A LIVING, UNCANONIZED SAINT

Who is this living, uncanonized saint? Her name is Reverend Berthi. She was born in Holland. Both of her parents were also saintly. They were fervent members of the Dutch Reformed Church. During World War II, Berthi sufffered physically from lack of proper nutrition. She married and gave birth to a son and a daughter. She lived in the United States and became a registered nurse.
Her parent immigrated to the U.S. and helped to establish a retreat center in the mountains in Pennsylvania. She entered the ph.d program in theology at Princeton University and became a Presbyterian minister.
I met Berthi in Bennington, Vermont, at an ecumenical symposium which featured teachers from the religions of the world. I invited her to the Abode of the Message in Upstate New York in order to meet Pir Vilayat Khan. They were introduced and Berthi eventually took initiation into the Sufi Order of the West. We both joined Pir on one of his annual pilgrimages to India to celebrate the urz, (death anniversary), of his father, Hazrat Inayat Khan). We met again in Suresness, France, outside Paris.
During a visit across the street from Fazil Manzel, the home of Hazrat Inayat Khan, Berthi met the head of the foundation that held the archives of all the original teachings of Hazrat Inayat Khan. A profound link was made between Berthi and the head of the archives. Arrangements were established whereby Rev. Berthi became an employee of the foundation. Maintaining her residency in Pennsylvania, she began to live in Suresnes part-time in order to translate the words of Murshid Hazrat Inayat Khan that had been recorded in shorthand Dutch during his talks in the 1920’s. Eventually, a series of volumes of his talks were published with multiple footnotes documenting various translations of his words. Each year, Rev. Berthi would travel to France to continue this task. Now, finally, her work at the foundation has been completed and she has retired.
Through these years, beginning in perhaps the late ’70’s, I have considered Berthi as my most beloved friend. I met her holy parents in their little cottage in the woods in the Pocano Mountains. Her father was born on my birthday. He fed the birds outside their cottage and sang hymns. Berthi’s mother was very gentle and sweet. Berthi took care of her until the end of her life on earth. On the walls of the little cabin hung a beautiful oil painting by a family member.
One February, after returning from India on a buying trip for my Oriental art and antique shop in Nevada City, California, I met Berthi in New York City where we attended a science and spirituality conference with Pir vilayat and other teachers and scientists. Berthi rescued me from an unholy relationship and offered me hospitality at her home. Later, she met me in New York City when I returned from India very sick with Guillian Barre Syndrome, caring for me until I was strong enough to fly home to Iowa and eventually to San Francisoc.
She had an icon waiting for me at the church the day I married James, my beloved husband, on the south shore of Clear Lake, Iowa. She never misses calling me for my birthday which I share with her beloved father.
May God, in His great mercy, continue to anoint, bless, protect, and heal my most beloved friend, Reverend Berthi.

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JOAN OF ARC – A LIFE TRANSIGURED

Last night, I finished reading “Joan of Arc – A Life Transfigured” by Kathryn Harrison. Yes, I had loved St. Joan of Arc since the days of yore when I was a Sufi. On my first trip to Paris, her beautiful statue stood in front of our hotel in the courtyard. Yes, I traveled to Rouen and visited the Cathedral painted by Monet when I was a young bride. Much later, I returned to Rouen as a convert and visited the church built in her honor next to the site of her martyrdom. Yes, I loved St. Joan of Arc, always, but it wasn’t until I read the book of her life that I came to know and love her even more.

She was born in January in the year 1412 in the French village of Domremy. In the summer of 1424, Joan first received a voice from God to help and guide her. In 1425, her hometown was raided by the Burgundians. Her family had to flee to Neufchateau. In July, 1428, the Burgundians forces raided Domremy for the second time. In October, the English lay siege to Orleans. In February, 1429, she began wearing male clothing and met with Duke Charles of Lorraine. In March, she met the dauphin Charles. In April, the citizens of Orleans welcomed the Maid into their city. On May 4th, Joan led her army to victory.
On May 7th, she was wounded. On May 8th, the siege of Orleans was lifted. On July 17th, Charles was anointed King of France in Reims, (which I visited on my first trip to France, not visiting the cathedral as it was being refurbished.) On September 8th, Joan was wounded for the second time, this time on the thigh that was pierced by a crossbow. In April, 1430, Joan, according to witnesses, raised an infant from the dead. In May, 1430, Joan was captured at Compiegne. In an attempt to escape, Joan lept from a 70 foot tower at Beaurevoir! On December 23, 1430, she arrived in Rouen. The trial of condemnation began on January 9, 1431. Joan became seriously sick after eating a fish sent to her by Cauchon. The inquisitors drew up twelve articles of condemnation against her. On May 30th, she was burned at stake at the old marketplace in Rouen. On April 18, 1909, she was beatified. On May 16,1920, Joan of Arc was canonized.

Read the book; it will inspire and awaken you! St. Joan, pray for us.

Contemplative Prayer in the Carmelite Tradition

After twenty year with a Sufi mystic, living in a Korean zen center in Lawrence, Kansas, and close to twenty years with the secular Carmelites, Discalced, one would hope to integrate within oneself, these years and years with the three spiritual disciplines. Monday, I experienced the Gregorian Chant mode on the Rife machine in my weekly light therapy. This led me to a three hour recording of Gregorian Chant from the Benedictine Monastery in France founded by St. Martin. After twenty years with my Sufi teacher, filled with the most inspiring music on the planet, it is truly time to return to the Gregorian Chants that we deeply love each Christmas and Easter at the Abbey of New Clairvaux in Vina, California.

So, this morning, with my headset on and the French Benedictine monks singing in my ears, I stumbled across a wonderful article by Eugene McCaffrey, ocd, on the ocarm.org website of the Order of Carmelites, the Order of the Brothers of the Most Blessed Virgin Mary of Mount Carmel.  Quoting St. John of Cross, Eugene Mc Caffrey, ocd writes, “No matter how much you think you are searching for God, He is searching for you much more.”  There is no setting out on the contemplative journey, unless the soul is in the beautiful Spanish phrase, enamores inflamada, “enkindled with love and yearning.” Contemplation may be “an inflow of God’s love into the heart.”  Embrace the darkness:  “the night has eyes”. The soul in darkness is being renewed and transfigured.  (Trust and surrender!)

According to St. John Paul II, we are also in a dark night of the world. “the dark night refers to a phase of the individual spiritual journey and also a collective character, bearing on all life.” especially for an age all too painfully aware of the silence or absence of God, i.e. the dark night of the world.”

“St. John of the Cross does not try to give a speculative answer to the appalling problem of suffering but sifts out something of the marvelous transformation which God effects in darkness.” St. John Paul II,  [Master in the Faith: Apostolic Letter of John Paul II, December 14, 1990.]

Meditation, John of the Cross calls “the sweet idleness of contemplation.”  “One act of pure love is of more value to the whole world than all other acts put together.”  “Compassion is the first fruit of contemplation.” Eugene Mc Gaffrey, ocd

St, Therese of Lisieux. on the day she died said, “I have never sought anything but truth.”  A Sufi mystic said, ” I am what I do. I do what I am.”  St. John of the Cross wrote, “Even as a ladder has steps that we may go up, it has them also that we may go down.  Of such is the nature of secret contemplation. For on this path the way down is the way up and the way up is the way down.”

[It is both personal and universal.] “When we truly find our own centre, we find the “still point” of the turning world. This is the greatest gift the contemplative can give to the world:  to see clearly and to share that vision with others.” Eugene Mc Caffrey, ocd

“Contemplative prayer in the Carmelite tradition embraces the dark night and the living flame, the spiritual canicle and the ascent of Mount Carmel. Presence and absence, joy and pain, discovery and bewilderment, they are all there, a dark mystery full of light, a way of paradox and seeming contradiction, not afraid and opening new horizons for the future.”

“It was all these things for John of the Cross, poet, mystic, and contemplative.  The totality of his experience erupted in a transforming vision of the world redeemed by Christ – the longing of every human heart, the cry of the restless spirit, and creation itself, all gathered  into a unity of purpose and harnessed into an energy of love as he cried out:  “Mine are the heavens and mine the earth.  Mine are the nations; the just are mine and mine the sinners.  The angels are mine, and the Mother of God, and all things are mine, and God himself is mine and for me.  What then do you ask for and seek, my soul?  Ours is all this, and all is for you.” St. John of the Cross, “Prayer of a Soul Enkindled with Love”, Sayings of Light and Love.

So, let St. John of the Cross say the last word. God bless you, each and every one. Let us unite in pray to our God of love with the music of the Benedictine monks ringing in our ears as they chant the liturgy of the hours this morning in France. Amen.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SSource: Contemplative Prayer in the Carmelite Tradition

TORTURED FOR CHRIST by Richard Wurmbrand

Although the book, Tortured for Christ, was first published in 1967, I only read it this week. the author, Pastor Richard Wurmbrand, who lived from 1909 to 2001, was an evangelical minister who was imprisoned and tortured for fourteen years in Communist Romania. In 1945, the Communist took control of Romania. They attempted to control the churches. Richard Wurmbrand began an underground ministry. He and his wife, Sabina, were arrested in 1948. He spent three years in solitary confinement. Later, he was transferred to a group cell where he was tortured for five more years. After eight and one half years in prison, he was released and immediately resumed his work with the Underground Church. In 1959, he was re-arrested and sentenced to twenty-five years in prison. He was released in a general amnesty in 1964. Norway negotiated with the Communist authorities and he was released from Romania. As a political prisoner, he was sold for $10,000. After his freedom, he founded the Christian mission, The Voice of the Martyrs. More information is available at http://www.persecution.com

The 31st Annual Catholic Charismatic Convention

The 31st Annual Catholic Charismatic Convention in Santa Clara, CA, May 25-27, 2018
Friday, May 25th, the opening day of the Charismatic Convention, Our Lady said the following words to Marija, a visionary in Medjugorje: “…….Open your hearts to the gifts which He desires to give you…..” Yes, our hearts where opened and many gifts were received at this awesome, spirit-filled convention! Words of knowledge during the masses echoed Our Lady’s message! The Lord wanted to fill us with His gifts and blessings through the outpouring of His Holy Spirit.
The event began with a pleasant miracle. We arrived at the Hyatt Regency around 8:30 a.m. Saturday morning. The parking lots were jammed, what with Great America next door, Memorial Day weekend, graduation events, and the Charismatic Renewal Convention.. There were long lines waiting to get into the underground and overhead garage. Suddenly, after not knowing what to do and saying a short prayer, someone backed their car out of a parking space directly across from the lobby!
Father Jaya-Babu Nuthulapati, C.PP.S., was the first speaker in the main arena. I told my friends at lunch the following day that I knew Fr. Jaya-Babu before he was famous. I heard him offer up a prayer at a regional Legion of Mary meeting at St. Edward’s, when he was the new parochial vicar. I asked him to bless me or pray over me. The rest is history. Now, he is the Director of the Catholic Charismatic Renewal for the Diocese of Oakland, appointed by the bishop in 2014. In 2015, we was appointed pastor of St. Edward’s parish in Newark, CA. He was appointed as a “Missionary of Mercy” by Pope Francis in the Year of Mercy.
The title of Father Jaya-Babu’s talk was “How do we Know the Will of God?” He said that God has made a covenant with man, based on faith. God has written His love in our hearts. God has written an indivisible mark on our hearts at the time of our baptism. “You are my people; I am your God.” We are to become priests, prophets, and kings. Our sins will be forgiven and He will not remember them!
Then, Father Jaya-Babu quoted Pope Francis saying, “Receive the Eternal Spring”, ( the Eternal Primavera.) God’s mercy will never end! “Go into the whole world ……those who believe will be saved.” We receive the Holy Spirit. What is the will of God? God said to Jacob, I am going to make you a New Israel. We must have the courage to rise and shine. God can make me strong like Jacob and Peter. The Prodical Son looked into himself, i.e. introspection. He said, Forgive me Father, I have sinned against you, the Father.
Pope Francis sent this e-mail to Fr. Jaya-Babu: “Mercy never ends.” We need to listen to the Master’s voice…….without electronic gagets! Open your heart to the Lord every time you open your aps. An obstacle to know the will of God is our material goods. “Do not store up treasures on earth.” Simplicity leads to humility. Note the example of St. Padre Pio and St. Francis. Jesus goes up to the mountain or out to the desert to hear the will of God. We need to practice introspection to discern the will of God. Avoid distractions like t.v. and smart phones. Empty yourself for ten minutes each morning.
In eighth grade, Fr. Jaya-Babu felt God’s call. Father Jay said that he can still feel the call of God. For eight years, Father Jaya-Babu outstretched his arms in full prostration every day praying, “Thy will be done.” Then, in one day, he was accepted into the seminary, and he went to Bangalore. “If God be for us, who can be against us?” “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” I am in God’s hands.
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The next speaker was Sr. Linda Koontz, SNJM, who lives in El Paso, Texas where she ministers to the poor in Juarez, Mexico. She called down the Holy Spirit in a moving speech, urging us to be open to His gifts and to share them.
__________________________________________________________________________________ The next speaker that I heard was Rev. Gary Thomas, the pastor of Sacred Heart Church and the exorcist for the Diocese of San Jose. He spoke of the Seven Deadly Sins. The first deadly sin is pride, which involves undue self-esteem setting us in competition with God. Pride is a case of entitlement, blindness, and a lack of humility. Pride does not create community nor bring harmony. Instead of pride, think about what one says and how one acts. “Follow the way of love….” Eph 4. The perfume is mercy and forgiveness comes down from the cross when we go to confession. Humility is the antidote of pride.
The second deadly sin is greed, an excessive desire to want more than is your share. (Fr. Gary Thomas grew up at All Souls in South San Francisco.) The difference between needs and wants is how we recognize greed. The antidote for greed is charity.
The third deadly sin is envy, the resentment of another’s good fortune. You can admire someone’s good fortune. That’s okay. After Satan rebelled, one third of all the angels fell. Christmas is really the rebirth of the human race. The Cross of Jesus makes it possible for us to attain heaven.
The fourth deadly sin is anger, rath, rage. It is the unbrittled emotion directed at another person. Our emotions can cloud over our reason. “Never hate your enemy; it clouds your reason,” as Fr. Gary Thomas quoted the God Father speaking to his nephew in a film. Cordelioni was quoting scripture!
The fifth deadly sin is lust, the appetite for sex. It creates an obsession. Lust for power, attention, to be the center of attention. We should desire a relationship, not just about sex. Lust is an appetite that depersonalizes another human being. We manipulate another person.
The sixth deadly sin is gluttony. Gluttony is the over-indulgence of food, of drink, or of work. It includes addictions, work-a-holic, internet, video games, texting, I-phones, etc. Sin is a disorder. God created order. Disorder was created by Adam and Eve metaphorically. Gluttony of seeking pleasure, always traveling for pleasure, and all excessiveness. “May God who has done the good work in you bring it to a conclusion.” Fr. Gary Thomas always prays this when someone comes up to communin with his arms crossed, (apparently not a member of the Roman Catholic Church). Confession keeps us honest. Scrupilocity is an over reation to sin and guilt. Guilt is a rudder that helps to steer the boat. Guilt is a by-product of our conscience.
The seventh deadly sin is sloth, or laziness. Sloth is a lack of appropriate ambition with goals and direction in life. A professional uses his gifts to the highest possible degree. Strive to be the very best one can be. (In my notes I wrote, “This man is brilliant!”) Sloth creates a disrespect of the needs of other people. It is carelessness and a lack of care. Mass is the practice of our faith. It is like the Golden Warriors shooting baskets at practice. We have to show up (at mass on Sundays!)
In summary, Fr. Gary Thomas reviewed the seven deadly sins and their corresponding antidotes. Then, he added an eighth deadly sin, i.e. paganism. Paganism puts other things ahead of God. Idols are put ahead of God in paganism. The occult and the New Age are perversions of a relationship with God. Occult practices are about knowledge and power. They are portals to evil influence. They alert the demonic world. The occult rejects the Cross and the Ressurrection. “I am God”, said Jesus. “I am God”, mimics Satan, the occult, and the New Age. Prayer is the antidote to paganism. Faith is so important. The antidote is based on free will.
Bishop Sam Jacobs, Bishop Emeritus of Houmma-Thibodaux, presided at the Holy Mass at 7:30 p.m. Saturday evening. The powerfully anointed mass was followed by the healing service. Relics from both St. John Paul II and St. Padre Pio were present, along with praying over by teams of prayer warriors.
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Sunday morning, Fr. Jaya Babu Nathulapati, C.PP.S., spoke at 9:00 a.m. on “Growth and Transformation Through the Holy Spirit”. Sunday was Trinity Sunday. Mark 1:1 There is only one Gospel of Jesus Christ. There are four evangalist. The goal is to save humanity through God the Father, God, the Son and Redeemer, and God the Holy Spirit, the Sanctifier. John 3. ” God so loved the world that He gave His only Son,” to save us. God the Father is the Blazing Sun. God the Son is the Light. God the Holy Spirit is the Fire, the substance. You are in a relationship with a significant other! You are in relationship with the Trinity, with God. “Remain in My love.” If you keep the commandments, We will come to you. The mission is invisable. It is made visable through us as His instruments for salvation.
John F. Kennedy was known as the best and the brightest. That was also true of Saul. He became jealous of Jesus. He wanted to kill Steven. We are the Body of Christ. Acts. 8. Jesus responded to the persecution of His body. Thus, He responded to Saul. He is the bright Light! “My Lord and my God!” St. Thomas said. Jesus goes to Ananeus and says, “Lay your hands on Saul.”
Have a retreat. Listen to Him. He listens to your heart. Your Wi-fi is Jesus! He’ll contact you in your heart. Go to a priest if you are sick. Ask him, “Can you pray over me?” Go on a retreat once a year. For ten minutes, keep silent! Connect wi-fi with the Holy Spirit! That’s my secret! Ten minutes to reboot. To make him, (Paul), the Apostle of the Gentiles. We need to be obedient and ssurrender to the Holy Spirit. Paul means small and humble. There are 1.8 billion Catholics.
The Kingdom of God is peace, joy, and truth. John 15. My word will sanctify you. Pray for your family. They do not listen to you but to the Holy Spirit. Surrender your children to the Lord. Have patience in the Holy Spirit.
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Bishop Sam Jacobs spoke at 11:00 a.m. on Sunday morning on “The Role of Charismatic Laity”. He is the former chairman of the National Service Committee for Charismatic Renewal and is now Bishop Emeritus of Houma-Thibodaux. In 1967, at the retreat house outside Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, there was a new outpouring of the Holy Spirit. Pope Francis said that each person needs to see oneself as a current of grace for the Church and in the Church, i.e. the grace of the gifts of the Holy Spirit. This current is for all the Church. We are all servants of this current of the Church. Listen to the Holy Spirit where it blows. It is your duty to share it. This is your identity. A current is a continued flow as long as it is connected with the source. You are the switch! The power sosurce is the Holy Spirit. To be a current of grace, you need to be a current, an on-going growth, increasing your relationship with Jesus.
Continually renew your original myth-moment, i.e. the baptism of the Holy Spirit. We started the journey of love with Jesus. Return to your first love. Do not interrupt the work you have done. Christ will complete what He has begun. “Always carry the Word of God with you. ….always,” Pope Francis said. You have a call to grow in holiness. We must evangelize. Evangelization is the heart of the gifts of the Holy Spirit. Those who have been evangelized need to evangelize. 160 million Catholics have been baptized in the Holy Spirit. You need to make known to others your joy in the faith. “I pray that they may be one.” Be a witness to all Christians. This is spiritual ecuminism. Only the Spirit of God can give us unity. Only in the Holy Spirit can we understand the Gospel. We need to look at their hearts as we work with other Christians. Seek unity within the renewal. No in-fighting for power. That is not of the Lord, where ever division occurs.” Unity does not mean identical. Unity in diversity. Do not be afraid of differences,” Pope Francis. Become a part of the life of the Church. Be a leven to the parish. There was once a parish with no life and boring homilies. Thirty minutes before the masses, a group of people sat in various places within the pews praying silently the gift of tongues. It transformed the so called “dead” parish to an enlivened one. Be close to the poor. Please draw near to them. These were words of Pope Francis at the 50th anniversary in 2017 in Rome of the Charismatic Renewal. “It’s the Light of the Church!”
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Music Ministry
Prior to lunch on Sunday, The Lord’s Flock, the music ministry from Daly City, California, directed by Richie Almendrala, gave an over-the-top praise and worship service. Richie led the Youth/Teen Ministry at the Convention. The music, singing, dancing, and prayers sung and played by this young group was so anointed, I danced in my chair, not unlike days of yore, (1976-77), while on retreat high in the French Alps, when I danced standing, not sitting, outside the tent on the high elevation of Chamonix overlooking Mt. Blanc!
All the music ministries were terrific, including Children of God, Holy Spirit Music Ministry, Godsent Music Ministry, Great Harvest, Misericordia De Dios, Our God Reigns, Siloam, and The Lord’s Flock. May God bless them and continue to anoint them!
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A Tribute to Msgr. James T. Tarantino
On Sunday at 1:45 p.m., Fr. Ray Reyes, the Archbishop’s Liaison to the Catholic Charismatic Renewal of the Archdiocese of San Francisco, gave a tribute in honor of Msgr. James T. Tarantino, who died on April 25, 2018. Later, after the closing mass on Sunday, Msgr. Jame’s sister, Mary Tarantino, gave a moving tribute in honor and memory of her brother. May he rest in peace and may perpetual Light shine upon him.
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The Solemnity of the Holy Trinity Mass
The truly anointed and spirit-filled convention closed with the Sacrifice of the Mass on Trinity Sunday. Bishop Mylo, D.D. presided at the closing mass. He was ordained at the Manila Cathedral in 1990. Pope John Paul II appointed him bishop of San Jose, Nueva Ecija in 2005. Pope Benedict XVI appointed him Bishop of Pasig in 2011. He was installed in 2011 at the Immaculate Conception Cathedral in Pasig City, Philippines. This young and down-to-earth Bishop gave a homily on “How to Discern God’s Will”.
First, one needs to desire to discern the will of God. Secondly, one needs to have an openess to God. Abraham, for example, was 75 years old when he was sent on his mission. Thirdly, one needs to have a knowledge of God through the study of the Scriptures. The final three words of Christ were: GO – BAPTIZE – KNOW! Go home as an instrument of forgiveness. Make possible reconciliation. “Know I am with you.” Be filled with hope and faith. “Know that I am with you until the end.”
May the good Lord protect and bless all those who worked so hard to make this beautiful convention yet another holy and anointed success. May God finish what He has started in this Charismatic Renewal. May His Holy Spirit fall down upon us as we look toward to the 32nd Annual Catholic Charismatic Convention on May 25, 26, and 27, 2019 at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, California, USA.

FR. WADE’S SPIRITUAL EXERCISES

Fr. Wade Menezes, CPM, is an outstanding priest and a member of the Fathers of Mercy of Auburn, Kentucky. I had the good fortune to hear him preach many times at various conferences in Northern California. After hearing yet another wonderful homily by Fr. Wade on EWTN this morning, I went to his website, fathersofmercy.com and found Fr. Wade’s SPIRITUAL EXERCISES to Help Foster the Spiritual Life. St. Ignatius gave us his spiritual exercises. Now, let us practice also the spiritual exercises of Father Wade, the Father of Mercy:

1. Monthly confession
2. Weekly Eucharist coupled with a weekly “visit” to the Blessed Sacrament
3. Morning offering
4. Rosary (5 decades daily)
5. Chaplet of Divine Mercy
6. Fasting
7. Two Daily Examinations of Conscience (i.e. Particular Examen at midday and
General Examen at end of day)
8. Short, fervent aspiration prayers said throughout the day
9. Daily Liturgical Reading with short meditation each day
10. Use of sacramentals: objects, water, actions, indulgences
ll. Sacred scripture: one chapter daily
12. Catechism of the Catholic Church: five paragraphs daily.
13. Lives of Saints: one saint per week
14. St. Faustina’s Diary: five paragraphs per week.

May God, in His great mercy, continue to bless, protect, guide, and anoint Fr. Wade Menezes, CPM, and his mission.

NEOCATECHUMENAL WAY

I have have just witnessed an extremely moving gathering and celebration of the fiftieth anniversary of the Neocatechumenal Way, celebrated in a field, of the University of Rome at Tor Vergata, outside the city of Rome. 150,000 people gathered from around the world to celebrate this anniversary with Pope Francis. It was televised live on EWTN.

In 1996, while living in the Bay Area, I was told of this movement by one of my two spiritual directors, Fr. Ronald Burke. He was the pastor of St. Bruno Catholic Church in San Bruno, CA. He invited me to a meeting of the organizers. I attended one meeting that spring. I was horrified to learn that I was too late to enter the Church that Easter. I left the meeting so upset, I drove out onto the El Camino Real without my headlights on!!! It meant that I would be journeying to Medjugorje on pilgrimage as a non-Catholic!!! I was deeply disappointed.

Many years past. I had to wait three years before I entered the Church in 1998. In the meantime, Fr. Burke continues his missionary work from heaven. Now, twenty-two years later, I learn about the Neocatechumenal Way!!! It was initiated in Madrid, Spain in 1964 by a lay Spanish artist, Kiko Arguello and Carmen Hernandez. It involves the revival of Byzantine art, architecture, and temples. The music, published in “Resucito” is composed by Arguello and is influenced by Flamenco, Israeli music, and Negro spirituals.

Four or five families and a priest go to the ends of the earth, sharing the love of Christ. At this international meeting outside Rome, Pope Francis asked those attending to go and make disciples…. go together!!!

GO, GO TOGETHER AND SHARE THE LOVE OF CHRIST!