PRAYER FOR THE XXIII GENERAL CHAPTER

 

General Chapter Logo«MERCIFUL, IN COMMUNITY, WITH THE POOR»

Thank you Father, rich in mercy,
for the love that we experience
in your Son, Jesus Christ,
who “emptied himself” (Phil 2:6) to live among us.

Guide us and enlighten us with your Holy Spirit,
that we may always thank you
for the gift of faith and the vocation
we live in the Congregation of the
Priests of the Sacred Heart of Jesus.

Give us the ability to share
your gift of grace
in our community service
to all the brethren, and especially
to the poor, the young and the marginalized.

Mary, our Mother,
model and protector of all
be with us and support us
that we may be faithful
in every experience of life,
and may announce the Kingdom of Your Son,
to each brother and sister awaiting
salvation and joy.

Heart of Jesus,
source of salvation and eternal joy
reign in our hearts.
Amen.

Jubilee of Mercy – Description of the logo

Official logo for the Holy Year of Mercy. (CNS/courtesy Pontifical Council for Promoting New Evangelization)The logo and the motto together provide a fitting summary of what the Jubilee Year is all about. The motto Merciful Like the Father (taken from the Gospel of Luke, 6:36) serves as an invitation to follow the merciful example of the Father who asks us not to judge or condemn but to forgive and to give love and forgiveness without measure (cfr. Lk 6:37-38). The logo – the work of Jesuit Father Marko I. Rupnik – presents a small summa theologiae of the theme of mercy. In fact, it represents an image quite important to the early Church: that of the Son having taken upon his shoulders the lost soul demonstrating that it is the love of Christ that brings to completion the mystery of his incarnation culminating in redemption. The logo has been designed in such a way so as to express the profound way in which the Good Shepherd touches the flesh of humanity and does so with a love with the power to change one’s life. One particular feature worthy of note is that while the Good Shepherd, in his great mercy, takes humanity upon himself, his eyes are merged with those of man. Christ sees with the eyes of Adam, and Adam with the eyes of Christ. Every person discovers in Christ, the new Adam, one’s own humanity and the future that lies ahead, contemplating, in his gaze, the love of the Father.

The scene is captured within the so called mandorla (the shape of an almond), a figure quite important in early and medieval iconography, for it calls to mind the two natures of Christ, divine and human. The three concentric ovals, with colors progressively lighter as we move outward, suggest the movement of Christ who carries humanity out of the night of sin and death. Conversely, the depth of the darker color suggests the impenetrability of the love of the Father who forgives all.

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Prayer of Pope Francis for the Jubilee

 

jubilee-year-of-mercyLord Jesus Christ,

you have taught us to be merciful like the heavenly Father,

and have told us that whoever sees you sees Him.

Show us your face and we will be saved.

Your loving gaze freed Zacchaeus and Matthew from being enslaved by money;

the adulteress and Magdalene from seeking happiness only in created things;

made Peter weep after his betrayal,

and assured Paradise to the repentant thief.

Let us hear, as if addressed to each one of us, the words that you spoke to the Samaritan woman:

“If you knew the gift of God!”

 

You are the visible face of the invisible Father,

of the God who manifests his power above all by forgiveness and mercy:

let the Church be your visible face in the world, its Lord risen and glorified.

You willed that your ministers would also be clothed in weakness

in order that they may feel compassion for those in ignorance and error:

let everyone who approaches them feel sought after, loved, and forgiven by God.

 

Send your Spirit and consecrate every one of us with its anointing,

so that the Jubilee of Mercy may be a year of grace from the Lord,

and your Church, with renewed enthusiasm, may bring good news to the poor,

proclaim liberty to captives and the oppressed,

and restore sight to the blind.  

 

We ask this through the intercession of Mary, Mother of Mercy,

you who live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit for ever and ever.

Amen.

English Summer Course

Fr. P.J. McGuire, an SCJ from the U.S. Province has visited the Philippines several times. As an expert in Fr. Dehon and SCJ spirituality, on several occasions he conducted seminars, workshops, and retreats. The Philippines for him is like a magnet, where he always returns with pleasure. This time Fr. P.J.  came to the Philipines to assist the SCJ students in their learning English as a second language. Since English  is the main tool of communication at the university and in the seminary and many students, especially those from Vietnam, have problems to understand the spoken language and to express themselves. The summer course is an ideal occasion to learn it well. Fr. P.J. is native of New Jersey and, as he says,  he had once a New York accent. All the students of the Summer English Course are divided into two groups: basic and advanced. Ma’am Dolly Mae Ybañez, the regular English teacher, is taking care of the group learning the basics and Fr. P.J. is with the advanced group. The advanced group is composed of six students, five Vietnamese and one Filipino. The course started of April 13, 2015 and will end on May 22, 2015.  Normally, the classes start at 9:00 AM  and last until 12:00 noon time with one 30 minute break. In the afternoon the students have one on one personal conversations with their teacher. For this year Fr. P.J. prepared an ESL program based on the Scripture. There are 15 chapters, each about a 1000 words long. The students have read it 2-3 times. The reading is followed by questions  to see how well they understand the text. So far, Fr. P.J. is satisfied with his students, saying that they made a noticeable progress and they had a good foundation to begin with. Besides, the students are working very hard. The English Summer Course started several years ago upon the request of formators from Cagayan de Oro Formation House and it has proved to be very helpful. Among the SCJs from the U.S. Province who came to the Philippines to teach English were: Fr. Quang Nguyen, Fr. Bernard Rosinski, who came twice, Fr. Frank Wittouck, Fr. John Klingler, Fr. Tom Cassidy, Fr. Vien Nuyen and Bro. Long Nguyen.