LIVE THE LITURGY - INSPIRATION FOR THE WEEK
"Show me what is physically different between a host that is consecrated and one that is not." These are words that can be heard on the lips of anyone struggling with faith. Perhaps, they are heard on yours. Physical tests will reveal no difference. The difference is seen through faith. In one sense, it is simple. Either we believe that the risen Christ is present -- soul and divinity -- or we do not. The fruits of faith are the proof. In the Eucharist, God enters into the very depths of who we are. However, it is our choice whether we ignore what He does or act fully upon it. The Eucharist can change us. When people see that we are different, they in turn will themselves believe.
Needed: Holy water fonts for the religious ed. classrooms. Drop them off at the parish office or leave them on the table by the playground entrance. Thank you
9-5: Confirmation student/parent/sponsor
meeting; 6:30pm; church
9-15 & 9-16: Religious Education registration after Masses
9-19: First Rel. Ed. Classes
9-25: Actor Frank Runyeon’s presentation
of “Sermon on the Mount”; 6:30pm;
church (The community is invited to
attend this -details in the future)
10-24: Youth Rally in Medford; grades 6-11
11-3: Confirmation Retreat in Phillips; all day
Without the Bread of Life, you're toast.
St. Maximilian Kolbe
Courage and sacrificial love mark the life of St. Maximilian Kolbe. He became a priest of the Franciscan order. Dedicated with evangelization, he published a magazine to teach the Catholic faith and encourage devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary. During the Nazi occupation of Poland, Fr. Kolbe was arrested and sent to Auschwitz. One day a prisoner escaped from the camp. The Nazi punishment was harsh. For one escapee, 10 must die in his place. The guards picked 10 men at random. One began to beg for his life on behalf of his family, and another man stepped forward and offered to take his place. Fr. Kolbe was sentenced, along with the other nine men, to death by starvation. For this "martyr of Auschwitz," a life of devotion culminated in one heroic, Christlike act.
Here is a test to find whether your mission on Earth is finished: If you're alive, it isn't.
~ Richard Bach
St. Clare of Assisi
As a girl in 12th century Italy, Clare heard the legendary St. Francis preaching in the square below her family home. Inspired, Clare snuck away in the middle of the night to join Francis and his followers. Francis cut her hair like the men and gave her a rough tunic and veil to wear. For the sake of propriety, Clare was placed in a Benedictine nun monastery for several years. As more women were drawn to the simple spirituality, a new order was founded, now known as the Poor Clares. Despite requests from the pope himself to relax their vow of poverty, Clare stood firm in following the spirit of St. Francis. Clare's reputation for virtue spread and attracted women -- rich and poor alike -- to the new order that still exists today.
The devil saw me with my head down and got excited...Then I said Amen.