As we celebrate the Solemnity of the Holy Trinity we are reminded that our God is a community of love, not just an individual. God is three persons, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit but one God absolutely united in love. We are called to be like that in our community, no, not one person, but a family of persons united in love.
This is the time of year when I ask for members of this community to help me in leading our family. We need new members for our Parish Council and our Finance Committee. Some of our members have served since I have been pastor, and even longer, because we do not have people to accept this important responsibility.READ MORE
The Jesuit theologian, Fr. Karl Rahner wrote this prayer:
"Lord, today is Pentecost. Today we celebrate the day on which you, raised above the highest heavens and seated at the right hand of the Father, poured out the spirit of promise upon us, so that you would remain by your spirit with us all the days until the end and so that by it you might continue in us your life and death for the glory of the Father and for our salvation.
Lord, look at the spirits that press upon us (today) and grant us the spiritual gift of discernment. What a fitting gift for Pentecost this would be!
Grant us the understanding, validated by daily life, that by looking at and longing for you, we may experience your spirit emerging as the spirit of calm, of peace and confidence, of freedom and simple clarity, while all unrest and fear, narrowness and leaden pride are recognized as at most our own spirit or the one of the d eep dark.
It is Pentecost, Lord. Your men and women servants are praying that you make them capable of the boldness that you ask of them. Let it be Pentecost in us also, now and forever. Amen."
Last week I wrote that Monday is our graduation for our 8th graders. This means that we enter a few weeks of many of our students graduating from high school and university as well. What an important time for these young men and women. It is also a time for us to pray for them in a special way.
These men and women will begin to make decisions about their lives that will not only affect them, but us also. What they choose to make of their lives is important to our community and to our Church. It is important for us to encourage them as well as to offer guidance. Let us celebrate with them whatever they have already accomplished and let us dream with them what can be accomplished by their hard work and by the use of the gifts God has given them.
May God help each of our young people to answer His call to serve in whatever way God has chosen.
Next weekend is a very happy weekend for some of our community, and a sad one for a few of us. Sunday, at the 10:30 Mass, we will celebrate the Baccalaureate Mass for our 8th grade students. What a great group of young people! Then, on Monday evening, we will celebrate their graduation from our school. For some of us, who will miss seeing them daily, teachers and staff, it is a little sad.
I am very proud of these young men and women. They have done a good job in being leaders of our school, and it is an honor to watch them grow and mature over the past few years. Actually, I am very proud of the graduates from our school that I have known over these last four years. You, as parishioners, can be very proud of the good work of our parish school.
Barbara Bush reminded us, "It takes a village to raise a child." You can be proud, too, of these young future leaders in our community.
PS: Happy Mother's Day to all mothers, grandmothers, godmothers and mothers-to-be, etc.READ MORE
In scripture we read, "Sing to the Lord a new song; his praise is in the assembly of the saints." St. Augustine preached in a sermon, "We are urged to sing a new song to the Lord, as new men (and women) who have learned a new song. A song is a thing of joy; more profoundly, it is a thing of love. Anyone, therefore, who has learned to love the new life (in baptism) has learned to sing a new song, and the new song reminds us of our new life."
St. Augustine says later, "My dear brothers and sons, fruit of the true faith and holy seed of heaven, all you who have been born again in Christ and whose life is from above, listen to me; or rather, listen to the Holy Spirit saying through me: 'Sing to the Lord a new song." In another writing, he says, "He who sings prays twice."
In this Easter season it is important for us to reflect on our worship, on our love of God. Can you love your wife, husband, or child without showing that love? How do we show our love for God? St. Augustine would say that singing is an important part of our love of God.
A friend said to me once, "God gave me this voice so He must like it, even if I don't." This Easter season, and throughout the year, let us all sing to the Lord in praise and love.
Pax, Fr. MikeREAD MORE