibreviary (Liturgy of the Hours)
Verbum Dei
Hungry Catholic.tumblr.com
Catholic Answers (Apologetics)
Masstimes.org
Catholic Bible app
Opus Dei
Cross Radio
YouTube (Catholic videos) 7
ECCCLC Website
WCCCLC Website
Lighthouse Catholic Media (CDs &
DVDs)
Vatican.va
Pauline Books & Media (Catholic
Book Store in Culver City, CA)
Theology on Tap
Give Us This Day monthly
Missallete
Magnificat monthly Missallete
Catholic Digest magazine
America Magazine (Jesuits)
BadCatholic.com
Chinacatholic.com
Catholicscomehome.com
Chastity.com
Strangenotions.com
Lifeaftersunday.com
@Pontifex (Pope Francis on Social
Media)
Spiritjuicemedia (YouTube Channel)
Dynamiccatholic.com 7
Badcatholic.com (Marc Barnes)
Conversion Diary (Jennifer
Fulwiler)
National Catholic Register
(Catholic newspaper)
Jackieandbobby.com (Jackie
Francios & Bobby Angel)
Rome Reports (Magazine &
YouTube)
ImagineSisters.com
Scott Hahn books (Theologian,
Biblical Scholar & Apologist)
Ignatius Study Bible
Immaculate Heart Radio
Peter Kreft ((Apologetics books;
founder of Catholic Answers)
Theology of the Body
Papal Encyclicals & writings
Our Lady of Peace Marian Shrine
(Perpetual Adoration)
The Journey Home on EWTN
Ignatius Press books
Michael Barber (books on
Scripture & Apologetics) 7
Jason & Crystalina Evert
Fr. Benedict Groeschel books
Jeff Cravins & the Great Adventure
Series (Bible Study program)
FOCUS (Fellowship of Catholic
University Students)
3 minute retreat (Website & app)
Living Faith Devotional
Archbishop Fulton Sheen videos &
books
C.S. Lewis books
Fr. Rueben Chens Facebook page
Fr. Colin Wens Facebook page
Tatoos on the Heart by Fr. Greg
Boyle, S.J.
Franciscan University of
Stuebenville, OH resources
NET Ministries (Catholic youth
evangelization)
Institute of Advanced Catholic
Studies website
Catholic Stuff You Should Know
podcasts
Pandora.com (Catholic genre) 7
Catholicism for Dummies
Valley Catholic newspaper (Bay
Area)
401 Revolution Youth Camp
UCCC (UCSD)
Veggie Tales (DVDs for kids)
reddit.com/r/catholicism
NABRE app
Catholic Memes
Catholicmatch.com
Meetup.com (Catholic groups)
Catholic Underground
LAVocations.org
RadiateLA (L.A. Office of New
Evangelization website & social
media)
RestoreLA (L.A. Young Adults
retreats & social media)
GK Chesterton
American Papist
Christopher West (Theology of the
Body)
K-LOVE (89.9 or 99.1 FM) 7
Praymorenovenas.com
Newadvent.org
Salvationstory.com
UMDNewman.com
Spirit Daily
Lifeside News
Universalis.com & app
Chastity Project
Integrated Catholic
Rosary apps
Patrick Madrid (Apologetics)
Pope Alarm
Catechism email a day
Ken Hensley
I Believe in Love (St. Therese of
Lisieux reflections)
Forming Intentional Disciples book
Littleflower.org (St. Therese of
Lisieux)

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Good Catholic Books:

Catechisms:
Catechism of the Catholic Church

Compendium: Catechism of the Catholic Church.


Libreria Editrice Vaticana. (Washington D.C.:
USCCB Publishing, 2006). ISBN 978-1-57455-725-1.

United States Catholic Catechism for Adults, United


States Conference of Catholic Bishops.
(Washington D.C.: USCCB Publishing, 2006). ISBN 1-
57455-450-6.

Matthew Kelly:
Rediscover Catholicism: A Spiritual Guide to Living
with Passion & Purpose. (Beacon Publishing,
2010).

The Shepherd: A Modern Parable About Our Search


for Happiness. (Beacon Publishing, 2001). ISBN 1-
929266-07-3.

The Four Signs of a Dynamic Catholic: How Engaging


1% of Catholics Could Change the World. (Beacon
Publishing, 2012).
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Scott Hahn:
Reasons to Believe: How to Understand, Explain,
and Defend the Catholic Faith.
The Lambs Supper: The Mass as Heaven on Earth.
Hail, Holy Queen: The Mother of God in the Word of
God.
Letter and Spirit: From Written Text to Living Word
in the Liturgy
Swear to God: Promise and Power of the
Sacraments
A Father Who Keeps His Promises: God Covenant
Love in Scripture
Evangelizing Catholics: A Mission Manual for the
New Evangelization

Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap., Living the Catholic Faith:


Rediscovering the Basics. (Cincinatti: Servant Books,
2001). ISBN 978-1-56955-191-2.
The current Archbishop of Philadelphia.

Apologetics:
The Essential Catholic Survival Guide: Answers to
Tough Questions About the Faith, by the Staff at
Catholic Answers. (San Diego, CA: 2005).
(888) 291-8000 for Orders

Karl Keating, Catholicism and Fundamentalism: The


Attack of Romanism by Bible Christians. (San
Francisco: Ignatius Press, 1998).

George Weigel, The Truth of Catholicism: Inside the


Essential Teachings and Controversies of the Church
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Pope John Paul II:

George Weigel, Witness to Hope:


The Biography of Pope John Paul II.
The authorized and definitive biography
of Pope John Paul II, contained a comprehensive
reflection on the history of the 20th century.

Church History:

Thomas E. Woods, Jr., Ph.D., How the Catholic Church


Built Western Civilization. (Washington D.C.:
Regency Publishing, Inc., 2005). ISBN 0-89526-038-
7.

Theology of the Body:

Christopher West, Theology of the Body for


Beginners: A Basic Introduction to Pope John Paul IIs
Sexual Revolution. (West Chester, PA: Ascension
Press, 2004). ISBN 1-932645-34-9.

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Saints:

Story of a Soul: The Autobiography of St. Therese of


Lisieux, 3rd Edition. (Washington D.C.: ICS
Publications, 1996). ISBN 0-935216-58-8.

Diary of Saint Maria Faustina Kowalska:


Divine Mercy in My Soul, 3rd Edition.
(Stockbridge, MA: Marian Press, 2007).
ISBN 978-0944203-04-0.

Conversion Story:

Donald H. Calloway, MIC, No Turning Back, A Witness


to Mercy. (Stockbridge, MA: Marian Press, 2011).
ISBN 978-1-59614-210-7.

Priestly Discernment:

Fr. Brett A. Brannen, To Save a Thousand Souls:


A Guide for Discerning a Vocation
to Diocesan Priesthood.
(Valdosta, GA: Vianney Vocations,
2012).
ISBN 978-0-615-34551-2.
www.vianneyvocations.com

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Word on Fire MinistriesFr. Robert
Barron
www.wordonfire.org
Catholicism DVD Series
Ten 40 minute videos on
the Church, Scripture,
the Sacraments,
Saints, etc.

Magis Center of Faith and Reason


Fr. Robert Spitzer, S.J.
www.magisreasonfaith.org
A great website with tons of videos on
Cosmology, Physics, Creationism,
Darwinism from a solidly Catholic view.
Located in Irvine, CA

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Good Catholic Apps:

EWTN (Eternal Word Television Network)


The Bible
Live Streams
Program Schedule
EWTN News
Vatican News
U.S. Catholic News
World Catholic News
IMissal
Catholic Calendar
Daily Mass Readings
Daily Bible Verses
Collection of Catholic Prayers
Catholic News

RC Calendar
Daily Mass Readings
Saints of the Day
The Catholic Directory
List of Catholic Churches by location or
address
Daily Mass Readings
Mass videos
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IBreviary
The Liturgy of the Hours, including Morning
Prayer (Lauds) and Evening Prayer (Vespers)

Confession
Creates a Login account for privacy
Examination of Conscience
Prayers for the Sacrament of
Reconciliation

USCCB (U.S. Bishops Conference)


Daily Mass Readings
The Bible

ESNE (El Sembrador Nueva Evangelizacion)


Spanish programing
Limited English programing
Hope to expand to an English channel by the
end of 2014

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Mass on MondayThe Holy Sacrifice of the Mass &
Confession: Encountering Divine Mercy in the
Sacraments

1st Reading 1 Corinthians 2:1-5


St. Paul states, For I resolved to know nothing
while I was with you except Jesus Christ, and him
crucified.
His power and effectiveness to preach comes only
from God, not from his own intelligence, eloquence
or any other human means.
o God of course uses us as human instruments of
His grace, but not for our own glory but Ad Dei
Maiorem Gloriam [AMDG, the motto of the
Jesuits], For the Greater Glory of God.

Psalm 119:97, 98, 99, 100, 101, 102


LORD, I love your commands.
Do you love the LORDs commands, His Laws, His
statutes, His will for you in your life?
Or do you love your own will more?
Psalm 119 is the longest of the 150 Psalms.
o It is divided into 22 parts.
o Gods will, His law or His word are mentioned in
every section, as a constant refrain reminding
us to conform our lives to His life.

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Gospel Luke 4:16-30
Jesus fulfills Prophecy but is rejected in
his own hometown.
In the synagogue in Nazareth, Jesus reads from the
scroll of Scripture:
The spirit of the LORD is upon me, because he has
anointed me:
o Anointed means Messiah in Hebrew or
Christos in Greek.
To bring glad tidings to the poor;
o Glad tidings means good news or eugelion in
Greek or Gospel in English.
He has sent me to proclaim liberty to captives;
And recovery of sight to the blind;
To let the oppressed go fee;
And to proclaim a year acceptable to the LORD.
Then Jesus proclaims boldly, Today this Scripture
passage is fulfilled in your hearing.
And all spoke highly of him and were amazed at
the gracious words that came from his mouth.
o They loved Him, for now.
But Jesus continued, because just as in the times of
the Prophet Elijah that did not believe him, so too
will his own people not readily accept Jesus when he
takes them to task for their lack of faith in Him.
o So soon they have been filled with fury at that
same Jesus they marveled at only a short time
earlier.

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Contemplative Prayer using Lectio Divina
(Benedictine Spirituality)
Lection Divina means divine reading. It is an
ancient form of praying with and meditating on the
Holy Scriptures.

Psalm 46:11Be still and know that I am


God.

Be still and know that I am God.

Be still and know that I am.

Be still and know.


Be still.
Be.

Psalm 18:1-4
I love you, Lord, my strength,
Lord, my rock, my fortress, my deliverer,
My God, my rock of refuge,
My shield, my saving horn, my stronghold!
Praised be the Lord, I exclaim!

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Ephesians 1:1-2
Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, to
the holy ones who are faithful in Christ Jesus: grace
to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord
Jesus Christ.

The Jesus PrayerLord Jesus Christ, have


mercy on me a sinner.
A very popular prayer of the Eastern Orthodox
Churches.
The words of the Jesus Prayer are themselves
based on Scriptural texts:
o The cry of the blind man sitting at the side
of the road near Jericho, "Jesus, Son of
David, have mercy on me" (Luke 18:38);
o The ten lepers who "called to him, 'Jesus,
Master, take pity on us' " (Luke 17:13);
o The cry for mercy of the publican, "God,
be merciful to me, a sinner" (Luke 18:14).
Or, as a way to combine various elements of
prayer and spirituality, one could use The
Jesus Prayer
o While gazing at the cross or a crucifix.
o With eyes closed but grasping a crucifix.
o Before or after praying the Stations of the
Cross.
o During Eucharistic Adoration.

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Ignatian Spirituality and Prayer
Based on St. Ignatius of Loyolas famous
Spiritual Exercises.
Using the mind and senses so as to enflesh the
Gospel of Jesus Christ.
o You can imagine interacting with the
characters of a parable or story in the Bible,
even becoming one of them and thus
entering into the scriptural scene, using all of
the senses. This, in turn, helps one look at
Jesus in scenes from your own life.
So imagine the scene, using the details
provided from the scripture text, but also
supplying whatever else you imagine the
scene and scenery to contain.
What do you hear, see, smell, touch?
What emotions are you feeling?
Are you central to the action or a
mere spectator?
Do you want engage the action or
not?

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John 13:1-30The Washing of the Disciples
Feet
Before the feast of Passover, Jesus knew that his
hour had come to pass from this world to the
Father. He loved his own in the world and he
loved them to the end. The devil had already
induced Judas, son of Simon the Iscariot, to hand
him over.
So, during supper, fully aware that the Father had
put everything into his power and that he had
come from God and was returning to God, he rose
from supper and took off his outer garments. He
took a towel and tied it around his waist. Then he
poured water into a basin and began to wash the
disciples' feet and dry them with the towel around
his waist. He came to Simon Peter, who said to
him, "Master, are you going to wash my feet?"
Jesus answered and said to him, "What I am doing,
you do not understand now, but you will
understand later." Peter said to him, "You will
never wash my feet." Jesus answered him,
"Unless I wash you, you will have no inheritance
with me." Simon Peter said to him, "Master, then
not only my feet, but my hands and head as well."

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Jesus said to him, "Whoever has bathed has no
need except to have his feet washed, for he is
clean all over; so you are clean, but not all."
For he knew who would betray him; for this
reason, he said, "Not all of you are clean." So
when he had washed their feet (and) put his
garments back on and reclined at table again, he
said to them, "Do you realize what I have done for
you? You call me 'teacher' and 'master,' and
rightly so, for indeed I am. If I, therefore, the
master and teacher, have washed your feet, you
ought to wash one another's feet. I have given
you a model to follow, so that as I have done
for you, you should also do. Amen, amen, I
say to you, no slave is greater than his master nor
any messenger greater than the one who sent
him. If you understand this, blessed are you
if you do it. I am not speaking of all of you. I
know those whom I have chosen. But so that the
scripture might be fulfilled, 'The one who ate my
food has raised his heel against me.' From now
on I am telling you before it happens, so that
when it happens you may believe that I AM.
Amen, amen, I say to you, whoever receives the
one I send receives me, and whoever receives me
receives the one who sent me."

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When he had said this, Jesus was deeply troubled
and testified, "Amen, amen, I say to you, one of
you will betray me." The disciples looked at one
another, at a loss as to whom he meant. One of
his disciples, the one whom Jesus loved, was
reclining at Jesus' side. So Simon Peter
nodded to him to find out whom he meant. He
leaned back against Jesus' chest and said to
him, "Master, who is it?" Jesus answered, "It is
the one to whom I hand the morsel after I have
dipped it."
So he dipped the morsel and (took it and) handed
it to Judas, son of Simon the Iscariot. After he
took the morsel, Satan entered him. So Jesus said
to him, "What you are going to do, do quickly."
(Now) none of those reclining at table realized
why he said this to him. Some thought that since
Judas kept the money bag, Jesus had told him,
"Buy what we need for the feast," or to give
something to the poor. So he took the morsel and
left at once. And it was night.

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Matthew 14:22-36Walking on the Water and
Healings at Gennesaret

Then [Jesus] made the disciples get into the boat and
precede him to the other side, while he dismissed the
crowds. After doing so, he went up on the
mountain by himself to pray. When it was evening
he was there alone. Meanwhile the boat, already a few
miles offshore, was being tossed about by the waves,
for the wind was against it. During the fourth watch of
the night, he came toward them, walking on the sea.
When the disciples saw him walking on the sea
they were terrified. "It is a ghost," they said, and
they cried out in fear. At once (Jesus) spoke to them,
"Take courage, it is I; do not be afraid." Peter said to
him in reply, "Lord, if it is you, command me to come
to you on the water." He said, "Come." Peter got out of
the boat and began to walk on the water toward Jesus.
But when he saw how (strong) the wind was he
became frightened; and, beginning to sink, he
cried out, "Lord, save me!" Immediately Jesus
stretched out his hand and caught him, and said to
him, "O you of little faith, why did you doubt?"
After they got into the boat, the wind died down.
Those who were in the boat did him homage, saying,
"Truly, you are the Son of God."
After making the crossing, they came to land at
Gennesaret. When the men of that place recognized
him, they sent word to all the surrounding country.
People brought to him all those who were sick and
begged him that they might touch only the tassel
on his cloak, and as many as touched it were
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Discussion Questions:
1. How was this Lectio Divina experience for
you?
2. What did you experience?
3. What surprised you about it?
4. What were the challenges?
5. How can you apply this to your personal
prayer life?

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Selected Bibliography

Faith of Our Fathers. Music: Henry Fr. Hemy, 1818-


1888, and James G. Walton, 1821-1905. Text:
Frederick W. Faber, 1814-1863. Melody: Saint
Catherine L.M. with Refrain.

St. Augustine. The Confessions of St. Augustine. See


Book 10, Chapter 27. Revision of the Translation of
Rev. J.M. Lelen. (New Jersey: Catholic Book Publishing
Corp., 1997). ISBN 089942-169-5.

USCCB Website (U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops).


New Evangelization: What is the New Evangelization?
http://www.usccb.org/beliefs-and-teachings/how-we-te
ach/new-evangelization/

Benedict XVI, Apostolic Letter Motu Proprio Porta


Fidei: For The Indiction of The Year of Faith, October
11, 2011.
http://www.vatican.va/holy_father/benedict_xvi/motu_
proprio/documents/hf_ben-xvi_motu-proprio_20111011_p
orta-fidei_en.html

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Catechism of the Catholic Church, Second Edition,
revised in Accordance with the Official Latin Text
promulgated by Pope John Paul II, contains Glossary
and Analytical Text. Libreria Editrice Vaticana,
1997. (Washington, D.C.: United States Catholic
Conference, Washington D.C., Publication no. 5-109,
1997) ISBN 1-57455-109-4.
http://www.vatican.va/archive/ENG0015/_INDEX.HT
M

C.S. Lewis, Man or Rabbit, & What Are We to


Make of Jesus Christ? in God in the Dock: Essays
on Theology and Ethics. Edited by Walter Hooper.
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Pope John Paul II, Ecclesia in Asia: On Jesus Christ


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http://www.vatican.va/holy_father/john_paul_ii/apo
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Asia:
Pope John Paul II, Tertio Millenio Adveniente: On
the Coming of the Third Millunnium. Apostolic
Letter. November 10, 1994. Publication No. 042-
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http://www.vatican.va/holy_father/john_paul_ii/ap
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Lumen gentium: Dogmatic Constitution on the
Church. November 21, 1964. In Vatican Council
II: Volume 1: The Conciliar and Postconciliar
Documents, New Revised Edition. Gen. Ed. Austin
Flannery, O.P. (Northport, NY: Costello Publishing
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http
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Nostra aetate: Declaration on the Relations of the


Church to Non-Christian Religions. October 28,
1965. In Vatican Council II: Volume 1: The
Conciliar and Postconciliar Documents, New
Revised Edition. Gen. Ed. Austin Flannery, O.P.
(Northport, NY: Costello Publishing Company,
1998). ISBN 0-918344-39-5.
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http://www.vatican.va/archive/hist_councils/ii_va
tican_council/documents/vat-ii_decl_19651028_nost
Ad gentes divinitus: Decree on the Churchs
Missionary Activity. December 7, 1965. In
Vatican Council II: Volume 1: The Conciliar and
Postconciliar Documents, New Revised Edition.
Gen. Ed. Austin Flannery, O.P. (Northport, NY:
Costello Publishing Company, 1998). ISBN 0-
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http://www.vatican.va/archive/hist_councils/ii_va
tican_council/documents/vat-ii_decree_19651207_ad
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Pope Paul VI, Evangelii Nutiandi: On
Evangelization in the Modern World. Apostolic
Exhortation. December 8, 1975. (Washington,
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http://www.vatican.va/holy_father/paul_vi/apost_
exhortations/documents/hf_p-vi_exh_19751208_evan
gelii-nuntiandi_en.html


RC Calendar. App for IPhone for July 9.

Magnificat. July 2014, Vol. 16, No. 5. Yonkers, NY.


www.magnificat.com. ISBN 1521-5172

Scott Hahn, Evangelizing Catholics: A Mission Manuel


for the New Evangelization. (Huntington, IN: Our
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