Sunday, July 17, 2011

Called to be More highlights -- #8

Highlight #8 – Reflecting on the saints.

One of the beauties of the pilgrimage is that each member of the group was involved. A few weeks before setting out, each person was assigned one or two topics on which to present during the week. Each day had a theme, and within each theme several saints were chosen as witnesses of the virtues or topics we were contemplating. There were 25 presentations given during the week. Our pilgrimage binder included meditations, prayers, quotes and Scriptures to allow for further reflection.

It was incredible to hear the witnesses of all of the pilgrims and to learn about the varied ways in which the saints answered the call to be more. Each of us walked away with more knowledge about the saints, inspired by their “yes” to God.

Our themes and saints for the week were:

Monday: Freedom in giving: We can only find ourselves in a sincere gift of self.
• Bl. John Paul
• St. Louis de Montfort
• St. Monica
• Bl. Pier Giorgio

Tuesday: What is a vocation? How are we called to holiness in the everyday and in the big picture?
• St. Therese: Little Way
• Bl. Zellie and Louis Martin (St. Therese’s parents)
• St. John Vianney

Wednesday: Trust and patience in discernment
• St. Joseph Cupertino
• St. Elizabeth Ann Seton
• St. Teresa of Avila
• St. Gianna Beretta Molla

Thursday: The humility and joy of the call
• St. Philip Neri
• St. Francis of Assisi
• Mother Teresa
• Unknown saints

Friday: Suffering: Accepting the invitation to be united to the cross
• Bl. Chiara “Luce” Badano
• St. Maximilian Kolbe
• St. Josephine Bakhita
• St. Paul

Saturday: Mary
• Mary’s intercession and fruitfulness
• Freedom of Mary’s fiat (Annunciation)
• Mary’s daily call (Wedding at Cana)
• Trust and patience every day in God’s plan
• Humility and joy (Birth of Christ)
• Standing at the foot of the cross (Crucifixion)

Sunday: Resurrection: Following God’s plan leads us to eternal life

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