Entries by Michelle Guthrie

Father’s Letter — July 10, 2016

Dear Friends:

The second paragraph of the first reading stands out so much it bears to be repeated:  “For this command that I enjoin on you today is not too mysterious and remote for you. It is not up in the sky, that you should say, ‘Who will go up in the sky to get it for us and tell us of it, that we may carry it out?’ Nor is it across the sea, that you should say, ‘Who will cross the sea to get it for us and tell us of it, that we may carry it out?’ No, it is something very near to you, already in your mouths and in your hearts; you have only to carry it out.”  I’m willing to bet that all of us have felt this way.  We can think sometimes that God is just out of reach for us.  We learn here that’s not the case.  That’s how intimate our God is with us!

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Father’s Letter — July 3, 2016

Proclaim the greatness of the Lord…

Dear Friends:

A long time ago, when I began writing a weekly column for the parish bulletin, I made the decision to use these words spoken by our Blessed Mother… “Proclaim the greatness of the Lord.” In essence, that’s what I believe we are called to do each day. In our words and actions and thoughts, we are to proclaim the greatness of the Lord. Of course, all of us…myself very much included…fall short many times. And yet, we also proclaim God’s goodness by accepting His undeserved mercy for us. I pray that as we begin this journey together, we will always find ways to proclaim God’s goodness.

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Father’s Letter — June 12, 2016

In our first reading and in the Gospel, we heard about two sinners who made big mistakes in their lives and yet became great saints. The key to their return was humbly and simply admitting their faults. We heard the Responsorial Psalm, “I acknowledged my sin to you, my guilt I covered not.” How easy it is to fall into despair after a mistake. The fear of coming out into the light bothers us terribly. We are afraid of being judged or misunderstood and so we justify ourselves and stuff away our sins. But these two individuals chose a different path. They humbled themselves. They pushed through the fear of humiliation and accepted their smallness before God. They knew they needed Him. They could not go on living a happy life without His healing and they knew it. They deeply desired God to look at them with His eyes of mercy, humiliating as that might be. Overcoming this fear gave them confidence to own their sins and to show them to the Lord with humble trust. And the Lord welcomed them back with great joy. They began to follow Him and to be transformed by a relationship with Him.

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