Saturday, August 23, 2008

Mass & Lunch with MC Co-Workers

Today, I had the joy to celebrate Mass for the c o-workers of Missionary of Charity. I was happy to see the nuns and to eat lunch with the co-workers. I preached on the Immaculate Heart of Mary. I summed up devotion to the Immaculate Heart with 3 C's

1. Consecration

2. Contemplation

3. Charity

Consecration: We pray Act of Consecration & Daily Offering to give all that we are and all that we have to Our Lady. We entrust our works and projects to her maternal protection. We wear sacramentals (Brown Scapular & Miraculous Medal) to remind us of our Consecration all the time.

Contemplation: When we pray the Rosary, we contemplate the Life of Jesus and the life of Mary in union with the Immaculate Heart. We need to enter into deep prayer to allow God to touch our heart. If our heart is touched by God, then, by the grace of God, we can touch the hearts of others.

Charity: "To contemplate and to share the fruits of contemplation" is the motto of St. Dominic. Our Lady reached out to others during her life, we too should reach out to others. Our Lady was close to Jesus on the Cross, and she is close to Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament. But she is also close to Jesus in the poor.