Saturday, March 23, 2013

Reflection for the Solemnity of the Passing of Our Holy Father Benedict, Abbot (March 21) - Prayer at Midday



Sirach 51:13-18  
In my youth, before I set out on my travels, I openly sought wisdom in prayer; before the Temple I asked for her and I will pursue her to the end of my days.  While she blossomed like a ripening cluster, my heart was delighted in her; my feet followed the right path, because from my youth I searched for her.  As soon as I began listening to her she was given to me, and with her, much instruction.  With her help I made progress and I will glorify him who gives me wisdom, for I decided to put it into practice and ardently seek what is good. I shall not regret it.  (Christian Community Bible)


Reflection
We like to think of Lent as being a time of somber reflection and prayer.  But in reality, I think that many of us find ourselves in a time of panic.  Our liturgists and musicians are starting to panic as they strive to put the final touches on the services of Holy Week.  As students and teachers, we find ourselves beginning to panic with the realization that we only have seven weeks left in the semester – And that brings a whole new level of panic – Will I be ready for comps?  What should I do for the summer?  What am I supposed to do with my life anyways?

Both Ben Sira and St. Benedict were great teachers who were highly sought after because of their wisdom.  But they didn’t get there overnight.  They both gradually came to understand that gaining real wisdom involves a combination of incessant prayer, the hard work of study, and listening.

While all three of these steps are important, it’s the step of listening that’s most easily dismissed.  It’s obvious that we have to pray and study if we want to acquire the kind of wisdom that scripture talks about – but listening?  I don’t have time for that!  I’m too busy praying and studying! 

The reason that we’re so eager to dismiss the act of listening in our pursuit of wisdom is because what we hear when we listen is completely out of our control.  And that’s a scary thing!  So we consciously (or unconsciously) fill our lives with so many things that we simply don’t have the time to listen.

When we live deadline to deadline with our assignments… do we really listen to what the material is saying to us?  When we get so wrapped up in our own interests that we completely ignore the community around us… do we really listen to the person of Christ in others?

What do we hear from Ben Sira?  “As soon as I began listening to her, wisdom was given to me…”  What do we hear from St. Benedict as the first word of his rule?  “Listen.”  We might get close to finding wisdom by frantically searching high and low, but it’s in listening that wisdom is given to us.

When we truly begin to listen, we can hear what is being said – of course.  But we can also pick up on the more subtle things – what is being left unsaid or only vaguely hinted at.  And that holds true whether we’re listening to others, to ourselves or to God.  And it’s these subtle things that are the difference between knowing facts in gaining wisdom. 

If we want to be wise, we have to be attentive to the ear of our hearts.  What we hear may challenge us or make us uneasy, but if we’re truly listening to what God is saying to us, we shall not regret it. 

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Year of Faith Pilgrimage Sites in South Dakota



In October of 2012, Pope Benedict XVI inaugurated a "Year of Faith" as an opportunity for Catholics and indeed all Christians to dedicate themselves to deepening their understanding of the gift of faith.

The Year of Faith is an opportunity to experience a conversion – to turn back to Jesus and enter into a deeper relationship with him.  The pope has described this conversion as opening the “door of faith.”  The “door of faith” is opened at one’s baptism, but during this year we are called to open it again, walk through it, and rediscover and renew our relationship with Christ.

As a part of this Year of Faith, dioceses throughout the world have designated places of pilgrimage and prayer to aide in this process of rediscovery.  In addition to the spiritual benefits of visiting these sites, a pilgrimage is also an excellent opportunity to discover the rich artistic and cultural heritage of a given area.  The Year of Faith comes to a close on 24 November 2013.

Below are a list and map of designated pilgrimage sites within the state of South Dakota: 


Diocese of Rapid City
Note: In addition to the Cathedral of Our Lady of Perpetual Help, the Diocese of Rapid City has designated particular pilgrimage churches for each month of the Year of Faith:

Timber Lake,
Holy Cross Church (November 2012)
Wall, St. Patrick Church (November 2012)

Buffalo,
St. Anthony Church (December 2012)
Winner, Immaculate Conception Church (December 2012)

Philip,
Sacred Heart Church (January 2013)
Spearfish, St. Joseph Church (January 2013)

Eagle Butte,
All Saints Church (February 2013)
Pine Ridge, Sacred Heart Church (February 2013)

Lower Brule,
St. Mary Church (March 2013)
Lead, St. Patrick Church (March 2013)

Ft. Pierre,
St. John the Evangelist Church (April 2013)
Sturgis, St. Francis of Assisi Church (April 2013)

Gregory,
St. Joseph Church (May 2013)
McLaughlin, St. Bernard Church (May 2013)

Ft. Pierre,
St. John the Evangelist Church (June 2013)
Martin, Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Church (June 2013)

Mission,
St. Thomas the Apostle Church (July 2013)
Lemmon, St. Mary Church (July 2013)

St. Francis,
St. Charles Borromeo Church (August 2013)
Faith, St. Joseph Church (August 2013)

Hot Springs,
St. Anthony of Padua Church (September 2013)
Bison, Blessed Sacrament Church (September 2013)

Kadoka,
Our Lady of Victory Church (October 2013)
Belle Fourche, St. Paul Church (October 2013)

Diocese of Sioux Falls
Aberdeen, St. Mary Church
Alexandria, St. Mary of Mercy Church 
Bryant, St. Mary Church  
Dante, Assumption Church 
Dell Rapids, St. Mary Church
Clear Lake, St. Mary Church 
Elkton, Our Lady of Good Counsel Church
Highmore, St. Mary Church
Lake Andes, St. Mary Church
Marion, Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church
Leola, Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church
Revillo, Annunciation Church
Salem, St. Mary Church
Sioux Falls, Our Lady of Guadalupe Church
Sioux Falls, St. Mary Church
Stickney, St. Mary Church
Stephan, Immaculate Conception Church
Watertown, Immaculate Conception Church
Waubay, Immaculate Conception Church
Wilmont, St. Mary Church


View Year of Faith Pilgrimage Sites in South Dakota in a larger map
 

If one wishes to obtain a plenary indulgence at a pilgrimage site, the pilgrim must be in the state of grace and have the intention of gaining the indulgence either for oneself or for a soul in Purgatory.  The pilgrim then must take part in some sacred function at the place or else pause for a few moments of prayer, concluding with the recitation of the Our Father and a Profession of Faith (Apostles’ Creed) and a request for the intercession of the Blessed Virgin or the patron saint of the location.  One also must say a prayer for the intentions of the Pope and receive the sacraments of Reconciliation and Eucharist within eight days before, during, or after the pilgrimage.

In addition to the above mentioned pilgrimage sites, a pilgrim may visit the baptistery or other place where one was baptized and, while there, renew one's baptismal promises.

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Year of Faith Pilgrimage Sites in Iowa

 

In October of 2012, Pope Benedict XVI inaugurated a "Year of Faith" as an opportunity for Catholics and indeed all Christians to dedicate themselves to deepening their understanding of the gift of faith.

The Year of Faith is an opportunity to experience a conversion – to turn back to Jesus and enter into a deeper relationship with him.  The pope has described this conversion as opening the “door of faith.”  The “door of faith” is opened at one’s baptism, but during this year we are called to open it again, walk through it, and rediscover and renew our relationship with Christ.

As a part of this Year of Faith, dioceses throughout the world have designated places of pilgrimage and prayer to aide in this process of rediscovery.  In addition to the spiritual benefits of visiting these sites, a pilgrimage is also an excellent opportunity to discover the rich artistic and cultural heritage of a given area.  The Year of Faith comes to a close on 24 November 2013.

Below are a list and map of designated pilgrimage sites within the state of Iowa:  


Diocese of Davenport
Unknown.  If readers have information on pilgrimage sites for this diocese, please contact me.

Diocese of Des Moines

Ankeny, St. Luke the Evangelist Parish
Atlantic, Ss. Peter & Paul Church
Council Bluffs, Queen of Apostles Church
Creston, Holy Spirit Church
Imogene, St. Patrick Church
Indianola, St. Thomas Aquinas Church
Irish Settlement, St. Patrick Church
Des Moines, Basilica of St. John
Des Moines, Cathedral of St. Ambrose
Des Moines, Grotto of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel & Divine Mercy
Des Moines, Our Lady of the Americas Church
Portsmouth, St. Mary Church
Stuart, All Saints Church

Archdiocese of Dubuque

Cedar Rapids, Immaculate Conception Church
Charles City, Immaculate Conception Church
Dubuque, Cathedral of St. Raphael
Dyersville, Basilica of St. Francis Xavier
Gilbertville, Immaculate Conception Church
Marshalltown, St. Mary Church

Diocese of Sioux City

Boone, Sacred Heart Church
Ida Grove, Sacred Heart Church
Le Mars, St. Joseph Church
Maryhill, Rosary Shrine
Rock Valley, St. Mary Church
Sioux City, Cathedral of the Epiphany
Sioux City, Trinity Heights 
West Bend, Grotto of the Redemption
West Bend, Ss. Peter & Paul Church
Willey, St. Mary Church


View Iowa Year of Faith Pilgrimage Churches in a larger map 

If one wishes to obtain a plenary indulgence at a pilgrimage site, the pilgrim must be in the state of grace and have the intention of gaining the indulgence either for oneself or for a soul in Purgatory.  The pilgrim then must take part in some sacred function at the place or else pause for a few moments of prayer, concluding with the recitation of the Our Father and a Profession of Faith (Apostles’ Creed) and a request for the intercession of the Blessed Virgin or the patron saint of the location.  One also must say a prayer for the intentions of the Pope and receive the sacraments of Reconciliation and Eucharist within eight days before, during, or after the pilgrimage.

In addition to the above mentioned pilgrimage sites, a pilgrim may visit the baptistery or other place where one was baptized and, while there, renew one's baptismal promises.

Friday, February 22, 2013

Year of Faith Pilgrimage Sites in North Dakota



In October of 2012, Pope Benedict XVI inaugurated a "Year of Faith" as an opportunity for Catholics and indeed all Christians to dedicate themselves to deepening their understanding of the gift of faith.

The Year of Faith is an opportunity to experience a conversion – to turn back to Jesus and enter into a deeper relationship with him.  The pope has described this conversion as opening the “door of faith.”  The “door of faith” is opened at one’s baptism, but during this year we are called to open it again, walk through it, and rediscover and renew our relationship with Christ.

As a part of this Year of Faith, dioceses throughout the world have designated places of pilgrimage and prayer to aide in this process of rediscovery.  In addition to the spiritual benefits of visiting these sites, a pilgrimage is also an excellent opportunity to discover the rich artistic and cultural heritage of a given area.  The Year of Faith comes to a close on 24 November 2013.

Below are a list and map of designated pilgrimage sites within the state of North Dakota:

Diocese of Bismarck
Alexander, Our Lady of Consolation Church
Almont, St. Mary Queen of Peace Church
Bismarck, Cathedral of the Holy Spirit
Bismarck, St. Mary Church
Dickinson, Queen of Peace Church
Foxholm, St. Mary Church
Golva, St. Mary Church
Hague, St. Mary Church
Marmarth, St. Mary Church
Max, Immaculate Conception Church
Medora, St. Mary Church
Minot, Our Lady of Grace Church
New England, St. Mary Church
Richardton, St. Mary Church
South Heart, St. Mary Church
Stanley, Queen of the Most Holy Rosary Church

Diocese of Fargo
Belcourt, St. Ann Church
Devils Lake, St. Joseph Church
Fargo, St. Mary Cathedral
Grand Forks, St. Mary Church
Jamestown, St. James Basilica
LaMoure, Holy Rosary Church
Park River, St. Mary Church
Rugby, St. Therese the Little Flower Church
Wahpeton, Carmel of Mary Monastery 


View Year of Faith Pilgrimage Sites in North Dakota in a larger map

If one wishes to obtain a plenary indulgence at a pilgrimage site, the pilgrim must be in the state of grace and have the intention of gaining the indulgence either for oneself or for a soul in Purgatory.  The pilgrim then must take part in some sacred function at the place or else pause for a few moments of prayer, concluding with the recitation of the Our Father and a Profession of Faith (Apostles’ Creed) and a request for the intercession of the Blessed Virgin or the patron saint of the location.  One also must say a prayer for the intentions of the Pope and receive the sacraments of Reconciliation and Eucharist within eight days before, during, or after the pilgrimage.  

In addition to the above mentioned pilgrimage sites, a pilgrim may visit the baptistery or other place where one was baptized and, while there, renew one's baptismal promises.