The Holy Spirit Speaks through the Scriptures: Forgiveness: Tuesday, March 17th, 2020
I come to do YOUR Will: Wednesday, March 25th, 2020
Last week I wrote a message for iFalls Nice, one of my favorite Facebook page. Its point is to continue to grow joyfulness, support and energy for our community. As we are going through this interesting season with the coronavirus, this is what I shared with our community, and would like our parishioners to read it too:
Thank you, when I was almost faced death in my first stroke. And thanks for many of you doing the same when I had a mini stroke last summer.
As I look, and think around our community, and around the world, there seems to be two extreme areas with this new disease: the former to be very scared--perhaps even death. The latter are those who think this "Corona without lime" is ridiculous.
I believe in what our patron--St. Thomas Aquinas--used many centuries ago; the "Golden mean," aka, finding the middle of most situations. In my mind, we are not on either extreme, but somewhere in the middle.
I move this sharing from the secular level as I also praise God. For instance, I pray beyond learning information, data, or how decisions I must do for our parishioners during this time, as crucial that is. And I praise God, that we, as a family, pray, pray, pray.
I pray for our scientists, doctors, genetics, immunologists, etc.
I pray for those who are suffering, not only this new disease, but also those who are hungry, thirsty, naked, lonely, in jail, in hospitals for any other situation.
I pray for those who are scared. I pray for those who do not care.
I pray that we, Christians, seek the time during the season of Lent to offer almsgiving, prayers, and fasting to seek God's mission in each of our lives.
I pray that we, in iFalls Nice, continue to not only speak in this venue, but also open our hearts to know of the love, mercy, compassion and salvation of Jesus Christ.
Praise God, he, too, died on earth, but destroyed death, sin, and all illness, including what we call the COVID-19, and opened the gates of heaven.”
Finally, we have made a copy of the prayer that I have been using at Mass from St. Damien: “Saint Damien, you ministered to those in despair and isolation. I call upon you, to open my heart and mind, to care for the poor, sick, weary, and forgotten. Bestow upon me the inner strength, faith, and unconditional compassion to be a disciple of Christ. I come before you also as your humble servant, to bless me with your love and instill the touch of healing and grace. Amen.”
First weekend private Mass.
"I have come not to abolish but to fulfill": Wednesday, March 18th, 2020
Also on my Facebook Live and probably had some too much recorded after I concluded! Haha
Oh Naaman (Leprosy Offered for Cleansing): Monday, March 16th, 2020
This weekend I would like to continue to add information and challenging you, to our family, as we have some influence opportunities during Lent. As I wrote before, this Lent, we must support us to get back to the basics with Jesus Christ and we are offering some cake walk chances for Lent, both in our parishes and in the Diocese of Duluth. For instance
that every movement—sitting down, kneeling, the priest’s hands, using the sign of the cross, genuflecting, and beyond are not for lame ritual actions, but deep ways to worship God our Father—could this help you to dive into Mass? The event will begin with food, free after Saturday’s Mass, children care and learn quite a bit in 20-30 minutes. Please come and sign up to make sure we have enough food!
musicians, and times to stretch out your soul to engage with Jesus Christ’s true presence. And, here is a tidbit from Alex Schindler, who will be giving both a talk as well as praise and worship music:
I grew up just south of Ohio River in Lousville Kentucky, and through a crazy journey with God I have found myself in the Twin Cities of Minnesota. If you had asked me 10+ years ago what I would be doing today it most certainly would not be what I am currently occupying my time with, but God is funny like that!”
Let’s continue to walk through Lent well, and please check out some of these remarkable events to support your relationship with Jesus Christ.
3rdSunday in Lent
As we gather as a family, I think it is to speak about the issue around the world with the COVID-19
- The other side seems like this is ridiculous, a joke, something that is not really hurting anybody
§ Communication with hospitals, nursing homes that often protocols and/or have safety garments
§ Come Holy Spirit
- St. Damien and St. Marianne Cope
- What is God calling you to do?
“we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ,
through whom we have gained access by faith
to this grace in which we stand,
and we boast in hope of the glory of God.”
God, may your will be done, and may we serve our neighbors
Trees...the Lorax!: Thursday, March 12th, 2020
Father or father as a priest?: Tuesday, March 10th, 2020
Listen for Three Thoughts for Tonight: Wednesday, March 11th, 2020
Esther: "Help me...": Thursday, March 5th, 2020
Thus says the LORD:
Just as from the heavens
the rain and snow come down
And do not return there
till they have watered the earth,
making it fertile and fruitful,
Giving seed to the one who sows
and bread to the one who eats,
So shall my word be
that goes forth from my mouth;
It shall not return to me void,
but shall do my will,
achieving the end for which I sent it.
Earlier this week, we heard about the reading above on Tuesday during daily Mass. It is such a beautiful passage—with only two verses that I wanted to print it via this bulletin article.
The first section of this quick persona, was Isaiah, writing from God about how crucial it is for rain and snow on the earth. Once again, we listened: “Just as from the heavens the rain and snow come down and do not return there till they have watered the earth, making it fertile and fruitful…” And how beautiful it is to remember, or learn, how essential it is for water to support the life of anything alive! This, from God, in the cycle of water, quoted:
“The water cycle describes how water evaporates from the surface of the earth, rises into the atmosphere, cools and condenses into rain or snow in clouds, and falls again to the surface as precipitation.”
Then there is a pivotal comment from God: “So shall my word be that goes forth from my mouth.” Now, this “word” can introduce His Son—Jesus Christ (who is often named as “the Word”), or the Scriptures. Like the water cycle for the world, God wants us to imagine his teaching to fall upon US so that we may soak in truth, support these gifts and give them back to our Father.
Finally, this quick passage concludes with God’s mission for us: “It shall not return to me void, but shall do my will, achieving the end for which I sent it.”
The second Sunday in Lent
“Jesus took Peter, James, and John his brother,and led them up a high mountain by themselves.”
his face shone like the sun
and his clothes became white as light.
And behold, Moses and Elijah appeared to them,
conversing with him.”
“…behold, a bright cloud cast a shadow over them,then from the cloud came a voice that said, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased;listen to him…they fell prostrate
and were very much afraid. But Jesus came and touched them, saying,
“Rise, and do not be afraid.”
- They were afraid!
- “Rise, and do not be afraid!”
Now for you, for us
This weekend, I believe that this passage is to remind us a few truths:
Take these readings to your heart and follow our theme: serve your neighbor
Jonah, as a sign?: Wednesday, March 4th, 2020
7thSunday in Ordinary Time
- Connection between Leviticus and Matthew
§ You shall love your neighbor as yourself.
I am the LORD
§ Matthew: You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.
§ Sermon on the Mount
Who is our neighbor? (son at 92.96 million miles)
So, let’s go deeper than a definition of a neighbor, but what we do with our neighbors in our lives: LOVE
A few weeks ago, I heard an interesting YouTube conversation with two men and a priest. As they have several videos on the internet with Catholicism, they began their discussion with fifteen "issues" that should be changed at Catholic Masses. I agreed with them with several of them, others in which I disagreed, and some I didn't hear their conversation as my nap began!
This weekend I would like to comment on some areas that could continue to grow or learn within Mass.
One of the issues that the gentlemen spoke about something essential today: healthiness as we receive Jesus' Body and Blood. As I have talked about this at Mass, please be wise and prudent if you are sick at Mass. If you are throwing up, know that it is okay to stay home! Remember, the Sabbath is for us, not us for the Sabbath. If you are ill, but not contagious, praise God and get to Mass, but no matter what, be careful during this season of the year, not only with the Blood of Christ but also the sign of peace.
A second comment on this YouTube was, once again at our parish, that clapping should not take place in Mass, except for an ordination, wedding, or something significant in our culture. One this comment, I will again remind our parishioners that our musicians do not enjoy hearing clapping at the end of Mass.
Why? They are not offering a concert, but they are offering their talents to worship God.
Another idea about clapping is something you may consider. Our lectors are dang good. They do not just walk up and read the readings, especially with large books or unique names. They practice. They read it with passion. They can proclaim the word of GOD. Outside of Mass, I think that these readers, and our School students, could be clapped like our musicians. Yet, they, too, should not be given an applause because they are helping us to worship God, not applauding to other people.
Finally, please remember to dress well, especially with typical Mass clothes or winter jackets this time of the year. You may not notice this (or you may), but sometimes we have seen scratches or scuffs on our pews. Often, they come from buttons, metal on clothes, or other clothes in which I have no clue (haha!). Let's make sure that our pews may be protected from items that we wear.
If you have any questions or other ideas that may continue to help Mass and our church and God Bless you!
Neighbors, again!: Monday, March 2nd, 2020
Jesus taught how to serve the poor: Thursday, February 20th, 2020
What is going on with these dogs in the Gospel today? Thursday, February 13th, 2020
Read the Letter of James! Several wise verses and great nuggets: Wednesday, February 19th, 2020
1stSunday of Lent
Salvation History, or God’s saving plan
§ One rule
§ Eve, who was tempted by the evil one and she and Adam turned away from God—who walked in the
cool breeze together—until their reality of choosing sin
- Romans 5: “For if by the transgression of the one, the many died,how much more did the grace of Godand the gracious gift of the one man Jesus Christoverflow for the many.”
§ The real fight: Jesus vs. Satan
§ While Adam and Eve did not go against their temptation, Jesus did
And this is why we have these readings as we begin the season of Lent.
And how should we respond?
What causes evil? Physically or spiritually in our bodies?: Wednesday, February 12, 2020
This weekend I would like to offer part of a comment I made on my FB (which means Facebook for most of those who work this platform on social media). Like money, alcohol, possessions, FB is actually neutral but may become good or bad by how it is used.
Last week I put a controversial commercial that was not allowed during the Super Bowl, and I put my comment before this video: "Politicians could have commercials during the Super Bowl. This commercial was not allowed. And, these are real people who were survivors of abortion. ?"
This post allowed other people on Facebook to add comments or showing a thumbs up, and sad face emoji and angry emoji. As I was able to read through other peoples' comments, I responded again, and this was the real point of my belief of FB and social media, whether you are on these platforms or not. Here you go:
"When big controversial issues are coming on Facebook, I believe that you may have an opportunity, as an adult, to actually speak with another adult, in which you may disagree.
For instance, with the commercial below, it was indeed an emotional and challenging hot button issue. With one comment back, I moved from my FB to a private message. This then led to a conversation on the phone. That conversation led to more opportunities with sharing life situations, laughter, speaking and listening of each perspective, and learning more with the others' ideas.
FB can be done well, especially if it is a stepping stone to a deeper conversation rather than more gas on a polarized fire."
So, if you are on FB, Twitter, or what else there is out there, use them well. Make sure you're not using them for hours and hours as that doesn't seem healthy, in my opinion. And if you are not in this world, you are a-okay in my mind!