Wednesday, September 13, 2017

A good list to examine our sins and ask for forgiveness: Wednesday, September 13th, 2017

Listen to the homily here.

Notes:

“…you have taken off the old self with its practices
and have put on the new self…”

“Put to death, then, the parts of you that are earthly:
immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire,
and the greed that is idolatry.”

“But now you must put them all away:
anger, fury, malice, slander,
and obscene language out of your mouths. 
Stop lying to one another…”


Pray before decisions: Tuesday, September 12th, 2017

Listen to the homily here.

Notes:

Fr. Rich Kunst

Colossians: “As you received Christ Jesus the Lord, walk in him,
rooted in him and built upon him
and established in the faith as you were taught,
abounding in thanksgiving.”

Luke: “Jesus departed to the mountain to pray,
and he spent the night in prayer to God.
When day came, he called his disciples to himself,
and from them he chose Twelve…”





Psalm 62:6-7, 9: Monday, September 11th, 2017

Listen to the homily here.

Notes:

Psalm 62:6-7, 9

In God is my safety and my glory.
Only in God be at rest, my soul,
for from him comes my hope.
He only is my rock and my salvation,
my stronghold; I shall not be disturbed.
R. In God is my safety and my glory.
Trust in him at all times, O my people!
Pour out your hearts before him;
God is our refuge!
R. In God is my safety and my glory.


Jesus taught us how to work with sinners--them and you: 23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time

Listen to the homily here.

Notes:

While these were not spoken from Jesus, he gave a great instruction from his teaching in both his present times to our present today:
·      "If your brother [and/or your sister] sins against you…”
o   Gossip (through all history and today through the internet), libel, slander, lies or even bullying, violence, judgment, etc.
·      “…go and tell him his fault between you and him alone.
o   Can you imagine how much unity and peace that would continue to grow our families, our parishes and our community if we actually speak face to face to another person?
o   Pray for strength and discernment to have the guts to speak…especially against stuff on the internet
o   One caveat: I am focusing today on things like gossip or “normal” sins from one to another
§  Really bad stuff—violence or abuse you must call leaders like our police!
·      If he listens to you, you have won over your brother [or sister].”
o   This is where courage melts hearts and opens doors for forgiveness
o   As a child…
·      If he does not listen, take one or two others along [family members, trusted ones, leaders, friends] with you, so that 'every fact may be established on the testimony of two or three witnesses.'”
o   Know the facts!
o   Offer conversations and compassion with a group
o   Speak to a person, not through a machine or unreality
o   If this works, “…you have won over your brother or sister
·      If he refuses to listen to them, tell the church.”
o   Jesus was speaking about the disciples, the parish, the deacons, the priests, the bishops
o   Again, remember the caveat of violence
·      If he refuses to listen even to the church, then treat him as you would a Gentile or a tax collector.”
o   Lets be honest…we have Catholics and Christians who use the name while they might not actually following Jesus Christ
o   This is what Jesus Christ said
o   And it is clear: Jesus did not say to judge, but to treat them like a Gentile or a tax collector—aka stay away from their presence
o   We do not have to like others, but we must love
St. Paul wrote:
·      Owe nothing to anyone, except to love one another; for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law.”
Love is beyond emotions or passions
·      Love is give the good to the other person
In our Catholic family…can we each do this?
·      Can we hone in our use of speaking about others behind their back?
·      Can we clean up our coward typing or texting?
·      Can we follow in a deeper, challenging and changing to follow what Jesus Christ taught us?
Watch how much joyful, peaceful and relationships will grow fruit


First School Mass!: Thursday, September 7th, 2017

Listen to the homily here.



Intercession prayers: Wednesday, September 6th, 2017

Listen to the homily here.

Notes:

“We always give thanks to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, when we pray for you, for we have heard of your faith in Christ Jesus and the love that you have for all the holy ones because of the hope reserved for you in heaven.”

Intercessions
·      Thoughts from my rector
o   Stop and do it, just once
·      Types of intercessions
o   Mind or aloud
o   Mass
o   Rosary
o   Daily Mass
o   Holy Hour
o   “For those who have asked me to pray for them”

·      Charism/gift

Jesus was and is the best teacher: Tuesday, September 5th, 2017

Listen to the homily here.

Notes:

For God did not destine us for wrath,
but to gain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ,
who died for us, so that whether we are awake or asleep
we may live together with him.”
·      “Common” verses?
·      Therefore, let us not sleep as the rest do,
but let us stay alert and sober.”
Therefore, encourage one another and build one another up,
as indeed you do.”
·      Each of us can grow encouraging
·      One of those gifts that can’t stop getting better