A Little Bit of This and A Little Bit of That….
English weekly edition of L’Osservatore Romano: ING_2021_025_1806.pdf (osservatoreromano.va)
The following was in my inbox today – the daily PAUSE AND PRAY reflection I get from Franciscan media. I was especially struck by ACT!
Gratitude is a spiritual practice that changes our littleness into abundance. It changes how we see our lives, situations, and experiences. We can always find something to be grateful for, even when life is hard or less than ideal.
take all that is in me
and pour it out in a sacrifice of gratitude.
Teach me that gratitude is a way
to always come close to and experience your presence.
Practicing gratitude is an opportunity
to name all the ways you love and bless me in my life. Amen.
Set a timer for five or ten minutes. Begin to count and name all your blessings, all the things for which you are grateful; all the ways that God loves and cares for you.
Among my countless blessings, at the top of a long list, is my Dad, whom I remember with great love and cherished memories every Father’s Day, and hundreds of times in between! He and all Fathers will be in my prayers this weekend.
I paid tribute to him in this edition of At Home – go to the bottom 6 or so minutes: At Home with Jim and Joy – 2021-06-14 – Jim and Joy Call-in Show – YouTube
VATICAN INSIDER: FR. MATT BERRIOS AND THE PONTIFICAL ORIENTAL INSTITUTE
My guest this week in the interview is Paulist Fr. Matt Berrios. The Paulist Fathers have been in Rome 99 years, administering to the Catholic American community and other English-language Catholic residents or visitors. We now have two Paulist priests at St. Patrick’s – Fathers Steve Petroff, the rector and Joe Ciccone, vice rector – but a third Paulist is here, Fr. Matt. Ordained at the Paulist-run church of St. Paul the Apostle, in New York City on May 20, 2017, Fr. Matt served there as associate pastor until July 2020 when he moved to Rome to pursue advanced studies at the Pontifical Oriental Institute.
Also known as the Orientale, the Italian acronym is PIO. And that is what Fr. Matt will talk about this weekend – what are the Oriental Churches? What studies is he pursuing? What courses does the PIO offer? And much more.
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