The Blessed Mother and Jesus artwork that hangs in our Blessed Sacrament Chapel
Happy Feast of the Annunciation!!!
Humility, Consent, Trust
These three words come to mind on this great feast—three words that are key to our spiritual life.
Humility (Poverty of Spirit)
-The Second Person of the Holy Trinity shows infinite humility in becoming human. In the Incarnation, the Master is humble enough to become the slave. The Incarnation reveals the basic humble movement of God towards humanity—self-sacrificial love and giving of oneself, which is also revealed in the Cross and in the Eucharist.
Mary shows humility by offering herself as a means for the will of God to be fulfilled, which is expressed in her great fiat, “let it be done to me according to your will.”
God never compromises our free will. As such, God invites and asks us for our consent in doing the will of God. Jesus consents to do the will of the Father in the great plan of salvation. The Blessed Mother also consents to do the will of God even though she has no idea what that consent will eventually entail.
Very closely associated with both humility and consent is trust. We must be humble enough to recognize that God’s plan and God’s ways are best, even though at times we can’t fully understand things and may even have a tendency of going in another direction. Only when we more fully trust God can we consent to God’s plan for us and for the world.
So on this great feast of the annunciation, may we ask for the grace of God and the intercession of the Blessed Mother for humility and trust so we can freely and joyfully consent to the will of God in each of our lives in their unique situations in this challenging and uncertain times.
Pope’s Prayer to Mary During the Pandemic
you always shine on our path
as a sign of salvation and of hope.
We entrust ourselves to you, Health of the Sick,
who at the cross took part in Jesus’ pain, keeping your faith firm.
You, Salvation of the [All]People,
know what we need,
and we are sure you will provide
so that, as in Cana of Galilee,
we may return to joy and to feasting
after this time of trial.
Help us, Mother of Divine Love,
to conform to the will of the Father
and to do as we are told by Jesus,
who has taken upon Himself our sufferings
and carried our sorrows
to lead us, through the cross,
to the joy of the resurrection. Amen.
Under your protection, we seek refuge, Holy Mother of God. Do not disdain the entreaties of we who are in trial, but deliver us from every danger, O glorious and blessed Virgin.
Thanks to everyone who prayed the Our Father at 7 am this morning in union with the Pope and the whole Church. If you happened to miss it, go ahead and pray it now. God hers all prayers!!!
It is so important that we remain united as a parish, included staying united in our prayers. We have a prayer team already up and running for our Be Bold Campaign. We are going to switch the emphasis of our prayer team to pray for the end of the Corona Virus Pandemic. While there are many prayers to pray (we will continue with suggested some in our parish updates) we wanted to have some simple and well-known prayers for us to pray at any time of the day as a parish. So our parish prayer team will be praying a “Glory Be” and “Our Father” and a “Hail Mary” daily for the end of the pandemic and all who are affected by it.
Email Maggie at NCFrontDesk@cdlex.org to join!
Please keep our staff in your prayers as our ministry increases significantly after the spring break. CCD, RCIA, Campus Ministry small groups, our reaching out to each other and those in need, providing spiritual counseling, and providing the sacraments all continue.
Now that college classes at UK have gone virtual, continue to grow in your spiritual life by going virtual. Our small groups Bible studies and Discipleship program continues on line.
To join, email Joseph McGinnis at firstname.lastname@example.org
Also, congratulations to Holy Spirit Parish/Newman Center member Courtney Wheeler who was elected President of the Student Government Association at UK. Courtney is a Business Management and Business Communications major and minoring in International Business.
Prayers and Support
Also, let’s especially pray for all of our families who are adjusting to having the kids at home from school. This presents great challenges and opportunities for our families. Just know that you’re in our prayers and have our support.
Even though there are no public masses, Fr. Lobo and I still offer non-public masses every day with the primary intention of our masses being for our faith community and for the world.
I cannot wait until we can worship face to face again at Holy Spirit Parish. We miss you!!!
While there will be no office hours at Holy Spirit Parish/ Newman Center because of the pandemic, Fr. Lobo and I will be available for any emergent spiritual needs or if you find yourself in a vulnerable situation concerning food or medication. My cell phone number is 859-285-9824 and Fr. Lobo’s cell number is 609-457-0049.
Remember, as always, stay close to Jesus and His Mother so we can be a source of love, patience, and kindness. And stay strong and stay focused.