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Email: parishoffice@spsjax.org

The Story of the Transfiguration of the Lord

All three Synoptic Gospels tell the story of the Transfiguration (Matthew 17:1-8; Mark 9:2-9; Luke 9:28-36). With remarkable agreement, all three place the event shortly after Peter’s confession of faith that Jesus is the Messiah and Jesus’ first prediction of his passion and death. Peter’s eagerness to erect tents or booths on the spot suggests it occurred during the week-long Jewish Feast of Booths in the fall.

According to Scripture scholars, in spite of the texts’ agreement it is difficult to reconstruct the disciples’ experience, because the Gospels draw heavily on Old Testament descriptions of the Sinai encounter with God, and prophetic visions of the Son of Man. Certainly Peter, James, and John had a glimpse of Jesus’ divinity strong enough to strike fear into their hearts. Such an experience defies description, so they drew on familiar religious language to describe it. And certainly Jesus warned them that his glory and his suffering were to be inextricably connected—a theme John highlights throughout his Gospel.

Tradition names Mount Tabor as the site of the revelation. A church first raised there in the fourth century was dedicated on August 6. A feast in honor of the Transfiguration was celebrated in the Eastern Church from about that time. Western observance began in some localities about the eighth century. On July 22, 1456, Crusaders defeated the Turks at Belgrade. News of the victory reached Rome on August 6, and Pope Callistus III placed the feast on the Roman calendar the following year


The Holy Father has announced the first World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly to be celebrated on July 25

I thank You, Lord, for the comfort of Your presence: even in times of loneliness, You are my hope and my confidence, You have been my rock and my fortress since my youth! I thank You for having given me a family and for having blessed me with a long life. I thank You for moments of joy and difficulty, for the dreams that have already come true in my life and for those that are still ahead of me. I thank You for this time of renewed fruitfulness to which You call me. Increase, O Lord, my faith, make me a channel of your peace, teach me to embrace those who suffer more than me, to never stop dreaming and to tell of your wonders to new generations. Protect and guide Pope Francis and the Church, that the light of the Gospel might reach the ends of the earth. Send Your Spirit, O Lord, to renew the world, that the storm of the pandemic might be calmed, the poor consoled and wars ended. Sustain me in weakness and help me to live life to the full in each moment that You give me, in the certainty that you are with me every day, even until the end of the age. Amen.

Saint Mary Magdalene

Except for the mother of Jesus, few women are more honored in the Bible than Mary Magdalene. Yet she could well be the patron of the slandered, since there has been a persistent legend in the Church that she is the unnamed sinful woman who anointed the feet of Jesus in Luke 7:36-50.

Most Scripture scholars today point out that there is no scriptural basis for confusing the two women. Mary Magdalene, that is, “of Magdala,” was the one from whom Christ cast out “seven demons” (Luke 8:2)—an indication at the worst, of extreme demonic possession or possibly, severe illness.

Writing in the New Catholic Commentary, Father Wilfrid J. Harrington, O.P., says that “seven demons” “does not mean that Mary had lived an immoral life—a conclusion reached only by means of a mistaken identification with the anonymous woman of Luke 7:36.” In the Jerome Biblical Commentary, Father Edward Mally, S.J., agrees that she “is not…the same as the sinner of Luke 7:37, despite the later Western romantic tradition about her.”

Mary Magdalene was one of the many “who were assisting them [Jesus and the Twelve] out of their means.” She was one of those who stood by the cross of Jesus with his mother. And, of all the “official” witnesses who might have been chosen for the first awareness of the Resurrection, she was the one to whom that privilege was given. She is known as the “Apostle to the Apostles.”

From: Saint Mary Magdalene | Franciscan Media

Why modern pilgrims walk the Camino

2019 research showed that 28% of walkers today do the Camino for religious or spiritual reasons.

The trek is undoubtedly a unique experience and is known as a haven for self-reflection. In fact 17.8% of
Camino walkers hit the trail to get away from their daily life and connect with nature.

Some of the natural sites and landscapes along the way are truly breathtaking. The Portuguese Coastal Way is
loaded with pretty scenery and is perfect for a peaceful reflective trip. (This is the one we’re walking.)

The most popular reason for walking the Camino is people looking for a new challenge; 28.2% of walkers
want to test themselves physically and mentally along the way.

The start of The Camino Frances goes over the Pyrenees, so if you’re looking for a challenge this is for you. The Camino is suitable for almost anyone and is as
rewarding as it is challenging.

10.8% of people walk the trail specifically for health and exercise.

The diverse experiences along the route convinced 4.6% of those surveyed to complete the Camino to learn more about culture. The pilgrimage is
also a social experience and some people walk it for that reason.


Blessings to all our pilgrims and the pilgrims whom they meet.
Amen. Pray for all pilgrims, seekers and companions along the way;
for all travelers. Christ, may they walk together with you, in solidarity with the poor and with all of God’s creation.


The Way of Saint James

We arrived safely last Sunday we settled in to our hotel in Lisbon and head to the Lisbon’s old town
to have Mass at the Santo António de Lisboa Church, where Saint Anthony was born and raised.

Monday we went to Fatima Sanctuary and, after a guided tour, we celebrated Mass in a chapel of the
main Cathedral.

Tuesday we started walking, Leca de Palmeria to Labruge Beach: 6.8 miles
Wednesday—Esposende to Chafé: 10 miles
Thursday—Carreco to Caminha: 11 miles
Friday—Caminha to Oia: 12 miles
Saturday—Vigo to Redondela: 12 miles

Please check our Facebook page; Quintin will keep you posted daily with stories, pictures and our
progress. Please continue to pray for us.

Dear Lord Jesus Christ, with your guidance may they arrive safe and
sound at the end of the road each day, enriched with grace and
virtue as they return safely to their hotels filled with joy. In the name of Jesus Christ
our Lord, Amen.

Please Pray for Our Pilgrims

I am asking you to pray for the St. Paul’s pilgrims—but why? What are we doing?

Serving as their spiritual leader, this Saturday, June 26th, 10 pilgrims (including 7 from St. Paul’s) will join me in Portugal to walk the Camino De Santiago (the Way of St. James), a network of routes taken by pilgrims leading to the shrine of the apostle Saint James the Great. Although the whole walk is 500 miles long, it is normally completed in increments. We will be walking a 120-mile segment starting in Lisbon, ending 14 days later in Santiago de Compostela where, according to legend, Saint James is buried. Since the 9th century pilgrims have been making their way — many as a spiritual retreat — to the shrine. We will also end each day with Mass. Please pray for us.

Pilgrims’ Prayer: St. James, Apostle, chosen among the first to drink the cup of the master and the great protector of pilgrims; make us strong in faith and happy in hope on our pilgrim journey following the path of Christian life and sustain us so that we may finally reach the glory of God the Father. Amen


Praise those Fathers

Let us praise those fathers who have striven to balance the demands of work, marriage, and children with an honest awareness of both joy and sacrifice. Let us praise those fathers who, lacking a good model for a father, have worked to become a worthy and virtuous father.

Let us praise those fathers who, by their own account, were not always there for their children, but who continue to offer those children, now grown, their love and support. As well, let us pray for those fathers who have been wounded by words and actions of their children.

Let us praise those fathers who, despite marital discord, have remained in their children’s lives. Let us praise those fathers whose children are adopted, and whose love and support has nurtured a thriving life.

Let us praise those fathers who, as stepfathers, freely choose the obligation of fatherhood and earned their stepchildren’s love and respect.

Let us praise those fathers who have lost a child to death and continue to hold the child in their heart.

Let us praise those men who have no children but cherish the next generation as if they were their own.

Let us praise those men who have “fathered” us in their role as mentors and guides.

Let us praise those men who are about to become fathers; may they openly delight in their children.

And let us praise those fathers who have died but live on in our memory and whose love continues to nurture us.

– Prayer of Kirk Loadman adapted by Debra Mooney, PhD

This Saturday is The Immaculate Heart of Mary

Just as devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus is essential, for it highlights the redeeming love of the Incarnate Word, so also is devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, since it emphasizes the co-redeeming love of the Mother of God.

Unlike the Heart of Jesus, the Heart of Mary does not participate in the hypostatic union and is, therefore, a purely human heart. It is the heart of the most perfect of creatures who took the love of God to the highest point possible and was closely united to the Heart of Jesus in a maternal and filial intimacy. This intimacy began with the Incarnation of the Word in her most pure womb, culminated with her final offering on Calvary—where She offered her Son for our salvation— and continues now in Heaven.

By the Heart of Mary, as Fr. José Maria Canal, CMF explains, “we understand her intimacy, maternal feelings, mercy and tenderness toward sinners.” For Pope Pius XII it is “a symbol of all interior life, whose moral perfection, merits and virtues are beyond all human understanding!”

Pius XII also emphasizes this maternal Heart’s compassion: “The Most Pure Heart of the Virgin [is the] seat of that love, compassion and all most lofty affections that participated so much in our redemption, especially when She ‘stabat iuxta Crucem,’ stood vigilantly next to the Cross.” (cf. John 19:25)


So how do I let go of my anger? Generally, I bring it
to prayer. The complaints come unbidden, so I
might as well integrate it into prayer. What I’ve
found helpful is to balance anger with gratitude.
Near the end of my daily give-away year, I decided
to intentionally note one thing each day that I was
grateful for and to do this during morning prayer. I
call this my “gratitude offensive.”
It’s been a good experience for me. As soon as I
start fretting about the ills of our society, I call to
mind that at least I have electricity and running water,
or that we finally decided on which car to buy
and had the money to buy it, or that my back pain
and cold left in time for me to enjoy a dance weekend,
or that there’s a gentle breeze today, or . . . If
it’s a person I feel angry toward, I’ve taken it to
confession and forced myself to think of a positive
quality that person possesses and then hold him or
her in prayer. This may take a lot of repetition. I
keep reminding myself: Don’t quibble over small
stuff; let it go, and substitute gratitude. Remember
Rule of Thumb #10, Part 1: Forgive others. It will lift
your spirit.

Love is Patient, Love is Kind.

Love is patient and kind; love is not jealous or
boastful; it is not arrogant or rude.
Love does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable
or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrong, but
rejoices in the right.
Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all
things, endures all things.
Love never ends; as for prophecies, they will pass
away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for
knowledge, it will pass away.
Corinthians 13:4-8

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