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Christ Has a Blueprint for You

Pastor’s Column 6th Sunday of Easter May 26, 2019 "If you love me you will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our home with him." (John 14:23) As I was meditating on the scriptures and praying the Divine Office this morning in the backyard of the rectory, bulldozers could be heard working on the school addition next door. It then occurred to me that six years ago, our own new church was rising at this same time. So too the Holy Spirit has a blueprint and “building project” that is within each of our lives, but this home is meant to last forever. Each moment of our brief earthly existence offers us a chance to build using the Word of God, church tea

Sacred Silence

Pastor’s Column 5th Sunday of Easter May 19, 2019 Sacred Silence: What does this mean? Is there a place for silence in our Liturgy on Sunday? Fully conscious and active participation means more than just talking and singing at Mass. It means understanding what is happening! One of the greatest times of communal worship together is, paradoxically, silence. The US Catholic Bishops note that the Mass Rite calls for a number of places where Sacred Silence should be observed. We at Saint Eds are better at some of these more than others. Silence should be observed before Mass begins: Silence prepares our heart to receive the Word and Eucharist. This is an area that we can improve on at Sai

A Vision of Suffering Transformed

Pastor’s Column 4th Sunday of Easter May 12, 2019 I, John, had a vision of a great multitude, which no one could count, from every nation, race, people and tongue. They stood before the throne and before the Lamb wearing white robes and holding palm branches in their hands. These are the ones who have survived the great time of distress and have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. Revelation 7:15 This Sunday’s second reading is very optimistic: a great multitude can be seen around the throne of God, praising him night and day. They are immortal: they will never be hungry or thirsty again; they will never know pain or distress; they will never cry again; they w

Do You Still Love Me?

Pastor’s Column 3rd Sunday of Easter May 5, 2019 This Sunday’s haunting gospel finds the disciples fishing on the Sea of Galilee. They had seen the risen Lord, who instructed them to go there and wait for him. So by fishing they are being obedient. When Peter first met the Lord, he and his companions had fished all night and caught nothing. Now, once again three years later, they have worked all night without success. At daybreak, Jesus calls out to them from the shore – but strangely, at first they do not recognize him or his voice. Yet when, at his command, the nets are filled with fish, John is the first to realize that it is the Lord. Peter can’t wait and jumps into the water to swi

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