This blog is meant to provide insight into the Sacred Scriptures. Through it I will share what I have learned about God's Word through my personal prayer, academic studies, and other encounters with the Bible. My hope is to encourage you in your own faith journey through the Word. God Bless!
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During this season, I enjoy seeing the pictures via cards
·First because I do not use facebook
·Second, it is powerful to see my family and
friends offering fruits to the world with their children!
·Mass kit…every time he sees me
·Mom and Dad are teaching about Jesus Christ, Mass,
·Mary, Joseph and Jesus
the joyful mysteries: presentation and finding
·“When they had fulfilled all the prescriptionsof the law of the Lord,they returned
to Galilee,to their own
town of Nazareth.The child grew and became strong, filled with wisdom;and the favor of God was upon him.”
·A concrete taste between humanity and divinity
is like a bridge between the Holy Family on earth, and the Holy Family—the Trinity
How is your family doing?
·How can it be “holy”
means “set apart”
you “set apart” from our society?
·“Brothers and sisters:Put on, as
God's chosen ones, holy and beloved, heartfelt compassion, kindness, humility,
gentleness, and patience,bearing with
one another and forgiving one another, if one has a grievance against another;as the Lord has forgiven you, so must you also do.”
an excellent time these last couple of weeks!We have had a speaker, Eucharistic Adoration,
reconciliation, praise and worship, the end of Advent and the beginning of
Christmas.Now we will worship at
Mass for The Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph on Saturday and Sunday,
during the last days of 2017.
2018 will begin with the last
day of Christmas with the Solemnity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mother of
God.Please make it.
As 2018 begins, I would like
to support a goal for all of our parishioners: pray, promote, encourage and
focus on St. Thomas Aquinas School.
I believe that our #1 mission
in our parishes is our school.I
also think that when our school grows, our churches will grow and
Why?Well, the fact is that students at St.
Thomas Aquinas will be present for over 1,000 hours each year and they will learn
beyond academics.They will learn
about, and with, Jesus Christ (the best teacher), sacraments, sins and
forgiveness, Catholic Social Justice, service, Mass, God’s Word and different
ways to support our community and other Christian brothers and sisters.
And it is growing.
When I arrived in
International Falls on July 16th, 2014, we had 19 students registered.Now we have 44 students Preschool-4th
grade.We have also grown with
employees, volunteers, our school advisory, marketing and Facebook.
Each year we have had small
steps towards Jesus Christ as he said, “Let the children come to me.”Has it been perfect?Nope.While we have growing pains along the road, it is still
getting better and better.
2018 will show new
opportunities, as the 2017-2018 academic year will go to 2018-2019.At this point we are discerning,
conversing and praying for further small steps for the future.
In our family, we must
continue to consider our own stewardship with time, talent and treasure.This image must remain within our
school, our parishes, our diocese and God’s kingdom around the world.
As your pastor, I think that
focusing our school will not detriment the fantastic gifts that our family has
and does each day.In fact, when
we dive into this mission—our #1 mission—will only support, encourage, engage
and help our parishes, our community, our diocese and our journey towards Jesus
·“When Herod realized that he had been deceived by the magi, he became furious. He ordered the massacre of all the boys in Bethlehem
and its vicinity two years old and under, in accordance with the time he had ascertained from the
And what about “the culture of death?”
·Down Syndrome “purifying”
In some ways, we should pray for “pro-life”
·“A voice was heard in Ramah, sobbing and loud lamentation; Rachel weeping for her children, and she would not be consoled, since they were no more.”
to you, your loved ones, neighbors, visitors and relatives
come today to be in God’s house as we again celebrate His Son: Jesus Christ
come today for Christmas
·Let’s remember what Christmas is:
oChrist: Jesus Christ
oMass: Jesus Christ
we heard a long reading and an important reading
oI asked my Dad about our longest list and to do so the end is my nephew
oOur ancestors that we know begin in John (great grandpa) (Germany,
Poland, 14 years to Chicago then Holdingford, MN) to Richard (grandpa) to John
(my Dad) to Mychal (my brother) to John-Paul (my nephew)
oHow long of your ancestors list?
·Our Catholics and Christians began from our ancestors—Judaism
oGod called the Israelites to be His chosen people
·Matthew (a Jew) wrote about 42 generations that ended with Jesus Christ
·Many of your families: great-great-grandparents or beyond
“The God of this people
Israel chose our ancestors…”
·Jesus “family tree”
of David,do not be afraid to take Mary your wife into your home.For it is through the Holy Spiritthat this
child has been conceived in her.She will bear a son and you are to name him Jesus…”
is beautiful this season is that most of us are with our family members
·Remember your loved ones who are beyond our earth
·Did you know that we are still present today?
·In your mind, your heart
·Even people that are hundreds of years that you might not even know
of you that are at Mass at this point, probably got that from these
ancestors…and eventually you probably don’t even know their names
·In your family tree…your family list…brought you to life, and here
·Now, we may have some people that randomly made it to Mass
·But most of you probably made a decision to be here
·And the best time to be with your loved ones—Mass
I mentioned in my bulletin article some interesting stats
·If you made it to this Christmas, you used only 0.01% of your life in
·If you made it to each weekend Mass, as well as obligatory Masses, you
used 0.66% for this whole year
·What time will you use this year to be with your family, our family and
·Your ancestors not only invited you, but created you