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God’s Secret Plan For Us

Pastor’s Column Christmas Day December 25, 2017 Christmas is a time when we see lots of angels on Christmas cards, trees, in stores, nativity sets and many other places. God has a secret plan in everything we do in this life, but he generally reveals the truth only to the humble. I had a very good friend named Jean who always, always talked about angels, especially her angels. It was almost as if she conversed with and saw them frequently. Who knows? At that time, I belonged to the largest Catholic Charismatic Community in the nation at Loyola Marymount University in L.A. Later, after moving away, we kept in touch; she came to my first Mass and always gave the hidden angels a plug! She

Scriptures for Rejoicing!

Pastor’s Column 3rd Sunday of Advent December 17, 2012 This Sunday is dedicated to rejoicing. Every few years I like to re-run this column; it has been the most downloaded ever! Keep these scriptures out - they help you keep rejoicing! Father Gary Night and day I thank God, keeping my conscience clear. 2 Tim 1:3 Dismiss all anxiety from your minds. Present your needs to God in every form of prayer and in petitions full of gratitude! Phil 4:6 A joyful heart is excellent medicine! Proverbs 17:22 Do not be saddened this day, for rejoicing in the Lord must be your strength! Neh. 8:10 Glad heart means happy face! Proverbs 15:13 Through him, then, let us continually offer up a sacri

When Life is a Journey Through the Desert

Pastor’s Column 2nd Sunday of Advent December 10, 2017 “Every valley shall be filled and every mountain and hill shall be made low. The winding roads shall be made straight and the rough ways made smooth, And all flesh shall see the salvation of God!” Luke 3:5-6 The first and third readings today almost sound like a big construction project, and in a way, they are: valleys being filled in, mountains leveled, roads straightened, rough roads paved. What in the world is being described here? These readings sound either irrelevant or hopelessly idyllic, but wait a moment.... These are all METAPHORS. The speaker is John the Baptist calling out from the desert. Let’s explore these spiritual

Making Room for Christ this Advent

Pastor’s Column 1st Sunday of Advent December 3, 2017 “Be aware that your hearts do not become drowsy from carousing and drunkenness and the anxieties of daily life, and that day catch you by surprise like a trap….Be vigilant at all times and pray that you will have the strength to escape the tribulations that are imminent and to stand with confidence before the Son of Man.” Luke 21:35-36 Our lives on earth are brief, even for those of us who live a long time. God gives each soul a precious window of life in which to grow in faith and good works by the choices we make in life. The beginning of Advent is a wonderful opportunity to stop for a moment and ask God to show us how our lives look

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