December 4-10, 2016

    The unusual image of the lion lying down with lamb appears in this week’s readings. Is 11: 1-10 Again, the reference to the end of time is vivid. Rather then, being afraid, we can see the presence of an all loving and compassionate God, who will judge with justice. In this end time picture we see peace entering into the world forever.

    The lion and lamb image moves on to the child and the cobra in Isaiah’s reading. This is moving closer to profound meaning of these images. Images or symbols always have a deeper meaning, and these are shoving us to look deeply at reconciliation. This is the ultimate resolution of conflict and violence. However, the motive for this reconciliation is love and respect, not fear, power, pressure or economic gain. A wish for the good of the other and future healthy relationships moves the process to the coming of the Kingdom of God. This Second Week of Advent provides us with reflection on the true meaning of Jesus’ coming.

    Little Christmas, December 6, gives us an opportunity to enter into a quick celebration of Christmas. A sharing of a small gift, whether that be a hug, a “thank you” or present, will make the anticipation of the “big” day more fun. St. Nicholas, a bishop of the fourth century, who was born in present day Turkey is the basis for the person we call Santa Claus. He was the giver of secret gifts to help the poor. Reading the whole story of his life would be a treat.

    St. Ambrose has special meaning for St. Augustine School, because he is responsible for the conversion of St. Augustine, aside from the fact that his mother, Monica prayed for him incessantly. Ambrose was the Bishop of Milan and a staunch supporter of the two natures of Jesus, human and divine – a basic dogma of the Church. He is a Doctor of the Church, who was one of the most influential ecclesiastical person of the 4th century. He is honored on December 7th.

    The first great Feast of Mary in December is the 8th – The Immaculate Conception. This feast speaks of the preparation of the cradle in which Jesus, the Son of God, would rest and develop for nine months. St. Ann conceived Mary without the consequences of the first sin. Ann must have been a very holy woman, as well as, her husband, Joachim. Little did they know, that their gifted child, Mary, would become the mother of the Messiah.

    On the 9th we celebrate St. Juan Diego Cuauhtlatoatzn, a young indigenous man, to whom Mary appeared in Mexico. His cloak became the background on to which Mary imprinted her image to convince the bishop of the truth of her appearances to Juan and her message.

    This week provides so many wonderful stories, that it will take time to reflect upon the meaning and application of these lives to our own. May you be inspired by these stories of salvation history and get busy and write your own story with the goodness of your life. Jesus is your companion.

    Sister Rosemarie Goins

  • St. Augustine HS gathered for the first week of Advent prayer at noon today.

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    November 27-December 3, 2016

    “Let us throw off the works of darkness and put on the armor of light…put on the Lord Jesus Christ.” Romans 13: 11-14 What a beautiful image of clothing ourselves with Jesus! There is such intimacy in the clothing we wear.  That is the bond to have with Jesus.  As a young religious, we were instructed to kiss each item of our habit/garment as we put it on. If we are clothed/armored with Jesus, this light will reflect the goodness of God to all we meet. 

    In Isaiah 2: 1-5 the challenging image of “beating swords into plowshares and spears into pruning hooks,” reminds us that God calls us to peace, not violence.  Advent is a time for us to re-access our tendency to violence – anger, impatience, meanness, stubbornness and coldness. It is a time to renew our prayers for all those suffering from the ravages of war and the conversion of the perpetrators.

    Advent is also the wonderful season of the Blessed Virgin Mary.  We wait expectantly with her for the miracle of this special child.  We reflect on the meaning of this unusual child.  The Angel Gabriel called him the “the Son of God.” Luke 1:35 Mary wondered at this revelation - so strange, so unknown in her religion’s tradition, but she trusted in the word of the angel.  Joseph walked at her side and protected her, even though he, too, had to be a man of faith. These two people are the examples for our following the Christian path.

    St. Andrew, an Apostle, the brother of St. Peter, was the first apostle called by Jesus.  He was originally a follower of St. John the Baptist. Later, he introduced Peter to Jesus.  He preached in Asia Minor and as far off as Russian.  He was martyred on an X shaped cross in Greece.

    St. Francis Xavier co-founded the Jesuits along with St. Ignatius of Loyola. Francis evangelized in Asia, reaching India and Japan. He was considered a kind and gentle man.

    May you walk this Advent with great joy and expectation of wonders to come.

    Sister Rosemarie Goins, CSSF



  • Congratulations to Lauren Kazen pictured with Superintendent Blas Martinez – she is St. Augustine's Youth of the Month for November!

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    November 13-19, 2016

    This week’s Sunday Scripture has a strong message on justice and the last days. The consequences of our actions will determine whether we are ready for the end days. Jesus hints at the destruction of the temple in Jerusalem, as well as, the end of time. The temple was leveled by the Romans around 70 A.D.. Today we only see the “Wailing Wall” standing. All things will come to an end. Jesus says we should not be fearful, but trusting. Worry is useless. We will even be persecuted for our faith in Jesus and his principles. Luke 21:5-19 We see many of the signs today, but this has been so throughout history. We should always be ready, because our personal end, our last days will come when we least expect it.

    We are to follow the way of justice.“…for you who fear the name of God, there will arise the sun of justice with its healing rays…” Malachi 3: 16-21 In these times of challenges to our beliefs, in standing strong and “…persevering, we will secure our lives.” Luke 21: 19 Our brothers and sisters who are being martyred for their faith offer an example for our meditation and journey.

    St. Albert the Great was a Dominican Friar and Doctor of the Church. It is believed that he was the greatest German philosopher and theologian of the Middle Ages. He was a contemporary of St. Thomas Aquinas.

    In the eleventh century St. Margaret of Scotland was an English woman who married a Scottish King. She was called “The Pearl of Scotland.” She was a pious and charitable woman. She gave birth to four Scottish kings.

    St. Elizabeth of Hungary was a princess who became a queen at 14, a widow at 20 and died at 24. In this very short life she minister to the sick and lepers. She opened a hospital. Her husband was supportive of her charitable works. Other family members were not and made her suffer. Once when she was taking food to the poor from the palace, some family members accosted her and demanded that she turn over to them what she took from the palace. They expected to see all manner of silver, gold and fine food and supplies. Instead beautiful roses feel out of her cloak on a cold December day. She is the patroness of the Third Order of St. Francis of Assisi.

    The Dedication of the Basilicas of Saints Peter and Paul gives an opportunity to honor these wonderful apostles and their spreading the joy of the coming of Jesus.

    As we take a break for Thanksgiving holidays here at St. Augustine High School, may you all be filled with the spirit of this season, receive many graces and are thankful for the good things in life.

    Sister Rosemarie Goins, CSSF


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