Entries by Michelle Guthrie

Proclaim the Greatness of the Lord

Dear Friends:

Those who read, listen, and reflect on the readings probably caught this as quickly as I did. Saint Paul writes to Timothy: “I ask that supplications, prayers, petitions, and thanksgivings be offered for everyone, for kings and for all in authority, that we may lead a quiet and tranquil life in all devotion and dignity. This is good and pleasing to God our savior, who wills everyone to be saved and to come to knowledge of the truth.” Right now, we need do this fervently, don’t we? I’ll leave the rest to our personal reflection.

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Column – September 11, 2016

Dear Friends:

In the First Reading we hear this great account following the Israelites being led out of slavery to the Promised Land. But, what began as celebration soon turned into complaining. Their God had saved them and gave them freedom. But when things turned hard, it didn’t take long for the complaining to begin. With this in mind, I wonder how often we experience an “answer to our prayer,” only to thank God briefly and forget His answer altogether. Something to think about.

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Weekly Letter — August 21, 2016

Dear Friends:

The author of the Letter to the Hebrews says today: “At the time, all discipline seems a cause not for joy but for pain, yet later it brings the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who are trained by it.”  The author also says that “discipline” can be likened to “trials.”  We can all identify “trials” in our lives.  But we usually get stuck on the “trial” itself and fail to look ahead and recognize that “peaceful fruit” will come.  This week, it would be good for us to look at our trials, present them to God, and allow ourselves to believe that “peace” will come later.

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Weekly Letter — August 14, 2016

Dear Friends:

Today’s Gospel may seem to be particularly odd to us.  Jesus said he came “to set the earth on fire,” and that he came to establish “division” among people.  I think one way we can understand this is simply saying Jesus came to “shake things up.”  Our faith in Jesus may cause division sometimes, but if things are always quiet and steady, we probably are not “doing” enough when it comes to living out our faith each day whether it be at home, at work, at school, or anytime.

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Father’s Weekly Column

Dear Friends:

Today we celebrate the 18th Sunday in Ordinary Time. “Seek what is above” is what we hear Saint Paul say to the Colossians and to us. Sadly, we all find ourselves in situations where we put our faith on the back burner because we get caught up in the moment of temptation or doubt or any near occasion of sin. Furthermore, Saint Paul gives us a list of things that are “of earth” and not “of above.” A good reflection for us this week would be to take this reading to prayer and rededicate ourselves to what is above and not to things of this earth.

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