Saturday, May 30, 2015

With You Always

For you did not receive a spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you received a Spirit of adoption, through whom we cry, “Abba, Father!” The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God… Romans 8:15-16

“Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, until the end of the age."  Matthew 28:19-20

No man is an island,
Entire of itself.
Each is a piece of the continent,
A part of the main.
If a clod be washed away by the sea,
Europe is the less.
As well as if a promontory were.
As well as if a manor of thine own
Or of thine friend's were.
Each man's death diminishes me,
For I am involved in mankind.
Therefore, send not to know
For whom the bell tolls,
It tolls for thee. 
(John Donne, From Devotions Upon Emergent Occasions, "Meditation XVII")

Jesus will be with us always.  We are all part of the one body where Jesus serves as the head.  Even though he died, he conquered death.  Even though he ascended into heaven, he remains with us in Spirit.

He has given us all a Great Commission and sent us on our way to accomplish great things in His name.  However, he does not send us into the world alone.  He joins us always and sends along support in our family, friends and the cloud of witnesses.

For some weeks now, we have realized that Fr. Joe McCloskey will not be writing new reflections for the Cursillo community any time soon.  His impact on our lives remains and we can always turn back to our notes of his many Cursillo talks and his past writings here in Your Daily Tripod to remind ourselves about his works of encouragement.

Since his stroke on March 16, Fr. Joe called Washington Hospital Center his first temporary home and now he resides at the Jesuit Long-Term Care Facility.  You can send Palanca to him at:

Rev. Joe McCloskey, SJ
Manresa Hall
281 City Ave.
Merion Station, PA 19066

You can sign up for Caring Bridge ( to stay up-to-date on his recovery as you continue to pray for Fr. Joe.

As we walked the journey through the end of Lent, Holy Week and the Easter season, Your Daily Tripod published “Fr. Joe Classics” for the Sunday reflections.  As we move back into Ordinary Time, several Cursillistas have stepped forward to lend their voice to the future Sunday reflections. 

Next week – the Feast of Corpus Christi – will be the final classic column that we will publish from Fr. Joe. After that, Cursillistas will offer new reflections on Sundays.  The team will include writers you know (Beth DeCristofaro, Melanie Rigney and Colleen O’Sullivan) and new volunteers.  Jim and Diane Bayne, Phil Russell, and Lisa Bacalski also will take turns offering Sunday reflections. 

As always, reflections published on the Internet Machine for "Your Daily Tripod" ( or sent out via Google Groups reflect the personal Fourth Day journeys of the authors. We are happy to have companions like you share in this project. Our prayer is that these reflections will invite and inspire your Fourth Day journey of Piety, Study and Action as much as offering them to you inspires our journey and brings us close moments with Jesus.  

May these reflections be with you as you do your part to fulfill the Great Commission. 

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