The Gospel of Christ is a message of hope, reconciliation, communion, a proclamation of God’s closeness, his mercy, his salvation and a proclamation that the power of God’s love is able to overcome the darkness of evil and guide us on the path of goodness. The men and women of our time need the secure light that illuminates their path that only the encounter with Christ can give.
Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. – 1 Thessalonians 5:18
A simple truth in this verse reveals we are to give thanks “in” all circumstances not “for” all circumstances. The verse doesn’t tell us to give thanks FOR injustice or loss but to give things IN them. We give thanks because every circumstance, whether it be joy or pain comes with the reality of finding God. In our greatest struggle, we give thanks to God because He is with us right there in the middle of it all.
St. Bruno (1030?-1101)
This saint has the honor of having founded a religious order which, as the saying goes, has never had to be reformed because it was never deformed. No doubt both the founder and the members would reject such high praise, but it is an indication of the saint’s intense love of a penitential life in solitude.
Bruno was born in Cologne, Germany, became a famous teacher at Rheims and was appointed chancellor of the archdiocese at the age of 45. He supported Pope Gregory VII (May 25) in his fight against the decadence of the clergy and took part in the removal of his own scandalous archbishop, Manasses. Bruno suffered the plundering of his house for his pains.
He had a dream of living in solitude and prayer, and persuaded a few friends to join him in a hermitage. After a while he felt the place unsuitable and, through a friend, was given some land which was to become famous for his foundation “in the Chartreuse” (from which comes the word Carthusians). The climate, desert, mountainous terrain and inaccessibility guaranteed silence, poverty and small numbers.
Bruno and his friends built an oratory with small individual cells at a distance from each other. They met for Matins and Vespers each day and spent the rest of the time in solitude, eating together only on great feasts. Their chief work was copying manuscripts.
The pope, hearing of Bruno’s holiness, called for his assistance in Rome. When the pope had to flee Rome, Bruno pulled up stakes again, and spent his last years (after refusing a bishopric) in the wilderness of Calabria.
He was never formally canonized, because the Carthusians were averse to all occasions of publicity. Pope Clement extended his feast to the whole Church in 1674.
If there is always a certain uneasy questioning of the contemplative life, there is an even greater puzzlement about the extremely penitential combination of community and hermit life lived by the Carthusians.
“Members of those communities which are totally dedicated to contemplation give themselves to God alone in solitude and silence and through constant prayer and ready penance. No matter how urgent may be the needs of the active apostolate, such communities will always have a distinguished part to play in Christ’s Mystical Body…” (Vatican II, Decree on the Renewal of Religious Life, 7).
“Three things are necessary for the salvation of man: to know what he ought to believe; to know what he ought to desire; and to know what he ought to do.” – St. Thomas Aquinas
At a time when some Catholics had an image of God as such a strict judge that they might be tempted to despair about the possibility of being forgiven, Jesus chose to emphasize his mercy and forgiveness for sins acknowledged and confessed. “I do not want to punish aching mankind,” he once told St. Maria Faustina, “but I desire to heal it, pressing it to my merciful heart” (Diary 1588). The two rays emanating from Christ’s heart, she said, represent the blood and water poured out after Jesus’ death (Gospel of John 19:34)
Each one of us has a guardian angel that protects and guides us throughout our days. The Consciousness we possess is a jewel and a wonder that extends a Guardian Angel’s presence, providential care, to represent individuals before God, to watch over them always, to aid their prayer and to present their souls to God at death.
Guardian Angel’s Prayer:
Angel of God, my guardian dear, to whom His love entrusts me here, ever this day [night] be at my side to light and guard, to rule and guide. Amen.
“Christ teaches we must live until we die and that means all hands in. Its a treacherous road at times, and sometimes we even make the road more difficult for ourselves like some kind of self sabotage.” MJM
Tr*be Clothing Co. was founded in December of 2011 by two brothers who decided that if someone would just take the time to look they would find enough (awesome) recycled clothing to start a company and sell them – a company whose sole purpose would be to make money in order to help the people in the world who are suffering and dying for lack of resources.
As young adults in America we have the most (and the best) clothes in the entire world. We believe, with your help, we can take those clothes and use them to feed the poor, bring clean water to the thirsty, and to free those who are under the bondage of slavery and oppression.
In a culture that seeks to downplay and ignore the daily struggle of those born into poverty – we hope you’ll take the road less traveled.