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Easter: Pictures on the Wall

Pastor’s Column April 1, 2018 My favorite picture from childhood was taken on Easter Sunday many years ago, right after we got home from church. We were dressed up and the whole family was visiting. I have this picture in a place of honor in my home, but it is also a picture with a flaw: it is slightly out of focus. To me, such a picture of a cherished memory can be a kind of image of the way we remember good times from the past. Like a favorite memory from a distant time past, this memory remains a bit out of focus. The picture the gospel gives us of Easter Sunday is similar. Here we are presented with a vivid and clear image of Jesus rising from the dead. We see the picture clearly th

Our Reaction as Christ Passes By

Pastor’s Column Palm Sunday, 2018 We meet every sort of reaction to Christ on Palm Sunday: jubilation, faith, hatred, concern, grief, fear, hostility, cruelty, indifference. There is a response for everyone. In some ways, Jesus is still walking on the road to Calvary today, on the way to his death and resurrection. This time, however, you are invited to be a part of the story. Simon of Cyrene. Perhaps you are called to be like Simon of Cyrene. He was unexpectedly called upon to carry Christ’s cross for him. Perhaps, like Simon, you have been given a cross to carry against your will, one that you resisted, one you were not expecting. Yet Christ is at your side and, as his friend, you a

Practicing Cross-Avoidance

Pastor’s Column 5th Sunday of Lent March 18, 2018 If a man serves me, he must follow me; wherever I am, there my servant shall be. from John 12:20-33 One of the most surprising facts about the early church for a Catholic is that Christians in the first century did not use crucifixes. Churches did not begin to display Jesus on the cross until sometime after Constantine legalized Christianity and outlawed crucifixions. It was only after Christians began to “forget” how awful crucifixion was that we begin to see Christ on a crucifix in churches instead of a bare cross. In today’s gospel our Lord tells us that, if we are a real follower of his, we will be asked to take up our cross and follow

The Gift of Confession

Pastor’s Column 4th Sunday of Lent March 11, 2018 The Sacrament of Reconciliation doesn’t just take our sins away: it gives us many benefits! Lent is the perfect time to do some spring cleaning in our soul. Our penance service is this Thursday, March 15th at 7 p.m. In addition to our penance service, Brad is offering a Tuesday night presentation (March 13th) at 7 p.m. on the Power & Importance of Confession. Give yourself a gift that will be a blessing now, in the future and in the world to come as well. Here are some benefits of a good confession: Reconciliation with God A personal encounter with Christ Divine life is restored in our soul Our soul receives many graces Confession remind

Cleansing the Temple of My Soul

Pastor’s Column 3rd Sunday of Lent March 4, 2018 Do you not know that you are a temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? 1 Corinthians 3:16 There is only one place in the Scriptures where Jesus is seen resorting to an act of violence, and this is when he drove the corrupt moneychangers out of the temple. These days, the temple that Jesus really wants to cleanse is the temple of our soul. Jesus is very zealous that this temple within us, which is immortal, be as clean as possible. Jesus is truly willing to cleanse the temple of our hearts, but first we need to let him in so he can get to work. Jesus will never force his way in. Our hearts are often cluttered with many thin

Abraham’s Test and Ours

Pastor’s Column Second Sunday of Lent February 25, 2018 “God said to Abraham, take your son Isaac, your only one, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah. There you shall offer him up as a holocaust…” Genesis 22:2 The story of the sacrifice of Abraham is a haunting one indeed. How would you handle this situation? Suppose God had promised you a child when you and your wife were long past child-bearing years; promised, in fact, to give you descendants through this child as numerous as the stars! Now, suppose God made you wait many years before answering this prayer and you remained faithful. Then, finally, when the child was eleven years old, God commanded you to make a sacrifice o

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