Entries by Michelle Guthrie

Father’s Letter: Holy Trinity

Dear Friends:

Today the Church celebrates the Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity.  After having celebrated Pentecost, it makes sense to have a celebration that recognizes the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit… one God in three Persons.  This Solemnity has been celebrated for centuries, but in 1911 it was made standard for the Sunday after Pentecost.  In some ways, this a big “mystery” in our faith… one God in three persons.  In fact, this is one of the “challenges” of our faith against some denominations.  Some see this as being our worship of “three Gods” when, in fact, we don’t believe that.  We believe in one God in three “persons” and their relationship is so intimate they are one God.

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Father’s Letter: Ascension of the Lord

Dear Friends:

Today the Church celebrates the Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord. “…he was lifted up, and a cloud took him from their sight. While they were looking intently at the sky as he was going, suddenly two men dressed in white garments stood beside them. They said, “Men of Galilee, why are you standing there looking at the sky? This Jesus who has been taken up from you into heaven will return in the same way as you have seen him going into heaven.” These words begin the book of the Acts of the Apostles in the Scriptures. That makes sense, since we know that the Acts of the Apostles is the book that gives us a glimpse of what happened after Jesus rose from the dead and returned to his Father. Now it was time to “carry out” the words that Jesus commanded. I especially point out the words “…this Jesus…will return in the same way you have seen going into heaven.” A good reflection for us to ask this question: If Jesus returned at this very moment, would we be ready? Would we want him to see what we are doing? But part of the good news is that we can always do what we can to make sure we are always ready!

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Father’s Letter: 6th Sunday of Easter

Dear Friends:

In the Second Reading today, Saint Peter gives us pretty clear instructions that are applicable to us all.  I invite us all to find and read or re-read this passage.  There is so much there we can relate to.  For example, Peter tells us “… it is better to suffer for doing good, if that be the will of God, than for doing evil.”  Sometimes doing the right thing hurts… but the end result will be worth the pain!  It’s likely none of us will ever suffer like Christ did for us, but just as he did “the right thing” so should we!

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Father’s Letter Good Shepherd Sunday

Dear Friends:

Today the Church celebrates the Fourth Sunday of Easter. Each year, this particular Sunday is called “Good Shepherd Sunday” and we always hear a Gospel that speaks of sheep and shepherds. Today, Jesus uses the       analogy of sheep who should be listening for the voice of the shepherd. Interestingly, Jesus refers to himself as the “gate” through which the sheep and shepherd must walk through. It’s a narrow gate, but it’s one we walk through together. In a  special way, today our prayers focus on vocations… primarily to the priesthood. Of course, just a few weeks ago we celebrated the institution of the priesthood on Holy Thursday. Today, we ask the Lord to send us more men who are called to the priesthood. We also pray for all of our priests, and I humbly ask for your prayers.  I have found that sometimes the role of a priest, pastor, and shepherd is one very much misunderstood by others. But by starting with prayer, the relationship between shepherd and sheep grows and thrives.

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Father’s Letter: The Third Sunday of Easter

Dear Friends:

On this Third Sunday of Easter, we hear the familiar story about the disciples who encounter the Risen Lord… but did not recognize him at first.  But, their eyes were opened when he broke bread with them.  As we celebrate our Masses, do we see the Risen Lord truly present when the priest breaks the bread?  Are our eyes opened wider as we search to find the Risen Christ?  He is there.  Just as he said!

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