A MESSAGE FROM OUR CHAPLAIN AND THE STAFF
Mother Teresa tells us that God speaks in the silence of our hearts. It is only in silence that you will learn true humility and how to pray. We will never find joy, gratitude, or be able to really love another if we do not learn how to encounter Christ in genuine prayer.
Mother Teresa says that we can never be silent if things have gotten into our hearts. Purity is the key to silence as Christ tells us, “Blessed are the clean of heart, for they shall see God.” If we have envy, jealousy, hate, or think uncharitably about others, we cannot see God. Sin is a major barrier in encountering the Lord.
Let us think practically this week about how to remain silent on our campus. Ways that we can do this would include:
-Silencing your heart- Evaluate if you are looking lovingly at others and assuming the best in their motives instead of assuming the worst.
-Silencing your eyes- Hide your eyes from those who you may be inclined to judge. Instead of judging them challenge yourself to look away instead.
-Silence your mouth- Instead of gossiping or talking evil about others this week try only being kind and treating others with the respect and love you would desire for yourself.
-Silence your ears- Don’t listen when others are speaking about things they shouldn’t and try to change the topic for the positive.
-Silence your mind- Find time for prayer every day and allow God to speak to you. Pray that you have the courage to desire His will in your life.
Remember the fruit of silence is faith, the fruit of faith is prayer, the fruit of prayer is love, the fruit of love is service, and the fruit of service is silence! Know of our daily prayers for each of you!
Father Vaccaro and the St. John Bosco Staff
A reminder that next Saturday, December 8, is the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception and is a holy day of obligation. Please join us for Mass at the St. John Bosco Center at 11 AM in the main room.
PRAYER OF THE WEEK FROM LITURGY
Prayer of the Immaculate Conception
O God, who by the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary, didst prepare a worthy dwelling place for thy Son, we beseech thee that, as by the foreseen death of this, thy Son, thou didst preserve her from all stain, so too thou wouldst permit us, purified through her intercession, to come unto thee. Through the same Lord Jesus Christ, thy Son, who livest and reignest with thee in the unity of the Holy Ghost, God, world without end. Amen.
LITURGY OF THE HOURS
All are invited to join us for Liturgy of the Hours. Recitation of the hours will follow the 4 PM Mass on Monday and Tuesday, and be before the 4:30 PM Mass on Thursday and the 12:15 AM Mass on Friday. Please join in the universal prayer of the Church.
TUNE IN TO THE SUNDAY TALK
Looking for a way to grow more in the faith while fostering relationships and enjoying tasty, home-cooked meals? Come on down to Supper Social , held every Thursday at the UMW CCM! This Thursday, December. 6th, we will have be having a penance service, along with a tasty nacho bar prepared by Mrs. Rihl. Get a break from campus dining, and partake in some communal time in prayer. With the start of Advent, it is important to receive penance to prepare for Christmas. Receiving God’s grace through confession is a wonderful way to prepare for Christ’s birth. We will not be having Supper Social next Thursday, December 13, because of exam week. We wish you all the best on your exams, and we look forward to welcoming you to this week’s social!
O’ Come Let Us Adore Him! Happy Advent to Everyone!
Be vigilant at all times
and pray that you have the strength
to escape the tribulations that are imminent
and to stand before the Son of Man. -Luke 21:36
Advent is a season of preparing our hearts for the coming of the Christ Child. May we use this time of waiting to grow in love for Him.
Friday Fun with Allison Mccrumb
Join us this week on Friday, 12/7 for the one of our biggest trips of the year to the NATIONAL CHRISTMAS TREE! We will be leaving Catholic Center at 5PM and returning at 11PM going to Washington, DC and to see the tree and visit the famous Willard Hotel. Afterwards bring your money to have dinner at the delicious Metro Diner! You don’t want to miss it. All are welcome and we can’t wait to see you there!