Not to listen to God who is trying to speak to me is to restrict myself to a disorientated and hollow life. The glory of God is the human person fully alive, and I am brought to life by listening to God’s word. So I pick a phrase or scene from the daily readings to nourish me in my prayer… ‘Lord, what are you trying to communicate to me today? I don’t want to ignore you. Speak, Lord, your servant is trying to listen. You are not a distant God, but in touch with me today, at this hour. You are closer to me than breathing, and nearer than hands or feet. I may be all over the place, but you are with me always. I’m like a child engrossed in a game and don’t hear my parent calling me. Take away my deafness and blindness. Make me a hearer of your word.’ By reading the scriptures, I get to know God’s mind on things; and when I respond, God in a sense, gets to know my mind!
Excerpted from Finding God in All Things by Brian Grogan SJ
As the faithful prepare to celebrate Divine Mercy Sunday, it is important to review the meaning and
historical significance of the day. On the Second Sunday of Easter of the Jubilee Year 2000, at the
Mass for the Canonization of St. Faustina Kowalska, Pope John Paul II declared the Sunday after
Easter be called “Divine Mercy Sunday.”
St. Faustina was a Polish nun who received visions from Jesus, including one of Jesus wearing a
white garment with beams of red and white coming from His heart, which came to be known as
the image of Divine Mercy. She wrote in her diary that He said:
I want the Image to be solemnly
blessed on the first Sunday after Easter, and I want it to be venerated publicly so that every soul may know about
My daughter, tell the whole world
about My inconceivable mercy. I desire
that the Feast of Mercy be a refuge and
shelter for all souls, and especially for
poor sinners. I pour out a whole ocean
of graces upon those souls who approach the fount of My mercy.
Divine Mercy Sunday focuses on the gift of mercy and love given through Christ’s death, burial, and
resurrection. As Pope John Paul II stated, “Divine Mercy reaches human beings through the heart
of Christ crucified.”
There was a remarkable freedom and graciousness to the healing work of Jesus. He healed those who
sought his help and demanded nothing in return.
He never asked those whom he healed to join his band of disciples, nor did he link his cures to a moral reform agenda on the part of those whom he
cured. He simply sent them on their way, to be reintegrated into their families and neighborhoods.
His healing ministry was not about winning adherents or making conversions. So, too, for contemporary hospital chaplains, their role is not to proselytize or to effect conversions. It is simply to mediate the unconditional love of God for all with whom they come in contact, irrespective of their physical or moral situations.
Excerpted from Chaplains: Ministers of Hope, edited by Alan Hilliard (P.27)
Last weekend Dr Ana Turner flew to Poland along with Dr Suzanne Vogel–Scibilia from Pittsburgh and Dr Kitty
Leung from UF Jax to bring medical supplies to a convent helping in Ukraine. It was a whirlwind experience
and the convent was so appreciative.
The group left Jax Friday and landed in Krakow Saturday, drove 2.5hrs to
the convent in Przemysl, 2.5hrs back in the snow, then flew home Sunday morning. The group is so thankful for
all support they received along the way, including friends helping get an emergency passport renewal in
Atlanta the day before, Sulzbacher helping order 4 suitcases full of antibiotics and supplies, St Paul’s School
making cards for the refugees, Fr George blessing the bags, and all the prayers and encouragement along the
The convent is run by the Sister Servants of Mary Immaculate (Ukranian Byzantine Catholic Church) and if
you would like to help, their address is Ekumeniczny Dom Pomocy Spolecznej, Pralkowce 231, 37–700 Prze-
mysl, NIP 7952301847, Region 040106807–00022
On Friday March 25, the Feast of the Annunciation of the Lord, Pope Francis consecrated Russia and Ukraine to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.
“Consecration” means being set aside for a holy purpose.
The Vatican’s Congregation for Divine Worship defines consecration to Mary as an overt recognition of the “singular role of Mary in the Mystery of Christ and of the Church, of the universal and exemplary importance of her witness to the Gospel, of trust in her intercession, and of the efficacy of her patronage.”
Forgiveness is Jesus’ heartfelt desire and it is at the center of our Christian faith, for God wants us
to live. When we cannot forgive, life dies within us. For example, if we no longer want to have any
contact with a certain person because they have hurt us and we cannot forgive that person, then
we might say: ‘(s)he is dead to me.’ However, if we forgive or experience forgiveness, then life
can flow again and relationships can be restored to life. There is a difference between forgiveness
and reconciliation. Forgiveness marks the beginning of the healing process and complete reconciliation is at the end of this process.
Excerpted from Joy in God: Rekindling an Inner Fire by Joachim Hartmann SJ and Annette Clara Unkelhäußer
God is a forgiving God. God’s love for us is unconditional and the very foundation upon which we
are forgiven. No matter what we have done or how long we have been away, God is going to welcome
us back with loving, open arms. As we feel sorry for our sins and acknowledge our sinfulness,
we return to God time and time again. In doing so, we are making a decision to allow a radical change
God’s forgiveness and love for us are not just for us to receive a warm, fuzzy feeling and a clean
slate. God invites us to be transformed by being forgiven. God, then, gives us a task: not just to
avoid evil, but to work to overcome evil by doing good.
—Excerpted from “Forgiveness, Transformation, and Mercy“ by Becky Eldredge
Life involves movement and growth. As life brings up new situations and new relationships, we have
the facility to see and respond in new ways. There is a movement within ourselves that leads us onwards, as well as external stimuli that invite further
growth. Life involves ‘becoming’ as well as ‘being’; change as well as stability; the new as well as the
old. Life is not mere repetition and to live is to change. Just as we grow physically, we are meant to
grow in many other ways as well: intellectually, emotionally and in inner freedom. Growth in these
areas is more challenging than physical growth, since it does not occur automatically. It opens up
the deeper areas of life, where change has implications for the quality of our relationships.
Excerpted from See God Act: The Ministry of Spiritual Direction by Michael Drennan SJ
6832 Precious People died last year
without receiving any breath of recognition –
no birthright, no funeral, no death certificate –not even considered in data listing the number
of deaths in Duval County!
St. Paul has Adopted One HOUR During Lent
to meditate on JESUS’ Agony as He sweats
blood for our sins and on the sufferings of His Most Sorrowful Mother as she stands at the foot
of His Cross and for the Unborn children of JAX at the place and the exact time when their
LIVES are threatened by abortion.
Fr. George will lead a peaceful
and legal Prayer/Song Procession
A Woman’s Choiceof Jacksonville,
4131 University Blvd. S, Building #2.
Please join us from
10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
March 4, 2022
Confirmation is a true sacrament instituted by Christ and different from baptism. It is administered by laying on of hands and anointing with chrism accompanied by prayer. The chrism is blessed by the bishop and the bishop administers the sacrament. All baptized persons can and should be confirmed. The effect of the sacrament of confirmation is to give strength in faith and for the profession of faith and to impress an indelible character.
Bishop Filipe Estevez is administering the Sacrament of Confirmation to 19 of our Faith Formation and St. Paul School children on March 5th at the 4.00 pm Mass. Let us pray for these young women and men of our parish to receive the gifts and fruits of the Holy Spirit and to strengthen them in their witness to Christ by word and deed and in their work to bring to its fullness the Body of Christ.
Please join us for cake in the Hall right after the Mass. Thanks to our Parents’ Auxiliary for arranging the reception in their honor