Bear-the-Beams-of-Love FOURTH GATHERING
This month we move into a very significant section of the Eucharistic Letter. We will be reading and pondering paragraphs 11-18 of The Eucharistic Letter. The theme is "THE EVANGELICAL COUNSELS". Here you will grasp the expansiveness of Fr. Medaille's vision. Yes, all of us are called into living the Gospel counsels of poverty, chastity and obedience. Welcome to all the 'great lovers of God' moving more consciously into this way of being and living in community in the world... in this Third Millenium. Hold each other in prayer as the days and weeks go by. It is "the love of Christ that gathers us together as one.
Live simply. Love purely. Listen deeply.
Words of Welcome
Opening Song     Fire of Love (or your own choice of song/CD)
Gathering Prayer of the Little Design Communities
Holy One, evidence of your self-communication in love is all around, everywhere.
In the inner depths of my own heart, in the world, in all creatures around me,
you live and move and have your being. I am not separate from you,
and because of your wondrous love I am not separate from all creation.
Help me to live with eyes wide open to your self-communication.
Help me to be open to your lavish grace, to receive it without fear and
with the conviction that you want nothing more than for me to receive it.
In turn, may I be gracious to others, an instrument of your lavish grace to all I meet. Amen.             
                                                                   -from Judy Cannato, Field of Compassion

Scripture: A reading from the Gospel of St. Luke 12: 22-32

Then he said to his disciples, “That is why I am telling you not to worry about your life and what you are to eat, nor about your body and how you are to clothe it. For life means more than food, and the body more than clothing. Think of the ravens. They do not sow or reap; they have no storehouses and no barns; yet God feeds them. And how much more are you worth than the birds! Can any of you, for all his worrying, add a single cubit to his span of life? If the smallest things, therefore, are outside your control, why worry about the rest? Think of the flowers; they never have to spin or weave; yet I assure you, not even Solomon in all his regalia was robed like one of these. Now if that is how God clothes the grass in the field which is there today and thrown into the furnace tomorrow, how much more will he look after you, you people of little faith! But you, you must not set your hearts on things to eat and things to drink; nor must you worry. It is the pagans of this world who set their hearts on all these things. Your Father well knows you need them. No; set your hearts on his kingdom, and these other things will be given you as well. There is no need to be afraid, little flock, for it has pleased your Father to give you the kingdom.
         The Word of the Lord. R. Thanks be to God.              Pause for silent prayer (5-7 minutes)


Guided reflection on The Eucharistic Letter – evangelical counsels - paragraphs 11-18

-          Download these pages from the website or…
-          Go to the white binder and read the commentary for these next 5 paragraphs.
-          One person reads the original text – Medaille’s written words.
-          Another person is prepared to speak about the commentary.
-          Open conversation and responses from the gathered community.
Sharing the State of the Heart – see notes and coloured cards in the white binder.
      Everyone chooses ONE of the cards from the plastic folder. Choose a WORD that just seems to resonate with the state of your heart. Sit in silence with it awhile and let your story reveal itself to you. Then…
      Spend as much time as is needed to have everyone share their story. Just listen to each other. No one needs to comment, fix, or resolve the situation. Let the Spirit work in your midst! Listen to each other and observe the shifts, growth, insights, changes all occurring within the other person’s journey over the past month. There is a ‘spiritual direction’ emerging in and through all the situations. Most of all listen to your own insights as you share from your own heart. Be receptive and obedient to the Spirit promptings within you.
      Pray for each other as the individual coloured cards are placed around the Christ candle. Imagine everyone being touched by the light and love of the Great Lover God.
blkwhitemedailleaClosing Prayer         O God, who through your servant, Jean-Pierre Medaille, have deigned to call a great number of souls to the imitation of the Word Incarnate. In his great love for God and humanity, we beg of You, glorify Your name and glorify your servant, by granting us through his intercession the favors which we ask. We pray also that by his intercession the whole family of “the little design” may be continually renewed in his spirit and hasten with joy along the way which he has traced out for them towards this greatest love.   Amen.
Refreshments – enjoy a cup of tea with snacks and the companionship of new friends.