Celebrate Life in October

The month of October is dedicated to celebrating Life and a time to focus on why we as a Church are proponents for defending life. Here are some quotes from our Catechism that get to the foundation of our beliefs of the dignity of each and every human being from conception to natural death and the role of society to protect our right to life.

CCC 1700 "The dignity of the human person is rooted in his creation in the image and likeness of God; it is fulfilled in his vocation to divine beatitude."

CCC 1703 "Endowed with 'a spiritual and immortal' soul, the human person is 'the only creature on earth that God has willed for its own sake.' From his conception, he is destined for eternal beatitude."

CCC 1892 "The human person...is and ought to be the principle, the subject, and the object of every social organization."

CCC 1931 "Respect for the human person proceeds by way of respect for the principle that 'everyone should look upon his neighbor (without any exception) as 'another self,' above all bearing in mind his life and the means necessary for living it with dignity."

Let us continue to fight to protect life and to recognize the dignity of all people. May we especially speak out for those who cannot speak for themselves like the unborn or any from the beginning to the end of life with their dignity being questioned by themselves or others. Let us recognize the image of God in them and their call to beatitude.

May God Bless us

Wisdom

Wisdom is a spiritual gift which enables one to know the purpose and plan of God. This is part of the definition of wisdom given in the glossary of the Catechism. We need an openness to receive this gift of the Holy Spirit and hopefully it is a gift that we continue to pray for in our life. I find it to be easy at times to tell God of my purpose and plans but it can be more difficult to await the reception of the gift of Wisdom so that I receive the purpose and plan of God and not my own. May God bless you.

The Sacrament of Marriage

The sacrament of marriage is a wonderful gift to the Church.

The Lord stresses its importance in the Gospel today and reminds us that it is something that goes all the way back to the beginning of creation. The catechism is also a great place to go to see the importance of marriage.

"The sacrament of Matrimony signifies the union of Christ and the Church. It gives spouses grace to love each other with the love with which Christ loved his Church; the grace of the sacrament thus perfects the human love of the spouses, strengthens their indissoluble unity, and sanctifies them on the way to eternal life.” - CCC 1661

May we continue to pray for all our married couples that the grace of the sacrament they have received give us a tangible example of the love of Christ for his Church.

We are Called to Conversion

Conversion is at the center of Christ's preaching.

Conversion is something that we are called to throughout our life but it is also not something that we do on our own. A description of conversion is found in the catechism.

"This endeavor of conversion is not just a human work.

It is the movement of a 'contrite heart,' drawn and moved by grace

to respond to the merciful love of God who loved us first."

We are called to reflect on conversion as we pray with our readings this week. As we work on conversion we allow ourselves to be molded into the image of Christ. Through the prophet Isaiah, God warns us that we should not think of it as the opposite as if God should conform to us.

"For my thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways my ways, says the LORD.

As high as the heavens are above the earth, so high are my ways above your ways

and my thoughts above your thoughts."

May God continue to bless us and mold us into the image of His Son.

You are called to Service

“Then he sat down, called the Twelve, and said to them,

‘If anyone wishes to be first, he shall be the last of all and the servant of all.’”

 

Saint Pope John Paul II reminded us often in his teachings that we receive fulfillment when we make a gift of our self.

The teaching of Jesus in today’s Gospel had to have been a part of why Pope John Paul II said this. The apostles are so concerned about being the greatest and Jesus turns their ideas upside down with His explanation of what truly being great is like.

Lord help us to be great by our service to one another.

May God bless you.

Uniting Our Suffering with Jesus'

In this Sunday’s readings we reflect and pray with the fact that Our Lord and God in the person of Jesus Christ came to this earth to suffer for our redemption and salvation. I found this prayer in a book called, Consoling the Heart of Jesus by Fr. Michael Gaitley, and found it to be appropriate as we reflect on Jesus’ suffering and our suffering that we unite to His.

Father, behold the suffering of your Son, Jesus.

I lift him up to you.

Although I’m weak and don’t have much to offer myself,

Dear Father, your Son’s merits are infinite.

So, behold, to your Son’s suffering, I unite my own,

and I ask you to save all those poor, unrepentant sinners who have no one else to pray for them.

Yes, Father, I believe that your Son’s infinite merits can accomplish this.

Amen.

God is Always With Us

"For this command that I enjoin on you today is not too mysterious and remote for you.... No, it is something very near to you, already in your mouths and in your hearts; you have only to carry it out." - Deuteronomy

"Christ Jesus is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation." - Colossians

“Nevertheless, I am continually with you; you hold my right hand. “ - Psalms

There are times that God seems distant to us, but we know that it is not true. We can pray with the Scriptures to strengthen our hearts and minds in the promises God makes to us. God is more real and present than anything in our life. Receiving the love of the Trinity and serving almighty God is the most important thing for us. These Scriptures help us to reflect on that fact. God has been made visible in his Son Jesus Christ. The very law of God that is written on our hearts also serves as an example of the closeness of God to us. He will never abandon us.

May God Bless You.

Archbishop's Leaven Article

I would encourage all of you to read the Archbishop’s most recent article in the Leaven this week. Many of us have become discouraged after all the news that has continued to come out regarding us priests and bishops in the Church. Archbishop did a great job of being transparent in the article and gives us things to reflect on and to pray for. Let us continue to pray that we may have hope and trust in the Lord that he never abandons the Church He has established. May God Bless you.

Authentic Love to God

“God created man a rational being, conferring on him the dignity of a person who can initiate and control his own actions. God willed that man should be left in the hands of his own counsel, so that he might of his own accord seek his Creator and freely attain his full and blessed perfection by cleaving to him” (CCC 1730)

This is a quote from the Catechism from the beginning of the discussion of our freedom. In the beauty of God’s creation humanity is alone in the gift of freedom. Plants, animals, and all other parts of God’s creation can do nothing but glorify God by being as He created them to be. We on the other hand have been given the freedom to choose to love and follow the Lord and thus to be able to glorify God or to not glorify God. God desires that we freely choose to love him and thus to be able to offer to God authentic love. Our Gospel today is a reminder to us that at any time we can also choose to leave God as well or to choose contrary to His will.

May God help us to at all times choose to receive His love and to love and glorify Him.

May God Bless you.