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Walking Toward Eternity Seminar

Location:
St. Francis Solanus Church
Quincy, IL 

Date: 10/14-15/2016

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Pilgrimage Updates!

January 2017 Annual Holy Land Pilgrimage:

Registration for Pilgrimage is underway! January 11-24, 2017 Pilgrimage with optional extension to Mt. Nebo in Jordan and Petra. Forms and brochure can be found here!

Want a Summer Tour to the Holy Land? check out Chris Stephanick's trip  

Please view Cavins Tours photo gallery for a glimpse of some of our past pilgrimages.

Here is what a recent pilgrim had to say about our annual Holy Land pilgrimage!

 Thank you for a most wonderful, spiritual experience these past 2 weeks. The pilgrimage surpassed any expectations I had. Your teachings, Jeff, were so meaningful at each site. You are able to pull together all the history, the spirituality, the geography of the area, the archeological aspects, etc. so well to make the whole story make sense. You have challenged us to grow spiritually not only with questions to ask ourselves, but ways to ponder those question in our lives, and the wonderful "weapons" we have to tackle them, grow from them, and make necessary changes in our lives so that we may be better disciples of the Lord and spread the Good News to others. Certainly my times in adoration, and daily prayer will be enriched because of this Holy Land experience. ~~ Barb K

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Sunday
Aug262007

Problems With Temptation?

Some people give in when confronted with temptation in their lives. Some just do the best they can. In the Gospel of Matthew (4:1-11) we have an inside look at how Jesus overcame temptation with God's word.

 

When Jesus came on the scene in Israel 2,000 years ago, the Romans were occupying the land and Israel was feeling the weight of that oppressive government. The Jews were expecting the Messiah to come at anytime to liberate them. After all, great kings of Israel's past had all demonstrated their leadership by confronting the enemy and bringing about a great victory. David defeated Goliath, Hezekiah kept the Assyrian army at bay, and Judas Maccabees led a revolt against the evil Seleucid dynasty. There was speculation that Jesus would lead a revolt against Rome and return Israel to her glory days.

 

But was Rome the root cause of Israel's situation? How many times do we find ourselves in trouble, only to blame our situation on the wrong root cause? The root cause of Israel's dilemma was that she was still in spiritual exile as a result of years of sin and refusing to serve the one true God. Yes, sin is our problem.

 

The first thing Jesus did in his public ministry was to confront the real enemy of Israel, the devil. In this week's Gospel reading Jesus was led out into the wilderness where after 40 days he would withstand three temptations. In order to understand why Jesus faced these three particular temptations we need to understand that Jesus' entire life was in essence a reliving of the history of Israel in the Old Testament.

 

After escaping the bondage of Egypt, the children of Israel, during their 40 years in the wilderness, failed at three major temptations. Their first failure was refusing to trust God for their daily bread. They grumbled and blamed Moses for bringing them out from the "comfort" of their bondage in Egypt (Exodus 16). Their second failing involved their lack of trust to provide water for them (Exodus 17), and lastly the children of Israel broke their faith in God with the worship of the golden calf (Exodus 32). The story of these events are recapped in the book of Deuteronomy, the very book that Jesus quotes to the devil during his temptation in the wilderness.

 

Jesus, after 40 days and nights of fasting, was tempted by the devil to trust in himself rather than in his father in heaven. Instead of falling, like the children of Israel had, Jesus would be triumphant, pre-enacting what he would do for the world on the cross: conquer sin and defeat the enemy.

 

Jesus' first temptation was in the area of life's necessities " food " the same area in which the children of Israel showed their lack of trust. The enemy tests Jesus' identity by saying, "If you are the Son of God, command these stones to become loaves of bread." Jesus responded, "It is written, 'Man does not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.'" Notice that the enemy focuses on Jesus' identity and relationship with God the Father by saying, "If you are the Son of God." Often our temptations will test our identity as sons and daughters of God. How often we think to ourselves, "If God really loved me, then I wouldn't be in this situation."

 

 

In the second temptation, the devil tries to trip up Jesus by getting him to tempt God by throwing himself off the pinnacle of the temple. Psalm 91 says, "He will give his angels charge of you, and on their hands they will bear you up, lest you strike your foot against a stone." If Jesus would have jumped off of the temple, it would have been for the purpose of seeing if Psalm 91 were true. Jesus didn't have to jump to prove his trust in the Father; he demonstrated it by trusting in God's word. Jesus quotes Deuteronomy 6:16, "You shall not tempt the Lord your God." How many times do we test the Lord by saying, "Lord if you do so and so for me then I'll know that you love me."

 

In the third temptation the devil pulls out all stops to get Jesus to worship him. This corresponds to when Israel worshipped the golden calf in Exodus 32. Once again Jesus answers from Deuteronomy 6:13-14: "It is written, 'You shall worship the Lord your God and him only shall you serve."

 

In the end, Jesus is triumphant over these three temptations and the devil flees. Contained in this week's Gospel reading is the secret to overcoming the various temptations we face. Knowing our identity as sons and daughters of God, we trust in him for all we need and rely on his word as assurance.

ACTIVITIES

 

Think about the areas of your life in which you experience temptation and commit those areas to Christ.

Combat the vices in your life by praying for and developing virtue. The list below will help you as a guide.

 

 

VICE

VIRTUE

1.

Pride

Humility

2.

Avarice

Generosity

3.

Envy

Charity

4.

Wrath

Meekness

5.

Lust

Chastity

6.

Gluttony

Temperance

7.

Sloth

Diligence

Jeff Cavins

Tuesday
Aug142007

Cardinal George’s Comments On The Great Adventure!

Jeff Cavins and Cardinal George endorsement"I am impressed with the methodology and growth of The Great Adventure: A Journey Through the Bible. The canonical approach that The Great Adventure employs is a marvelous way to introduce the faithful to salvation history. When Sacred Scripture, Sacred Tradition and the Magisterium are all brought together in study the result is a clearer picture of God's will, resulting in a roadmap for living. The Great Adventure, being faithful to Dei Verbum (the Second Vatican Council's Constitution on Divine Revelation), is bearing much fruit in the Church today and contributing to a stronger, more informed laity."

Francis Cardinal George, O.M.I.

Archbishop of Chicago

Tuesday
Aug072007

“Adventures in Revelation” Receives Imprimatur!

Revelation ImprimaturDear Friends, I'm happy to let you know that on Thursday, July 19th, "Adventures in Revelation" which is part of The Great Adventure Bible Study program, was granted the Imprimatur from the Catholic Church. We are thrilled with the response The Great Adventure studies have received around the country. This coming fall we will be rolling out two new studies: Exodus and 1 Corinthians. Both of these studies were developed by my colleague Dr. Tim Gray. I pray that the Lord will continue to use the studies to conform people to Christ and as always embrace the beauty of the Catholic faith. Praise the Lord!

Tuesday
Jul312007

Danielle Rose: See You in the Eucharist

This was the final song that Danielle Rose performed for a wonderful group of family and friends who gathered to bid her farewell before she gave her life to God and entered a convent in Texas. It is Danielle's prayer that each child of God will know Christ in the Eucharist, and that through Him we will recognize that we are all one Body. As Danielle will no longer be able to see her family and friends, she comforted them through the knowledge that she will see them each day in the Eucharist. I encourage all of you to pray for Danielle and an increase in vocations in our country. As the Eucharist is truly the center of Danielle's life, may it become ever more the center of our lives!

Tuesday
Jul312007

Pray For Victims & Families of Bridge Collapse in Minneapolis!

bridge collapse in minneapolis, mn CavinsEarlier this evening the bridge spanning the Mississippi River in Minneapolis collapsed with between 50-100 cars on it. This is a great tragedy for many families in the Twin Cities, and I would ask for your prayers for all involved. In the coming days we will learn the extent of this tragedy. Pray for emergency teams as they come to the aid of those suffering. I'm reminded at times like this that we are all connected to one another for help and recovery; we are not truly independent rather we are somehow connected by the fact that God destined us for family. Family really matters at times like this.