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Making the Sign of the Cross

Trinity Sunday Pastor’s Column May 27, 2018 When Catholics enter a Church, we customarily dip our hands into the Holy Water font and make the Sign of the Cross. Why do we do this? This gesture can become so automatic that we can forget just how powerful a prayer making the Sign of the Cross can be. The very act of tracing the cross on our head, heart and shoulders is a very deep act of worship. What we are actually doing is saying a prayer of remembrance. We remember that we were signed with God’s very name at our baptism. When God looks at us, he sees his own name traced on our foreheads. This is a sign of great dignity for us. In this world, many people value us not for ourselves, but

We Live in a War-Zone!

Pastor’s Column Pentecost Sunday May 20, 2018 The second reading for Pentecost Sunday is so important for our spiritual discernment that I want to reprint some of it for our continued reflection (Galatians 5: 16-25—Jerusalem Bible): “If you are guided by the Spirit, you will be in no danger of yielding to self-indulgence, since self-indulgence is the opposite of the Spirit, the Spirit is totally against such a thing, and it is precisely because the two are so opposed that you do not always carry out your good intentions… When self-indulgence is at work the results are obvious: Impurity Lust Idolatry Sorcery Outbursts of fury Jealousy Acts of selfishness Dissentions Factions Drinking bouts Or

Squeaky Shoes

Pastor’s Column Ascension Sunday, 2018 Seeing things in our lives beyond the three dimensions that are natural to us takes practice. When I was in the seminary we were periodically asked to lector in the abbey church on Sunday. No problem, I thought: I have done this for years. Perhaps I was overconfident, but who knew what disasters awaited? We seminarians sat a long way from the ambo, and in between our seats and that podium was a very long row of Monks on both sides, watching and listening! I began to walk the gauntlet that fated Sunday morning. And then the worst possible thing happened. It was horrible. It was ugly. It was embarrassing. Everyone talked about it. What was the pro

My Unique Mission in Life

Pastor’s Column 6th Sunday of Easter May 6, 2018 It was not you who chose me, but I who chose you, and appointed you to go forth and bear fruit, fruit that will remain. John 15:15 It may not always seem like it, but the Lord has chosen each of us for a unique vocation or mission. He has chosen us to be his followers and given us the gift of faith. There is a role in this world that only you can play; you are meant to make a difference in the lives of certain other people that will cross your path in the course of your life. If you do not fulfill your mission it will stay undone for all eternity. In short, we are called by the Lord to make a difference in the world of our daily, ordinary,

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