Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Storm

Storms


  Driving home today I was stopped at a light and I looked up and started to see the storm clouds forming and could not help but think wouldn’t it be great if we could see trouble forming, sin forming, doubt forming, etc.... Most of the time we see the clouds start to turn dark, the wind pick up and shift, so we are able to take shelter or prepare ourselves for what is to come. In areas that are prone to Tornadoes they have sirens that go off and give some warning to take shelter and it is only moments before. You are not able to prepare yet, you do know that you have to take immediate action.

    We need that immediate action when we pray. I know I have my ups and downs with prayer. There are times I am going full force, rosary in hand raised and hand to the heavens praying hard core and then there other times when I just well,,,, do the what i call the trinity of prayers. The top three and call it a day. You know what they are don’t you? The Our Father, Hail Mary and the Glory Be. And to be honest i can say them rather fast.. 

    I know life seems and feels easier when my prayer life is more intense then when its a rush job. I think most of us can say that but yet why does the cycle continue on. My life, Our Lives are too important not to keep that constant burning of prayer in our lives. Think of the times when prayer is way out there? How is your life going? Is it easier of harder? Do you feel connected or lost? 

     When prayer is out there and we have all those feelings we also can delude our selves that life is still ok. Sin is great at making us think life is grand. Sin fills in the gaps and we think its all ok but in reality it is a sticky mess that is holding us together. Not the love of God, Jesus, Holy Spirit or our Faith. That mess of sin allows other things to stick to it as well.... disappointment, sadness, depression, untruths, selfishness... Each gets us more and more away from who we are and who we are to be. It is only with prayer and confession can we refocus and return to the right path. 

     We do not need to prepare for a storm if we are vigilant each and everyday. It would be that constant state of readiness. At this point as I am typing this I am wondering how can we make sure of this and not only be ready but also have drills so we know we are ready. This is something I have kind of been working on.. The drills idea anyway. 
    
      We all can be ready for those storms when we prayer each and everyday. You know the saying “build a house of prayer”. Why would we do that? It is to protect us. No matter what goes on outside we are safe and lets face it, most of time we could not even tell the weather outside unless we are looking out the windows. Storms may rage but the house of prayer keeps us safe.

Until tomorrow, God Bless, and build that house of prayer. 

Memorial of Saint Thérèse of the Child Jesus, Virgin and Doctor of the Church
Lectionary: 457
Reading 1
JB 9:1-12, 14-16
Job answered his friends and said:

I know well that it is so;
but how can a man be justified before God?
Should one wish to contend with him,
he could not answer him once in a thousand times.
God is wise in heart and mighty in strength;
who has withstood him and remained unscathed?

He removes the mountains before they know it;
he overturns them in his anger.
He shakes the earth out of its place,
and the pillars beneath it tremble.
He commands the sun, and it rises not;
he seals up the stars.

He alone stretches out the heavens
and treads upon the crests of the sea.
He made the Bear and Orion,
the Pleiades and the constellations of the south;
He does great things past finding out,
marvelous things beyond reckoning.

Should he come near me, I see him not;
should he pass by, I am not aware of him;
Should he seize me forcibly, who can say him nay?
Who can say to him, “What are you doing?”

How much less shall I give him any answer,
or choose out arguments against him!
Even though I were right, I could not answer him,
but should rather beg for what was due me.
If I appealed to him and he answered my call,
I could not believe that he would hearken to my words.
Responsorial Psalm
PS 88:10BC-11, 12-13, 14-15

R. (3) Let my prayer come before you, Lord.
Daily I call upon you, O LORD;
to you I stretch out my hands.
Will you work wonders for the dead?
Will the shades arise to give you thanks?
R. Let my prayer come before you, Lord.
Do they declare your mercy in the grave,
your faithfulness among those who have perished?
Are your wonders made known in the darkness,
or your justice in the land of oblivion?
R. Let my prayer come before you, Lord.
But I, O LORD, cry out to you;
with my morning prayer I wait upon you.
Why, O LORD, do you reject me;
why hide from me your face?
R. Let my prayer come before you, Lord.
Gospel
LK 9:57-62

As Jesus and his disciples were proceeding
on their journey, someone said to him,
“I will follow you wherever you go.”
Jesus answered him,
“Foxes have dens and birds of the sky have nests,
but the Son of Man has nowhere to rest his head.”
And to another he said, “Follow me.”
But he replied, “Lord, let me go first and bury my father.”
But he answered him, “Let the dead bury their dead.
But you, go and proclaim the Kingdom of God.”
And another said, “I will follow you, Lord,
but first let me say farewell to my family at home.”
Jesus answered him, “No one who sets a hand to the plow
and looks to what was left behind is fit for the Kingdom of God.”
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Monday, September 29, 2014

Archangels

STS. MICHAEL, GABRIEL, RAPHAEL, ARCHANGELS

I saw this article and found it interesting....

MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, 2014 Catholic News Agency


The three Archangels Michael, Gabriel and Raphael are the only angels named in Sacred Scripture and all three have important roles in the history of salvation.
Saint Michael is the "Prince of the Heavenly Host," the leader of all the angels. His name is Hebrew for "Who is like God?" and was the battle cry of the good angels against Lucifer and his followers when they rebelled against God. He is mentioned four times in the Bible, in Daniel 10 and 12, in the letter of Jude, and in Revelation.
Michael, whose forces cast down Lucifer and the evil spirits into Hell, is invoked for protection against Satan and all evil. Pope Leo XIII, in 1899, having had a prophetic vision of the evil that would be inflicted upon the Church and the world in the 20th century, instituted a prayer asking for Saint Michael's protection to be said at the end of every Mass.
Christian tradition recognizes four offices of Saint Michael: (i) to fight against Satan (ii) to rescue the souls of the faithful from the power of the enemy, especially at the hour of death. (iii) to be the champion of God's people, (iv) to call away from earth and bring men's souls to judgment.
"I am Gabriel, who stand before God." (Luke 1, 19)
Saint Gabriel, whose name means "God's strength," is mentioned four times in the Bible. Most significant are Gabriel's two mentions in the New Testament: to announce the birth of John the Baptist to his father Zacharias, and the at Incarnation of the Word in the womb of Mary.
Christian tradition suggests that it is he who appeared to St. Joseph and to the shepherds, and also that it was he who "strengthened" Jesus during his agony in the garden of Gethsemane.
"I am the angel Raphael, one of the seven, who stand before the Lord" (Tob 12:15)
Saint Raphael, whose name means "God has healed" because of his healing of Tobias' blindness in the Book of Tobit.  Tobit is the only book in which he is mentioned. His office is generally accepted by tradition to be that of healing and acts of mercy.

Raphael is also identified with the angel in John 5:1-4 who descended upon the pond and bestowed healing powers upon it so that the first to enter it after it moved would be healed of whatever infirmity he was suffering.

Until tomorrow, God Bless, and may we always turn and ask the angels for protection. 

Memorial of Saint Jerome, Priest and Doctor of the Church
Lectionary: 456
Reading 1
JB 3:1-3, 11-17, 20-23
Job opened his mouth and cursed his day.
Job spoke out and said:

Perish the day on which I was born,
the night when they said, “The child is a boy!”

Why did I not perish at birth,
come forth from the womb and expire?
Or why was I not buried away like an untimely birth,
like babes that have never seen the light?
Wherefore did the knees receive me?
or why did I suck at the breasts?

For then I should have lain down and been tranquil;
had I slept, I should then have been at rest
With kings and counselors of the earth
who built where now there are ruins
Or with princes who had gold
and filled their houses with silver.

There the wicked cease from troubling,
there the weary are at rest.

Why is light given to the toilers,
and life to the bitter in spirit?
They wait for death and it comes not;
they search for it rather than for hidden treasures,
Rejoice in it exultingly,
and are glad when they reach the grave:
Those whose path is hidden from them,
and whom God has hemmed in!
Responsorial Psalm
PS 88:2-3, 4-5, 6, 7-8

R. (3) Let my prayer come before you, Lord.
O LORD, my God, by day I cry out;
at night I clamor in your presence.
Let my prayer come before you;
incline your ear to my call for help.
R. Let my prayer come before you, Lord.
For my soul is surfeited with troubles
and my life draws near to the nether world.
I am numbered with those who go down into the pit;
I am a man without strength.
R. Let my prayer come before you, Lord.
My couch is among the dead,
like the slain who lie in the grave,
Whom you remember no longer
and who are cut off from your care.
R. Let my prayer come before you, Lord.
You have plunged me into the bottom of the pit,
into the dark abyss.
Upon me your wrath lies heavy,
and with all your billows you overwhelm me.
R. Let my prayer come before you, Lord.
Gospel
LK 9:51-56

When the days for Jesus to be taken up were fulfilled,
he resolutely determined to journey to Jerusalem,
and he sent messengers ahead of him.
On the way they entered a Samaritan village
to prepare for his reception there,
but they would not welcome him
because the destination of his journey was Jerusalem.
When the disciples James and John saw this they asked,
“Lord, do you want us to call down fire from heaven
to consume them?”
Jesus turned and rebuked them,
and they journeyed to another village.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Feast of Saints Michael, Gabriel, and Raphael, Archangels Lectionary: 647

Feast of Saints Michael, Gabriel, and Raphael, ArchangelsLectionary: 647

Reading 1
DN 7:9-10, 13-14
As I watched:

Thrones were set up
and the Ancient One took his throne.
His clothing was bright as snow,
and the hair on his head as white as wool;
His throne was flames of fire,
with wheels of burning fire.
A surging stream of fire
flowed out from where he sat;
Thousands upon thousands were ministering to him,
and myriads upon myriads attended him.

The court was convened, and the books were opened.
As the visions during the night continued, I saw

One like a son of man coming,
on the clouds of heaven;
When he reached the Ancient One
and was presented before him,
He received dominion, glory, and kingship;
nations and peoples of every language serve him.
His dominion is an everlasting dominion
that shall not be taken away,
his kingship shall not be destroyed.
Or
RV 12:7-12AB

War broke out in heaven;
Michael and his angels battled against the dragon.
The dragon and its angels fought back,
but they did not prevail
and there was no longer any place for them in heaven.
The huge dragon, the ancient serpent,
who is called the Devil and Satan,
who deceived the whole world,
was thrown down to earth,
and its angels were thrown down with it.

Then I heard a loud voice in heaven say:
“Now have salvation and power come,
and the Kingdom of our God
and the authority of his Anointed.
For the accuser of our brothers is cast out,
who accuses them before our God day and night.
They conquered him by the Blood of the Lamb
and by the word of their testimony;
love for life did not deter them from death.
Therefore, rejoice, you heavens,
and you who dwell in them.”
Responsorial Psalm
PS 138:1-2AB, 2CDE-3, 4-5

R. (1) In the sight of the angels I will sing your praises, Lord.
I will give thanks to you, O LORD, with all my heart,
for you have heard the words of my mouth;
in the presence of the angels I will sing your praise;
I will worship at your holy temple
and give thanks to your name.
R. In the sight of the angels I will sing your praises, Lord.
Because of your kindness and your truth;
for you have made great above all things
your name and your promise.
When I called, you answered me;
you built up strength within me.
R. In the sight of the angels I will sing your praises, Lord.
All the kings of the earth shall give thanks to you, O LORD
when they hear the words of your mouth;
And they shall sing of the ways of the LORD
“Great is the glory of the LORD
R. In the sight of the angels I will sing your praises, Lord.
Gospel
JN 1:47-51

Jesus saw Nathanael coming toward him and said of him,
“Here is a true child of Israel.
There is no duplicity in him.”
Nathanael said to him, “How do you know me?”
Jesus answered and said to him,
“Before Philip called you, I saw you under the fig tree.”
Nathanael answered him,
“Rabbi, you are the Son of God; you are the King of Israel.”
Jesus answered and said to him,
“Do you believe
because I told you that I saw you under the fig tree?
You will see greater things than this.”
And he said to him, “Amen, amen, I say to you,
you will see heaven opened
and the angels of God ascending and descending on the Son of Man.”



Friday, September 26, 2014

Synod of Bishops

 Synod Of Bishops

    This weekend we are asked to gather in prayer as the body of Christ and pray for The Synod of Bishops that is coming up. Below you will find the letter, prayer and prayer of the faithful. I ask that we all consider doing this each and everyday until the Synod ends. Offer up sacrifices. Say the Rosary. Whatever you feel that you can offer. We are at a critical time where the faith is taken and twisted by the media and we have to make sure it is the Spirit that works in us and through us and not allow the media to twist our Teachings and Doctrine. For more information click here to be taken to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops website. 

Until tomorrow, God Bless, and let us gather in prayer. 
Day of Prayer for the III Extraordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops
Sunday, 28 September 2014
Sunday, 28 September is to be set aside as a Day of Prayer for the III Extraordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, scheduled to take place from 5 to 19 October to treat the topic: The Pastoral Challenges of the Family in the Context of Evangelization.
Particular churches, parish communities, institutes of consecrated life, associations and movements are invited to pray for this intention during Mass and at other liturgical celebrations, in the days leading to the synod and during the synod itself. In Rome, in the Basilica of Saint Mary Major, prayers will be recited each day in the chapel of the icon, Salus Populi Romani. The faithful, individually but above all in families, are invited to join in these prayers.
The suggested prayers include the Prayer to the Holy Family for the Synod, composed by Pope Francis, and the following proposed intentions during the Prayers of the Faithful which can be adapted at Sunday Mass on 28 September and during the synod. These intentions can also be included in the petitions at Lauds and Vespers. The recitation of the Holy Rosary is also recommended for the duration of the synodal assembly.
I - Prayer to the Holy Family for the Synod
Jesus, Mary and Joseph, in you we contemplate the splendor of true love, to you we turn with trust.
Holy Family of Nazareth,
grant that our families too
may be places of communion and prayer, authentic schools of the Gospel
and small domestic Churches.
Holy Family of Nazareth,
may families never again
experience violence, rejection and division: may all who have been hurt or scandalized find ready comfort and healing.
Holy Family of Nazareth,
may the approaching Synod of Bishops
make us once more mindful
of the sacredness and inviolability of the family, and its beauty in God’s plan.
Jesus, Mary and Joseph, graciously hear our prayer.
Amen.
II - Prayer of the Faithful
Brothers and Sisters,
gathered together as God’s family and inspired by our faith, we raise our minds and hearts to the Father, that our families, sustained by the grace of Christ, might become true domestic churches where all live and bear witness to God’s love.
Together we pray:
Lord, bless and sanctify our families.
For Pope Francis: the Lord has called him to preside over the Church in charity; sustain him in his ministry of service to the communion of the episcopal college and the entire People of God, we pray:
For the synod fathers and the other participants at the III Extraordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops: may the Spirit of the Lord enlighten their minds so that the Church might respond, in faithfulness to God’s plan, to the challenges facing the family, we pray:
For those who have the responsibility of governing nations: that the Holy Spirit might inspire programs which acknowledge the value of the family as the
basic unit of society in God’s plan and which offer support to families in difficulty, we pray:
For Christian families: may the Lord who has sealed the union of husband and wife with his presence, make our families cenacles of prayer and ardent communities of life and love, after the example of the Holy Family of Nazareth, we pray:
For couples undergoing difficulties: may the Lord, rich in mercy, be present to them through the Church’s motherly care and concern in showing understanding and patience in their journey towards pardon and reconciliation, we pray:
For families who, for the sake of the Gospel, are forced leave their fatherland: may the Lord who endured exile with Mary and Joseph, comfort them with his grace and open for them paths of fraternal charity and human solidarity, we pray:
For grandparents: may the Lord who was received in the Temple by the elders Simeon and Anna, make them wise collaborators with parents in transmitting the faith and the raising their children, we pray:
For children: may the Lord of life, who in his ministry welcomed them and made them a model for entering the Kingdom of heaven, inspire a respect for life in the womb and programs in raising children which conform to the Christian outlook towards life, we pray:
For young people: may the Lord, who made holy the Wedding at Cana, lead them to discover the beauty of the sacredness and inviolability of the family in God’s plan and sustain engaged couples as they prepare for marriage, we pray:
O God, you never forsake the work of your hands, hear our prayer; send the Spirit of your Son to enlighten the Church as the synodal journey begins, so that contemplating the splendor of true love which shines forth in the Holy Family of Nazareth, she might learn the freedom and obedience to respond with boldness and mercy to the challenges of today’s world. Through Christ Our Lord.

Amen.

Memorial of Saint Vincent de Paul, Priest
Lectionary: 454
Reading 1
ECCL 11:9-12:8
Rejoice, O young man, while you are young 
and let your heart be glad in the days of your youth.
Follow the ways of your heart,
the vision of your eyes;
Yet understand that as regards all this
God will bring you to judgment.
Ward off grief from your heart
and put away trouble from your presence,
though the dawn of youth is fleeting.

Remember your Creator in the days of your youth,
before the evil days come
And the years approach of which you will say,
I have no pleasure in them;
Before the sun is darkened,
and the light, and the moon, and the stars,
while the clouds return after the rain;
When the guardians of the house tremble,
and the strong men are bent,
And the grinders are idle because they are few,
and they who look through the windows grow blind;
When the doors to the street are shut,
and the sound of the mill is low;
When one waits for the chirp of a bird,
but all the daughters of song are suppressed;
And one fears heights,
and perils in the street;
When the almond tree blooms,
and the locust grows sluggish
and the caper berry is without effect,
Because man goes to his lasting home,
and mourners go about the streets;
Before the silver cord is snapped
and the golden bowl is broken,
And the pitcher is shattered at the spring,
and the broken pulley falls into the well,
And the dust returns to the earth as it once was,
and the life breath returns to God who gave it.

Vanity of vanities, says Qoheleth,
all things are vanity!
Responsorial Psalm
PS 90:3-4, 5-6, 12-13, 14 AND 17

R. (1) In every age, O Lord, you have been our refuge.
You turn man back to dust,
saying, “Return, O children of men.”
For a thousand years in your sight 
are as yesterday, now that it is past,
or as a watch of the night.
R. In every age, O Lord, you have been our refuge.
You make an end of them in their sleep;
the next morning they are like the changing grass,
Which at dawn springs up anew,
but by evening wilts and fades.
R. In every age, O Lord, you have been our refuge.
Teach us to number our days aright,
that we may gain wisdom of heart.
Return, O LORD! How long?
Have pity on your servants!
R. In every age, O Lord, you have been our refuge.
Fill us at daybreak with your kindness,
that we may shout for joy and gladness all our days.
And may the gracious care of the Lord our God be ours;
prosper the work of our hands for us!
Prosper the work of our hands!
R. In every age, O Lord, you have been our refuge.
Gospel
LK 9:43B-45

While they were all amazed at his every deed,
Jesus said to his disciples,
“Pay attention to what I am telling you.
The Son of Man is to be handed over to men.” 
But they did not understand this saying;
its meaning was hidden from them
so that they should not understand it,
and they were afraid to ask him about this saying.


Thursday, September 25, 2014

Discernment Meeting

Discernment Meeting

   This Sunday, The Diocese of Trenton is inviting men throughout the diocese who fell they may be being called to the Vocation of Priesthood to gather together for prayer, fellowship and a meal. Please pray for them this weekend that those who are being called are opened to the Spirit and follow the call and join together with their fellow brothers in Christ. If you are part of the Diocese of Trenton and want to attend please contact the vocations office at 609-406-7449 or email at vocations@dioceseoftrenton.org. The meeting will be held Saint Catherine Parish in Spring Lake from 4pm - 6pm. 
    Encourage the men around you who you think are being called to the priesthood. Just open up the dialogue. Sometimes it takes someone else to see whats inside us and without them sharing that we may never have thought about it ourself. Thank you for all your prayers.

Until tomorrow, God Bless, and may men answer and hear the call. 


Friday of the Twenty-fifth Week in Ordinary Time
Lectionary: 453
Reading 1
ECCL 3:1-11
There is an appointed time for everything,
and a time for every thing under the heavens.
A time to be born, and a time to die;
a time to plant, and a time to uproot the plant.
A time to kill, and a time to heal;
a time to tear down, and a time to build.
A time to weep, and a time to laugh;
a time to mourn, and a time to dance.
A time to scatter stones, and a time to gather them;
a time to embrace, and a time to be far from embraces.
A time to seek, and a time to lose;
a time to keep, and a time to cast away.
A time to rend, and a time to sew;
a time to be silent, and a time to speak.
A time to love, and a time to hate;
a time of war, and a time of peace.

What advantage has the worker from his toil?
I have considered the task that God has appointed
for the sons of men to be busied about.
He has made everything appropriate to its time,
and has put the timeless into their hearts,
without man’s ever discovering,
from beginning to end, the work which God has done.
Responsorial Psalm
PS 144:1B AND 2ABC, 3-4

R. (1) Blessed be the Lord, my Rock!
Blessed be the LORD, my rock,
my mercy and my fortress,
my stronghold, my deliverer,
My shield, in whom I trust.
R. Blessed be the Lord, my Rock!
LORD, what is man, that you notice him;
the son of man, that you take thought of him?
Man is like a breath;
his days, like a passing shadow.
R. Blessed be the Lord, my Rock!
Gospel
LK 9:18-22

Once when Jesus was praying in solitude,
and the disciples were with him,
he asked them, “Who do the crowds say that I am?”
They said in reply, “John the Baptist; others, Elijah;
still others, ‘One of the ancient prophets has arisen.’”
Then he said to them, “But who do you say that I am?”
Peter said in reply, “The Christ of God.”
He rebuked them and directed them not to tell this to anyone.

He said, “The Son of Man must suffer greatly
and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests, and the scribes,
and be killed and on the third day be raised.”

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Thursday of the Twenty-fifth Week in Ordinary Time Lectionary: 452

Thursday of the Twenty-fifth Week in Ordinary Time
Lectionary: 452

Reading 1
ECCL 1:2-11
Vanity of vanities, says Qoheleth,
vanity of vanities! All things are vanity!
What profit has man from all the labor
which he toils at under the sun?
One generation passes and another comes,
but the world forever stays.
The sun rises and the sun goes down;
then it presses on to the place where it rises.
Blowing now toward the south, then toward the north,
the wind turns again and again, resuming its rounds.
All rivers go to the sea,
yet never does the sea become full.
To the place where they go,
the rivers keep on going.
All speech is labored;
there is nothing one can say.
The eye is not satisfied with seeing
nor is the ear satisfied with hearing.

What has been, that will be;
what has been done, that will be done.
Nothing is new under the sun.
Even the thing of which we say, “See, this is new!”
has already existed in the ages that preceded us.
There is no remembrance of the men of old;
nor of those to come will there be any remembrance
among those who come after them.
Responsorial Psalm
PS 90:3-4, 5-6, 12-13, 14 AND 17BC

R. (1) In every age, O Lord, you have been our refuge.
You turn man back to dust,
saying, “Return, O children of men.”
For a thousand years in your sight
are as yesterday, now that it is past,
or as a watch of the night.
R. In every age, O Lord, you have been our refuge.
You make an end of them in their sleep;
the next morning they are like the changing grass,
Which at dawn springs up anew,
but by evening wilts and fades.
R. In every age, O Lord, you have been our refuge.
Teach us to number our days aright,
that we may gain wisdom of heart.
Return, O LORD! How long?
Have pity on your servants!
R. In every age, O Lord, you have been our refuge.
Fill us at daybreak with your kindness,
that we may shout for joy and gladness all our days.
Prosper the work of our hands for us!
Prosper the work of our hands!
R. In every age, O Lord, you have been our refuge.
Gospel
LK 9:7-9

Herod the tetrarch heard about all that was happening,
and he was greatly perplexed because some were saying,
“John has been raised from the dead”;
others were saying, “Elijah has appeared”;
still others, “One of the ancient prophets has arisen.”
But Herod said, “John I beheaded.
Who then is this about whom I hear such things?”

And he kept trying to see him.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014


Website Alert!!


   I would like to start to share some great website from time to time. Tonight I want to share a great website, Vocation Boom. It is a radio show and now a show on EWTN as well. Yes, it is a website/show/radio that focuses on vocations and the stories of the men that are and have discerned. The website has links to past radio shows that you can listen to. It is great to hear different priests, seminarians, and the families that have gone through their vocation discernment. I personally think it is amazing to listen to each individual story. We all sometimes forget what goes into this process and I will even say many do not even know what goes on for each person.

     Share this with people so they can see what goes on and even it is a useful tool for anyone who is trying to find out what their vocation is in their lives. I wish this was around years ago or even wish I knew about it. Click here to be directed to the site.

Until tomorrow, God Bless, and encourage the men in your life to discern if they are being called to the Priesthood.




Wednesday of the Twenty-fifth Week in Ordinary Time
Lectionary: 451
Reading 1
PRV 30:5-9
Every word of God is tested;
he is a shield to those who take refuge in him.
Add nothing to his words,
lest he reprove you, and you will be exposed as a deceiver.

Two things I ask of you,
deny them not to me before I die:
Put falsehood and lying far from me,
give me neither poverty nor riches;
provide me only with the food I need;
Lest, being full, I deny you,
saying, “Who is the LORD?”
Or, being in want, I steal,
and profane the name of my God.
Responsorial Psalm
PS 119:29, 72, 89, 101, 104, 163

R. (105) Your word, O Lord, is a lamp for my feet.
Remove from me the way of falsehood,
and favor me with your law.
R. Your word, O Lord, is a lamp for my feet.
The law of your mouth is to me more precious
than thousands of gold and silver pieces.
R. Your word, O Lord, is a lamp for my feet.
Your word, O LORD, endures forever;
it is firm as the heavens.
R. Your word, O Lord, is a lamp for my feet.
From every evil way I withhold my feet,
that I may keep your words.
R. Your word, O Lord, is a lamp for my feet.
Through your precepts I gain discernment;
therefore I hate every false way.
R. Your word, O Lord, is a lamp for my feet.
Falsehood I hate and abhor;
your law I love.
R. Your word, O Lord, is a lamp for my feet.
Gospel
LK 9:1-6

Jesus summoned the Twelve and gave them power and authority
over all demons and to cure diseases,
and he sent them to proclaim the Kingdom of God
and to heal the sick.
He said to them, “Take nothing for the journey,
neither walking stick, nor sack, nor food, nor money,
and let no one take a second tunic.
Whatever house you enter, stay there and leave from there.
And as for those who do not welcome you,
when you leave that town,
shake the dust from your feet in testimony against them.”
Then they set out and went from village to village

proclaiming the Good News and curing diseases everywhere.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Memorial of Saint Pius of Pietrelcina, Priest Lectionary: 450

Memorial of Saint Pius of Pietrelcina, PriestLectionary: 450

Reading 1
PRV 21:1-6, 10-13
Like a stream is the king’s heart in the hand of the LORD;
wherever it pleases him, he directs it.

All the ways of a man may be right in his own eyes,
but it is the LORD who proves hearts.

To do what is right and just
is more acceptable to the LORD than sacrifice.

Haughty eyes and a proud heart–
the tillage of the wicked is sin.

The plans of the diligent are sure of profit,
but all rash haste leads certainly to poverty.

Whoever makes a fortune by a lying tongue
is chasing a bubble over deadly snares.

The soul of the wicked man desires evil;
his neighbor finds no pity in his eyes.

When the arrogant man is punished, the simple are the wiser;
when the wise man is instructed, he gains knowledge.

The just man appraises the house of the wicked:
there is one who brings down the wicked to ruin.

He who shuts his ear to the cry of the poor
will himself also call and not be heard.
Responsorial Psalm
PS 119:1, 27, 30, 34, 35, 44

R. (35) Guide me, Lord, in the way of your commands.
Blessed are they whose way is blameless,
who walk in the law of the LORD.
R. Guide me, Lord, in the way of your commands.
Make me understand the way of your precepts,
and I will meditate on your wondrous deeds.
R. Guide me, Lord, in the way of your commands.
The way of truth I have chosen;
I have set your ordinances before me.
R. Guide me, Lord, in the way of your commands.
Give me discernment, that I may observe your law
and keep it with all my heart.
R. Guide me, Lord, in the way of your commands.
Lead me in the path of your commands,
for in it I delight.
R. Guide me, Lord, in the way of your commands.
And I will keep your law continually,
forever and ever.
R. Guide me, Lord, in the way of your commands.
Gospel
LK 8:19-21

The mother of Jesus and his brothers came to him
but were unable to join him because of the crowd.
He was told, “Your mother and your brothers are standing outside
and they wish to see you.”
He said to them in reply, “My mother and my brothers 

are those who hear the word of God and act on it.”

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Just Social or is it More?

Just Social or is it More?

  Today was my parish’s picnic and it was an amazing time. A lot went into the planning and set up for today and it was beyond worth it. For three days there was physical labor for the set up from tables, chairs, fences, games, drinks, food etc.. For months there was the planning and then selling tickets. Over 600 people came and it was a great success. 

    So, Why am I sharing this? Well, to be honest, it is because some people do not see the importance of events like this or see them as a lesser part of a spiritual life of the parish and the person who attends. I will go on record and say this has never been my idea or perception at all. I have always felt and said it is so vital to the parish and the individual person. There is more to this then just some good laughs and fun times. Yes, for some it is just that but lets not limit the impact this may have on people either. 

    Some people will say these kinds of events, while are nice and fun, are not as important, not ministry, or that it fills peoples social aspects of life but that is it. Yes, is it the ultimate of events, no. The Holy Mass, the Sacraments, Prayer are the staples that hold our spiritual lives together but these kinds of events impact us still in a way that fills our souls with joy. 

     First, lets look at why this is ministry. One of the definitions of “ministry” is the act of serving and the definition of “serving” is to render assistance, be of use, help. These events do not happen on their own. There is no miracle with setting up or breaking down these kinds of events. It takes people who are taking time out of their lives. People decide to help to serve so others can have a good time and be able to gather together. To say to these people that it is not a ministry is to down play their role and makes it come of as no big deal. It is a big deal. Coming together to build up a parish, build up its members, is what these people are doing. When people help, they feel even more vested in the parish and with that come the faith as well. 

     Second, lets see why these events are important. These kinds of events foster a sense of community. At these events people meet each other, make connections and sometimes friendships start. At my church there are six different masses and with that most people go to one set mass each week and do not have a clue to who is going to other masses. Here, we have a mix of the parish. People get to meet each other both during the set up and the event it self. It is a way for new people to meet others and even help out. People are able to share their talents and gifts with each other. These kinds of events also allows us to invite others to come and meet people or even a nice way to introduce people to the parish, to other people and yes the Catholic Faith. The Catholic Faith? Yes. Let us face facts the Catholic Church does not get great press so if you know someone who is hesitant about coming to church or feel like this is not for me, then invite them to an event where they do meet other Catholics, meet the Clergy and let them see the “people” who are there. We can not discredit the “Holy Spirit” and what can occur. Will it always work? No, but why not try and see. Those who have been away from church or think church is not for them, need to see the full spectrum of the Church. It is easier to get someone to go to a picnic then a mass. We need to meet people where they are and serve them in the way that we can show them Jesus. Like I said earlier, We can not limit the impact of events or people. 

      Third, as I thought about this idea for the blog two stories from the bible came to mind. The first being the story of “Mary and Martha” and the second being the “ Wedding at Cana”. The first story of “Mary and Martha” shows both the ministry aspect and the social aspect. Martha, worked and worked while Mary, sat and listened. Martha being the ministry aspect and Mary the social aspect. I know some will say, “Mary sat at the feet of Jesus, so it wasn’t as much as social as He ministered to her and others”. Yes, I agree but only to a point and here is why. We are not able to do as Mary did per say because Jesus is not in physical form working before us and sitting down to speak to us in a physical human form. Yet, does it not say in the bible “Where two or there are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them” (Matthew 18:20). Here we are gathering as the church body in His name. Another point with this is that I know I have had conversations with people at these events that really shaped my life. Something they said created a spark in me or something they said I needed to hear. Ok, no not every conversation is about church, God, religions etc or even a majority of them but still those conversations are being had among people there. We are all to be Jesus in the world and that does not stop in social settings. If we are in Christ Jesus, He is in every aspect including social in our lives. Now the second part. Yes, it is a stretch but humor me, the Wedding at Cana. The first miracle of Jesus happened at a social gathering. Not at a time when Jesus gathered people together to show what He can do but at a social event that He, Himself was attending. At these social gatherings miracles can happen. People who fell lost or not apart of things can feel that. People who are invited can start to have a flicker of wanting more. People who want to belong can help and feel they are needed. We do not know why everyone are there or what they need in the life, but God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit do. This gives people an opportunity to experience something positive in their lives that involves the Church. Again, we can not limit the Trinity and how the Trinity works in us and through us. 

      At one point today I stopped and took a deep breath and just looked around and thought to myself.. “ We did good today”. I do not mean this as a pat on the back but because good memories were being made for kids that involve church, people got the chance to help out and share their gifts and talents, people got to catch up with people and share whats going on in all areas of their lives, and people gathered on church grounds and showed that their faith and the church are important to them. I have always said that the one thing I want to hear after this life on earth is done for me is that God says to me “ You did good”. Just three words that means so much to me and I really feel that today God said “ You all did good”. 

     We do not know what can change a person and give them a new lease on life but what I do think we know is that since we do not know, we need to try it all and hope and pray that whatever is needed is given. It may just be something that happened at a social event. I hope that people who feel that the social aspect of the church does not matter have a change of heart and see that it is just another opportunity for us to gather and show who we are, the Catholic Church. 

Until tomorrow, God Bless, and let us always remember to use every opportunity to share the love of Jesus in the world. 


Monday of the Twenty-fifth Week in Ordinary Time
Lectionary: 449
Reading 1
PRV 3:27-34
Refuse no one the good on which he has a claim
when it is in your power to do it for him.
Say not to your neighbor, “Go, and come again,
tomorrow I will give,” when you can give at once.

Plot no evil against your neighbor,
against one who lives at peace with you.
Quarrel not with a man without cause,
with one who has done you no harm.

Envy not the lawless man
and choose none of his ways:
To the LORD the perverse one is an abomination,
but with the upright is his friendship.

The curse of the LORD is on the house of the wicked,
but the dwelling of the just he blesses;
When dealing with the arrogant, he is stern,
but to the humble he shows kindness.
Responsorial Psalm
PS 15:2-3A, 3-BC-4AB, 5

R. (1) The just one shall live on your holy mountain, O Lord.
He who walks blamelessly and does justice;
who thinks the truth in his heart
and slanders not with his tongue.
R. The just one shall live on your holy mountain, O Lord.
Who harms not his fellow man,
nor takes up a reproach against his neighbor;
By whom the reprobate is despised,
while he honors those who fear the LORD.
R. The just one shall live on your holy mountain, O Lord.
Who lends not his money at usury
and accepts no bribe against the innocent.
He who does these things
shall never be disturbed.
R. The just one shall live on your holy mountain, O Lord.
Gospel
LK 8:16-18

Jesus said to the crowd:
“No one who lights a lamp conceals it with a vessel
or sets it under a bed;
rather, he places it on a lampstand
so that those who enter may see the light.
For there is nothing hidden that will not become visible,
and nothing secret that will not be known and come to light.
Take care, then, how you hear.
To anyone who has, more will be given,
and from the one who has not,
even what he seems to have will be taken away.”