Monday, June 27, 2011

Hearts on Fire in Philly...

Fr. Jim Martin, SJ and a team of Jesuits led the Hearts on Fire Retreat at Old St. Joseph's Church for young adults this weekend. Some pics and a great quote by St. Ignatius Loyola.

A great quote from St. Ignatius Loyola, courtesy of Sam Sawyer, SJ:
"There are very few people who realize what God would make of them if they abandoned themselves entirely to His hands, and let themselves be formed by his Grace. A thick and shapeless tree trunk would never believe that it could become a statue, admired as a miracle of sculpture...and would never consent to submit itself to the chisel of the sculptor who, as St. Augustine says, sees by his genius what he can make of it. Many people who, we see, now scarcely live as Christians, do not understand that they could become saints, if they would let themselves be formed by the grace of God, if they did not ruin His plans by resisting the work which He wants to do...."

OSJ is a special place for my wife and me as we were married there;
the wedding Mass concelebrated by Bill Rickle, SJ and Herbert Charles, CSSp.

The "Hearts on Fire" mission team, in the courtyard of Old St. Joseph's after a weekend mission to young adults. Left to right (standing): Mario Cisneros, SJ; Phil Hurley, SJ, director of the Hearts on Fire program; me; Sam Sawyer, SJ.; Jim Hederman, SJ, vocation promoter; (kneeling) Sean Power, SJ: Rob van Alstyne, SJ. A great group of guys! AMDG!

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