March 6, 2022
Dear Ladies and Friends of TASTE,
- We all know ST. FRANCIS of Assisi, but how many know ST. FRANCES of Rome whose feast day is March 9th? Although she desired to enter religious life from a young age, her father refused to break his promise to give Frances in marriage to a fellow nobleman. At only 13 years of age, she was married and earnestly sought to do the will of God in serving her husband, her children, and her home while also attempting to live a high level of holiness modeled on the life of a nun. If we feel the divine pull of two unique callings, let us have the strength to follow her example of generous service. As women, wives, and mothers, help us to serve the domestic Church by creating, and fortifying, that cradle of holiness and culture the Church so needs to flourish.
- Last week, Mike Tenney gave his opening talk for our Lenten Series on Catholic Spirituality entitled "Prayer in the Gospels: The Lord's Prayer & The Jesus Prayer." He began with a general talk on prayer before delving further into some of the great Catholic Orders. We all desperately want to hear God's voice in our lives, and we need to learn how to speak to God and to hear God. Prayer life is unique to everyone. So what exactly is prayer? Mike encouraged us to look up the beautiful section on prayer in the Catechism of the Catholic Church starting at 2559. Prayer is raising our heart and mind to God. Humility is the foundation of prayer - it's not about us, but rather a humbling by us before God. Mike then discussed the Lord's Prayer. The Our Father follows the "PPC" format for prayer: Praise, Petition, Contrition. When we pray, we can be assured that God will give us what we need, and that He can work ALL for good. Mike then discussed the Jesus prayer ("Jesus, son of God/Have mercy on me a sinner"). It is a humbling before God. Mike encouraged us to use the routines of daily life as an occasion for prayer. Prayer has a powerful calming effect; it can be a way to "reset" ourselves. He briefly discussed the difference between meditation (guided mental prayer) and contemplation (a gift from God; we make ourselves available to Him). Mike left us with a homework assignment to try throughout the week: Pray the Jesus prayer for 1 to 5 minutes, followed by a personal PPC prayer.
THIS WEEK AT TASTE
- THIS WEEK'S DISCUSSION — We will discuss Mike Tenney's talk "Prayer in the Gospels: The Lord's Prayer & The Jesus Prayer." The talk, as well as the reflection questions can be found HERE.
- PRAYER REQUESTS — Several of our TASTE sisters need our prayers. Please also pray for:
- All our TASTE sisters, especially Kate Christianson, Katylee McInerney, and Geraldine Broglio.
- Our spiritual director, Fr. Larry Swink as well as all of the priests in the Baltimore and Washington Archdioceses, especially those of whom you may have spiritually adopted.
- Our speakers and their families — especially: 1) Susan Conroy for her health and 2) Colleen Duggan and family - baby Caleb was born on February 17, and had some complications requiring surgery on March 4 and 3) Sister Mary Michael Fox: a special intention concerning her family.
- Supreme Court Justices — Please let us all pray today for wisdom, strength, and courage for our Supreme Court Justices and for Life to be victorious.
- New prayer requests can be sent to Joy Parker at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- LENTEN EVENT — One of our speakers, Fr. Dave Pivonka, will be giving a lecture at St. Francis in Fulton on March 11th following the 7pm-Stations of the Cross. This talk is part of their 40 Hour Devotion. LINK.
- CATHOLICS IN UKRAINE — EWTN is promoting a free movie "To Believe" for everyone to watch. During the 20th Century, the Soviet Union relentlessly persecuted the Church within its own borders, as the atheistic government tried to eradicate faith from its own people. This is the true story of Fr. Sebastian Sabudzinski and the families who were part of the small Catholic parish he tended in Ukraine during the Communist persecution. LINK
- FR. SWINK'S WEBSITE — In last week's email, we shared Fr. Larry Swink's new website called Quis ut Deus where he posts information on future retreats, talks, videos, pilgrimages, and recollections. We have permanently included this LINK on his speaker page for future reference.
- USCCB & SUPREME COURT — For a reminder of prayer intentions for the USCCB and Supreme Court, please view this LINK and see UPDATE.
- LOGISTICS — For a reminder of any information associated with zoom small group, parking, masks, public health, babysitting, or registration, please view this LINK.
- DONATIONS — For a reminder of how to donate to TASTE or the Sisters of the Servants of the Lord, please view this LINK.
Joy, Michele, Carolyn, and Karen
Jesus, I trust in You!