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The Holy Spirit: Coping with the Coronavirus

Pastor’s Column Pentecost Sunday May 31, 2020 In these days of the Coronavirus, who in this world doesn’t have problems? Who in the world has the answers to these problems? The Holy Spirit will guide us to understanding God’s will and how we can cope and even use these challenging times as an opportunity to grow spiritually so we can use our brief sojourn on Earth to get ready for our lives in eternity. The Holy Spirit knows exactly what is best for us and why we sometimes have to suffer; which decisions we ought to make; how to handle even the gravest of difficulties in our lives. So how do we access this knowledge? In this column, I want to share with you a bit of wisdom that my spiritua

Seeing Things as They Really Are

Pastor’s Column The Ascension of the Lord May 24, 2020 “It is not for you to know the times or the seasons that the Father has established by his own authority. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you.” From Acts 1:1-11 If only we could allow the Holy Spirit to guide us into seeing things in our lives as they really are! How vital it is for us to get beyond the illusions we prefer or a life lived only on the surface of reality. There are so many mysteries our Lord wishes to share with us if we are open to seeing them – in our personal lives, in the world around us, and in the world to come (where we are rapidly headed!). What we need is God’s perspective. Even as Ch

Jesus, Who is Building a Home for Us

Pastor’s Column 6th Sunday of Easter May 17, 2020 “Do not let your hearts be troubled. You have faith in God; have faith also in me. In my father’s house there are many dwelling places.… I am going to prepare a place for you.” John 14:1-3 A number of years ago I signed up to be a chaplain on a cruise ship. I have only done this once, because, as it turns out, I get deathly seasick on boats, and no amount of patches, Dramamine or wrist bands seem to be enough. Nevertheless, I received some tremendous insights on this voyage about the nature of life on earth. Life is like a voyage on an ocean liner. There are all kinds of rooms onboard. Some are fine staterooms with beautiful views and balc

Update on Our Limited Church Opening

Pastor's Letter Update on Our Limited Church Opening May 10, 2020 You may have heard that Archbishop Sample has begun the process of opening up our churches for Mass to the extent that the law allows at the moment. May God bless all our good parishioners of Saint Ed’s for your patience and faith in these very challenging times. I miss seeing all of you here in person! As it now stands, the absolute maximum number of people allowed in per Mass as of May 9, 2020 is 25 persons and no more. This first step primarily benefits the many small parishes of our Archdiocese much more than large ones like ours. As the 11th largest parish in the Archdiocese, Saint Edward averages almost 1800 people in

Whose Voice Am I Listening To?

Pastor’s Column 4th Sunday of Easter May 3, 2020 “The sheep follow him [Jesus], because they recognize his voice. But they will not follow a stranger; they will run away from him, because they do not recognize the voice of strangers.” (from John 10:1-10) Am I able to hear and recognize the voice of God in my life? Or do I tend to follow the voice of “strangers”? Sometimes there is so much media, noise and distractions in our lives that we cannot hear the Lord. My grandparents who raised me bought one of the very first TV sets in 1950. People came from all over the neighborhood to watch it! It was a small round picture about a foot wide. Of course, I wish I still had that old set (not t

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