Dear Family of Saint Philomena
Our Lenten journey, itself a sacred time, has brought us yet again to our faith community’s most holy days. With magnanimous hearts swollen by gratitude and joy, we celebrate with love our Lord’s most wonderful expression of the Love He is. As we examine ourselves so that we can be gifts to this Gift, we can take a lesson from the film Bridge on the River Kwai. The commander of the squadron assigned to destroy the bridge tells his men: “When you think you have everything ready, there’s always one more thing.” The poet Tennyson has another warrior say something similar in his poem Ullyses. “Some work of noble note may yet be done.”
So we look inside ourselves, strengthened in holiness by word and sacrament. What is my level of zeal for getting close to Jesus, who came to serve rather than be served? Am I striving to get closer to Jesus who came to tend bruised reeds and re-ignite smoldering wicks? We can use Isaiah 42: 1-4 for prayer. Even in our mothers’ wombs God named us and called us from birth. How am I responding? Something still to be done? Some work of noble note? Our Lord’s glory may show through me even more completely. I may serve as an even better light to all whom I encounter. We can use Isaiah 49: 1-7 for prayer.
God the Father gave Jesus a well-trained tongue. Am I spending enough time in spiritual reading and prayer with the Good News contained in the catechism and the Bible? We want our ears to be opened to the truth so we can speak to the weary a word that will rouse them. Perhaps we have been afraid to speak the truth and act on it. After all, the world beats, buffets, and spits upon those who counter it. Have I turned back? Is there more room for trust in God who is my help? Am I as willing as I can be to set my face like flint, knowing that I shall not be put to shame? We can use Isaiah 50: 4-11 for prayer. The Son of God did not cling to his divinity. Jesus left his Father’s side to share in our humanity. Jesus obediently accepted suffering and death on the Cross. The Lord was pleased to crush him in infirmity because through the sufferings of Jesus many could be justified, reconciled with the Father, and come to share in their divinity. Is there anything left for me to do to get closer to Jesus? Is there any work of noble note yet to be done in my striving to make a return for all the good the Lord has cone for me? We can use Isaiah 52:13 – 53:12 for prayer.
As the only begotten Son, Jesus became a slave for us in order to bear our guilt. Well-pleased, His Father has given Jesus his portion, seated at the right hand of his Father. Let us remember our destiny as we strive to be closer to Jesus in our serving. Jesus wants to call us friends, and we show our friendship, our love for him by keeping his commandments. By growing closer to Jesus as suffering servants, may we come to share as daughters and sons in the glory of the Resurrection, the glory of our Father’s house.
Fr. Dave Robinson, SJ
Universal Archconfraternity of Saint Philomena
Deputy Spiritual Director USA
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The Sanctuary of Saint Philomena is not a parish Church. We do not have parishioners who support this place of worship on a weekly basis. We are completely dependent on the love and generosity of you, the world-wide devotees, to keep the doors of the earthly home of Saint Philomena open.
We pray at the Sanctuary for the devotees of Saint Philomena to recognize and provide the means to pay our monthly utilities of gas and electricity. We also pray for the means to install a lift at the Sanctuary to enable physically challenged pilgrims to experience the entire home of their beloved Saint.
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