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Thomas Merton Center Community


Trinity Sunday

June 3, 2007


This week: Proverbs 8:22-31 Romans 5:1-5 John 16:12-15

Next week: Genesis 14:18-20 1 Corinthians 11:23-26 Luke 9:11b-17




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    Lord, our God, how wonderful your name in all the earth! Psalm 8

Today’s presider is Fr. George Aranha. The Thomas Merton Center community worships and celebrates Sunday liturgy each week at the regularly scheduled 8:45 a.m. parish Mass at St. Thomas Aquinas Church, Waverley and Homer Streets, Palo Alto. Members of the Thomas Merton community participate in planning these liturgies in the spirit of Vatican II and its call to “full, ac- tive and conscious participation” in Catholic liturgical life.

The Thomas Merton Center is supported by your donations. If you choose to donate, there are return envelopes in the bulletin on the last Sunday of each month for your convenience (donations by check or cash are welcome). The donation basket is in the back of church after Mass or available by the coffeepot after Mass—or you can use the envelope to mail your donation. Please do not put your TMC envelope in the collec- tion baskets passed during Mass (these are for parish contributions only).

No meetings this week. Enjoy the outdoors!

From Thomas Merton

In the Father the infinite Love of God is always beginning and in the Son it is always full and in the Holy Spirit it is perfect and it is renewed and never ceases to rest in its everlasting source. But if you follow Love forward and backward from Person to Per- son, you can never track it to a stop, you can never corner it and hold it down and fix it to one of the Persons as if He could appropriate to Himself the fruit of the love of the others. For the One Love of the Three Persons is an infinitely rich giving of Itself which never ends and is never taken, but is always perfectly given, only received in order to be perfectly shared. It is because the Love of God does not terminate in one self-sufficient self that is capa- ble of halting and absorbing it, that the Life and Happiness of God are absolutely infi- nite and perfect and inexhaustible. . . .[The] three Selves of God are. . .overflowing and superabounding in joy in the Gift of their One Life.

~New Seeds of Contemplation

The Thomas Merton Center for Catholic Spiritual Development, P. O. Box 60061, Palo Alto, California 94306, was founded by a group of Roman Catholic lay persons in 1995, and incorporated in 1996, to offer Catholic liturgy, to augment, support and lead the development of ecumenical spirituality, and to foster new ways for Catholics and other Christians to develop a deeper spiritual relationship with Jesus Christ and, through him, with God. From its Catholic roots, it seeks to join with members of other faiths, Christian and non-Christian, to support religious education and spiritual development.

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