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 St. Anthony's Corner
    On Reconciliation
Confession may be called the house of God.
In it, the sinner reconciles himself with his father
when, as a penitent, he returns home.
The Gospel of Luke tells the story of the prodigal son and the forgiving father...
Three words are noteworthy: banquet, music, and merriment.
These three things ought to be found in the house of confession:
the banquet of repentance, the music of confession
and the merriment of reparation.
(Sermon for the First Sunday of Lent)

Like a Light to the World

Apostolic Commissions:  "Peace and Justice"
    "Let them individually and collectively be in the forefront in promoting justice by the testimony of their human lives and their courageous initiatives. Especially in the field of public life, they should make definate choices in harmony with their faith."
                                                                        (Rule of SFO par.15)


Spread the Word
    The Catholic Personal Development Fund, a non-profit corporation, is soliciting proposals from committed self-starters with organizational experience to establish a Catholic Worker presence in the older barrio of sunny Albuquerque.
    Barelas is a diverse neighborhood where a poorer bot established New Mexican Hispanic presence is being supplemented by immigration from Mexico. The CPDF owns a house in Barelas that it would like to see used as a Catholic Worker House, establishing a presence of the liberating Church to better the spiritual and material welfare of the people of the Rio Grande valley corridor.
    The CPDF envisions that the house would not be a traditional House of Hospitality, providing shelter and a soup kitchen. Rather, it would welcome a proposal of an outreach mission coordinating the programs and services available through various parish and governmental agencies, using the house as a community focal point.
    The CPDF anticipates providing the house, rent free, but is unable to furnish salaries or board to support the mission team. We need your committed proposals to realize this dream.
Address any inquiries to:
Catholic Worker House Search Committee
Attn: Betty Baca
Church of the Risen Saviour
7701 Wyoming NE
Albuquerque, NM 87109
or email:  Victor & Rena Xuereb

" Jesus' call to conversion and penance, like that of the prophets before him, does not aim first at outward works, 'sackcloth and ashes,' fasting and mortification, but at the conversion of heart; interior conversion. Without this, such penances remail sterile and false; however, interior conversion urges expression in visible signs, gestures and works of penance." (CCC #1430.)

     "This is the fast that pleases me: to break unjust fetter, to let the oppressed go free, to share your bread with the hungry and shelter the homeless poor.
    If you do away with the yoke, the clenched fist, the wicked word, if you give your bread to the hungry and relief to the oppressed, your light will rise in the darkness." (Is 58:6-7, 10).

"On this road to renewal the sacrament of reconciliation is the privileged sign of the Father's mercy.."

Remember When:
    In 1984 I was professed with seven others in the Secular Franciscan Order. Since then I joined a Bible study group in our parish. We have a director and an instructor, and we meet every week at St. Francis Hall to pray, study, share and praise our Lord.
    Remote for centuries and ignored for decades since the loss of the Franciscans, the people of New Mexico made demands merely by existing. Previous to 1845 and 1846 the pueblos had schools under the direction of the Church. School supplies were almost nill. After the American invasion, the schools were gradually cut off. With the help of the new government, progress was made slowly and by the middle of the 20th century, we were enjoying the benefits of good schools and the beloved Franciscans were back to stay. But, as back as the 1930s, we were privileged to have the Franciscan sisters teaching us in public schools in remote villages and pueblos. God, in His mercy, was good to us. Our families have always respected the magisterium of the Roman Catholic Church.
    In my travels, I have been to Assisi, and seen the franciscans in their beautiful surroundings. The founder of their (and our) Order was born in 1182 and died when he was 44 years old. He served for a time as a soldier, but in 1206 he devoted himself to a life of poverty. In 1210 he received papal permission to found his holy order. His Canticle to the Sun (1225-1226) testifies to his love of nature. He was canonized in 1228 and in 1980 was declared patron saint of ecology. His love for Lady Poverty is synonymous to our love for the land of our ancestors and which inspired a friend of ours to write the following poem:
Peña Blanca
Our Town is also folks and trees and houses,
A school and a church, a graveyard on a hill
Where side by side lie old loam-married spouses
As they had living lain not quite so still.
But here's all naked earth. Cottonwoods suck
The bare earth-breast by walls and roofs of clay
Along dirt roads to sandy quilts that tuck
The dead in silt-screened beds. You hear them say:
"We are at home. To earthen walls our eyes
First opened, closed and opened night and morn,
And closed on them for good. Here each one lies
Like buried seed of cottonwood or corn,
Adobe-bred and born, re-wombed in earth,
to wait for what we dreamed, a greener birth."
(Fray Angelico Chavez in "Clothed With the Sun")
Sophie Leyva


In Order to Serve

    "May God who has begun the good work in you bring it to fulfillment."
(From the Rite of Ordination of Deacons).
   It would seem that service takes us into places we had not expected from time to time. As some of you may have heard, the fraternity here in Grants is in the process of reactivating and it has started out with nine professed members meeting for the first reorganizational meeting. A member from Gallup even heard about it and showed up. How she heard is anyone's guess!
    For a fraternity which has been dormant for about nine years that's not bad. However, there will be a lot of updating and continuing formation to catch up on. As for the service part, that's where you and I fit into the picture.
    As the Grants fraternity begins it's journey of re-emergence there may be a need for us to help as our abilities dictate. I know I will certainly be in the midst of things and will assist as I'm allowed.
But, most importantly, I would ask for special prayers from all of you that the transition will be as easy as possible. In this way we will truly be connected with each other as is proper for members of the same family. Even in prayer we serve.

Pax et bonum!
Michael A. Lente



Remember, the library is open after the meetings!
VIDEO: "Francesco"- The Story of st. Francis
                (donated by Carol Gonzales).

BOOK: "What Every Catholic Should Know About the Millennium!"
              The author stresses the importance for Catholics to anticipate the new
             millennium with joy, hope and faith- not fear, dread or a false sense of security.

Help Needed
Due to Barbara Heilman's accident, she is not able to perform her duties as Librarian and we could use some help. If interested, Call Christina. The media apostolate is an important fraternity function.



“As the Third Millennium Draws Near”

Article from “Leaves” by Br. James Miller, C.M.M.

    God our Father is a loving Father. Pope John Paul II has called for the year 1999 to be a time to focus on God the Father. The two previous years, 1997 and 1998, were devoted to Jesus and the Holy Spirit. Thus, this year we complete the Holy Trinity.
 When we think of God the Father, what images come to mind? Do we think of an old man similar to Father Time who welcomes the New Year’s Baby? Is He stern and demanding? Do we relate our images of our own fathers- for good or for ill? Does He live somewhere “up there” sitting on a majestic throne? Is He powerful or tender?
 Just who is the First Person of the Trinity? As the “Catechism of the Catholic Church” reminds us: Our profession of faith begins with God, for God is the First and the Last, the beginning and  the end of everything. The Credo begins with God the Father, for the Father is the first divine  person of the Most Holy Trinity; our Creed begins with the reation of heaven and earth, for  creation is the beginning and the foundation of all God’s works (CCC #198)
 We begin the Creed with “I believe in God.” In order to believe in Him, we must first come to know Him. Scripture is a good place to begin our search. Reading Exodus, you will discover that God the Father remains faithful to His children, even when they are not faithful to Him. His love is “steadfast.” Ephesians tells us God is “rich in mercy.” In Psalm 119:160 we read of God that “the sum of your word is truth.”
 The “Catechism” (#214) gives us a beautiful summary of God:
 God, ‘He who is,’ revealed himself to Israel as the one ‘abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness’ (Ex 34:6). These two terms express summarily the riches of the divine name. In all his works God displays not only his kindness, goodness, grace, and steadfast love, but also his trustworthiness, constancy, faithfulness, and truth. ‘ I give thanks to your name for your steadfast love and your faithfulness’ (Ps 138:2). He is the Truth, for ‘God is light and in him there is no darkness’; ‘God is love,’ as the apostle John teaches (1Jn1:5;4:8).
 What an extraordinary portrait of God! Our God is a truly loving God, even when we sin, even when we don’t deserve His love. We may stray, but when we return, He is there waiting for us with open arms. Let us seek, this year, to know God our Father even better than we do now. The “Catechism of the Catholic Church” is a great place to begin. In reading the Catechism, take the time to look up the Scripture citations to gain an even better view of God’s glory.