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Sunday Sermon and Some Special Smiles

19 Feb

“Sometimes when you sacrifice something precious, you’re not really losing it. You’re just passing it on to someone else.”

Mitch Albom, The Five People You Meet in Heaven

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I was able to attend Mass at Mom’s place this morning. It was surreal, being there without her, yet, I knew she was there in spirit. Tom, the volunteer, had some very kind words and memories to share about Mom. Everyone was sad and shared their condolences and hugs. My son, daughter-in-law and beautiful baby joined us for the service. It was very special.

They were looking for a volunteer to read the second scripture reading for today. I was thrilled because Mom always used to say the second reading for many years. I was honored.

Reading 2

1 PT 3:18-22

Beloved:

Christ suffered for sins once,

the righteous for the sake of the unrighteous,

that he might lead you to God.

Put to death in the flesh,

he was brought to life in the Spirit….

The reading continued with sacrifice, death, and now sitting at the right hand of God. My take on it….we sacrifice for those we love, and God so loved the world that he sacrificed His son. Love doesn’t have to be painful, but we should be willing to share and sacrifice for our loved ones, and also for our friends and neighbors, and even strangers. If everyone “Loved their neighbor” the world would be a wonderful place. Until that happens, you and I can do our part in our own little corner of the world.

After Mass, we went back to Mom’s and looked through pictures and talked and shared memories. The baby was so cute. When I look at her, I am reminded of my sweet Mom and how much she loved her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. The legacy lives on.

Sunday Sermon and Other Stuff

11 Feb

“Promises are only as strong as the person who gives them …”

Stephen Richards

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I went to Mass up in the chapel at Mom’s place. Loretta was the volunteer from St. Thomas More who officiated. How she got through all the snow and slush is nothing more than a miracle. I guess God was her snow plow.

The Gospel today was the story of the leper who came to Jesus and asked to be healed. Jesus had pity on the man and healed him, then asked him to go to the temple to show he was cleansed, offer sacrifice, but to tell no one of the healing. The leper was so excited, he didn’t keep his promise.

He spread the report abroad

so that it was impossible for Jesus to enter a town openly.

He remained outside in deserted places,

and people kept coming to him from everywhere.

My take on it…sometimes you have to keep your word, no matter how excited you are, no matter how hurt you are, a promise is a promise. Miss Loretta said that maybe it was a good thing that everyone wanted to come and see Jesus and be cured. I had to disagree. Jesus had to hide away from the throngs looking for healing. Those people were seeking something for themselves. They wanted a miracle, but did they want to follow His word. Good question. Do you follow your faith and the laws and the rules because you want something or need something or are afraid of the consequences if you disobey?

“Promises are only as strong as the person who gives them …”

Stephen Richards

Sunday Sermon and Other Stuff

4 Feb

“You can help change the world, one smile at a time.”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis

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“Your profession is not what brings home your weekly paycheck, your profession is what you’re put here on earth to do, with such passion and such intensity that it becomes spiritual in calling.”

Vincent Van Gogh

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I was able to attend Mass at Mom’s little chapel this morning. Mom wasn’t up to attending. The Gospel was a good one,..

Today’s Gospel was the story of Jesus healing the sick and possessed. He left early to pray, and his disciples searched for Him. Jesus said He needed to go to other villages to preach and heal. That was His calling,

Rising very early before dawn, he left

and went off to a deserted place, where he prayed.

Simon and those who were with him pursued him

and on finding him said, “Everyone is looking for you.”

He told them, “Let us go on to the nearby villages

that I may preach there also.

For this purpose have I come.”

So he went into their synagogues,

preaching and driving out demons throughout the whole of Galilee.

The volunteer from St. Thomas More gave his homily, relating the passage to his childhood. Ray said that when he was younger and attended Catholic grammar school, he told Mother Superior that he wanted to become a priest when asked what he wanted to be when he grew up. Sister looked at his grades, seeing what classes he registered for in high school, and knowing him for those nine years said, “Maybe you should stick with an English major.”

We all laughed and Ray said that she knew what she was talking about. But he added, as Catholics, we are all called to evangelize and share our faith with others. He is able to bring the Mass and the Eucharist to those who can’t get to church, and is active in his parish. That is his calling now. He said we are never too old or too young to know and share your calling.

His words made me think of my calling. I started out being a teacher, then raised my little family, and sometimes I felt like I never fulfilled my real calling. Did I waste my talents? But, now that I think of it, I share my words and stories s with friends and strangers. I share my art work and talents with many. I volunteer in my community and church, and I like to think I bring smiles and joy to a few people. I talk to strangers and they become new friends. That is my true calling. I try to change the world, one smile at a time.

Sunday Sermon and Other Stuff:) A Special Wedding

22 Jan

“I believe there’s a calling for all of us. I know that every human being has value and purpose. The real work of our lives is to become aware. And awakened. To answer the call.”

Oprah Winfrey

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Last Sunday, it was frigid and I wore my sock monkey hat while greeting before Mass. This morning, people were filing in wearing only a sweater, if that. The clouds threatened rain off and on, but held off until afternoon.

The Gospel was the story of Jesus going down to the sea, finding the fishermen that he would call to follow Him, and to become his disciples.

As he passed by the Sea of Galilee,

he saw Simon and his brother Andrew casting their nets into the sea;

they were fishermen.

Jesus said to them,

“Come after me, and I will make you fishers of men.”

Then they abandoned their nets and followed him.

My take on it… You never know when or where you will find your true calling. But, when you do, the virtual “light bulb” will go off and you should drop what you are doing and follow, just as the disciple knew they had to put down their nets and become fishermen of men.

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Now, for the other stuff. Last night, I had the pleasure of attending the wedding of a beautiful young couple, Rachel and Mason. This, somewhat ties into the Gospel reading. These young people were called to join their individual lives and become one, a family, a union blessed by faith, family and friends.

Rachel was just a little girl when I moved in next door in 2004. Now, a gorgeous, talented young woman, I was honored to be invited to celebrate this special day. I may have moved away a few years ago, but the Reynolds family has always considered me part of their beautiful family.

Officially Mr. Mason And Mrs. Rachel Kerr.

First dance. Wishing you a many more dances, songs, and years together.

Sunday Sermon and Other Stuff

15 Jan

“Don’t tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass.”

Anton Chekhov

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It was a chilly morning here in beautiful McKinney. I was so excited, because it was the perfect opportunity to wear my sock monkey hat as I greeted before 9 o’clock Mass.

I received a lot of compliments, peppered with a few inquisitive grins. Heck, if you can’t have fun and enjoy life and be silly, you might as well stay home and watch tv with a glass of warm milk with dry toast.

Today’s Gospel was the story of John and the disciples, and when Peter was formally given his name.

Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint John 1:35-42.

John was standing with two of his disciples, and as he watched Jesus walk by, he said, “Behold, the Lamb of God.”

The two disciples heard what he said and followed Jesus.

Jesus turned and saw them following him and said to them, “What are you looking for?” They said to him, “Rabbi” (which translated means Teacher), “where are you staying?”

He said to them,”Come, and you will see.” So they went and saw where he was staying, and they stayed with him that day…

My take on it…I find it interesting that Jesus never really tells the disciples or followers what to do. He asks them, “What are you looking for?” He doesn’t force people to listen or try to persuade them to follow Him. He shows them through example. Then, they choose to follow of their own free will.

I equate that to good parenting. Parents who teach their children by example are much more effective than those who just make rules and demand obedience. Children, just like the disciples, will respect, love, honor and follow a parent who guides with a good loving example.

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After church, I came home, ate some breakfast, did some housework, and went for a nice long walk. It warmed up enough that I didn’t need my sock monkey hat, but still needed gloves and something for my ears. And low and behold, Mr. Larry and Miss Sandy were sitting in the garage with their dog wolf. Normally Wolf, a beautiful German Shepherd, lays calmly on the cement and just wags his tail. Today, he ran out to the sidewalk to jump up and greet me. He hadn’t seen me in two months and missed me.

Of course, an open garage meant that I was forced against my will to sit and rest and drink a beer. There was a lot to catch up on the latest neighborhood gossip. It was good to be back home and back to walk, cold or not cold outside. It was toasty warm in the garage with the sun shining on my face. The beer was cold and he conversation warm and friendly.

When I got home, I was able to FaceTime with my granddaughter. She did that backward wave thing that just melts my heart. You know, when they wave hi towards themselves.

It was a good Sunday. I hope yours was too. Hey, if you have tomorrow off, that’s even better.

Sunday Sermon and Other Stuff

8 Jan

I just find myself happy with the simple things. Appreciating the blessings God gave me.

~DMX

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It was good to be back greeting at the door of St. Gabriel before 9 am Mass this morning. I had been missed, and I missed my friends and the familiar faces that always smile back. The new church construction is coming along, slowly but surely. I like that the purple and blue underpayment is still there.

Today’s Gospel was the story of the Magi following the star, in search of the newborn king. King Herod asked them to come back once they found him so that he might pay homage to the child. He lied. He was going to harm him. The Magi followed the star and found the child.

“Then they opened their treasures

and offered him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh.

And having been warned in a dream not to return to Herod,

they departed for their country by another way.”

My take on it… We often are in search of that special something or someone, and there may be that bad person that tries to lead you astray or destroy you. Follow your star and your dreams, and stay clear of liars, cheaters and pretenders. It may be difficult, so follow your heart and your gut.

At the end of Mass, father called up all the January birthdays and anniversaries for a special blessing. I’m extra blessed today. It was a good day.

Sunday Sermon and Another Year Gone By

1 Jan

“Families are the compass that guides us. They are the inspiration to reach great heights, and our comfort when we occasionally falter.”

~Brad Henry

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An early 8 o’clock morning Mass at St. Frances in Stillwater. The alter was adorned with gorgeous red poinsettias. This Sunday is the Feast of the Holy Family. A wonderful celebration of the family. Those of us who are blessed with loving families can understand the strong blessings.

Today’s Gospel, the Holy Family was required to travel to Jerusalem to present the child Jesus and offer the required sacrifice.

When the days were completed for their purification

according to the law of Moses,

They took him up to Jerusalem

to present him to the Lord,

just as it is written in the law of the Lord,

Every male that opens the womb shall be consecrated to the Lord,

and to offer the sacrifice of

a pair of turtledoves or two young pigeons,

in accordance with the dictate in the law of the Lord……….

When they had fulfilled all the prescriptions

of 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.

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Father’s homily was about the importance of family. Even though Jesus was the Son of God, He was still part man, and needed to be raised and taught the ways of man, and the traditions and beliefs of His family. So, Joseph and Mary were the first teachers and examples for the child Jesus.

My take on it… We must all understand the importance of parents teaching their children, not only by word and writings, but by example. Joseph and Mary were the perfect example of good parents, teaching Jesus until He was old enough to share His word and teachings with the world.

Today is a good day to reflect on the importance of family. Not only because it is the Feast of the Holy Family, but because we are starting a new year in just a few hours. Let’s think about how we can become closer to our family, or even closer to those without families. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could all say, “WE ARE ALL FAMILY ON THIS EARTH. PEACE TO ALL OUR BROTHERS AND SISTERS.”

After Mass, I lit a candle and said a prayer for us all. HAPPY NEW YEAR!