Week of SEPTEMBER 15, 2019
TWENTY-Fourth sunday IN ordinary time
Happy Birthday Mother Mary!
In every danger of forfeiting divine grace, we should think of Mary, and invoke her name, together with that of Jesus; for these two names always go together. O, then, never let us permit these two most sweet names to leave our hearts, or be off our lips; they will give us strength not only not to yield, but to conquer all our temptations. “The invocation of the sacred names of Jesus and Mary,” says Thomas a Kempis, “is a short prayer which is as sweet to the mind, and as powerful to protect those who use it against the enemies of their salvation, as it is easy to remember.” Let us, therefore, always take advantage of the beautiful advice given us by St. Bernard, in these words: “In dangers, in perplexities, in doubtful cases, think of Mary, call on Mary; let her not leave thy lips; let her not depart from thy heart.”
A Secret Ingredient to Great Catholic Discipleship = Vulnerability
by Marcel Lejeune
I remember the first time I told my wife that I loved her. It was a terrifying moment. We had been dating for several months and I fell head over heels for her, like no girl before. She clearly had won my heart, but there was an internal battle that raged over whether I should tell her how I felt about her or not.
On the one hand, I had everything to lose. If I revealed my love for her and it was rejected or not recipro-cated, then I was vulnerable to being hurt. On the other hand, the risk was worth the reward. If she was waiting on me to take the lead, then our relationship would take the next step. I did. She did. The rest is history.
Vulnerability is exposure to possible harm or risk. It is born out of weakness and our limitations. Each time we admit we are weak, we risk something. We are imperfect. We are sinners. We fail. We can‟t do things perfectly. We have hurt God, others, and ourselves. We make mistakes. We are wounded and weak. Admitting these things takes courage. Being vulnerable takes courage and when we are too afraid to admit our weaknesses, we are unable to grow, in many ways. This is why we are meant to be vulnerable to God and some others.
Still, before we can be vulnerable with God and others, we have to trust them. This can be easier said than done. Some Christians believe being vulnerable with God ought to be easy for everyone, because God is the only truly trustworthy one. While this is objectively true, the subjective side of vulnerability is harder to see sometimes. Many people have false images of God. Others have trust issues. Some have little or no faith that God truly exists or if he does, that he is trustworthy. There can be many barriers to trusting God (and many more when it comes to trusting sinful people). But that doesn‟t mean we ought not try. It is im-portant to realize that vulnerability is the birthplace of intimacy and without intimacy, we cannot truly grow in relationship with others. This is the dynamic in a visual:
Trust—Vulnerability—Accountability—Deep Relationship—Love (Charity)
So, if we want to live lives of love, we need to start with trust that leads to vulnerability. This kind of vul-nerability isn‟t counseling. It isn‟t just sharing feelings. It isn‟t dumping all your baggage on others. It isn‟t allowing yourself to merely be a victim. Rather, it is born out of love and done in the safety of trusting and real relationships.
Once we are able to be vulnerable, we can then begin to be accountable to one another. From there, we build even deeper trust and friendship. This can then build into the highest form of love, which is an agape love—to choose what is best for the other, despite the cost to self. Vulnerability allows us to admit our own imperfection (and that of others) and yet accepts that we (and they) are still worthy of love.
Once we have been vulnerable, the relationship has room for:
Confession of sins.
A more virtuous life.
Growth in humility.
Perseverance in suffering.
Solidarity with others who are suffering.
Growth in kindness toward others.
Courage to admit and then build upon your weakness.
Others to relate better to you and you to them.
Vulnerability is so important in discipleship. If you want to really grow in love of God and help others do the same, then you will need to take the risk of allowing others to see your weakness...Discipleship can never really flourish until we have the kind of deep relationships that seek the good of the other.
(To read the article in its entirety, visit catholicmissionarydisciples.com)
Prayer for Our Parish
God our Father, through the intercession of Saint Barbara, we offer these prayers to you for our parish and your people.
O Holy Spirit, guide us as we strive to become a faith-filled and lifegiving community, seeking always to do your will as we help each other journey to your heavenly kingdom.
We desire to be a people that responds to your call to help our brothers and sisters in Christ, nurturing the bond that we share as children of God. Together with the Universal Church, may our parish family grow in unity and be faithful disciples, proclaiming the good news of the Lord and living the Word of God.
Jesus, our Good Shepherd, lead us to the pasture of compassion, service, and love, that all may come to know your goodness and share in the eternal feast you have prepared for each of us. May Mary, Mother of the Church, Bearer of Truth and Light, and Help of Christians, pray for us and be a source of strength to us as we sojourn towards the Kingdom of God.
We ask this in the name of Jesus, your Son. Amen.
Santa Barbara parish - bible study on tuesdays
Parishioners listen attentively during Bible Study classes. All are welcome to attend every Tuesday at 6:40pm in the upper parish hall.
A Brief Examination of Conscience
Based on the Ten Commandments
1. I am the Lord your God; you shall not have strange Gods before me.
Have I treated people, events, or things as more important than God?
2. You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain.
Have my words, actively or passively, put down God, the Church, or people?
3. Remember to keep holy the Lord’s Day.
Do I go to Mass every Sunday (or Saturday Vigil) and on Holy Days of Obligation? Do I avoid, when possible, work that impedes worship to God, joy for the Lord‟s Day, and proper relaxation of mind and body? Do I look for ways to spend time with family or in service on Sunday?
4. Honor your father and your mother.
Do I show my parents due respect? Do I seek to maintain good communication with parents where possible? Do I criticize them for lacking skills I think they should have?
5. You shall not kill.
Have I harmed another through physical, verbal, or emotional means, including gossip or manipulation of any kind?
6. You shall not commit adultery.
Have I respected the physical and sexual dignity of others and of myself?
7. You shall not steal.
Have I taken or wasted time or resources that belonged to another?
8. You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.
Have I gossiped, told lies, or embellished stories at the expense of another?
9. You shall not covet your neighbor’s spouse.
Have I honored my spouse with my full affection and exclusive love?
10. You shall not covet your neighbor’s goods.
Am I content with my own means and needs, or do I compare myself to others unnecessarily?
Christ’s Two Commandments: How well do we love God and others? Do we love as Christ calls us to? In the Gospel of Matthew, Christ gives us Two Commandments: “He said to him, „You shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the greatest and the first commandment. The second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. The whole law and the prophets depend on these two commandments‟” (Mt 22:37-40).
Santa Barbara Parish Prayer Ministry
prays the Rosary and Divine Mercy Chaplet
for prayer intentions.
May you strive to be a better Catholic and be closer to God than you did in the past year.
God Bless You & Your Family!
Saturday: 5:00 pm
6:00 am (Chamorro)
9:00 am (Astumbo)
12:00 pm (Filipino)
2:00 pm (Chuukese)
Daily: 6:00 am &
Tuesdays & Fridays also: 11:30 am
Saturday: 6:00 am
For baptisms, Please visit the Parish Office for guidelines and scheduling.
Monday to Friday: 15 mins before the 6:00 am and 6:00 pm masses (at the chapel)
Saturday: 4:30 pm (at the upper church)
Divine mercy adoration chapel:
Monday to Friday:
7:00 am - 6:30 pm
7:00 am - 3:30 pm
Monday to Friday except Thursday:
8:00 am - 5:00 pm (CLOSED 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm)
Closed on Sundays, Thursdays, Holy Days & Holidays.