Thursday, April 14, 2011

"Duc in altum" Discernment Program - Thursday in Lenten Week V - Ne descends pas dans le jardin

Casa Gianna (in honour of St. Gianna Beretta Molla) hosted a session of "Duc in altum", a program for men and women who  believe God has a specific calling for them and are willing to spend a day per month reflecting on that. "Duc in altum" means "put out into the deep" (Jesus' words to Simon Peter in Luke 5.4, that Pope John Paul II favoured).  My theme was "Mission and Vocation", which led to a most interesting exchange.  

Getting the conversation started...

Men and women of various ages seeking God's will for their lives.

After Mass, we posed for a photo, including the kitchen crew who prepared a delicious luncheon...

with smiles all round...

I enjoy meeting young people of the Diocese who have a hunger for knowing God's will for their lives, especially a state in life (marriage, priesthood, consecrated life, the single state).  What a gift they are: with thanks to the Salesian sisters for their accompaniment and the volunteers who do kitchen duty.

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Prayer for Thursday of Lenten Week V 

Be near, O Lord, to those who plead before you, and look kindly on those who place their hope in your mercy, that, cleansed from the stain of their sins, they may persevere in holy living and be made full heirs of your promise. Through our Lord.

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Ne descends pas dans le jardin

Ne laisse pas lier tes mains,
Oh! Jésus,
Ne laisse pas lier tes mains
Sans dire un mot!
Si je ne laisse pas lier mes mains
Comme un voleur,
Qui donc pourra détruire les prisons
Dont vous souffrez?
Je laisserai lier mes mains
Comme un voleur.

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