Wednesday, February 29, 2012
Tuesday, February 28, 2012
A couple other points of interests real quick. The first is that this upcoming weekend Fr. Troy Przybilla the vocation director and a native son of Epiphany will be joining us at the 8:45, 10:30, and 5:30 Sunday evening Masses. I'm guessing that he will be preaching on vocations, and I'm sure that he would to see all of you and talk with all of you. Another thing that our parish is doing is the program "called by name" which is inviting people to write down people who they think might be called to the priesthood, religious life, or deacon. If you know of anyone you can fill out the form online right here. For how big this parish is, it would be great if we had more cards filled out then we did last weekend, so pray about it, and then fill out the form.
Also, I hope that some of you have been using my twitter reflections during Lent. If you have a twitter account it would be great if you followed me. I pray that you are having a great Lent and that the reflections are helping out.
Here is my homily from this past weekend:
Thursday, February 23, 2012
Wednesday, February 22, 2012
Welcome to Lent 2012. I am sure by now that all of you have figured out what you are going to give up, and what you are going to add as well, and this is great. When we take a look at the season of Lent we know that it is a time that we are called to grow closer to God (not only during Lent, but throughout our life). But Lent is a special time to figure out what is distracting us from God and then try to get rid of these distractions.
I am guessing that one of the main distractions for all of us is actually the use of social media such as Facebook, Twitter, and reading blogs. Over the past couple of years I have read news stories of people giving up such social media for Lent, but if you are reading this I guess that you have not given up social media (or if you have and are reading it I am sure that it is for a justified reason). Anyway, I know that it may seem strange to start for Lent, but I am actually going to dive more into social media, mainly through the use of Twitter. You will notice on the right side of this page a scrolling Twitter feed. The intent is that during Lent I will provide a short reflection (140 characters or less). Some days it will be a scripture passage, while other days it may be a link to a reflection, and so on. It is my hope that this will help people have a more spiritual Lent, because let’s be honest, Lent is long, and we need some help to get through it. Speaking of help, Epiphany has put together a spiritual Lenten calendar that has a challenge for every day during Lent, and here is a link to that calendar.
One final thought on the season of Lent; it can be very difficult to give something up, but if we offer it up for something or someone not only does it make it easier, but it also makes it more meaningful. So think of someone who may need the extra help right now, and offer up this Lent for them. Let’s make this season of Lent what it is truly called to be, a time to make ourselves ready to celebrate the paschal mystery even more fully.
Tuesday, February 14, 2012
here is a link to it. Also, if you want to watch a movie about Saint Damien there was a movie made in 1999 called Molokai and it is very well done. I believe that many Catholic Book Stores would have this movie, and I have included a trailer to the movie down below my homily.
Tuesday, February 7, 2012
Below is my homily from this past weekend. It focuses on trying to let God into our life in whatever we are going through.