Dear Friends in Christ,
What does Mary, Mother of the Church, The Holy Family, St. Mother Teresa, The Cardinal of Manila, Philippines and Pope Paul VI all have in common? We will see that they each have a desire to feed all of God’s children in both body and soul.
Not long ago Jerry Krosnowski and I met with the leaders of Feed My Starving Children at their Eagan office. Jerry and I look forward to our being with them again at their international gathering of Non-Government Organizations (NGOs) annual meeting at the end of January. Risen Savior Missions is one of many organizations who distribute FMSC food around the world. As you may be aware, Risen Savior Missions out of Mary, Mother of the Church is the third largest distributor of FMSC food and the largest distributor of this food through the Catholic Church . . . to any and all who come to us hungry. You may also be aware that Cardinal Tagle, the Cardinal of Manila, has invited Jerry Krosnowski and Risen Savior Missions to serve more than the 45 dioceses we are currently serving, to provide food for all the dioceses in the Philippines. This call from the Cardinal would at least double the number of dioceses being fed. This year RSM is on target to serve almost 15 million meals in the Philippines. So this is the first thing that Mary Mother, RSM and the Cardinal of Manila have in common, is our desire to feed the poor. Here in Burnsville, those who are hungry in food and fellowship are filled through Mary’s Meals.
But the desire and work to satisfy the hunger and thirst of Jesus, in the poorest of the poor, also was done by St. Mother Teresa. The saint was also inspired by the Holy Family of Mary and Joseph who were after all, the first to feed Jesus and care for His needs.
Beyond the work of feeding the poorest of the poor, the words of Pope Paul VI came to mind on the Feast of the Holy Family. Pope Paul VI was the Holy Father who presided over and concluded the Second Vatican Council that was convened by St. Pope John XXIII. He spoke at an address in Nazareth in January of 1964 of our need to feed the soul with prayer, “. . . from Nazareth, first we learn from its silence. . . . We need this wonderful state of mind, beset as we are by the cacophony of strident protests and conflicting claims so characteristic of these turbulent times. The silence of Nazareth should teach us how to meditate in peace and quiet, to reflect on the deeply spiritual, and to be open to the voice of God’s inner wisdom and the counsel of his true teachers. Nazareth can teach us the value of study and preparation, of meditation, of a well-ordered personal spiritual life, and of silent prayer that is known only to God.”
But the connection to the Cardinal in the Philippines also relates to feeding the soul. St. Mother Teresa of Calcutta gave to all of her sisters the book, Come to Me in the Blessed Sacrament, a book given the imprimatur by the Archbishop of Manila at the time. The saint writes about the book, “I would like the whole world to read (this) book to help everyone realize that Jesus wants all of us to come to Him in the Blessed Sacrament. He is really there in Person waiting just for you. . . . I want my sisters to absorb the deeply rich, and yet, simple to understand Eucharistic spirituality that (this) book contains.”
On the reverse side of this bulletin insert I have included a prayer that is offered in the book called, “The Divine Love Prayer.” I am suggesting this prayer also as an invitation to visit our Daily Mass and Adoration Chapel located in the lower level of our church. As you know, this chapel is currently open 24/5, Sunday evening following the 6:00 pm Mass, to the following Saturday morning at 9:00 am.
This article is an invitation to not only participate in feeding the poorest of the poor, through Mary’s Meals and Risen Savior Missions, but also to take time to feed your own soul as Pope Paul VI is also recommending. We could fortify with additional adorers the current nighttime hours that we are open. Also looking ahead, we would like to fill the hours we are closed on Saturday and Sunday to be open 24/7.
So yes, what Mary Mother of the Church, The Holy Family, St. Mother Teresa, The Cardinal of Manila, Philippines and Pope Paul VI all have in common, is the desire to feed all of God’s children in both body and soul. May we also share this in common with them, as in the New Year we will seek to Live Jesus and so care for Him more attentively in His hunger and thirst for our love.
My Love in Christ, through Mary, Mother of the Church, Fr. Jim Perkl, Pastor
P.S. Fr. Tim and I thank you for the Christmas Cards and Gifts and wish you a Blessed and Happy New Year!
The Divine Love Prayer
This prayer may be said on the Beads of the Holy Rosary. A “Glory Be” replaces the “Our Father,” while the “Hail Mary” is replaced by these prayers to Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament. After the “Glory Be,” each prayer is repeated ten times on the beads of the Holy Rosary until all nine “decades” are completed in union with the Nine Choirs of Angels.
1. Eucharistic Heart of Jesus, I adore You and I praise You in union with the Nine Choirs of Angels.
2. Eucharistic Heart of Jesus, Burning with love for me, inflame my heart with love for You.
3. Eucharistic Heart of Jesus, Thy Kingdom come.
4. Eucharistic Heart of Jesus, Make us one in mind, heart and will, with You, the Father and the Holy Spirit.
5. Eucharistic Heart of Jesus, Gentle and humble of heart, make my heart like unto Thine.
6. Eucharistic Heart of Jesus, Through the Infinite value of each Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, offered now and until the end of time, have mercy on us and on the whole world.
7. Eucharistic Heart of Jesus, Thank You for the personal love You have for me in the Blessed Sacrament.
8. Eucharistic Heart of Jesus, With all my heart, I love You.
9. Eucharistic Heart of Jesus, I put all my trust in You.
Daily Mass is in our Adoration Chapel near the Parish Office. Spend time with Jesus in our Daily Mass Adoration Chapel from after Sunday’s 6:00 pm Mass through Saturday before 9:00 am Confession in Church. Adorers are always needed, especially our overnight hours! Check out the Worship page 5 in the bulletin for times of special need