Last weekend I put some message in this column on how to receive the Eucharist at Mass. I have an added message about it today, in the third and fourth paragraphs below.
First, I want to thank the persons who came to our Holy Hour with the Blessed Sacrament adoration last Saturday. I also want to thank people who attended the 5:30pm Mass for remembering your third pastor, Fr. Tom Kehoe. Those were both appropriate actions for “Corpus Christi”.READ MORE
"Even all the hairs of your head are counted. So do not be afraid." Can it really be true? Is our heavenly Father actually so aware of us? Does the Creator of the universe pay that much attention to me? Jesus says yes. God knows us far more intimately than we even know ourselves. And so, we have nothing to fear.
Being Christian isn't guaranteed to be easy. More and more even in our own culture, following the faith is being criticized and discouraged in the public square. Privately, we may struggle with the demands of the commandments or the ability to believe when we face the inevitable trials that come our way. But passages like this one in today's Gospel are a source of tremendous hope and consolation. We are loved beyond measure. We enjoy the care and concern of God in every situation, big and small. Truly we have no need to worry or be anxious because God is in control.
For our part, of course, Jesus asks us to trust him and stay faithful. He asks us not to apologize for our faith, especially publicly. "Everyone who acknowledges me before others I will acknowledge before my heavenly Father." When we live our faith with confidence, it's a way of accepting the power and providence of God. But when we try to hide our faith away because we're afraid of causing problems, we only damage our relationship with the One who can actually solve them.
Before we get into the ordinary Sundays and ordinary weekdays of the Summer, we get one more big Sunday which is today’s Body and Blood of Christ feast. This used to be called Corpus Christi. Here are some thoughts of the Holy Mass and Holy Eucharist, in some practical terms, on this Feast of its celebration.READ MORE
This is to remind everyone about tomorrow’s events:
On this Holy Trinity Sunday, I think of our recent baptisms in the parish, done in “the Name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.” Last Sunday, William, an adult, was brought into the Church by full initiation (Eucharist, Confirmation plus Baptism). He was in our RCIA program this year. The prior Sunday, a young girl named Zoey was baptized. I have taught her at St. Pius X School, so we sang songs about the Trinity that we learned in class. Deacon Barnes did the three baptisms before that, which included two infants, Liam and Mary, and a four-year-old named Alexa.READ MORE
"God so loved the world that He gave His only Son." We are used to this profound idea, so used to it that we often glaze over the incredible reality: God the Father has a Son who became man and dwelt among us! Too often we blithely make the sign of the cross in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, without realizing what a radical theology we are announcing.READ MORE
I was thinking over the meaning of the Holy Spirit in my life. There were so many things that come to mind. One of them is that the Spirit is given to me to help me reach my highest destiny. I have done a Bible review of verses that relate to that great hope; and I have listed them in the Spirituality page today.
I found 45 of such verses! I’m pondering on having 45 days in a row in prayer when I could claim the Word promises and be lifted up in them.
Do you ever feast in God’s Word like that? It’s refreshing to the soul!
"Jesus came and stood in their midst and said to them, 'Peace be with you.'" Then, He said it again. And then, "He breathed on them and said to them, 'Receive the Holy Spirit.'" Jesus brings peace, and He brings the Holy Spirit. Peace, in fact, is one of the fruits of the Holy Spirit. Today, on this feast of Pentecost, we remember the dramatic outpouring of the Holy Spirit that came upon those first apostles and the peace that came along with it. But we do more than remember. We also celebrate the presence of this same Spirit in our midst.READ MORE