Theme Four: Falling in love with God and placing oneself in God's service

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The fruit of SILENCE is Prayer.
The fruit of PRAYER is Faith.
The fruit of FAITH is Love.
The fruit of LOVE is Service.
The fruit of SERVICE is Peace.

– Blessed Mother Teresa

The first thing God will do with us is to force through the channels of a single heart the interests of the whole world.

– Oswald Chambers


We want to give now our attention to the total picture of this present plan and consider two excellent qualities which will be found in this Congregation and which are considered to be great in the Church, namely the contemplative and active lives.  In fact, if it is God’s pleasure to live our proposed plan to that very height that we intend and of which we hope that it is pleasing to Him, then the members will have the privilege of following both the lives of Martha and Mary.  In fact, by living the religious state and following its exercises, such as prayer and meditation, they follow Mary in the contemplative life, while by catechizing children and older people and working at those people’s salvation, they follow Martha in the active life.
-T.J. Ryken


The man who abides in the will of God wills nothing else than what God is, and what He wills. If he were ill he would not wish to be well. If he really abides in God’s will, all pain is to him a joy, all complication, simple: yea, even the pains of hell would be a joy to him. He is free and gone out from himself, and from all that he receives, he must be free. If my eye is to discern color, it must itself be free from all color. The eye with which I see God is the same with which God sees me. My eye and God’s eye is one eye, and one sight, and one knowledge, and one love. 
-Meister Eckhart


When we are put in our place and turned toward God, we pass from the self-absorbed to the contemplative life. The contemplative stance is that way of being in which we are so free of self preoccupation that we abide in the will of God and see ourselves and the world with the eye with which God sees us. As Meister Eckhart says, “My eye and God’s eye is one eye, and one sight, and one knowledge, and one love.” This is the eye of love that recognizes the call to service in every single moment of our ordinary experience. Mother Teresa’s simple mantra profoundly describes the process by which from silencing the demands of our bodies and egos, we begin to experience the love of God and find our peace in service to that love. Raimundo Panikkar points out that “the love of God” is not an objective but a subjective genitive. That is, the “experience” of the “love of God” is the experience of God’s love for the world, a love which is realized in service.


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“God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ.” Our first reflection is written by Brother Richard Mazza, C.F.X.

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Find it here:
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Each Tuesday we share a Xaverian Brother’s story on Living the Charism. This upcoming week (March 12) we remember Peter Kelly, C.F.X.

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“Peter was a man of courage. He took a clear stand on behalf of the poor, especially undocumented Hispanics. He stood up for his beliefs often questioning what we as a congregation, and in particular, our schools, were doing to reach out to the poor.”


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