Can you find four reasons in to day's first reading that we do not need to be afraid? In the Psalm find three more reasons not to fear. Then in the Gospel Jesus warns us against fear three times. "Fear no one." "Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul." "So, do not be afraid." The one thing we should be afraid of is "the one who can destroy both soul and body in Gehenna." The Church teaches that the stubborn refusal to repent from sin and trust in God is the one thing that can destroy both soul and body. How can you help your family turn away from sin this week? Trust in God. He knows every detail of your family life and will give you all you need to live his words – Do not fear!READ MORE
Even all the hairs of your head are counted. So do not be afraid." Can it really be true? Is our heavenly Father actually so aware of us? Does the Creator of the universe pay that much attention to me? Jesus says yes. God knows us far more intimately than we even know ourselves. And so, we have nothing to fear.
Being Christian isn't guaranteed to be easy. More and more even in our own culture, following the faith is being criticized and discouraged in the public square. Privately, we may struggle with the demands of the commandments or the ability to believe when we face the inevitable trials that come our way. But passages like this one in today's Gospel are a source of tremendous hope and consolation. We are loved beyond measure. We enjoy the care and concern of God in every situation, big and small. Truly we have no need to worry or be anxious because God is in control.READ MORE
The Jews quarreled among themselves, saying, 'How can this man give us his flesh to eat?'" From the beginning, the Eucharist has been a source of controversy. Some people have always found the teaching difficult to accept. But as Catholics, the Blessed Sacrament is at the heart of our worship and our spirituality; we go to Mass to share in the holy sacrifice of Jesus' body and blood, and we receive spiritual nourishment from partaking of this heavenly food. As Jesus himself tells us in today's Gospel, "Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me and I in him."READ MORE
How strange the Feast of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ can be for non-Catholics! As a 10-year-old public school, my seatmate was a second grader in a Catholic school uniform. One day I heard her quietly singing, over and over, in the mindless way young children do,
Eat his body, drink his blood. Eat his body, drink his blood...
Disturbed, I listened more closely to be sure I'd heard correctly. At home, I told my mom, "Isn't that awful? She kept singing about eating someone's body and drinking their blood!"READ MORE
Today we remember the central mystery of our faith – the Most Holy Trinity. Talk to your children about the great mystery of One God in Three Divine Persons. Look once more at all the readings we heard at Mass. Why does the Church give us these readings on Trinity Sunday? Today's Gospel contains
the most famous verse in the entire Bible. Help yourchild memorize John 3:16.
Hoy recordamos el misterio central de nuestra fe-La Santísima Trinidad. Hable con sus hijos sobre el gran misterio de Un Dios en Tres Personas Divinas. Vea una vez más todas las lecturas que escuchamos en Misa. ¿Por qué la Iglesia nos da estas lecturas en el Domingo Trinitario? El Evangelio de hoy contiene el verso más famoso de toda la Biblia. Ayude a su hijo a memorizar Juan 3:16.
As you know, I sometimes like to share with you the words of our saints. This time it is from St. Peter Chrysologus, who died around the year 450.
"I appeal to you by the mercy of God." This appeal is made by Paul, or rather, it is made by God through Paul, because of God's desire to be loved rather than feared, to be a father rather than a Lord. God appeals to us in his mercy to avoid having to punish us in his severity.READ MORE
Last Sunday we celebrated the ordination to the transitional diaconate of John Nahrgang. This is the last step on his journey to priesthood. It is at this ordination that John made his commitment to celibacy and promised to be obedient to Bishop Olmsted and his successors. John will be with us as a new deacon at Mass in the coming weeks (actually, as I write this I do not know when he will be scheduled.)
Saturday morning we celebrated the ordination to the priesthood of three men from our diocese. We are truly blessed to have such great young men coming forward and giving their lives to God and to His Church.READ MORE