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New Saint Thomas Institute - for your theological formation

Posted by marriageretreats on March 23, 2017 at 4:15 PM Comments comments (4)

The New Saint Thomas Insitute is an initiative of Dr. Taylor Marshall, a dynamic teacher of philosophy and theology.  The site helps in learning Catholic Theology, from the Trinity to the Sacraments, and offers an opportunity to earn Certificates in Theology. The presenter/author of the online Catholic classes is Dr Taylor Marshall, PH.D.

Dr. Taylor Marshall was an Episcopal priest in Fort Worth, Texas before he and his wife were received into the Catholic Church by Bishop Kevin Vann of Fort Worth on May 23, 2006. Immediately afterward, Taylor was appointed by Bishop Kevin Farrel (then auxiliary of Washington D.C.) as the Assistant Director of the Catholic Information Center in Washington, D.C. He served under Archbishop John J. Myers of Newark and Msgr. William Stetson for the Pastoral Provision of John Paul II, the canonical structure by which Anglican clergy are received into the Catholic Church and then go on to pursue Holy Orders in the Catholic Church. After a period of discernment he felt to be called to be a married lay man.  He is the author of several books. He earned a Ph.D. in Philosophy at the University of Dallas. The title of his dissertation is "Thomas Aquinas on Natural Law and the Twofold Beatitude of Humanity."

Taylor and his wife Joy live in Dallas, Texas with their eight and counting... children.

His personal site is :  http://taylormarshall.com/ 

Pray with Sacred Images

Posted by marriageretreats on March 15, 2017 at 4:40 PM Comments comments (0)

Icon Gazing and Sacred Image Meditation

is a new book written by John and our friend Jeanine Kavanaugh psychotherapist, about the ancient prayer practice with images of Jesus, Our Lady and Saints with lots of sacred icons to help to put in practice this prayer method and experience the therapeutic power of venerating icons, which connect us with whom they represent.

Jeanine can be reached at her web site http://kavanaughcounseling.com/

Balthasar on Marriage

Posted by marriageretreats on April 23, 2016 at 3:50 PM Comments comments (0)

Balthasar interprets marriage as a life-giving form [Gestalt]:

"What could be stronger than marriage, or what shapes any

particular life-form more profoundly than does marriage? . . . When they make their promises,

the spouses are not relying on themselves—the shifting songs of their own freedom—

but rather on the form that chooses them because they have chosen it, the form to which

they have committed themselves in their act as persons. As persons, the spouses entrust

themselves not only to the beloved ‘‘thou’’ and to the biological laws of fertility and family;

they entrust themselves foremost to a form with which they can wholly identify themselves

even in the deepest aspects of their personality because this form extends through all the

levels of life—from its biological roots up to the very heights of grace and life in the Holy

Spirit. And now, suddenly, all fruitfulness, all freedom is discovered within the form itself,

and the life of a married person can henceforth be understood only in terms of this interior

mystery"

The Glory of the Lord, Vol. 1, Seeing the Form, p 27.

Atonement

Posted by marriageretreats on February 16, 2015 at 9:30 PM Comments comments (0)

For a Lenten reading and meditation on the saving work of Christ there is a short collection of New Testament references on our page "Writings and programs" under the heading "Spiritual Healing": Atonement in the New Testament - the five aspects of it according Hans Urs von Balthasar

 

Prayer: "Oh, God our God"

Posted by marriageretreats on November 28, 2014 at 3:20 PM Comments comments (0)

Oh, God our God;

How can you seem

So far away-

So 'not here'-

So unconcerned?

So uncaring?

But, we know You are present

We know by reason and by faith.

You are our God

Who caused us to be

Who cause us to be

Forever

In Your presence

Always.

Help us to see

And if not to see, to trust!

Prayer: "God, Our God"

Posted by marriageretreats on November 28, 2014 at 3:15 PM Comments comments (0)

God our God

Our One and Only God

Our God of Mercy

God of Justice

God of Love

God of all Creation

Heal us who are sick

Heal us who heal the sick

Heal us who fail

To be healed

Or to heal

Love us and let us know it

Help us love

And others know it

Give us Faith

Let us Hope

All will be well

As your Saint proclaims

As we believe

As we Trust

Amen

Prayer: "God Our Father..."

Posted by marriageretreats on November 28, 2014 at 3:10 PM Comments comments (0)

God our Father,

We ask you to send down

Your Holy Healing Spirit;

Upon all the sick

and

Upon all those who care for the sick.

Heal Your people, oh Lord;

Heal all Your people -

Of all their problems and troubles and ills.

We ask this in the name of Jesus Your Son

Through the intercession of all

Your Angels and Saints.

Come Holy Spirit with Your Healing Spirit!

Amen

US couple testifies about the vocation of marriage to Synod of Bishops

Posted by marriageretreats on October 7, 2014 at 8:45 PM Comments comments (0)

The following news from the Catholic News Service made us happy.

The US couple chosen for introduce the work of the synod called for the clear understanding of marriage as vocation in the Church! Marriage as an ecclesial vocation still is not at all present in the usual parish understanding when speaking of and praying for "vocations" (always restricted to priestly and religious vocations). Here is the newsbrief from today:

U.S. couple at synod calls for 'robust, creative' family programs

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Existing diocesan programs and Catholic organizations aimed at helping Catholic families fulfill their vocation clearly are not strong enough to meet modern needs, a Wisconsin couple told the Synod of Bishops. "We must develop more robust and creative methods to share the fundamental truth that marriage is a divine gift from God, rather than merely a man-made institution," Alice Heinzen told the synod Oct. 7, reading a speech she and her husband, Jeff, wrote. The Heinzens, from the Diocese of La Crosse, were named synod auditors by Pope Francis and were chosen to introduce the work of the synod's afternoon discussion on pastoral programs designed to meet the challenges facing families. Alice is director of the diocesan Office for Marriage and Family Life; Jeff is president of McDonell Catholic Schools in Chippewa Falls. The Catholic Church, its parishes and organization need to review "the methods by which we teach our children about the nature of human sexuality and the vocation of marriage," Heinzen said. In addition, when Catholics talk about vocations and God's call to each of the baptized to serve the church and humanity, they cannot speak only of priesthood and religious life. "Marriage should be included in all programs designed to explore vocations."

Source: http://www.catholicnews.com/data/briefs/cns/20141007.htm

 

 

New Book about the Ministry of Hospital Chaplains

Posted by marriageretreats on September 1, 2014 at 4:30 PM Comments comments (0)

This new book of John is published on the adventures of a lifetime of ministry as Hospital Chaplain - offering a rare view into the world of Hospital care:

Chaplain Vignettes - Expect the Unexpected

 

Prayer for Peace

Posted by marriageretreats on May 28, 2014 at 3:25 PM Comments comments (0)

"Amen, amen, I say to you, whatever you ask the Father in my name he will give you." (Jn 16:23)

"Shalom! Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you" (Jn 14:27)

There are wars and dangers of new wars in the world. Witnessing all suffering and atrocities that our world is so full of, all Christians need to ask the Father for the precious gift of peace, lasting peace and good will for the entire world.

Encouraged by the words of Jesus in John's gospel, we can confidently ask for end of wars and for a new era of peace for all peoples.

 

Jesus promised that common prayer will have the efficacy of his own prayer to the Father:

"I say to you, if two of you agree on earth about anything for which they are to pray, it shall be granted to them by my heavenly Father. For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the

midst of them.”(Mt 18:19-20)

The Holy Spirit makes us one people and creates the presence of Jesus where two or three are gathered together in his name - we ask you to join us in prayer for peace in preparation for this Pentecost!

Pray a novena for peace - nine days of prayer beginning from May 31 to June 8, Pentecost - in the form you can do it: daily pray the Rosary to Mary Queen of Peace, or any other prayer you feel inspired. But pray with faith and insistence in communion with all who desire peace, and the Father will answer our prayers:

“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.

For everyone who asks, receives; and the one who seeks, finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.

Which one of you would hand his son a stone when he asks for a loaf of bread, or a snake when he asks for a fish?

If you then, who are wicked, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give good things to those who ask him." (Mt 7:7-11)


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