This year at St. V in keeping with our Lenten theme is Reflecting God’s Mercy, we will be contemplating quotes from Pope Francis’s declaration on this Year of Mercy.
Merciful like the Father is the “motto” of this Holy Year. In mercy, we find proof of how God loves us. ~ God desires our wellbeing and wants to see us happy, full of joy, and peaceful. This is the path which the merciful love of Christians must also travel. ~ In this Holy Year, we look forward to ~ opening our hearts to those living on the outermost fringes of society: fringes which modern society itself creates.
—Pope Francis, Statement opening the Year of Mercy
Date: Feb. 27, 9 AM – 1 PM Location: Shrine of St. Anthony, Ellicott City Cost: Free Registration: Space is limited, and registration is required. Forms can be returned to the parish office or to Jack Schmidt. Registration forms are in the Gathering Space or download one here.
For our Lenten half-day retreat this year, we are extremely fortunate to have Father Julio Martinez, OFM, Conv., as our spiritual director. Fr. Julio directed our 2014 Parish Retreat. Now, he will lead us to continue our study of Pope Francis’s encyclical Laudato Si’ by providing a uniquely Franciscan perspective on caring for all of creation, which emphasizes the need for action now to address the unmitigated harm to the Earth and its inhabitants, especially the poor. Also in keeping with our Lenten theme “Reflecting God’s Mercy,” Father Julio will outline Misericordiae Vultus. In this declaration opening the current Year of Mercy, Pope Francis calls all of us to contemplate and seek the unbelievable gift of God’s mercy.
Our program will begin with a continental breakfast and the start of our day of reflection with song. Then Father Julio will provide two presentations, each followed by a period of reflection when we will have an opportunity to nourish our spirituality in the quiet of the beautiful surroundings of the Shrine of St. Anthony. And there will be an opportunity to attend Mass at the Shrine immediately following the retreat.
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In June Pope Francis issued his encyclical Laudato Si’, a stirring call to action for all of us to save “our common home”. The encyclical covers much more than simply climate change, exploring subjects such as biodiversity, clean water and the disproportionate effects environmental degradation of the poor. This fall St. Vincent, and its co-sponsor St. Ignatius Catholic Community, examined the encyclical with a three-part speaker series. Read More >
See all three events with Dr. Stephen Scharper, Dr. John Haught, and Dr. Mary Evelyn Tucker on St. V’s YouTube Channel.
Second Event with Dr. John Haught:
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In this a brief quote from Pope Francis’s encyclical on the environment Laudato Si’, Francis starts with an old psalm verse, “The Lord hears the cry of the poor.”
Then he turns it around. He drops the reference to the Lord and changes the mood of the verb from indicative to imperative. So what started out as an acclamation of trust in God now becomes a challenge to us.
We know that God hears the cry of the poor. But do we? Or are we so deafened by the roar of global Continue reading →