A MESSAGE FROM OUR CHAPLAIN AND THE STAFF
The theme of Father’s first Sunday talk will cover “purity of heart”. To dive deeper into our discussion on the Theology of the Body, we will expand into more detail on two aspects of last week’s reflection to prepare for his lecture. The points that the human family is a reflection of the Trinity, and that Christ shows us with His body what we are supposed to do with our bodies. These may seem completely unconnected from “purity of heart” but let's dive in deeper and make the connections!
The human family is a reflection of the Trinity- Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. To go into more detail, the Father and the Son make a mutual self-gift of love to one another. The manifestation of this love is the tangible Holy Spirit.
In a similar way, the male and the female are a mutual self-gift of love to one another. They give all of themselves (emotionally, physically, spiritually, etc.) and participate in an act of creation with the Lord to create a visible manifestation of their love in the child.
Before the Fall, there was no sin in the world and man and woman were able to look at each other with purity of heart. They didn’t lust after one another or desire to use each other for selfish gain but rather gave of themselves wholly and entirely in a total, self-gift. Before the Fall, man and woman were selfless gifts to the other.
After the Fall, all of this changed. Lust enters in and we begin to desire to use each other, we look at each other as objects etc. and our purity is challenged. So, now that we live in a Fallen world, how do we mend our relationship with the Father?
As mentioned last week Christ shows us with His body how we are to act with our bodies, but He also shows us how to heal our relationship with the Father. Jesus came to restore the brokenness after the Fall.
Jesus shows us we are made for pure-self gift, not possessiveness. He also shows us that we are in need of grace to accomplish this task of purity. He gives us the gift of grace through the Sacraments (through the self-gift of His very body to us), and He gives us the Holy Spirit to give us the power to restore our relationship with both God and each other.
To summarize, the human family is a reflection of the Trinity. The Trinity shows us how we are made to be pure- mutual-self gifts of love to each other. In this fallen world, however, we look at each other in a distorted way that causes us to consume each other as objects instead of love each other selflessly. Christ comes to show us how to love, heal our broken relationship with God, and give us the grace to live a pure life. When we walk with Christ and the Holy Spirit we will come to find we can have the purity of heart, mind, and body and our relationship with God, others, and our very selves will be healed. Amen
Have a wonderful Spring semester and know of our daily prayers for each of you!
Father Vaccaro and the St. John Bosco Staff
We pray the first few weeks of classes are going well for you! This week is the Feast day of our patron, St. John Bosco. John Bosco was the founder of the Salesian Order. They are the largest religious order today and have youth centers, boarding schools, trade schools, and convents in many countries caring for the needs of underprivileged children. John Bosco believed that the human person could be built up in sanctity through a deep love of Christ and encountering Him in the sacraments first, but also through giving them skills to overcome their situation. The students would be given a love of Christ, a love of their community, and skills they desired to then share back into the community and to build up future students with. As we continue this year, in honor of our patron let us have a fervent love of Christ, visit the sacraments often, and share generously of our talents with those in our community to help them, in turn, grow in love with our Lord and grow in sanctity. Amen!
MEN’S DISCERNMENT GROUP
Calling all guys! The first Men's Discernment Group meeting is this Monday, January 28th at 6:00 pm in the Saint John Bosco Center Lounge! After the discussion, hang out with the bros for dinner at Primavera. Those interested in learning more about the group can contact Father Vaccaro at email@example.com.
TUNE IN TO THE SUNDAY TALK
The Sunday Talk series is back for the Spring semester! Join us tonight at 7:30 pm in Lee Hall Room 411 for a lively discussion on The Call of Christ to the Heart. After the talk, we will make our weekly pilgrimage to McDonald's for food and fellowship. If it’s your first trip to McDonald’s with CCM, Father Vaccaro will treat! All are welcome so bring your friends! We will not have the Sunday Talk next week (February 3) because of the Super Bowl.
Prayer of St. Thomas Aquinas
Grant me, O Lord my God,
a mind to know you,
a heart to seek you,
wisdom to find you,
conduct pleasing to you,
faithful perseverance in waiting for you,
and a hope of finally embracing you.
A MESSAGE FROM THE SUPPER SOCIAL TABLE
Looking for a way to grow more in the faith while fostering relationships and enjoying tasty, home-cooked meals? Come to Supper Social every Thursday at the CCM! This Thursday, January 31, Supper Social will feature a celebration of St. John Bosco's Feast Day! We will be enjoying a variety of soups and salads with many special cakes, games, and quality time with the Lord and close friends, as we honor this incredibly inspiring saint. Next week, on February 7, we will be blessed to have a talk on Humanae Vitae given by Mr. and Mrs. Bereit that they did at the SEEK conference and NCYC, accompanied by a delicious meal cooked by community volunteers. We look forward to welcoming you to these events!
FRIDAY FUN UPDATE FROM ALLISON MCCRUMB
Our first fun Friday of the semester is officially in the books. Thank you to everyone who came out to make the event such a huge success. We played trivia and a quote match to determine which house was the winner. Gryffindor won and decided that we should watch the fourth movie. Our next Fun Friday will be a video game and movie night at the Saint John Bosco Center. There will be video games set up in the lounge and a movie set up in the main room. There will be lots of snacks and drinks. The night starts at 9. I hope to see everyone there!