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26 Apr

The Road to Emmaus

Letters from a Pastor to His People- April 26, 2020

Dear Parishioners,

The Road to Emmaus.  This road is one we all travel.  "The path of life" as we hear in the responsorial psalm.  We've been walking on this road our entire lives and will continue to walk it until we arrive at our destination in Heaven.  But even then, some say, the road will not end.  In Heaven we will still be journeying deeper into the heart of God.  

This is also the road for the Church.  We see three significant components are present on the road: discipleship, scripture, and the Eucharist. 

19 Apr

Interior Social Approaching

Letters from a Pastor to His People- April 19, 2020

Dear Parishioners,

I brought up last week in my Virtual Easter Mass homily the concept of "social distancing."  We are all familiar with this.  A distance of six feet is to be maintained between individuals, and we are not to shake hands or do other activities that put us in physical contact with one another.  We saw the first instance of "social distancing" with Mary Magdalene and Jesus outside the tomb on Easter Sunday.  Mary, upon recognizing Jesus risen from the dead, embraces him.  Jesus tells her, essentially, to let go and maintain social distancing.  "Jesus said to her, 'Stop holding on to me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father'" (John 20:17).

12 Apr

Be Recollected like the Wise Little Bee

Letters from a Pastor to His People- April 12, 2020

Dear Parishioners,

Do you remember last year what we were mourning during Holy Week?  What the great tragedy of our world was?  It was the burning of Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris. 

Though It doesn't seem as bad now, since the entire church wasn't destroyed, and particularly in light of our current calamity with the Coronavirus, the burning of Notre Dame is still, in my mind, one of the great calamities of mankind. 

As I preached last year on Good Friday, a church building's fundamental purpose is to worship and glorify God.  Thus, a church—something we produce through our own skills—is humanity's gift to God. 

Notre Dame, the most beautiful church in the world, was humanity's greatest gift to God.  Our gift to God, the best we could do, burned.  It was incredibly sad, both for us and for God.

Interestingly, I read in the subsequent months of that tragedy, as life continued forward, about a small miracle associated with the fire. 

05 Apr

A Flower Sprouted From That Ash

Letters from a Pastor to His People- April 5, 2020

Dear Parishioners,

Do you remember what we heard nearly six weeks ago? 

Remember that you are dust and unto dust you shall return.

My God Ash Wednesday seems like an eternity ago.  The church was packed, people were coming in and out of the office and parish center, and the school and other groups were humming along.

And then the Coronavirus hit.