Ribs, fries, ice cream cake and surprise cascarones marked the celebration of Brother Roberto’s birthday at Casa María on Monday, April 26. See more photos on our Flickr set.
Archive for April 2010
Family and friends of Brother Bob visited San Antonio and the Casa María community during the second weekend of Fiesta. Their visit concluded with a barbecue at the community with an early birthday celebration for Bob on Sunday, April 25.
In the photo above, Brother Leo Willett, S.M., joined in with the Hoosiers to pose for the picture. See more photos on our Flickr set.
Today’s Scripture: Acts 6: 8-15 ~ Psalm 119: 23-24, 26-27, 29-30 ~ John 6: 22-29
(this version has been heavily revised from the one I gave at mass today, I wish I had taken more time with it before mass – or that I could present it again)
I forgot to eat lunch today. I got really engrossed in what I was doing at work. Flitting around, from one thing to the next. By mid-afternoon I was losing steam. I couldn’t figure out why I had run out of energy. Then my stomach growled and I realized I had completely forgotten about lunch. I thought to myself, if I’m going to make it through the day, I’d better sit down and eat something!
When I was reflecting on today’s gospel I remembered my missed lunch and thought to myself, is spiritual hunger like physical hunger? Is there only so far we can go before we have to stop, move away from the world, gather at Christ’s table and allow ourselves to be fed?
As I reflected I realized that sometimes I forget about my spiritual food too. Running through the day and getting caught up in menial tasks. I sit in mass completely distracted by my other obligations and entirely disconnected from the celebration. Then I thought of the people in today’s gospel. They’ve have one taste of Christ and they can’t get enough. They want so much to be in the Christ’s presence that they climb into boats and sail across the sea to find him.
I began to realize that often, I forget the significance of the Eucharist. I forget how blessed I am to be called to God’s table every day. I forget that if I really want to know God, and to do his work, if I want to have the strength to make it through my day, I have to accept his invitation to the table.
I am challenged to remember that God loves us all so much, and wants so much for us to do his will on earth, that he allows us to take his presence physically into ourselves.
It stuck me that this is what the Eucharist is about. I remembered that there are days when I cannot go to Mass, and even though I pray on those days, and make quiet time for God; I miss the Eucharist. I crave it. I get so hungry for this Spiritual food that I can’t wait until I’m able to receive it again.
I have come to realize, that I can only do so much, then I have to stop, move away from the world and gather with my brothers around the Lord’s table. In the Word, in our fellowship, and in the Eucharist I find the energy, love, wisdom, and Spirit that I need to keep me going. I am learning that In the Eucharist, we build community; we build Christ in one another.
If we are called to be Christ for the world, we must stop and let Christ come into our lives… we must let Christ renew his spirit in us… we must love the Eucharist and allow ourselves to enter fully into its celebration. It is this Spiritual food that sustains us for the journey. How blest we are to be able to come to God’s table every day. May we never forget how God satisfies our hunger and may we always be willing to seek God out wherever he is found.
Sights and sounds from the St. Mary’s University President’s Reception, Fiesta Oyster Bake, Saturday, April 17, 2010
The two week celebration Fiesta San Antonio began this week! St. Mary’s University hosts the Oyster Bake on the opening weekend. Fiesta celebrates the heroes from the battles of the Alamo and San Jacinto and began with a single parade in 1891 and today has grown to one of the largest civic celebrations in the country. There are over 100 official Fiesta events over the course of eleven days. Yet, none match up to the St. Mary’s Oyster Bake.
Bro. Brian created this beautiful Fiesta wreath to great the visitors to Casa Maria over the next few weeks.
More on the Oyster Bake forthcoming…
Happy Fiesta to All!!!!
Brother Mike Sullivan gathered with a handful of St. Mary’s University students at Casa María to begin the process of writing lyrics for his second opera to be premiered in November.
Brother Mike will compose the music while the students contribute lyrcis based on an unpublished manuscript written by Diane Gonzales Bertrand, writer-in-residence for the university’s English and communication studies department.
His first opera, Caldo, Caldo, Caldo, which premiered in April 2009, also was based on a publication by Bertrand.
See more photos on our Flickr set.