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From the Pastor 07/16/17

Part III on Faith and the Good Life from notes I took from both Fr. John Hardon, S.J. and Fr. Reginald Martin, O.P.

If we wonder how our Faith manifests itself, St. Thomas Aquinas replies that one of the first effects of Faith is to understand what happens if we turn away from God. This understanding results in fear ― fear of punishment, and fear of separation from God. Our faith allows us to see God’s infinite goodness, and it also makes us realize how much we sacrifice if we separate ourselves from this goodness. Indeed, Faith allows us to understand that separation from God is the greatest evil we can suffer.

But Faith also purifies our hearts, by turning us more and more toward God and more and more away from sin. As our reflections progress we will see that the virtues are connected to one another, and the virtue of Charity will appear over and over, as a catalyst that “speeds up” or deepens another good habit. The goal of human life is loving union with God, the union of Charity. As we grow in virtue, our love for God (which is itself a reflection of God’s love for us) makes us want to draw closer to the God we apprehend by Faith. In this way, the virtues work together to perfect one another.

From the Pastor 07/09/17

Part II on Faith and the Good Life from notes I took from both Fr. John Hardon, S.J. and Fr. Reginald Martin, O.P. No matter how excellently human reason directs us to act (and no matter how excellent the resulting actions are), full participation in God’s life remains beyond our human reach; we enjoy it only by God’s invitation. We accept this invitation when we present ourselves for Baptism. Before His Ascension, Jesus commanded His disciples, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to the whole creation. He who believes and is baptized will be saved.” (Mark 16:16).

Most of us cannot recall our Baptism, but the rite by which the sacrament is conferred makes a clear connection between the sacrament and the Faith that is its gift. Parents who present children for baptism are asked, “What do you ask of God’s Church for your child?” The reply is, “Faith.” The parents are next asked, “What does faith offer?” The answer, “Eternal life.”

From the Pastor 07/02/17

Summer time is a time of rest. I do hope many of you are taking the time to enjoy the summer with family and friends. I have already left for Maine and will return on July 12. This is half of my summer vacation. Over the 4th of July my family will be together for our annual family reunion. You are all in my prayers as we celebrate Independence Day, and remember in prayer all who have sacrificed so much for freedom, especially the members of the military who have given their very lives for us to live in freedom.

As I have been looking through files on my computer I came across some notes I organized on Faith and Moral Living. These notes come from Frs. John Hardon, S.J. and Reginald Martin, O.P. In a three part series beginning this week I would like to share with you some of their thoughts on this important topic.

Faith and the Good Life

“The eye has not seen, nor ear heard, neither has it entered into the heart of man, what things God has prepared for those who love him. God has revealed to us through the Spirit.” (1 Cor. 1:9)

From the Pastor 06/25/17

On Thursday of this week, June 29, we celebrate the Solemnity of two great apostles: Saints Peter and Paul, the great Missionary Apostles to the Jews and to the Gentiles.

St. Peter who was martyred in the city of Rome for the faith around the year 64. Saint Mark ends the first half of his Gospel with a triumphant climax. He has recorded doubt, misunderstanding, and the opposition of many to Jesus. Now Peter makes his great confession of faith: “You are the Messiah” (Mark 8:29b). It was one of the many glorious moments in Peter’s life, beginning with the day he was called from his nets along the Sea of Galilee to become a fisher of men for Jesus.

The New Testament clearly shows Peter as the leader of the apostles, chosen by Jesus to have a special relationship with him. With James and John he was privileged to witness the Transfiguration, the raising of a dead child to life, and the agony in Gethsemane. His mother-in-law was cured by Jesus. He was sent with John to prepare for the last Passover before Jesus’ death. His name is first on every list of apostles.

From the Pastor 06/18/17

A Blessed Solemnity of Corpus Christi. This is the Third Anniversary of the opening of our Mother of Mercy Perpetual Adoration Chapel. I hope you have found a special hour for you to spend with our Eucharistic Lord. All of our lives are so Blessed by giving Jesus this personal time with Him. We took a big leap of faith in starting up Perpetual Adoration in our parish. The Archbishop allowed this in our parish because he is aware that our devout parish can indeed guarantee that someone will be in front of Jesus 24/7. I certainly hope that more of our parishioners will step forward and help us maintain 24/7 Perpetual Adoration in our parish. Thanks to our Eucharistic Guardians who gave their witness last weekend. As our Eucharistic Guardians come and go, according to their schedules, we are always looking for more adorers. The more Eucharistic Guardians we have, the easier it is for everyone. Please find information about Eucharistic Adoration at the information table located just outside the Holy Family Candle Room.

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