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The Church gives us today the “Beatitudes” as an explanation of our celebration of All Saints Day. This is good, because the beatitudes present us with such a kaleidoscopic vision of what it means to be a saint: saints can be poor in spirit, or rich in persecution, meek and humble, or zealous fighters for peace, etc. So of the many things we could say about saints and holiness, the beatitudes show us that not all saints are the same; in fact, the contrary is true: every saint is different, no two saints are alike! Probably we haven’t thought of this too much, but if we want to be saints, we have to be… ourselves!  Not ourselves with our sins, but ourselves as God created us to be, the “you” God dreamed about when He created you. Matthew Kelly calls this “becoming the best version of yourself”, not of someone else. In fact, one of the effects of sin is when we try to be someone else, someone God didn’t create us to be: when we think we will be happier if we are like this or that “successful” person, or “movie star”, or whoever: we don’t accept the way God made us, and then we try to be like someone else, out of vanity, or pride, or jealousy or envy. Two good examples of this. This first is from Jean Guitton, in his My Philosophical Testament. In it he imagines his own death, and at one moment, while he is speaking with his Guardian Angel, he says that the most terrible thing about dying is having to look back over one’s life and seeing what a great life it would have been if he had become the “Jean Guitton” that God created him to be! Another example is from G. K. Chesterton, in Orthodoxy.  He writes about the text which says that the lion will lie down with the lamb. “But remember that it is constantly assumed … that when the lion lies down with the lamb the lion becomes lamb-like. But that is brutal imperialism on the part of the lamb… the lamb absorbing the lion instead of the lion eating the lamb. The real problem is–Can the lion lie down with the lamb and still retain his royal ferocity? That is the problem the Church attempted; that is the miracle she achieved.” It doesn’t matter if God made us to be a lion or a lamb: both can become saints, if we try to do this according to God’s plan. A very great lesson about saintliness: every one of us can become a saint, but only if first we accept ourselves and how God made us, and then, try to become that person God created us to be. Let us remember that!
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The Lumen Institute held our annual National Summit in NYC at the University Club over the weekend of Oct 14th-16th.  Over 80 individuals attended and included members, spouses, LC Chaplains and Consecrated women. Every Chapter was represented and by all accounts it was a big success. One of the highlights was Mass on Sunday morning at St Patrick’s Cathedral with Cardinal Dolan assisted by 7 of our LC priests. Beyond the development of friendships and camaraderie there were reflections and testimonials from outside speakers, Lumen members and the Chaplains. Jim Hislop and Fr. Mark Haydu gave an update on the many activities, growth and successes throughout the Lumen Chapters over the last year. The overarching theme was “All in”  with our faith and the need to be joyful with our talents and treasures. There was also free time for social and cultural activities that included the high in demand Metropolitan Museum of Art Tour hosted by Steve and Evelyn Auth, Broadway plays, the 9/11 museum and the Metropolitan Museum. The feedback was adamant that we do this event in NYC again next year and we have tentatively scheduled the weekend of Oct. 4th-6th in 2019. We hope to have an even bigger group next year
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Upon entering Lumen you will be pinned with the Lumen Insignia which will remind you of the central mission of Lumen – to enlighten you with Christ’s living gospel, give you an integral formation through the Lumen Virtues and so prepare you to be light for your family, business and community. The Meeting table – Our Lumen insignia represent a board meeting – four individuals seated around a table, planning, evaluating and projecting. It symbolizes when we come together to realize something bigger than ourselves for the good of others, be that our employees, shareholders, family or community. It enables us to be a light and influence for the world around us. In Lumen we do this through our monthly Lumen Leadership Circle. The Four Dots – represent the individual person who is at the heart of Lumen. Each member receives a personalized formation to help him/her achieve balance, success and spiritual growth in all facets of his/her life. When the individual is healthy so will the group be. Lumen member receives Lumen coaching from a legionary of Christ priest who excels in personal formation. Lumen Coaching offers him/her a Business Plan for the Soul. He/she can thus establish a game plan for personal growth in virtue and, with prayer and reflection, be empowered to become a light in the darkness. The L or V – The four L or V that unite the individuals around the table, represent the Core Lumen Virtues. Each area of Character, Faith and Leadership has four related virtues: Character – Prudence, Perseverance, Fairness, Self-Mastery Faith – Spiritual Drive, Prayer, Stewardship, Confidence in God Leadership – Excellence, Integrity, Magnanimity, Influence These virtues, integrated in the life of the Lumen Member, transforms him/her first with the light of Christ and renews his/hers primary relationship as husband, father and apostle. The Cross – These dots and virtues unite around the cross. Christ is the ideal of virtue and love which we strive to imitate. Without Christ at our core and center of all we do, our integral formation would be merely self-serving. With Him, however, we are called and sent out. As Lumen members, we commit to do some form of Lumen Action to bring the light of Christ to others in socially impactful ways. We give a particular focus to mentoring the next generation of Christian business leaders via our Lumen Fellowship Program and other forms of mentoring young business professionals.  
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A special thanks to Jason Trennert, (NYC Lumen member), for contributing to this recent LifeZette article: https://www.lifezette.com/faithzette/strongest-when-we-realize-all-in-this-thing-called-life-together/
A special thanks to Steve and Evelyn Auth from Regnum Christi for contributing to my recent LifeZette article: https://www.lifezette.com/faithzette/rebuilding-homes-needy-christian-thing-to-do/