YCP Austin April Chaplain's Corner

 

April 8, 2018

Fr. Tim Nolt

Saint Mary Cathedral

C RC 201

 

Fruit of the Spirit, Galatians 5:22-26 - JOY

 

Joy, χαρά, in NT Greek is used to indicate "self-being in self-transport . . . a culmination of existence." Joy strains beyond itself, inhabited by the spark of the divine. "Joy is not just a state of feeling but a way of making the world manifest. Joy is determined by the discovery of being in its joyousness” (Theological Dictionary of the New New Testament, Eerdmans).

 

We know joy because God rejoices. Preparing for his Passion, Jesus first addresses his disciples at the Last Supper. He invites us to know his joy as his friends, and by becoming like him:

 

“By this is my Father glorified, that you bear much fruit and become my disciples. As the Father loves me, so I also love you. Remain in my love. If you keep my commandments, you will remain in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and remain in his love. “I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and your joy may be complete.This is my commandment: love one another as I love you. No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. You are my friends if you do what I command you,” (John 15:8-14).

 

And then, as Jesus prepares to give Himself completely for us, to the Father, he says this: But now I am coming to you. I speak this in the world so that they may share my joy completely,” (John 17:13).

 

Joy is not the absence of suffering. It is not the perfect life, with all the qualities in place for well-being. Joy can be found in the midst of the desert as well as on the mountaintop; joy can be found in the valley of the shadow of death as well as on the beach of contentment and delight. Joy is the choice to find God in all moments, in all things. Henri Nouwen says this of joy:

 

"God rejoices because one of his children who was lost has been found. What I am called to is to enter into that joy. It is God's joy, not the joy that the world offers.” It is the ability to rejoice in the small, hidden things of daily life. "The reward of choosing joy is joy itself. Living among people with mental disabilities has convinced me of that. There is much rejection, pain, and woundedness among us, but once you choose to claim the joy hidden in the midst of all suffering, life becomes celebration. Joy never denies the sadness, but transforms it to a fertile soil for more joy" (Nouwen, The Return of the Prodigal Son, 114-116).

 

Welcome to Easter Joy! I have experienced a glorious start to the Resurrection season with the Cathedral community during Holy Week and Easter. The entire days of these glorious liturgies reminded me of the great privilege to be part of the community of Jesus’ disciples. The invitation to know His love is both personal and universal. Our liturgical life is always a "moment captured in time" of our visible members, who yearn to become saints among the saints with the Mystical body of Christ. Thank you for all you do. May the joy of Christ be ever present in our hearts, thoughts, feelings and actions in the days ahead.

JOY - BEATITUDE

 

1720 The New Testament uses several expressions to characterize the beatitude to which God calls man: (1027)

— the coming of the Kingdom of God;16

— the vision of God: “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God”;17

— entering into the joy of the Lord;18

— entering into God’s rest:19

There we shall rest and see, we shall see and love, we shall love and praise. Behold what will be at the end without end. For what other end do we have, if not to reach the kingdom which has no end?20

1721 God put us in the world to know, to love, and to serve him, and so to come to paradise. Beatitude makes us “partakers of the divine nature” and of eternal life.21 With beatitude, man enters into the glory of Christ22 and into the joy of the Trinitarian life. (260)

 

16 Cf. Mt 4:17.

17 Mt 5:8; cf. 1 Jn 2; 1 Cor 13:12.

18 Mt 25:21–23.

19 Cf. Heb 4:7–11.

20 St. Augustine, De civ. Dei 22, 30, 5: PL 41, 804.

21 2 Pet 1:4; cf. Jn 17:3.

22 Cf. Rom 8:18.

 Catholic Church, Catechism of the Catholic Church, 2nd Ed. (Vatican City: Libreria Editrice Vaticana, 1997), 428.

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YCP Membership


 

YCP Membership: What’s it all about?

 

Hello there and welcome!

 

If you’ve been following YCP Austin’s Social Media feed and website the last few months, you may have noticed that there is something called “YCP Membership” launching soon. It’s an exciting time for the Austin Chapter of our organization because we are preparing to launch the 2nd phase of our chapter: Membership!

 

What is Membership you ask? Well, YCP Austin has been hosting many events that you have probably come to in the last few years after our initial launch. We’ve hosted happy hours, our Executive Speaker series, put on our St. Joseph Retreats, among other events. However, that’s only the start of the full YCP experience. Our team has been working hard these last few months to prepare for our membership launch that will add even more content to our already (awesome!) calendar.

 

For example, in additional to the abovementioned events that will always remain free, YCP Members gain access to special benefits that are provided by the national organization and the local chapter. National benefits that are already available now include: Annual Membership, Conference Access, Life Coaching, Free YCP T-Shirt & Store Discounts, National Member Directory, a Job Portal, a Exclusive Partner Discounts. Local benefits that will launch later include: Executive Panel Discussions, Career Counseling, Executive Mentorship, connections to Spiritual Directors, Service Projects, Small Groups (pending interest), and other Special Social Events. 

 

You can learn more about what these individual benefits are at this link (video) and this link (one-pager).

 

Having said all that, you may be wondering: what does this all cost? $150 a year or $12.50 a month. Suffice to say, the market value for all these benefits is over $600. An important caveat: all our free events will always remain free. You will be able to come to ESS’s, retreats, and HHs as you always have to see your friends, be nourished, and grow in your faith. Yet, if you’ve been waiting for an opportunity to dive deeper into your Catholic faith, then you should seriously consider joining YCP Membership.

 

YCP Membership is a powerful way to integrate your faith, find fellowship, and receive professional formation. It will official launch in April at our next Executive Speaker Series (with First Lady Cecilia Abbott). However, if your interest has been piqued and you want to sign up now go to this link. Please don’t hesitate to contact me at rachana.chhin@ycpaustin.org if you have any questions or need anything regarding YCP membership. I am here to make your YCP experience the best it can be!

 

In Christ, 

 

Rachana Chhin | Austin Chapter, VP & Director of Membership   

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Chaplain’s Corner 02/08/2018

Catechesis

 

We know what happens at the table of sacrifice, the altar, in mass: bread and wine are consecrated and become real heavenly food for us in the True Presence, through that fancy word, “transubstantiation.” What happens at your kitchen table? Most likely there is some real food there from time to time; perhaps it’s used to hold a stack of newspapers, or unread magazines. Maybe it’s very presentable and wonderful dinners take place with family and friends! What also happens around the kitchen table is the sharing of life, stories, Bible studies and faith. This impacted me as a youngster, and continues to this day. In fact, my journey into Catholicism took shape largely because of shared meals at the table of well-informed, thoughtful Catholics who loved me with great food, plied me with wine (and fantastic desserts) and shared deeply of their story. Around the kitchen table — as well as the experience of the witnessing the sacrifice of the Mass at the Lord’s Table in at Mass—I learned to drink deeply of Catholic teaching and to hear the invitation of our Lord to become Catholic, and to grow as part of His discipling community.

 

The topic for this reflection is that of catechesis: the Church has an ongoing essential obligation to form disciples. We learn to sit lovely and longingly at the feet of Jesus; to encounter Him in the sacred scriptures; and to encourage one another. Together we realize our mission: that of inviting others to come to the table of the word and the altar of the unbloody sacrifice. Catechesis means learning not just ideas—about our faith—but deepening our encounter (intellectual, spiritual, soulful) with the living Lord:

 

CCC 426 “At the heart of catechesis we find, in essence, a Person, the Person of Jesus of Nazareth, the only Son from the Father … who suffered and died for us and who now, after rising, is living with us forever.” Catechesis aims at putting “people … in communion … with Jesus Christ: only he can lead us to the love of the Father in the Spirit and make us share in the life of the Holy Trinity.” (CT 5) (1698; 513; 260)

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Chaplain’s Corner 10.31.16

 

Two days ago we celebrated the Memorial of Saint John XXIII, canonized in 2014. St. John was pope from 1958 until his death in 1963 during the Second Vatican Council which he call for in 1959 and convened in the fall of 1962. In his opening address to council, Gaudet Mater Ecclesia, Pope John shared the words:

Mother Church rejoices that, by a singular gift of divine Providence, the longed-for day has finally dawned on which, under the protection of the Virgin Mother of God.

The council he set in motion would have a huge impact not so much on the doctrine of the church: Vatican II made no new dogmatic pronouncements on what we call the development of faith. Rather, Vatican II addressed the pastoral needs of the church in the  modern world. One of the lasting effects of the council — something which we take for granted today — was the change of the mass from Latin to the vernacular.

Pope John XXIII acknowledged the principle of unity:

“The very serious matters and questions which need to be solved by the human race have not changed after almost twenty centuries. For Christ Jesus still stands at the center of history and life: people either embrace him and his Church and so enjoy the benefits of light, goodness, order, and peace or they live without him or act against him and deliberately remain outside the Church, so that confusion arises among them, their relationships are embittered, and the danger of bloody wars impends.”

In my current home, the Cathedral, we have mass with classical guitar; we have mass in Spanish with a folk choir and teclado (keyboard); we have a mass with full choir and organ; and we have the Latin mass. Different styles of liturgy, but one Lord. Some people at the Cathedral identify more with things after Vatican II, others with things pre Vatican II. Yet the goal is the same: to embrace Christ in faith and come to know his benefits, of light, goodness, order and peace.

The principal of unity in the church is this: one Lord, our Lord Jesus Christ. St. John XXIII reminds us that the call to embrace Christ and his Church in faith is the call to experience joy. The Good News of the Gospel is always a proclamation of hope.

The joy we know in Christ comes not necessarily in the absence of challenges, difficulty and suffering, but in the midst of them. It’s a joy that the world cannot give on its own. And it is the true hope which we offer as work in witness for Christ. And in his Church, we have the true foundry of Divine Love, from which any nation, any party, and to which people of all creeds are invited: Will you embrace Christ and His Church?

– Fr. Tim Nolt, YCP Austin Chaplain at the October Executive Speaker Series

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Chaplain's Corner: December

 

What is Faith?

CCC 150  Faith is first of all a personal adherence of man to God. At the same time, and inseparably, it is a free assent to the whole truth that God has revealed.

Faith is a gift from God. It’s a human act enabled by grace. It’s more than a belief, it’s an adherence of man to God. Faith requires perseverance, a continual adhering to the person of Christ.

Our prime example of the obedience of faith is St. Mary. Good chose to reveal his will to Mary through the messenger, the angel Gabriel. Mary’s first response is to welcome the messenger and the message. She then chooses to believe that what God has said may come to pass, “with God all will be possible.” Belief is part of faith, but it’s not all. The days after the encounter with Gabriel would have been filled with trials: “did I have a really strange dream, or am I actually with child?” And then, as morning sickness began and later she began to show the signs of pregnancy, there could have been room for more doubt: “what will Joseph think? Will he reject me?”

Faith is that continual adherence to God and his revealed truth regardless of circumstance, regardless of feelings. And this is the obedience of faith. Mary receives, which includes the willingness to act: “Behold I am the handmaid of the Lord.” In welcoming the word, Mary give God’s message a chance. She not only believes, she daily lives with full assent to God’s will. The ultimate goal of faith? The glory of God.

Fr. Tim Nolt, YCP Austin Chaplain

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Executive Speaker Series - January 2018

 

Mike Aviles is a seasoned CEO who has successfully developed his career across several different industries.  He is also a husband, father, philanthropist, catholic disciple and community servant.  On January 11th, Mike spoke to our Austin Chapter about his career, his family and his spirituality.  Among many things, Mike inspired us to think long-term, to define success broadly and to GO BIG IN ALL YOUR ROLES.  Access a one page summary of Mike’s key points here.  You can view a highlight video of his presentation here.

You can watch the full video here!

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The Secret to Forging Authentic Adult Friendships

 

Let’s face it, making friends isn’t as straightforward as it used to be. There once was a time when sharing the same sandbox equated to lifelong friendship; but long after the days of elementary school camaraderie, things have drastically changed.

The desire we have for relationships is etched deeply in our hearts: after all, God created us as relational beings! As St. Thomas Aquinas once said, “there is nothing on this earth more to be prized than true friendship.”

In a world of hundreds of friend requests and followers, our social cred online is oftentimes very different than the reality we live in. And as Austin continues to live up to its transplant city status, many of us are starting from scratch and searching to find those authentic friendships for which our heart most craves.

The secret? YCP! (All biases aside.) Here’s why: according to Aristotle, the best type of friendship occurs when two people live alongside one another and strive to grow in virtue. And, since a virtuous life leads to true happiness, the best way to do that is in good company! In the words of St. Maximilian Kolbe, “God sends us friends to be our firm support in the whirlpool of struggle.  In the company of friends we will find strength to attain our sublime ideal.” YCP is fertile soil for building those types of relationships, because we have the common ground of our faith behind us. No matter where one is on their faith journey, we’re all striving to live it authentically in the workplace and in our everyday lives, and we can learn from each one of our fellow YCP peers!

Mangia, mangia!

How does one cultivate such friendships? One way to start it is with some libation and a little initiative. There is something intimate about sharing food and drinks together. In a fast-paced world, sitting down to have a one-on-one meet-up with a stranger can be a breath of fresh air! In fact, if it had not been for a couple of friend dates scheduled over happy hours, two acquaintances would have never become two of my best friends.

Expand your existing circles

You don’t need to change your lifestyle to make the new friends you want. Invite new acquaintances to your already existing social activities and friend group! You might find that it’s a sincerely welcome invitation to someone looking for the same things you are. Whether it’s a hiking trip to Enchanted Rock or the search for the best BBQ in Hill Country, don’t be afraid to step out of your comfort zone and share the fun. You might stumble on an opportunity to practice virtue along the way 🙂

We all crave the intimacy that true friendship brings. God has written that desire in our hearts, and now is the perfect time to forge those authentic adult friendships. Challenge yourself to take the initiative and connect with others at YCP events these upcoming months; you might just find that those cheerful, kind-hearted acquaintances are expectantly waiting to build lasting, Christ-centered friendships.

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Catholic Resources

Blog-CatholicResources

Books to Check Out:

 

Online Blogs & Publications:

  • Word on Fire – Great resource with articles, podcasts, etc. by Bishop Robert Barron
  • Reviving Catholic Teachings in Business –  Written by Tim Busch, featured in Forbes Magazine
  • 10 Ways to Live Your Faith at Work, by Kevin Lowry
  • Dating God – Fr. Daniel Horan’s blog is based on the understanding relationship of prayer as Dating God in the everyday and ordinary experiences of the world.
  • Verily Magazine -A fashion and lifestyle publication with a mission to empower and inspire women to be the best versions of themselves.
  • Whispers in the Loggia – Rocco Palmo emerges as a powerful voice demonstrating how young Catholics are utilizing the Internet to add transparency and commentary to the Church.
  • Chastity Project – Chastity Project is a ministry of Jason and Crystalina Evert that promotes the virtue of chastity through seminars, resources, clubs, and social media.

 

Radio:

  • Catholic Playlist -The Catholic Playlist is a weekly podcast and radio show that plays the best and newest CCM music from Catholic artists only.
  • Ave Maria Radio-Ave Maria Radio is a national supplier of Catholic Radio Programming. Listen live to Catholic radio on WDEO.Net
  • Relevant Radio – Round-the-clock programming that strengthens families, explains Catholic teachings, provides guidance, and inspires all who champion His Church.
  • Catholic Answers – Catholic Answers is the largest Catholic apologetics and evangelization organization in North America.

 

Apps:

  • Laudate – Resource for daily Mass readings, prayers, Saint of the Day bios, and more! (Free) Apple and Android, Kindle Fire
  • Mea Culpe – This useful app helps you go through a list of sins and how they change your spiritual life.
  • iPieta – This app is loaded with liturgical, catechetical and spiritual resources. ($.99) Full version in iOSAndroid version is split up into several lite apps.
  • The Pope App – Browse photo galleries of recent General Audiences and Papal events, watch video clips of the Pope’s addresses,  read transcripts of his speeches, and watch live streaming video. iOSAndroid
  • iBreviary – App for the breviary, the book used to pray the Liturgy of the Hours.(Free) iPhoneiPadAndroidKindle FireBlack Berry 5Webapp
  • Truth & Life – Contains the Revised Standard Version of the Bible with audio that includes music, sound effects, and actors. iOSAndroidKindleNook*PC
  • Catholic Mega App – An all-in-one app that lists all the Catholic websites, blogs, podcasts, liturgical books and prayers that you could want on your mobile device. (Free) iOS and Android.
  • Catholic Droid – Basic app with the Bible, rosary, an examination of conscience, prayers, and other resources. (Free) Android.
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