"The Catholic Spiritual Life" by Dr Eric Johnston

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Delighted to run across a wonderful blog by an old friend and classmate, Dr. Eric Johnston, a seminary professor living with his large family in Newark.

The Catholic Spiritual Life is a peaceful and informative blog, something like either liturgical spirituality, or spiritual theology–drawing theological truth from all those wonderful sources that we have available to us as Catholics. All of these sources of truth bear upon one another, and we can be caught up in their dynamism, and filled with the living Word of God.

A sample:

At last we return to our orderly reading of Matthew – and see how beautiful are the ordinary words of the Gospel.

“Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest.
Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am meek and humble of heart; and you will find rest for yourselves.
For my yoke is easy, and my burden light.”

Such words are like balm. They are really worth reading and hearing just to bathe in them. Such a beautiful reminder that none of our pious meditations can equal the healing power of God’s word.


But let us come to him, and learn! These words teach us even more when we read them in context. The Lectionary is good enough to give us the verses that immediately proceed.

“I give praise to you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, for although you have hidden these things from the wise and the learned you have revealed them to little ones. . . . No one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and anyone to whom the Son wishes to reveal him.”

The two halves of this paragraph illumine one another. Not by strength does man prevail. It’s not human wisdom that discovers the love of the Father. It’s a gift, through Jesus Christ.

And this is the deeper meaning of “take my yoke upon you.” The “rest” he gives us is precisely knowledge of the Father. This is the cure to our labors and burdens.
We have to take his “yoke” upon us. But this doesn’t mean hard work. To the contrary, it means being so assimilated to him that we let him be our all – let Jesus be the source of our strength, and learn from him to receive everything from the Father. That’s the true meaning of meekness.
And meekness is a “yoke” – a challenge to our self-sufficient ways, requiring a real change of behavior – but also “easy,” because what we learn is precisely that we don’t have to be self-sufficient.


Church response to refugees is part of pro-life call, bishop says

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Pittsburgh, Pa., Jul 23, 2014 / 05:20 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Answering the needs of refugee migrants is one component of a truly pro-life view, said a U.S. bishop, announcing a new initiative to aid children who have fled Central America for the United States.

“The Catholic Church responds to humanitarian crises here at home and all across the world because we are pro-life,” said Bishop David A. Zubik of Pittsburgh.

“Being pro-life requires we protect and care for vulnerable persons from conception to natural death,” he emphasized in a July 19 statement.

The bishop announced that Holy Family Institute, a ministry of the Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth, in Emsworth, Pa., will be offering aid to young children fleeing Central America.

He explained that the diocese respects the law and right of nations to have secure borders and recognizes that “the root causes of why people are fleeing their homelands must be addressed by the international community.”

However, he said, the Church’s pro-life stance has implications for how the faithful are called to respond to the needy children in front of them.

“Whether they are traveling because of poverty, or violence, or with the hope of reuniting with relatives on the other side of the border, followers of Jesus are called to protect these children and help them because they are very vulnerable and defenseless against any abuse or misfortune,” Bishop Zubik said.

“You probably recall that Holy Family Institute performed a similar ministry for many Haitian children after the devastating earthquake in that country. This is exactly the same kind of humanitarian response.”

The bishop’s comments come amid heated public debate surrounding the treatment of unaccompanied child migrants to the U.S., whose numbers have doubled in the past year. Public officials disagree on how to respond to the children, many of whom are fleeing violence in El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras.

Sister Linda Yankoski, a member of the Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth, heads the Holy Family Institute. She explained to CNA that aiding the migrant children fits in with the sisters’ mission of charity and justice.

“We have agreed to take in the most vulnerable, the very young children under the age of 12 who make up about 20 percent of the migrating children,” she explained.

“Many of these children are fleeing violent situations and have endured a long and dangerous journey.”

The children will be provided with temporary food, clothing, housing, counseling, and recreation, Sr. Yankoski said. Eventually, they will be placed in the homes of relatives or sponsors throughout the country.  

This aid will be provided for about 30 days, until the children receive a hearing date which will determine if they fit the criteria of refugees fleeing grave danger.

In light of the “humanitarian crisis of unaccompanied children arriving at the US-Mexican border,” Holy Family Institute seeks to offer a response of “respect, care and compassion,” Sr. Yankoski said.

“It is a painful reality that poverty, greed, and selfishness often lead to injustices in the world that cause some to turn to isolationism,” she commented.

“Holy Family Institute hopes to humbly be among those looking for ways to build up the kingdom of God on earth.”


Specials Teacher (for P.E., Health, Spanish) – St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic School (Waterford, WI)

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Education: Elementary, FT Employee
St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic School (Waterford, WI)

St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic School is seeking a dynamic and Faith-filled specials teacher to instruct our PK – 8th grade students in Physical Education, Health, and Spanish. Certification in P.E./Health is a requirement for this position, as well as fluency in Spanish. In terms of the schedule, P.E./Health would be taught three days a week, while Spanish would be taught two days a week.

If interested in applying, please send a cover letter, resume, and references to Principal Dr. Linda Andrejek at [email protected] (5)

Why is this our Opening Song? How the Propers Integrate into the Liturgy

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Guest post by Fr. Jeffrey Keyes, pastor of St. Edward Catholic Church in Newark, CA

The newer simpler version of this chant by Adam Bartlett

The Entrance Chant is like a door opening onto the Mystery.  It begins as the priest and other ministers enter the church.  The Entrance Chant sets the celebration of Mass in motion; it fosters unity; it expresses something of the feast or season being celebrated.  The Entrance Chant accompanies the procession of the priest and ministers into the sanctuary and generally will not end until after the priest arrives at the chair.

Apart from a very few exceptions, the Entrance Chants of the Mass are drawn from the Bible, usually from the Book of Psalms.   The great majority of these Introits or Entrance chants are from the Old Testament, because most of them were set in place in the Liturgy before the New Testament even existed.  This means we are praying prayers and singing melodies that the early Christian Martyrs would have sung and some of these chants were sung in the temple during and before the time of Jesus.  It is significant that Mass opens with God’s word addressed to us.  Already in the Entrance Chant it is God who comes out to meet us. The text of the Introit is harmonized with all the other variable prayers of the day so that the idea of the feast or the thought of the day pervades the whole Mass.

At the 10:00am Mass the Introit is sung in Latin to the ancient melody.  The text and translation are provided for your prayerful reflection but you are not expected to sing. There is much that is more important that can be happening at this moment. For whom are you offering the Mass? What sacrifice are you offering to join with the sacrifice of Jesus? Often people will bow when the Book passes by.  The Word of God enters to greet you and you pay your respects. Often people will bow when the priest goes by. This is not because they like the priest, but they recognize he stands in the person of Christ at this Mass.  At the other English Masses a modification of the ancient melody is sung with an English translation. This is to enable you to sing along if you wish, but you could easily be involved in the activities previously mentioned.

The ancient melody that the chant above is based on

At Mass we are in the company of our Lord by faith.  We want to live in Him so that we may live like Him and die with Him and rise with Him.

Truly actively participating in Mass, means actively seeking to identify ourselves with Christ, who is hidden in the Sacred Host. We, hidden in the world,  pay attention to the words of the liturgy which are a mirror of the soul of our Lord, as he offers himself to the Father. It means adopting his state of mind as far as we are able, in order to be able to leave Mass with a will that is more apt to imitate Christ in reality.

The liturgy comes with an invitation and a challenge.  Today in the Entrance chant we hear that God is in his Holy place, that he unites those who dwell in his holy place.  He gives might and strength to his people.   Then in the Gospel we hear that the farmer finds a great treasure in the field.  He sells all he has to buy that field.  Will you?

This is how you pray the Introit or Entrance chant. Based on the strength that he gives you, will you be able to do his will?  Will you be able to do what he asks?

If you are still paying attention to the superficial stuff, the flowers, the music, the priest, and even the homily, chances are you are not paying attention to what the Mass calls forth from you. When you entered the church this morning, if you are doing anything besides what was mentioned above, you came to a social gathering of friends, but you did not come to encounter the Lord in the Sacred Mysteries.


Education Program Manager – NETWORK (Washington, DC)

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Management, FT Employee
NETWORK (Washington, DC)

NETWORK, the national Catholic social justice lobby behind “Nuns on the Bus” is seeking its next Education Program Manager. We are seeking a creative thinker and implementer, committed to Catholic Social Teaching who can effectively create and execute educational tools in support of NETWORK’s issue agenda. The ideal candidate is an educator at heart, an excellent communicator, an organized collaborator, and a strategic innovator.

Job Responsibilities
• Be the organizational focal point on Catholic Social Teaching (CST) and social justice tradition, integrating the teaching, tradition, and the charisms of Catholic sisters into our work.
o Create resources and tools that highlight the intersection of Catholic faith and politics.
o Draft principles and talking points that incorporate CST into organizational positions, statements, and communications.
o Develop our Congressional Education Program, delivering social justice values and Catholic content to Capitol Hill.
o Coordinate staff education on CST and contribute to quarterly Political Ministry Days
• Coordinate and provide leadership for our Emerging Leaders program which includes in-house Associates (one year positions on staff) and Just Advocacy Week (a D.C. immersion program for college students).
• Implement, evaluate, and improve our suite of Economic Justice programs (We the Taxpayers, Mind the Gap, and Mend the Gap), other issue based programs, and our Advocacy tools.
• Represent NETWORK at events, conferences, and in the media. Facilitate selected education events in the field. (Some travel required.) Oversee the organization’s participation in conferences.
• Engage our network of justice-seekers in the planning and dissemination process, soliciting ideas from them and giving them the tools and resources to promulgate the messaging, thus increasing its effectiveness and connecting people to each other.
• Manage a department budget, collaborate in the development of NETWORK’s policy agenda, supervise/mentor staff or interns, and participate in organizational activities (planning, evaluation, development)

• Bachelor’s degree; 7-10 years of progressive professional experience, including 3-5 years in leadership or program development positions.
• Expertise in Catholic Social Teaching and participative adult education in a faith setting.
• Experience working with disadvantaged populations, representing a faith-based organization, parish/diocesan/community organizing, or anti-racism/inclusion/anti-discrimination work.
• Demonstrated skills in leadership, creativity/innovation, communication, initiative, organizing, strategy, and collaboration.

Compensation and Benefits
This is a full-time position based in Washington, D.C. and reports to the Managing Director. Starting salary in the low-50s. Generous benefits package available.

How to apply
Send a resume and cover letter – as attachments – outlining your qualifications to [email protected] Please include “Education Manager” in the subject line. You are welcome to include examples of – or links to – your work/writing.

First set of interviews will be taken from applications received by August 4, 2014.


It is the policy of NETWORK to conduct all personnel activities in a manner that will ensure equal opportunity for all persons without regard to race, creed, gender, color, age, religion, national origin, marital status, veteran status, disability, sexual orientation, or gender identity or expression. Every employee has the right to work in dignity in an environment free from all forms of discrimination or harassment. (3)

National Fundraiser for Radio Maria US – Radio Maria US (New York, NY)

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Fundraising, FT Employee
Radio Maria US (New York, NY)

Opportunity to be part of a growing and dynamic team
Term contract 1 year
New York based

Essential Duties:
Execution of annual development plan
Event planning and execution
Major Donor cultivation and solicitation
Administrative assistance as needed

Key attributes:
Excellent interpersonal and business communication skills
Donor-centric work style: pleasant, polite, professional demeanor
Ability to work well in a small team environment, collaborative, encouraging
Detail oriented with demonstrated ability to manage and prioritize multiple projects

Requires in depth knowledge of fundraising and communication philosophies and strategies.. Must have a strong work ethic, be an independent worker as well as a team player. Requires in-depth understanding of a comprehensive field of knowledge, including: Radio Maria’s mission, vision and values; Radio Maria’s international and domestic activities and projects.
The candidate selected will have exceptional oral and written communication skills, be highly-organized and detail-oriented, with knowledge of online research resources; i.e., Foundation Directory and database knowledge (CiviCRM system is preferred).

Fluent in Spanish.

Terms: World Family of Radio Maria Inc offers a competitive compensation and benefits package (annual rate of $45,000.00). (5)

Rubio Kicks Off GOP Social Justice Agenda at Catholic University of America

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By Joan Frawley Desmond | In recent months, the Republican Party and its intellectual braintrust have been debating how to offer a competing vision of social justice that promotes economic mobility, fosters  personal responsbility and maintains a… (5)

U.S. Bishops: Obama’s Executive Order ‘Unprecedented and Extreme’

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By BRIAN FRAGA | WASHINGTON — Having promised he would listen to “all interested parties,” including the concerns of his own religious supporters, President Barack Obama decided not to include an exemption for religious employers in his new… (5)

Australians Mourn and Pray for MH17 Victims

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By CNA/EWTN NEWS | SYDNEY – In the wake of the crash of flight MH17 over Ukraine, Australians have been mourning the loss of the 298 persons aboard the flight, particularly their 27 nationals, one of whom was a religious sister.

Sister Philomene… (5)

Advertising Sales – Reditus Marketing (Aurora and Surrounding Areas, IL)

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Sales, FT Contract
Reditus Marketing (Aurora and Surrounding Areas, IL)

Unique Ad Sales Opportunity
Aurora and surrounding area

Opportunity to build a substantial income based on initial sales, monthly billing, and annual renewals. Part-time or full-time. Sales experience helpful, but not required. We provide continuous training.
Reditus Marketing, LLC supports the faith formation work of Catholic parishes.
As an independent contractor, you will sell advertising to local business owners that enables them to reach people in a unique and effective way. (Not Bulletin advertising.)

Complete application and/or upload your resume at www.reditusmarketing.com. Tell us a little about yourself, including where you live, your phone number, the best time to reach you and the name of your parish.
We call all respondents.

God Bless you!
Reditus Marketing, LLC
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