Empowering Prayer and Immersing Work

In today’s Gospel (Mk 6:30-34), Jesus invites the apostles to rest after their mission, embodying a tender, motherly care. This passage highlights the dual nature of shepherding—balancing active ministry with introspective renewal. Jesus’ invitation to retreat underscores that true shepherding integrates compassionate care with personal spiritual refreshment. It’s a call for all of us to embody the heart of a shepherd in our daily roles.

Holidays: A time to discover the preciousness of our lives

In this Sunday’s Gospel (Mk 6:30-34), Jesus invites the apostles to rest after their mission. This reminder underscores that rest is not only for physical recovery but also for spiritual renewal. It’s a sacred time to reconnect with God and reflect on our life’s purpose. As we enjoy our summer holidays, let’s cherish these moments of rest to rediscover what truly matters and rejuvenate our spirits.

The Courageous Battle of Uganda’s Nuns

The nuns of the Association of Religious of Uganda (ARU) fight human trafficking, led by the Sisters of the Holy Cross, through awareness campaigns and commissions. Motivated by Catholic doctrine and biblical teachings, they emphasize human life’s value. In June, millions commemorated the 60th anniversary of the Ugandan martyrs’ canonization in Namugongo, highlighting the martyrs’ faith and the fight against human trafficking.

CHURCH FATHERS (37): Aphraates, “the Persian Sage”: Prayer leads to charity

Aphraates, the “Persian Sage,” was a fourth-century Syriac Christian writer. His 23 homilies, or Demonstrations, focused on faith, charity, fasting, and prayer. Aphraates taught that true faith leads to sincere charity and that prayer should result in acts of kindness and forgiveness. He emphasized the importance of fasting in various forms and reinforced key Church teachings, including the Eucharist and penance.

The uneasiness and the grace of being sent “two by two”

In this Sunday’s Gospel, Jesus sends His disciples out “two by two” (Mk 6:7), highlighting the significance of companionship in spreading His message. This method not only ensures credibility but also fosters growth through mutual support and humility. Embracing the challenges of working with someone different, we learn to focus on the Gospel rather than personal success. Let us reflect on the grace and uneasiness of being sent together, always in need of repentance and conversion.

Presidency of the Council of Episcopal Conferences of Latin America and the Caribbean

The Council of Episcopal Conferences of Latin America and the Caribbean (CELAM) has condemned the impact of drug trafficking on society, highlighting corruption, violence, and the destabilization of states. On the International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking, the bishops called for life protection, human development, and financial system accountability.

CHURCH FATHERS (36) Jerome (2): Conversing with the Word

St. Jerome, after his conversion in 366, dedicated himself to theological studies, learning Greek and Hebrew. He translated significant religious texts and became Pope Damasus’s secretary. After facing criticism, Jerome left Rome and settled in Bethlehem, continuing his scholarly work until his death in 420. His most notable contribution was translating the Bible into Latin, creating the Vulgate. Jerome emphasized the importance of understanding the original scriptures, famously teaching that “ignorance of the Scriptures is ignorance of Christ.”

Why Is St. Anthony the Saint of Lost Things?

The Church of St. Anthony in Macau, built in the 17th century and located at Santo António Square, is one of the city’s oldest and most important religious sites. Known as the patron saint of marriages and lost items, St. Anthony’s image graces the church, which is a popular wedding venue. His feast day on June 13th is celebrated with processions and high mass. The story of St. Anthony’s miraculous intercessions inspires locals to seek his aid in finding lost items and restoring faith.

DEHONIAN PRIESTS IN THE PHILIPPINES

On May 17, 2024, the Dehonian Priests celebrated 35 years in the Philippines. O Clarim interviewed Fr. Donald Longno, SCJ, and Fr. Rechie Gier, SCJ, who marked 20 years of religious profession, and the new regional superior, Fr. Niño Etulle, SCJ. They discussed community life, their charism of “love and reparation,” mission growth, international collaboration, and social apostolate. Fr. Etulle also addressed challenges in vocational ministry, emphasizing the importance of mental health and ongoing education.