Feature of the week: Eight New Year’s “Resolutions” from St. Padre Pio


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(Source: Frank Rega, http://divinefiat.blogspot.com/2014/01/eight-years-resolutions-from-padre-pio.html)

These “resolutions’ are taken from the booklet “Buona Giornata,” (Have a Good Day), which is a compilation of daily meditations and observations from St. Pio’s writings and comments, published by his Friary in San Giovanni Rotondo.  Here are his thoughts – exhortations – admonitions for Dec. 31 thru Jan 7.

1.  The palm of glory is reserved only for those who fight valiantly to the end.  Therefore, let us begin our holy battle this year.  God will help us and crown us with eternal triumph.

2.  We are by Divine Grace at the dawn of a new year.  Since only God knows whether we will finish this year, we should spend it in reparation for the past, and in preparation for the future.  Good works go hand in hand with good intentions.

3.  Let us say to ourselves, with the full conviction of telling the truth, “My soul: begin today to do the good works which to date you have not done.”  Let us be moved by the presence of God.  “God sees me,” let us often say to ourselves, “and by my actions will He judge me.”  Let us be sure the He will always see only goodness in us.

4.  If you have time, do not wait for time.  Let us not put off until tomorrow what we can do today.  The graves are full of good intentions that never came to pass.  Besides, what assurance do we have that we will be alive tomorrow?  Let us listen to the voice of our conscience, as said the royal prophet: “Today, if you hear the voice of the Lord, do not turn a deaf ear.”  Let us come forth and treasure the fleeting moment which alone is ours.  Let us not waste time, from one moment to another, because the latter is not yet ours.
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REMINDER: Holy Day of Obligation on New Year’s Day

SOLEMNITY OF MARY, MOTHER OF GOD  JANUARY 1, 2014

EF MASSES AROUND THE BAY AREA

Star of the Sea Church (4420 Geary Blvd., San Francisco, CA 94118)  (11 AM)

St. Margaret Mary (1219 Excelsior Avenue, Oakland, CA 94610)  (12:30 PM)

Carmel of the Holy Family Monastery (Canyon, CA)  (8 AM)
*How to find Canyon Carmel, which has no street number: from Canyon U.S. Post Office (99 Pinehurst Road), go north about one half mile
to “John McCosker Ranch Road” on right (easy to miss); take this mostly gravel private road up to the right turn onto “Old Home Ranch
Road,” which is signed for “Carmel.” It ends in the parking lot of the monastery.

Immaculate Heart of Mary Oratory / Five Wounds Church (1375 East Santa Clara St., San José, CA 95116)   (12:30 PM)

Chaplain’s Corner | The Baptism of the Lord (January 13, 2014)

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The Baptism of the Lord reminds us of our own baptism, when we first entered into the death and resurrection of the Lord.  The waters of baptism wash away the Original Sin of our first parents, Adam and Eve that we are born into; and at the same time bring us into communion with God, the Father, God, the Son, and God, the Holy Spirit.  Because Jesus is the beloved Son of the Father, we are beloved sons and daughters of the same loving God.  We need to affirm this relationship every day.  Each of us is Continue reading