Pastor’s Corner 7/15/2018

Thomas Merton once wrote these words: “As a magnifying glass concentrates the rays of the sun into the little knot of heat that can set fire to a dry leaf or a piece of paper, so the mystery of Christ in the Gospel concentrates the rays of God’s light to a point and sets fire to the spirit of man” (from his book, New Seeds of Contemplation).

Is your spirit set on fire for Christ? We are his followers, and in the gospel today Jesus sent his followers out two by two to proclaim the good news of salvation. They were on fire for Jesus and His message of love. They went and “drove out many demons, and they anointed with oil many who were sick and cured them.” We are those who are now called to magnify the love of God in the world. We are called to combat evil, comfort the sick and proclaim the good news.

One way I proclaim the good news and magnify the Lord while staying healthy and balanced is through triathlons. I have been blessed to be athletic and to have competed in over 100 triathlons, including 14 full Ironman events (that’s 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike and 26.2 mile run). As I continue my priestly journey here at St. Rita’s Church, I hope and pray my life does magnify the Lord.

Remember these words of St. Paul in his letter to the Ephesians from our second reading: “God has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavens, as he chose us in him.” We are blessed with the necessary gifts and have been chosen by God – so let us MAGNIFY THE LORD.

Pastor’s Corner 7/8/2018

In today’s second reading, St. Paul writes that he was given a thorn in the flesh so that he might not become too proud. He then writes that in prayer God told him: “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is made perfect in weakness.” I have felt the power of God overshadowing me during these past couple years, years when I was completely broken. In February 2017 I had a bike accident where I badly damaged my right rotator cuff, tore my right bicep and broke a rib. I was unable to hold any weight in my right hand for 3 months—limiting my ability to do ministry and exercise. I had difficulty sleeping, only averaging a few hours of nightly sleep for those months. I became depressed and felt powerless. Fortunately, through good friends and spiritual direction, I managed to get back on course. I realized God’s power in my weakness and had to admit my defeat. Having an athletic mind I don’t do defeat easily, and asking to move from St. Kateri parish felt like defeat. What I’ve discovered was it was more of a surrender than defeat. As I surrendered to God and my own limitations, doors opened and I began to recover. Continue Reading

Pastor’s Corner 7/1/2018

Dear Parishioners and Visitors:

The desire to touch the holy is a strong human impulse. In our incompleteness, we yearn for union with the divine. This desire leads us to seek out people, places and objects that give us a spiritual “connection.” Just as Michelangelo’s Adam stretches out his hand toward the Creator, so we stretch out our hands towards God’s presence. Like the women in today’s gospel who dared to reach out and touch the garment of Jesus, we too reach out with hope and longing. Continue Reading