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LECTIO
DIVINA

Lectio divina is a method of prayer from the monastic tradition of Christianity. It is translated as “holy reading,” “divine reading”, “meditative reading,” or “spiritual reading.”

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IGNATIAN GOSPEL CONTEMPLATION

Ignatian contemplation is a very active way of praying that engages the mind and heart and stirs up thoughts and emotions and is suited especially for the Gospels.

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Weekly Reflection

Blessed are You who are Poor

02-17-2019We Celebrate Worship Resource, Vol. 44, No. 1

In Christ, the world is transformed and we are called to be transformed along with it. Luke’s version of the Beatitudes, which we hear today, is more direct than Matthew’s. More difficult, as well. It is not the poor in spirit who inherit the kingdom of God, but the actual poor. It is not those who hunger for righteousness who will be satisfied, but the plain old hungry. As if that weren’t enough, Luke, unlike Matthew, also includes the flip side: “Woe to you who are rich...woe to you who are filled now” (Luke 6:24-25). Basically, the Kingdom of God reverses your current place in society. As Christians we are paradoxical people. In baptism, we die with Christ. Because we have died with Christ, we receive the promise of eternal life. As Paul points out, we trust that Christ has been raised so that we may be raised as well. To borrow Jeremiah’s image, we are the tree planted beside the waters of baptism—the waters that bring plenty out of poverty, fullness out of hunger, joy out of mourning, and life out of death.

If your current place in society were reversed, where would you be now?

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Events

Calling Teachers to Serve on a Mission Trip Mar 23-30

Contact Caroline Genovesi at the mission office, cgenovesi@orlandodiocese.org or call 407-246 4890.
www.orlandodiocese.org/ministries-offices/mission-office-welcome/

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Council of Catholic Women Meetings

Mar 4— Monthly Board Meeting, 6:30pm, Faith Formation Bldg., #1

Mar 11— General Meeting, 6:30pm, Parish Center

Find Your Greatness

Feb 22 6:30pm - 10:30pm

Join Dynamic Catholic and speaker Dr. Allen Hunt right here at St. Francis of Assisi!

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CCW Bunco Night

Mar 1 7:30pm - 9:30pm

in the Parish Center

Fun, finger snacks, coffee, tea
$10 Donation

Ash Wednesday

Mar 6

Masses with Distribution of Ashes: 6:30am Español; 8:00am English; 4:00pm English; 8:00pm Español

Liturgy of the Word with Distribution of Ashes: 12:15pm English; 6:00pm Español; 7:00pm English