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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·God said, “"No, that one shall not be your heir; your own issue
shall be your heir." He took him
outside and said: "Look up at
the sky and count the stars, if you can.” Just so," he added, "shall your descendants
·When the sun had set and it
·It was on that occasion that
the LORD made a covenant with Abram
have been focusing to Abram (Abraham) in Genesis and the Sermon on the Mount
through the narrow gate; for the gate is
wide and the road broad that leads to destruction, and those who
enter through it are many. How narrow the
gate and constricted the road that leads to life. And those who
find it are few."
oThere are 20 million people
in our country that have social anxiety
oPlease check out the gifts
that God has given for our mind, counseling, therapists or even medicine
·Second: God Himself
oListen again some great
verses in your back pocket
oJeremiah: “But the LORD is with me, like a mighty
oJesus Christ: "Fear no one.”
oJesus Christ: “So do not be afraid;”
oGod said and continues to say
to you these words!
o“What I say to you in the darkness, speak in the light;”
oPray to God for your fear
oDo not keep what scares you:
your loved ones, friends, teammates
oBring your soul to the light: Mass, prayer,
Confession, Eucharistic Adoration
·And to keep me
from being too elated by the abundance of revelations, a thorn was given me in
the flesh, a messenger of Satan, to harass me, to keep me from being too
elated.Three times I besought the
Lord about this, that it should leave me; but he said to me, “My grace is
sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” I will all the
more gladly boast of my weaknesses, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.For the sake of Christ, then, I am
content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities; for
when I am weak, then I am strong.
six weeks we will be having a cool process: a new parish directory!
love looking through the two directories that I have.One is from St. Thomas Aquinas in 1988 and another with both
STA and St. Columban in 2005.While I enjoy seeing how families grow through decades in our history,
it also helps me, and you, to remember names, phone numbers and relationships
my first semester in seminary, we new members literally had a test.In our largest room, we “freshman” sat
at the tables with a paper and a pencil.Everyone else stood around the room.With 15-20 seconds, our rector pointed to each seminarian as
he raised his hand.We had to
write each name and diocese.
This was one of the best tests that
I had in seminary.It showed how
important it is to meet people, converse with them and memorize their
name.Our names are powerful and a
new directory could support our relationships with each other.
don’t worry—we will not have a test here.At the same time, I still recall this test in the seminary and our
directories help me as your pastor.
And I believe that this new
directory could support the relationships between our brothers, sisters and
we will share more details in the future, I do know four points for this
process: it will be led by a Lifetouch directory business; our photos will take
place between August 21st-30th; these pictures will take
place in the Aquinas Hall at St. Thomas Aquinas; the directory itself is FREE.
read the bulletin to receive the information on the way for a cool gift!
“Jesus said to his disciples: "You have heard that it was said, You shall love your neighbor and
hate your enemy. But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,”
·That is a revolutionary belief
·Jesus Christ showed his love for those who
·Jesus taught and teaches us today
“that you may be children of your heavenly
Father, for he makes his sun rise on the bad and the good, and causes rain to fall on the just and the unjust.”
·God created everything
·He allows us to have our will
·Which means each of us are
“For if you love those who love you, what
recompense will you have? Do not the tax collectors do the same? And if you greet your brothers only, what is unusual about that? Do not the pagans do the same?”
·Love is what is different
·In the first centuries, love is what allowed
pagans and enemies to know who they were
“So be perfect, just as your heavenly Father
my vision as a pastor with an
assignment for you, I believe that we must support our vision. God has
given many of you gifts, charismas and talents that can support our church
family.I praise God for many
parishioners who focus to different spots for our churches, like our liturgy, cleaning,
laundry, buildings, grounds, finances, faith formation, school and more.
As we have different committees I
want to list the men and women who are in our pastoral councils.This might be the first time that I
will write their names as this could help our bigger conversations with our
vision.As we gather—monthly at
St. Thomas Aquinas and quarterly at St. Columban—I love how we can work
together.I also think that
knowing their names can support new conversations with some great men and
women.Here you go!
St. Thomas Aquinas:
·Tammy Jo Weyrauch
When you have good thoughts, good
ideas and/or good opportunities for our churches, please share with our
pastoral members or me.The more
communication the better for each of us!
Do you know that we believe many things that are not in the
are things we have learned from reason, science, math
of the Sick
§“The grace of the Lord Jesus
Christ and the love of
God and the
fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with all of you.”
Catholics believe both Sacred Scriptures and Sacred Tradition
persons in one God
·Mystical and a paradox
·Father, Son and Holy Spirit are in a different
dimension…a different world
·We live in time and space
·God created our time and our space
Here is one way to learn about what we read in the Bible
what our Jewish don’t even use the word YHWH
§Now, Lord, you know that I take this wife of mine not because of
lust, but for a noble
purpose. Call down your
mercy on me and on her, and allow us to
live together to a happy old age.
§God so loved the world that
he gave his only Son, so that everyone
who believes in him might not perish but might have
eternal life. For God did not
send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the
world might be saved through him.
Christ spoke about the Father
the Holy Spirit
our hearts to the Holy Spirit which I spoke about last weekend
God is one with three persons
·Yes, learn some more!
·Yes, believe in our Catholic creed (like Mass)
·Yes, know that this three persons in one God is
in a kernel with three words: