Dear Parish Family;
This week end we celebrate the Birth of St. John the Baptist. It is unusual to celebrate a birth of a saint in the liturgy. We normally celebrate the death of a Saint because it marks their birth to eternal life; the fulfillment of all they worked. It is also unusual that a Saint would be celebrated on a Sunday. However this year June 24th falls on a Sunday and because of the importance of who St. John the Baptist is in his connection to pointing us to Christ, we honor his birth, even on a Sunday.
It is a reminder to us that God has a plan. St. John the Baptist was marked out to prepare people for Christ. He was the last prophet of the Old Testament and the first prophet of the New Testament. He is the link from the plan God began in Abraham and brought to fulfillment in His Son Jesus Christ. John the Baptist was convinced that one was to come after him who was greater. He was aware of his part to play in bringing God’s plan further.
This is a good reflection for us as we start the Fortnight for Religious Liberty. As Americans and as Catholics we have a part to play in this great nation. We have a part to play in contributing to the nation as followers of Jesus Christ. Our prayers and awareness of what is happening in our nation is critical. We must ask God for the grace to continue to make known the need for religious freedom as our first most cherished right. Without it, our whole nation is vulnerable to collapse and failure precisely because a nation is built on the strength of each person in its citizenry. We need our conscience in tact and formed in order to know how to respond to the signs of our times and how to read what God is doing in our midst. St. John the Baptist ultimately lost his life by witnessing to the truth of marriage. He told Herod the Tetrarch it was not right to commit adultery with his brothers wife. He was imprisoned and then beheaded. There is always a cost in following one’s conscience, but it is the only way true glory; the only way to find God.
Please come to daily mass as often as possible these next two weeks to join in prayer for our nation as we unite with Catholics across the nation to protect religious liberty.
Let Freedom Reign
Peace and Prayers,
Dear Parish Family;
This week end we celebrate the Birth of St. John the Baptist. It is unusual to celebrate a birth of a saint in the liturgy. We normally celebrate the death of a Saint because it marks their birth to eternal life; the fulfillment of all they worked. It is also unusual that a Saint would be celebrated on a Sunday. However this year June 24th falls on a Sunday and because of the importance of who St. John the Baptist is in his connection to pointing us to Christ, we honor his birth, even on a Sunday.READ MORE
Dear Parish Family:
Today we celebrate the Fourth Sunday of Lent. This is known by its Latin name laetare Sunday. It means “let us rejoice” The rose colored vestments, the simple flowers and more festive music today alert us to the spirit of joy that is meant to accompany us on these final weeks of Lent that lead to the full joy of Easter.
To be joyful is a good reminder. You and I can easily be distracted by the difficult things of life. When we engage to be more serious about our faith, more serious life, more serious about doing good and avoiding evil, somehow the Devil knows we are changing. He comes to try to discourage us and pull us down through lack of results, persecution from others and also the residue of our own past attempts at change that may have failed. We need so much to be reminded of our true calling and who we can be.READ MORE
Dear Parish Family:
Today is the First Sunday of Lent. Jesus goes into the dessert, He is confronted with the temptations of the Evil One, from the flesh and the allurements of the world. He is facing the same temptations that we all face in our earthly journey here below.
We are meant by our baptismal call to be leaven in the bread, to be a city set on a hill, to be light and salt. We may feel not up to the task. We may feel weak in the face such a vocation. This is where we must have the confidence that comes from knowing that God has specifically chosen each of us. He can accomplish heroic things in us, if we surrender and submit to the joyful walk of discipleship.READ MORE
Dear Parish Family:
This week end we celebrate the great Solemnity of the Epiphany of Our Lord. This is one of those ancient liturgical feast days that focus attention on the Christmas mystery of the “Word becoming flesh, and dwelling among us.” However, the emphasis is not on the birth of the Savior, but rather the “revelation” of God in the flesh to the Magi or the Three Kings. The Magi represent the nations of the world, who come in search of ultimate wisdom, who come seeking the “newborn king.” They desire to worship the true king and abandon the relative powers of this world. The wise still seek Him! The persevering qualities of the Magi need to inspire us to set out to find ultimate truth in all ways to live our lives in this passing and changeable world. During this Christmas season let us ask to be re-invigorated to respond to a deep relationship with “The Word made Flesh.”READ MORE
Dear Parish Family,
LATE OCTOBER 14TH the entire world gave a collective exhale. The last of the 33 Chilean miners was raised from the depths of the earth into the fresh night air, enveloped by the sweet sound of gathered thousands cheering in jubilation at the triumph of the human spirit! 69 days earlier in the heart of the Chilean dessert, 7,000 tons of rock collapsed, entombing the men in isolation nearly half a mile below the earth’s surface. “Los 33”, as they are now popularly known, spent 17 arduous days in darkness, before the world above even had a clue they were still alive. Even the most optimistic held out little hope that this would end well.
After nearly ten weeks of entombment the eyes of the world watched with amazement, joy and solidarity as the miners were raised to the earth’s surface. The anticipation of family and friends, loved ones and committed countrymen was palpable. It was as though the human race was being explicitly instructed on the limitless capability of the human spirit. Every few minutes another miner was released into the fresh air amidst an eruption of cheers and applause. Instinctively, nearly every miner fell to his knees, some sobbing, others sober and silent, but each man obviously praying; connecting his heart to the Lord of the universe in an unmistakable public gesture of thanksgiving. The moment was magical, but more to the point it was mystical. The supernatural was breaking into the natural. Even the most callous and unbelieving of human hearts had to be touched and softened witnessing each man, with his own family and personal story, his own gifts and talents, arising out of the depths of the earth: Alive!
Dear Parish Family:
Driving recently I saw in the evening sunlight a roadside stand announcing “Fresh Produce.” Under the sign were neatly arranged stacks of corn, tomatoes, cucumbers and jars of what looked like jelly. It was a bountiful sight that naturally drew me to want to stop and buy some of this fruit of the land and work of human hands! Although I wound up not stopping to buy, nonetheless the glowing, colorful sight did bring my mind to active and fruitful reflection. I considered all the hard work that went into getting those vegetables to gleam in the evening light. It was satisfying to think of the planting, cultivating, fertilizing, weeding and debugging that must have taken place. I imagined all the rain we had this summer making its way into every root, up every stock and stem, through every branch and nourishing each growing fruit and vegetable. The purpose of each seed had now come to its reason for being and radiated its beauty in this bountiful harvest.
The earth is a reflection of God’s creative process. The truth is that God never creates anything without purpose, without a plan. Nothing in God’s creation is random, haphazard or chaotic. There is no doubt that God is a God of harmony and reason. This insight comforts me. I want my own life, my relationships, my parish and community to reflect the order and unity God intended. What dawns on me as I write to you about the beginning of the fall season is that we all must be periodically reminded of our purpose and reason for being. We must take stock of where we are, and determine if we’re headed in the right direction, toward our ultimate eternal goal.READ MORE