Entries by Michelle Guthrie

Fr. John’s Letter: 14th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Dear Friends:

Over the course of 29 years, the Apostle Paul traveled to at least 49 different cities and countries to spread the “Good News” of Jesus Christ.  While the calculation isn’t totally accurate, if we took the average number of years Saint Paul ministered to one community was about a year and a half.  Of course, some places he visited shortly and sometimes longer.  But the point is that Paul was called by God to encounter 49 places over 29 years.  To be sure, a year and a half doesn’t seem to be much time to offer ministry in any one place.  And yet, that’s what God called him to do.

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Father John’s Letter: 13th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Dear Friends:

When I first counted, I found at least 17 times in the readings today a question or statement that requires an answer.  That’s one of the greatest blessings that God has given us:  the freedom to choose.  It is good for us to think about this as we celebrate the Fourth of July this weekend through Tuesday.  Of course, we rightly celebrate our freedom these days…     freedom won by those who fought or are fighting for our country; freedom given to us through the Constitution of the United States and the Bill of Rights and so much more.  And yet, there are other freedoms that are threatened:  such as the freedom to choose and exercise our own religion.  In any case, we must remember that we enjoy freedom because God gave it to us first.  And while we can choose to DO good or evil, we DO NOT have the freedom to choose what is right or what is wrong.  If we understand and pray about that, maybe our own experience of freedom can be enriched and understood much better.

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Father’s Letter: 12th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Dear Friends:

It has been since February 26 (almost four months ago) that we celebrated a Sunday of Ordinary Time.  After the Lent, the  Easter, and the special Sunday solemnities over the past few weeks, we now return to “Ordinary Time.”  And yet, notice the color of this season.  It’s green.  Green is the sign of life—what we see in nature during Spring and Summer.  So “Ordinary Time” is not just some season to get through before we celebrate something more special, it’s a very unique season.  It’s a season of joy itself.  And even though these Sundays are called “Sundays of  Ordinary Time,” we should remember that every Sunday is a “little Easter,” and there’s nothing “ordinary” about that!

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Father’s Letter: Corpus Christi

Dear Friends:

In some ways, we could describe today’s Solemnity as an ultimate celebration of who we are as Catholic Christians.  The Solemnity of Corpus Christi… the celebration of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ, is important because the Eucharist is the “source and summit” of our faith.  I fear that sometimes we become “lax” in our faith because we take the Holy Eucharist for granted.  We become “used to” receiving Holy Communion.  We forget about the actual Presence – Body, Soul and Divinity of the Risen Christ in the Tabernacle.  Please God, one day we will see Him face to face.  What if that day was today?  What if we were to be presented before the Throne of God at this very moment?  The reality is – we are.  When we enter the church, we are entering “sacred space” with Jesus right in front of us.  If we remember that, what does that mean for us?  That’s something to think about!

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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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