Pastor’s Weekly Letter

July 17, 2016

July 17, 2016

So what do you think God’s intentions for families might be? What part does God mean families to play in human life? Only when we understand what God has revealed about the family can we hope to find solutions to the problems families face today. The clearest statement of God’s plan for the family is the one that comes right at the beginning of the Bible in the account of the creation of the human person. We often miss the point of this wonderful account. Living as we do in a highly individualistic society, we’re used to thinking of humanity […]
July 10, 2016

July 10, 2016

In 1806, William Wordsworth looked at his own life and the lives of his contemporaries and wrote these lines of poetry: “The world is too much with us; late and soon, getting and spending, we lay waste our powers.” If that was an accurate description of life in the early part of the nineteenth century, how much more does it describe our lives in the early part of the twenty-first century? Don’t you agree that it can truthfully be said of you and me, “the world is too much with us?” Day in and day out, most of us are […]
January 31, 2016

January 31, 2016

Do you think that superficial optimism and unbounded encouragement are counter- productive? Well- intentioned but misguided friends often increase the pain they originally came to erase. Much too often someone mouths much too easily: “Well, it’s God’s will” or “Time heals everything”. How is one to deal with the question, “Will everything turn our all right?” We Catholics ought to be the genuine realists in this word. Often we are not. We are victimized, it seems, by that shallow optimism which is portrayed in the media and which wants everything to be all right. So we simply act as if […]
January 24, 2016

January 24, 2016

In the letter of St. Paul to the Colossians, we’re told: “Let the word of Christ rich as it is, dwell in you. In wisdom made perfect, instruct and admonish one another. Sing gratefully to God from our hearts in psalms, hymns, and inspired songs. What ever you do, whether in speech or in action, do it in the name of the Lord Jesus.” The gift of speech is to be used to praise and worship God. It is to be used to create joy and laughter and song. It is meant to persuade us in those things that are […]
January 17, 2016

January 17, 2016

Have you ever wondered how an innocent person locked up is prison must feel? It doesn’t happen often; but human error being what it is, it does happen occasionally. A person is convicted of a crime which he or she did not commit and is sent to prison. There he or she sits, deprived of freedom for days, weeks, sometimes even years, knowing all the while that he or she is not guilty. He or she is an innocent person locked up in jail for a crime he or she did not commit. Probably that person’s toughest battle is the […]