We are so grateful for all the rain we have had this summer. Our landscape is green and our fire level is extremely low. Our weekends are filled with hundreds of visitors who enjoy all the many special areas to experience God’s presence.
School started in August and school buses join the workday traffic. The Shrine hosts many school and parish groups as they start their year with planning sessions that are held in our conference room and Stone House. Fifteen groups were at the Shrine in August and fourteen groups are scheduled for September. The school groups are for elementary and high school faculties and the parish groups usually are comprised of the parish staff and volunteers. We also host a local hospital chaplaincy group. The Stone House and Hermitage continue to be used for group and personal retreats.
Annual Vocation Walk
The Walk will be Saturday, September 13th starting at 10 a.m. with walking the steps and praying the Stations of the Cross followed by an 11 a.m. mass and a noon BBQ.
After our Sunday 8 a.m. mass on September 14, we shall have a Healing Prayer Service.
On Saturday, October 4, the Shrine is sponsoring an all day seminar titled “Life in the Spirit.” Please call by September 15 if you are interested in attending (303-526-0758).
Pope Francis’ thoughts on “Spirit-filled Evangelizers” taken from his work
“The Joy of the Gospel”
We are always disciples, always being renewed in our encounter with Christ.
We must also remain close to people’s real lives. Our passion is for Christ but also for the people of Christ. His entire ministry was about people. He looked into their eyes, touched them with his hands, and ate and drank with them. We likewise should move into society and out of our churches. We should rejoice with the happy and weep with the sad. Walking in love with our sisters and brothers is how we walk with God. Our love can light up the whole world with hope!
We might not feel full satisfaction, but we can trust that, no matter what, love will be stronger than hate, light will conquer darkness, and our struggle will pay off. The seeds of a new world are already planted and will grow into a great hope for all of humankind.