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Sunday Sermon and Some Confused Cumulus Clouds

14 Aug

“To bring up a child in the way he should go, travel that way yourself once in a while.” 

― Josh Billings


It was a beautiful Sunday and lovely day…finally…here in McKinney. Instead of blistering heat, we had a cool breeze with white fluffy threatening clouds to block the heat of the sun. Everyone was cheery and smiley on the way into 9 o’clock Mass. 

I love to stand at the door with my friend, Mary. We say good morning, shake hands and get a few welcome hugs here and there as we greet all who enter. (Construction for the new sanctuary underway in the background.)

Good Morning. Welcome to St. Gabriel’s.


Today’s Gospel was about Jesus telling the disciples that households will be divided after His coming. Father’s homily focused on the positive aspect of the family. Instead of being divided on faith and values, he said it is our responsibility as parents, guardians and friends to lead by example. Teach our faith by example. We don’t have to be divided. 

My take on it…You can ram religion down someone’s throat and it will never make them a believer. But, if you live your life guided by your faith, set a good example, then your children, family, or friends will learn and can choose accordingly, willingly, and faithfully.


Gospel LK 12:49-53
Jesus said to his disciples:

“I have come to set the earth on fire,

and how I wish it were already blazing! 

There is a baptism with which I must be baptized,

and how great is my anguish until it is accomplished! 

Do you think that I have come to establish peace on the earth? 

No, I tell you, but rather division. 

From now on a household of five will be divided,

three against two and two against three;

a father will be divided against his son

and a son against his father,

a mother against her daughter

and a daughter against her mother,

a mother-in-law against her daughter-in-law

and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law.”


Now, for the confused cumulus clouds. Friday, when I was over at Towne Creek, it rained like crazy on the east side of town. I came home…no rain, nada, not a drop. Yesterday, it was supposed to rain. Nope! This morning, big white fluffy clouds and dark in the distance, then the sun tried to pop out. The clouds are so confused. Don’t just stand there! Do something already! Isn’t that your job?

Sunday Sermon:) Family

28 Dec

“Your children are the greatest gift God will give to you, and their souls the heaviest responsibility He will place in your hands. Take time with them, teach them to have faith in God. Be a person in whom they can have faith. When you are old, nothing else you’ve done will have mattered as much.” 
― Lisa Wingate


Today, we celebrated the Feast of the Holy Family. The Gospel from Luke was about Jesus remaining behind in the temple during the family pilgrimage to Jerusalem when he was twelves years old, and Mary and Joseph were distraught looking for him. 

Father noted that even Jesus was taught to pray and show respect by his parents, and that it is the responsibility of parents to teach their children by example. Father also mentioned that families are in jeopardy in today’s society by many outside influences.

My take on it…love your children, teach them the importance of faith, family, honesty, and love, but these can only be taught by example. A book, not even “The Good Book” can teach these values without a teacher, a role model. 

I am very proud of my children. My sons have grown to be caring, honest, loyal young men. Best of all… They love their mamma. They treat me with such tenderness and respect, and for that I am truly thankful and feel very blessed. Not to be boastful, but I do believe that they learned by example and they saw how much I loved them and how I loved and treated others. They saw my strong faith and loyalty and family values. (Thank God they learned from their mother.) 

Matt has been here with me for Christmas and we have been having a great time. After Mass, I stopped at Sprouts for a few things. Matt made us a light breakfast of avocado toast with cucumber, (vegetarian)  then we went to see the movie, “The Big Short.” Interesting movie about the big stock market crash of ’08. 

We also stopped at Home Depot where Matt bought me a little tree that I can plant in my tiny naked back yard.

He has a lot of work to do for the office while he is “supposedly” on vacation, so in between working on projects that need to get done before he goes back to Chicago, we’ve been doing fun things together. (At least fun for me.) Matt and I went to dinner at Harry’s on the Harbor in Stonebridge tonight. Having a designated driver is fun. I had a Bellini with my chicken fried steak. Oh my! It was delicious.

So, in honor of the Feast of the Holy Family, I feel very blessed to have a such a wonderful family. 

 “Your children are the greatest gift that God will give you.” Can I hear an “Amen?”