The Kingdom of Christ the King

 – Br. Michael, ofm

“Your kingdom come…”

we pray this line many times,

and yet we wonder

where your kingdom is.

 

If we pay attention

to message of Jesus

your kingdom is

yes, in our hearts

yet it is encountered

with the poor,

with the homeless,

with the hungry.

 

Your kingdom is

where heartache is,

where recovery begins,

where forgiveness is known.

 

Your kingdom is

when we listen to each other,

when respect is given,

when life is honored.

 

Your kingdom is

what calls us to community,

what causes us to see anew,

what our foundation is built upon.

 

Your kingdom is

not about majesty and prestige,

rather it is about humility and tenderness;

two valuable qualities we often overlook.

 

Awaken your kingdom in our hearts again

for it seems we may have lost sight of it.

Awaken your kingdom in our hearts again

so, we may build it up

with the dignity, beauty and truth it is.

Awaken your kingdom in our hearts again

here and now,

among all peoples,

in all of creation,

now and forever.

Amen.

 

 

 

Photo Credit: Youssef Aboutaleb

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Words of Life for Us

by Br. Michael, ofm

There is an interesting line in the gospel of Mark in which Jesus says: “Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away” (Mark 13.31). We can often focus on the endings of things or the uncertainty around us but Jesus reminds us to focus on his words which are everlasting. As we continue to navigate the challenges of our times let us be reminded of some of his life-giving words.

 

Do not be afraid. (Luke 12)

 

Peace I give you. (John 20)

 

I am the bread of life, living water, good shepherd, gate. (John 6, John 4, John 10)

 

I am the vine you are the branches. (John 15)

 

I am the way, the truth and the life. (John 14)

 

Blessed are the children of God. (Matthew 5)

 

Love God and love neighbour. (Mark 12)

 

Where two or three are gathered in my name, I am there. (Matthew 18)

 

Our Father.. your kingdom come… your will be done.. give us this day our daily bread…forgive us… (Luke 11)

 

We need to be reminded of these words and how they are infused into our living. It seems to me that the words of Jesus offer us hope for our time and encouragement for the challenges we face. It seems to me that Jesus assures us with his words that he will indeed “be with us until the end of the ages” (Matthew 28.20). It seems to me that when we feel discouraged or fear tries to creep in, we are offered courage, light and peace for the journey.

 

Wherever we are right now on the journey; whether it is joy-filled, burdensome, draining, or content, Jesus is right here with us and is constantly speaking his words of life to us.

 

Are we listening? It’s easy to be distracted. Maybe it’s time to put down the phone, turn off the television and stop doing so we can hear his voice.

 

Which words of Jesus are speaking to you this day? Spend some time with these words (read the passage once, sit with it for several minutes, pray with it – there are countless ways) let them be nourishment and life for the days ahead. They are meant for us, for our well-being, soul health and our life. The best part is they will remain always.

 

 

Photo Credit: Priscilla du Preez

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Peace. Let There Be Peace

by Br. Michael, ofm

When war ravages,

when nations dissolve,

when countries turn on each other,

 

Peace. Let there be peace.

 

When cultures clash,

when peoples see only skin color,

when communities divide,

 

Peace. Let there be peace.

 

When families separate,

when homes fall a part,

when dignity is destroyed,

 

Peace. Let there be peace.

 

When friendships breakdown,

when dialogue is shattered,

when hurt runs deep,

 

Peace. Let there be peace.

 

When my heart is anxious,

when my living feels violent,

when my ways cause brokenness,

 

Peace. Let there be peace.

 

When I am entrenched in sadness,

when I stand alone,

when I can’t hear the truth in my heart,

 

Peace. Let there be peace.

 

Jesus said: Peace I leave you,

my peace I give you,

not as the world does.

 

Peace. Let there be peace.

 

Jesus said: do not fear,

do not let your heart be troubled,

not let it be afraid.

 

Peace. Let there be peace.

 

Our world, our nation,

our communities, our homes,

our heart, ourselves

seeking…

 

Peace. Let there be peace.

 

As Remembrance Day 2021 draws near let us be attentive that peace is the desire of all people.

As we remember those who faced the tragedy of war and those who still do today;

as we remember those who deal with the outcomes of war – the poor, refugees, migrants, children;

as we remember those who hurt now because of wars past, wars now or wars within;

let us pray for peace. Peace in hearts, in homes, in nations, in the world; let there be peace.

 

We are offered this peace each day in ways far greater than we may ever know. Let the words of Jesus which promise us this peace settle into our living, let us be attentive and work for peace in the ways we can in our part of the world. Let it arise with gratitude and respect.

 

Peace. Let there be peace.

 

 

Photo Credit:  Laurentiu Iordache

November 2021

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Upcoming Advent Retreats

Mount Saint Francis Retreat Centre

Invites You to Register for any of these

Upcoming Advent Retreats…

 

Advent is a time for us to review our journey, renew our vision and return to the message of love and hope woven in our heart. At Mount St. Francis Retreat Centre, we provide space for you to come and be, for prayer, for peace and for healing during this season. We invite you to register for any of these Advent Retreats by contacting

403-932-2012 Monday-Friday, 9:00 am – 4:30 pm.

 

It is the beautiful task of Advent to awaken

in all of us memories of goodness and

thus to open doors of hope.

– Pope Benedict XVI

Advent Twilight –

“Prepare Your Heart”

Tuesday, November 30                               $30

Registration at 6:00 pm Supper at 6:30 pm

A delicious homecooked supper followed by a guided reflection to help you enter into the season of Advent, time for quiet and moments of shared prayer to close off the evening.

Consider gifting this Twilight Retreat to a friend or family member.

 

Advent Retreat –

“Prophets, Mystics & Storytellers”

December 3-5                                  $195

with Pastor Matt and Br. Michael

God is the great storyteller; history has proved this and our place in history continues to show how God is still writing the message of Good News for all people.

The Advent Season is filled with great stories and great people from scripture. It also invokes in us our stories and often brings to mind the people who we have journeyed with and those we share the journey with now.

Register with Linda and Russ Nicol           403-932-1804 lindamnicol50@gmail.com

 

 

Day Away – “Living the Resurrected Life”

December 8      9:00 am – 3:00 pm

$30        ($40 for private room)

This Day Away is part of the monthly series for the year.

Winter Stillness Retreat

Friday, December 10 – Sunday, December 12     $195

A quiet weekend entering into Advent silence. Come and rest.

Delicious meals to nourish your body, quiet and nature to nourish your soul.

Advent Twilight

– “In Thy Dark Streets”

Wednesday, December 15                                        $30

Registration at 6:00 pm      Supper at 6:30 pm

As we enter these final Advent days enjoy a hearty homecooked meal

followed by a guided reflection, time for quiet and moments of shared prayer.

Consider attending as a family (ages 12+)

 

Greccio: A St. Francis Christmas Pageant

December 12, Sunday, 2021 – Virtual Event

 St. Francis of Assisi started the popular tradition of re-enacting the Christmas story in Greccio, Italy. Mount St. Francis has held the Greccio Christmas pageant since 2006, to continue this tradition,                                                                       this year we again offer a virtual event.

               Check our website beginning December 12.

               Please consider making a donation to a local food bank.