A MESSAGE FROM OUR CHAPLAIN AND THE STAFF
This week's Gospel goes into Luke’s version of the Beatitudes. It is known as the “Sermon on the Plain”. Matthew gives us the “Sermon on the Mount”. While Matthew’s version is more technically complicated, Luke gives us a version where Christ comes down off the mountain and speaks directly to the poor. It discusses how we are exalted when we are poor, people insult us, and when people hate us. This is not always the easiest thing to do, is it?
At the same time it states woe to those who are rich. What is he really getting at here? He is not saying it is wrong to be rich, but rather that being poor, being hated, being insulted, etc, reminds us of why we are blessed. For the rich, the blessing of having nice things then should lead us to gratitude to the Lord. This again can be difficult because living in comfort makes us forget how blessed we truly are and who we owe our thanksgiving to for all that we have.
“Blessed are you when people hate you, and when they exclude and insult you, and denounce your name as evil on account of the Son of Man. Rejoice and leap for joy on that day! Behold, your reward will be great in heaven.” Luke 6:22-23
The Lord would never have called us to this if it were not possible. He does not call us to mediocrity but to greatness. So what are some practical ways in which we can learn to love being hated and living in poverty?
Remember that humility is the ROOT of humiliation- humiliation is not something negative for us to experience. We dislike it when it happens to us, but we have to remember to not take ourselves too seriously. Humiliation is a way to surrender to the Lord’s will to break our pride.
A-Make fun of yourself in some way
B-When you are insulted or made fun of this week, instead of getting mad, pray for the person and see how it is an opportunity for humility
2. Be grateful for the riches you do have- remember that all the riches you have are gifts from God
A-Start out the day by thanking the Lord for a few things that you have been given.
B-recognize ways in which people love you through little actions- ex. Spending time with you in your dorm because they care, buying your coffee when you forget your money
C-Think of little ways you can show love to your friends- buying tea for a friend who loves it, driving a friend who doesn’t have a car to their dorm, etc.
May we all learn to love being hated more this year, especially as we come toward the Lenten season and instead of turning to anger and self pity, rather see the blessing we have from the Lord and ability we have to understand the pain He went through more on the cross.
May God bless you!
Father Vaccaro and the St. John Bosco Staff
Hello everyone! This past week we had the pleasure of watching Father Vaccaro referee a basketball game, as well as do service with Catholic Charities for refugee children and at our very own Catholic Center. What a wonderful week for our community to support and give back to those who have nurtured us! We pray you can remain strong and keep up your prayer lives consistent through these last few weeks before Spring Break. Know of our prayer continued prayers for you.
MASS INTENTIONS FOR THE WEEK
+ - May they rest in peace
Sunday – Students, Faculty, and Staff of UMW
Monday – Fr. Michael Kelly
Tuesday – The Students of CCM
Wednesday – No Mass
Thursday – Fr. Vaccaro’s Family
Friday – David Lindisch +
Saturday - Conceicao Fernandes Barros +
PRAYER OF THE WEEK FROM LITURGY
A Prayer to Redeem Lost Time, by St. Teresa of Avila
O my God! Source of all mercy! I acknowledge Your sovereign power. While recalling the
wasted years that are past, I believe that You, Lord, can in an instant turn this loss to gain.
Miserable as I am, yet I firmly believe that You can do all things. Please restore to me the time
lost, giving me Your grace, both now and in the future, that I may appear before You in
wedding garments. Amen.
FRIDAY FUN UPDATE FROM ALLISON MCCRUMB
Last week, we went to see Father referee a basketball game. After the game, we went to Metro 29 Diner. Join us this week for a poker tournament. Dress your best for a fancy night of poker games with fabulous prizes. Don’t know how to play poker? No worries! We will have people there to teach you. I hope to see you all there!
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 on down to Supper Social, held every Thursday at 5 pm! This week, Supper Social will feature a testimony on Eucharistic Adoration, from Fr. Nick Schierer, accompanied by a hearty, home-style dinner cooked by Birthright! Next week, on February 28, we will have our monthly Gathering style social. We hope you will come and enjoy some time in the faith along with friends and delicious food! We look forward to welcoming you to these events!
WOMEN’S DISCERNMENT GROUP
Calling all ladies! Our Women’s Discernment Group meets this Monday,
February 18 at 6:00 pm in the St. John Bosco Center Lounge! After the discussion, girls’ night continues with dinner at Primavera. RSVP for dinner here!
TUNE IN TO THE SUNDAY TALK
Need a break from homework? Join us tonight at 7:30 pm in Lee Hall Room 411 for the Sunday Talk series! The topic of the night will be Domination and Communion. After the talk, join the carpool to McDonald’s for food and fellowship. If you want a recap of previous Sunday Talk discussions, check it out on Apple Podcasts and Google Play