The Pastor's Pen
Temptations02-28-2021Fr. Matthew R. Paratore, S.T.L., J.C.L.
Think how many temptations we might face in an ordinary day.
Growling at the breakfast table - the temptation to unkindness.
Arguing over who should change the baby this time - the temptation to selfishness.
Starting work late without permission - the temptation to slothfulness.
Losing your temper when a co-worker crashes your computer - the temptation to impatience.READ MORE
When Sacrifice Becomes Mundane02-28-2021Tracy Earl Welliver, MTS
It seems to happen every year, like clockwork: we drag a bit, as we enter into the second week of Lent. On Ash Wednesday, we feel a bit like soldiers banging our shields, rushing into battle. “We’re ready, God!” our hearts cry out. “Transform us through sacrifice! Your will be done!”READ MORE
2nd Sunday of Lent02-28-2021© LPi
A pregnant woman was walking in the store and met an old friend. Her friend exclaimed, “You are absolutely beaming!” The new life God placed in her womb radiated throughout her body. It was brightly visible on her face and in her eyes. Transformation and change usually happen from the inside out. It is very rare that simply imposing structure from the outside does any good. Yes, it is true that routines and habits can change when things are done differently. But, for this change to last there has to be an interior renewal and metamorphosis as well. Simply regulating behavior and bringing someone into conformity with accepted protocols doesn’t mean their heart and soul come with them.READ MORE
Sunday Mass & Holy Day Obligation
It is both a precept of the Church and Church law that Catholics must worship God on Sunday and Holy Days of Obligation by participating in the Holy Mass. This follows from the fact that in the Mass it is Christ Himself who worships the Father, joining our worship to His. In no other way is it possible to adequately give thanks (eucharistia) to God for the blessings of creation, redemption and our sanctification than by uniting our offerings to that of Jesus Christ Himself.