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Just know that while we may we separated, we are not alone. God never abandons us!!! As the Body of Christ we are all connected with Christ at our center and in our midst.

 

In such a challenging time, when we turn our consciousness to Christ, we will find that He is there and has been there the whole time!!!

 

Thanks everyone for staying connected and praying!!! It is so great to be to be part of such a wonderful parish family.

 

Parishioner and psychologist Dr. Bill Meegan shared a story from famed anthropologist Margaret Meade:

 

“Years ago, anthropologist Margaret Mead was asked by a student what she considered to be the first sign of civilization in a culture. The student expected Mead to talk about fishhooks or clay pots or grinding stones. But no. Mead said that the first sign of civilization in an ancient culture was a femur (thighbone) that had been broken and then healed.

 

Mead explained that in the animal kingdom, if you break your leg, you die. You cannot run from danger, get to the river for a drink or hunt for food. You are meat for prowling beasts. No animal survives a broken leg long enough for the bone to heal.”

 

Thanks Dr. Meegan.

 

Theologically, in this great insight, we can see humanity made in the image and likeness of God breaking through. And with the Incarnation of God in Jesus Christ 2000 years ago, we know that this type of care for each other extends even beyond friends and relatives and one’s own groups . . . it extends to all of humanity . . . even our enemies!!!

 

This means that there is great, great hope as humanity faces one of its greatest challenges!!!

 

Please pray especially for all the health care workers who are working so hard to care for others while putting themselves at risk. They are carrying on the healing work of Christ. Holy Spirit Parish / Newman Center has so many members who work in the health are field. We thank you and we pray for you!!!

 

My favorite prayer from one of great spiritual masters in our tradition, St. Teresa of Avila:

 

Let nothing disturb you,

Let nothing frighten you,

All things are passing away:

God never changes.

Patience obtains all things

Whoever has God lacks nothing;

God alone suffices.

 

An Act of Spiritual Communion

 

My Jesus,

I believe that You

are present in the Most Holy Sacrament.

 

I love You above all things,

and I desire to receive You into my soul.

 

Since I cannot at this moment

receive You sacramentally,

come at least spiritually into my heart.

 

I embrace You as if You were already there

and unite myself wholly to You.

 

Never permit me to be separated from You.

 

Amen.

 

Don’t forget to stream Bishop John’s Mass tomorrow

 

Bishop John Stowe, OFM Conv., will celebrate Sunday Masses broadcast via Facebook Live beginning this Sunday, March 22, at 11 a.m. (in English) and 12 noon (in Spanish). The Masses will be accessible via the Facebook page of Lexington’s Cathedral of Christ the King: www.facebook.com/pg/ctklexky/videos