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.

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.

CHURCH FATHERS (35) Jerome (1): From sinner to saint, with the help of a friend

Saint Jerome, born around 347 AD to a moderately wealthy Christian family, was educated in Rome, mastering Latin and Greek. Despite his intellectual pursuits, he indulged in the pleasures of Rome. Jerome’s temper and sarcastic tone often led to conflicts. However, inspired by his friend Bonosus, Jerome converted to Christianity and was baptized by Pope Liberius in 366. His journey highlights the transformative power of friendship and the importance of repentance.

A SIMPLE LIFESTYLE

In “A Simple Lifestyle,” Fr. Fausto Gomez, OP, addresses the urgent need for simplicity in a world plagued by forced poverty and overconsumption. Highlighting the teachings of Jesus and the virtues of simplicity, sobriety, and frugality, Fr. Gomez calls for a lifestyle grounded in divine grace and characterized by humility, compassion, and ecological responsibility.

Jesus awakens us to a new life

Fr. Eduardo Emilio Aguero reflects on the themes of life, death, and resurrection in the context of Jesus’ miracles of healing. He contrasts ancient Greek views on life and death with the Christian perspective that life is good and worth living. Sin and its consequences, including disease and death, arise from misused freedom. Yet, God’s mercy provides redemption through Jesus, who brings healing and new life.