Jesuit retreat center high on the bluffs of the Mississippi River in St. Louis, MO.  Since 1922, thousands of people from around the world make annual three-day silent, guided retreats here to relax, reconnect with God and strengthen their spirituality.  A true gem in the Midwest!  Call 314-416-6400 or 1-800-643-1003.  Email reservations@whretreat.org  7400 Christopher Rd.  St. Louis, MO 63129

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Weekend Reflections for 8/1/14

Weekend Reflection for 8/1/14

Jesus always provides more
By Fr. Ralph Huse, S.J.

When he disembarked and saw the vast crowd, his heart was moved with pity for them, and he cured their sick. …  Jesus said to them, “There is no need for them to go away; give them some food yourselves.” (Matthew 14:14 & 16)

The crowds came looking for, hoping for, expecting a Messiah who would lead them in violent conflict to throw out the occupying Roman army. Instead they encountered and received the healing and nourishing power of a compassionate and loving God. It’s what they needed most and Jesus gave it freely and generously.

Do I provide my loved ones (or enemies!) with what they need?, love, support, understanding, encouragement, forgiveness? As the apostles learned, if I give it away, I’ll always have more than enough. God will not be outdone in generosity. If I try to keep it for myself or am stingy with it, I’ll lose it all.