June 17, 2012

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June 17, 2012

11th Sunday in Ordinary Time

FATHER’S DAY

“To what shall we compare the Kingdom of God,

or what parable can we use for it?”

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                                   HAPPY FATHER’S DAY!

God is the source of all fatherhood. Jesus reaffirmed this when he taught his disciples how to pray, “Our Father…”. The prayer first acknowledges that we all belong to God as his children, for he gave us our human life, or soul. Our earthly fathers were instruments of God who immediately and directly created us in his image (with an intellect) to have the potential to share his heavenly kingdom as his children. At Baptism we were given the grace to pray to God the Father daily when old enough.

“Who is (art) in heaven.” Heaven is our everlasting destiny when we follow Jesus and his Church. Total union with God and one another will be perfected when we have died and gone to heaven where we will never be tempted or sin again. Like our Heavenly Father, fathers help us to develop our talents and sense of responsibility for that which is truly good for all people. God clearly and fully communicates this to us through Jesus, and all caring fathers seek to follow his example.

“Hallowed be your name.” We ask God the Father to glorify his name so that we might see his powerful actions of love in our lives. Many times our earthly fathers have intervened in our life with wisdom, compassion, justice, mercy and love, giving us an indication of how God works in our world

Why is it then, that we might not experience the deep love of God in our life? Is it because we don’t understand completely the message and divine person of God’s Son, Jesus Christ? Yes, for we might be in communion with Christ, but it might be in a way that needs to be deepened by time, trial and treasures.

The same is true with our earthly fathers. The more we share our time and trials, and treasure the gifts of wisdom, love and support they give us, the more deeply our communion with our fathers. Of course, because neither we nor our fathers are perfect, there is a longing to be in deeper communion with them. The only way to fulfill this desire is by growing in our communion with God the Father and his divine Son, Jesus Christ.

Those fathers who have shown us Christ, shared with us God’s love in the sacraments and prayer, and support us by speaking the truth of God’s wisdom, realize the joy of this day. Father’s Day is a celebration of those men who reflect the goodness of God to their children, and thank God for his grace that enables them to do so. Let us daily pray the Lord’s Prayer to grow in communion with God our Father and our earthly fathers.

 

Your Servant in Christ,

Fr. Thomas McCabe

 

 

 

June 10, 2012 – The Most Holy Body & Blood of Christ

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The Most Holy Body & Blood of Christ

“Amen, I say to you, I shall not drink again

the fruit of the vine until the day when I drink it

new in the Kingdom of God.”

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 This weekend we celebrate the Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ.  Our former Pope, John Paul II wrote a beautiful Encyclical Letter to the Church: Ecclesia De Eucharistia – The Church of the Eucharist.

“The Church draws her life from the Eucharist.  This truth does not simply express a daily experience of faith, but recapitulates the heart of the mystery of the Church.  In a variety of ways she joyfully experiences the constant fulfillment of the promise: ‘Lo, I am with you always, to the close of the age’ (Mt. 28:20), but in the Holy Eucharist, through the changing of bread and wine into the body and blood of the Lord, she rejoices in this presence with unique intensity.  Ever since Pentecost, when the Church, the People of the New Covenant, began her pilgrim journey towards her days, filling them with confident hope.

     The Second Vatican Council rightly proclaimed that the Eucharistic sacrifice is ‘the source and summit of the Christian life.’  ‘For the most holy Eucharist contains the Church’s entire spiritual wealth: Christ himself, our Passover and living bread.  Through his own flesh, now made living and life-giving by the Holy Spirit, he offers life to men.’  Consequently the gaze of the Church is constantly turned to her Lord, present in the Sacrament of the Altar, in which she discovers the full manifestations of his boundless love.”

     This begins the introduction, a framework to the six chapters and conclusion that complete the 28 page letter, which is in summary form below.  The first chapter: “The Mystery of Faith” recalls how Jesus gave us the Eucharist the night before his passion and death. “The Church has received the Eucharist from Christ her Lord not as one gift- however precious- among others, but as the gift par excellence, for it is the gift of himself, of his person in his sacred humanity, as well as the gift of his saving work.  Nor does it remain confined to the past, since “all that Christ is, all that he did and suffered for all men-participates in the divine eternity, and so transcends all times.”

     Chapter two: “The Eucharist Builds the Church”.  “The Second Vatican Council teaches that the celebration of the Eucharist is at the center of the process of the Church’s growth…the Council adds: ‘as often as the sacrifice on the altar, the work of our redemption is carried out.  At the same time in the sacrament of the Eucharistic bread, the unity of the faithful, who form one body in Christ (cf. 1 Cor. 10:17), is both expressed and brought about.”

     May we enter more deeply into this great celebration of God’s full outpouring of love and truth for us in the celebration of the Holy Mass.  It is an intimate, sacred meal that affects a greater union with God, through him, with him and in Jesus Christ.  Unlike other food that we assimilate, this sacred food assimilates us.  We truly become what we eat.

In Christ,

Fr. Thomas McCabe

 

June 3, 2012 – THE MOST HOLY TRINITY

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June 3, 2012

THE MOST HOLY TRINITY

 “And behold, I am with you always,

until the end of the age.”

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GOD BLESS OUR GRADUATES

 

We are honoring and celebrating our

Immaculate Conception Parish 2012 High School Graduates

At the 10:00 AM. Mass Today, Sunday, June 3, 2012.

We wish them well, & offer our prayers for their success in the future.

 

 

Justin Bastyr, Son of Jim & Connie Bastyr

Elizabeth Coffield, Daughter of Pat Schiltgen

Clair Duchene, Daughter of Mark & Theresa Duchene

Alicia Geer, Daughter of Shannon & Kristin Geer

Michael Grindland, Son of Scott & Julie Lowy

Andy Kes, Son of Dan & Donna Kes

Nick Kes, Son of Tim & Kim Kes

Tracie Korbel, Daughter of Joe & Karen Korbel

Ashley Larson, Daughter of Tom & Joan Larson

Simon Lemaire, Son of Patrick & MaryAnne Lemaire

Kelli Schanus, Daughter of Pete & Sue Schanus

Jack Siebenaller, Son of Mark & Nancy Siebenaller

Becca Sirek, Daughter of Dave & Shellie Sirek

Allison Skluzacek, Daughter of Lyle & Sandi Skluzacek

Brittany Smisek, Daughter of Jeff & Michelle Smisek

Megan Smisek, Daughter of Donnie & Denise Smisek

David Svoboda, Son of Ed & Anne Svoboda

Alex Troff, Son of Sandy & Paul Deutsch & Gary Troff

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We are also honoring and celebrating our

Immaculate Conception Parish 2012 Confirmants at this Mass.

They were listed on the May 13th Sunday Bulletin.

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We offer our special prayers and congratulations

 to the following students,

who graduated from Holy Cross Catholic School

on Thursday, May 24, 2012

Michael Anderson, Son of Ron & Andrea Anderson

Sam Ceplecha, Son of Steve Ceplecha & Lisa Ceplecha

Jordan Chlan, Son of Tom & Patti Chlan

Sam Kjos, Son of Michael & Ann Kjos

Curtis Lemaire, Son of Patrick & MaryAnne Lemaire

Brennen Lewis, Son of Paul & Marina Lewis

Maddaline Miller, Daughter of Dan & Brenda Miller

Allison Shorter, Daughter of Mike & Jane Shorter

Anna Smisek, Daughter of Bob & Laura Smisek

 

Faith is not knowing what the future holds,

But knowing  Who holds the future.

 

          Jesus said: “My sheep hear my voice; I know them, and they follow me.  I give them eternal life, …The Father and I are one.” -JN 10:27-30

     Jesus reveals that God is one, but lives in a community of divine persons: The Father, The Son and The Holy Spirit.  Let us faithfully follow him in the church community of his divine love and truth.

Congratulations!

Fr. Thomas McCabe

May 27, 2012 – Pentecost Sunday

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May 27, 2012

Pentecost Sunday

 “Peace be with you.

As the Father has sent me, so I send you”

________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________                                     Pentecost concludes the Easter Season, and is called the birthday of the Church because the Apostles go forth to proclaim the Gospel and begin to baptize in the Name of the Lord Jesus, that is to say, in the power that Jesus had given them – the fullness of the Holy Spirit.

     After the death and resurrection of Jesus, the Apostles and disciples experience the risen Lord through his several appearances over a 40 day period.  They are reminded to go to Galilee to experience the Ascension of the Lord, which had been celebrated in the recent past on (Ascension) Thursday, but this Archdiocese and many others now celebrate it on Sunday so as to reach as many of the faithful as possible about this dimension of the Paschal Mystery.

     We read in the Acts of the Apostles that the Apostles and disciples went back to the Upper Room, the Cenacle, where the Apostles had celebrated the Last Supper (The First Mass).  There in Jerusalem, they gathered around Mary, mother of Jesus, and began to pray for 9 (nine) days – the First Novena.  On the 10th day God the Father and God the Son sent the Holy Spirit upon them.

     The Holy Spirit manifested himself first as a sound “like a strong driving wind”.  This imagery hearkens back to the Holy Spirit or breath of God hovering over the waters at the creation of the world.  The Holy Spirit then manifested himself as “tongues of flame“ which parted and came to rest on each one of them.  The Holy Spirit is not only “the Lord, the giver of life” as we pray in the Nicene Creed, but he is also the one who illuminates and sanctifies the Apostles to go and preach boldly the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

     We receive the Holy Spirit at our Baptism, who implants within our soul the spiritual seeds of the divine virtues: faith, hope and love (charity) and imparts the seven divine gifts in order to perfect these three divine virtues as well as the four moral virtues.  We are sealed with the Gift of the Holy Spirit at Confirmation, which completes our Baptism and draws us deeper into Jesus and his Catholic Church.  The seven divine gifts of the Holy Spirit are: Wisdom, Knowledge, Wonder and Awe, Counsel, Understanding, Fortitude and Reverence.

      Let us pray for an outpouring of the Holy Spirit upon our hearts and minds that we would continue to grow in the saving mission of living and proclaiming the Gospel of Jesus Christ.  Here is a beautiful invocation to the Holy Spirit: “We beseech You, O God, that the Holy Spirit, who proceeds from You, may enlighten our minds and lead us to all truth, as Your Son promised.”  Amen.

The Peace and Fiery Love of Pentecost,

Fr. Thomas McCabe

May 20, 2012 – The Ascension of the Lord

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 May 20, 2012

7th Sunday of Easter

The Ascension of the Lord

World Communications Day

 

“Go into the whole world

and proclaim the gospel to every creature.”

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      I hope all of you had a wonderful mother’s day weekend!  Thank God for all mothers: biological,  spiritual and those who have adopted, for saying “Yes” to cooperating with God who is the giver and sustainer of each human life.

     It is so amazing to think that God the Almighty Father directly and immediately creates each human  child from the moment of conception in his image and likeness.  That is to say, the child has a human soul, a spiritual soul made for the capacity to receive the love of God and the love of their parents and family of faith.  The Lord God created you and I in his image and likeness in order that we would say “Yes” to his grace and continue to live freely by being faithful to the good that he wants for us.

     Of course, not all women are called to bear children, and there are some who want to, are married, but have not yet received that gift of a baby within them.  Some never will, but some of those will hear and open themselves to God’s call to being adopted parents of children.  The last time I heard there were an estimated 2 million women in theUSAwaiting to adopt a new baby. 

     Some women are saying “Yes” to being spiritual mothers and are entering religious communities to pray for the end to abortion and the conversion of our country so that we can rediscover the providential care of God and the plenitude of his saving grace found fully in Jesus Christ and his Catholic Church.

     Every child is destined for heaven, but we cannot get there on our own power.  Our spiritual soul has been wounded by original sin, and we still have the effects of original sin even after Baptism.  That is why we all need to bear the image of Jesus within our souls be saying “Yes” to God’s divine life given to us and sustained in us by his Holy Word and the Sacraments.  We needHoly MotherChurchwho gives us Jesus in the Seven Sacraments in order to enlighten our darkened minds and strengthen our enfeebled wills.  St. Paul writes in the Letter to the Ephesians: “May the eyes of your hearts be enlightened, that you may know what is the hope that belongs to his call, what are the riches of glory in his inheritance among the holy ones”…Ephesians 1:18

     We are also made in the image and likeness of our parents such that 23 chromosomes from mom and 23 chromosomes from dad united at conception to make up the developing body of the child who begins to grow immediately.  How?  The cell is alive, that is, it is animated by a spiritual soul, breathed into being by God!  This human soul organizes the body and keeps it growing and replacing cells.  This cell becomes a foot, this cell becomes a hand, this cell becomes an eyeball, this cell becomes the brain stem.  The human soul is like the blue print of a unique, priceless piece of art, a masterpiece created and sustained by God in cooperation with we humans.  Thus, when a person dies, the intellectual soul is separated from the body and it stops growing, it stops organizing and is judged by God in the midst of the community of Saints on how it has responded to grace by growing in love of God by doing his will, or opposing God’s will by sinning. 

     But we love the Lord of life and salvation.  That is why we freely gather together withHoly MotherChurchto respond to Jesus and the Holy Spirit by praising God the Father.  We have freely chosen to follow God and his commandments above all else, in order to love others appropriately and God who is above all else.

     Peace in Christ,

     Fr. Thomas McCabe

 

May 13, 2012 – 6th Sunday of Easter – Mothers’ Day

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 May 13, 2012

                                                          6th Sunday of Easter

Mother’s Day

 

“As the Father loves me, so I also love you.”

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CONGRATULATIONS

and

GOD BLESS

THE NEWLY CONFIRMED MEMBERS OF OUR PARISH FAMILY

 

                                          Anna  Brezina                                                                                                                    Daughter of Tom & Barb Brezina

 

Alicia Davis

Daughter of Larry & Sara Davis

 

Mitchell Dooley

Son of Dave & Mary Dooley

 

Brandon Duban

Son of Dennis & Annie Duban

 

Quinn Duchene

Daughter of Mark & Theresa Duchene

 

Marisa Hager

Daughter of Jon & Selena Hager

 

Kaylee Kubes

Daughter of Joseph & Karen Kubes

 

Cole Pint

Son of Greg & Marilyn Pint

 

Tia Pumper

Daughter of Kari Pumper & Robert Henrichs

 

Tyler Skluzacek

Son of Bruce & Lisa Skluzacek

 

Blake Skluzacek

Son of Eric & Bobbie Skluzacek

 

Tyler Sticha

Son of Scott & Theresa Sticha

 

Jordan Yetzer

Son of Mike & Barb Yetzer

 

These students received the Sacrament of Confirmation

from Archbishop John C. Nienstedt

on Thursday, May 10, 2012 at the Cathedral ofSt. Paul.

 

     After the Holy Spirit descended as tongues of flames upon those who were praying with Mary in the upper room, we read this in the Acts of the Apostles: “They devoted themselves to the teaching of the apostles and to the communal life, to the breaking of the bread and to the prayers.”  This is the first mention of the 4 pillars of the Christian life, of which the Catechism of the Catholic Church is divided: The Apostles Creed, The Ten Commandments and Beatitudes, The Eucharist and other Sacraments, and the Lord’s Prayer.                                                

Congratulations and blessings,
Fr. Thomas McCabe 

 

May 6, 2012 – 5th Sunday of Easter

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 May 6, 2012

5th Sunday of Easter

“I am the vine, you are the branches.”

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                                                                    WELCOME

TO THE TABLE OF THE LORD

 

Congratulations

To the following children

who are receiving their

FIRST HOLY COMMUNION

Today, Sunday, May 6, 2012

At the 10:00 AM Mass

  

Connor Antony

Son of Brian & Francine Antony

 

Robert Bastyr

Son of Jodi Bastyr

 

Hailey Calliguri

Daughter of James & Marcy Calliguri

 

Madison Dooley

Daughter of Dave & Mary Dooley

 

Margaret Flicek

Daughter of Joseph & Melissa Flicek

 

Ryan Geer

Son of Shannon & Kristen Geer

 

Macey Hager

Daughter of Jon & Selena Hager

 

Kylie McWilliams

Daughter of John & Mandy McWilliams

 

Jordan Meyer

Son of Tad & Nan Meyer

 

Lily Moravchik

Daughter of Joseph & Christine Moravchik

 

Reice Narum

Son of Christopher & Michelle Narum

 

Carter Pavek

Son of Joseph & Sarah Pavek

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     Jesus speaks to us in the Gospel of John, “Remain in me, as I remain in you…Whoever remains in me will bear much fruit…”  Let us grow in the fruits of the Holy Spirit: faith, love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, self-control, and goodness.
      Jesus inspires the Apostle John to speak to our hearts and minds: “Those who keep his commandments remain in him, and he in them, and the way we know that he remains in us is from the Spirit he gave us.” 1Jn 3:24
Congratulations!
Fr. Thomas McCabe

 

April 29, 2012 – 4th Sunday of Easter

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 April 29, 2012

4th Sunday of Easter

World Day of Prayer for Vocations

“I am the good shepherd. 

A good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.”

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      A boy was on the seashore playing in the sand.  He dug out a pit and began filling it with water from the ocean, but it would seep away almost as soon as he turned his back for more.

     A man observed this boy at play as hewalked along the shore.  He would later be known as one of the greatest saints and brightest minds in the church.  After watching the boy for a time he asked the boy, “What are you trying to do?”  The boy replied, “I am trying to empty the ocean into the pit I have dug.”

     The man was amused and said, “You will never be able to do it because the sea is too vast.”  The boy was undaunted, “Well some men think they can know God, is this as difficult as that?”

    St. Augustinemust have been awed by the reply given by this boy at play.  The story may not be actual, but it does point out the infinite mystery of God and our thirst for him.  And like the boy at play, undaunted by the seeming impossibility of the task,St. Augustinegave his capacious mind to the task of meditating upon the infinite God-the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.

     The Holy Trinity is the central mystery of our Christian faith.  God is infinitely powerful and mysterious, and although incomprehensible, God is not unintelligible.  In other words, we can grow in our understanding of God, but never fully comprehend him, because our minds are finite.

     Like thirsty ground, we care called to drink in God continually.  Although we will never be filled on earth, if we persevere in our quest for the truth of God, in heaven we will be supremely happy to know that our minds will never be without the refreshing water of glory and knowledge of God and all his creation.

     How are we able to receive this great gift of knowledge?  By the grace that comes through Jesus Christ in the power of the Holy Spirit.  For we do not naturally possess the power to hold on to thoughts of God, nor live out his call of holiness. Rather, we need his assistance of grace in his sacraments to maintain a living faith.

     Before his conversion, Augustine seemed to be a lonely figure, once brilliant, but unable to quench his thirst for truth.  His early, sinful life is evidence of his drinking from many wells that filled his mind with worldly wisdom, but nothing was good enough, nor was he at peace with himself.

     Finally, Augustine converted to Jesus Christ and his Church.  He found the ancient font of Eternal Truth in the Catholic Church, and the everlasting source of grace in the person of Jesus Christ.  Instead of isolating himself further by drinking from shallow or poisonous wells,St. Augustinedove into the church and entered into Holy Communion by communicating with the Apostles, Saints and faithful disciples.  He realized that God was not isolated, but revealed himself through his Son as God living in community: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

     May the good Lord satisfy our thirst for divine love now and forevermore through our Catholic church community.  May God continue to call men and women to serve him and his people as priests and religious brothers and sisters.

 

In Christ,

Father Thomas McCabe    

 

April 22, 2012 – 3rd Sunday of Easter

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April 22, 2012

3rd Sunday of Easter

Earth Day

“Peace be with you.”

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          On Saturday, April 2, 2005, approximately 10:00p.m. inRome, God took to himself John Paul II, Servant of the Servants of God.  To many Catholics the timing of his death seemed to be very symbolic.

           It occurred on the First Saturday of the month at which devotion to Mary, Mother of Jesus is observed.  It also occurred on the eve of Divine Mercy Sunday, a devotion to which John Paul II recognized and established for Catholics throughout the world when he canonized St. Marie Faustina in the Jubilee Year 2000.  Those who participate in this devotion draw down God’s mercy, his greatest attribute, upon the world, and a special grace for themselves.

          When Karol Cardinal Wojtyla (Woe-tee-ya) was elected Pope October 16, 1978, he appeared on the balcony of St. Peter’s Basilica and proclaimed his first words, “Praised be Jesus Christ!”

          He was born the second of two sons to Karol, his father, and Emilia Kaczorowska, his mother, who died giving birth to a third child-stillborn-in1929.  The young Karol could not foresee the death of his older brother Edmund, a doctor, in 1932 and the growing darkness of Nazism and Communism.  

          He made his first Holy Communion at age 9, was confirmed at age 17, and entered Krakow, Poland Jagiellon University, which was closed by the Nazi’s a year later in 1939.  In 1942 he joined the “underground” seminary (school for aspiring priests) and pioneered an “underground” theatre as part of the resistance force.  He was ordained a priest inKrakowon November 1, 1946.  On July 4, 1958 he was appointed auxiliary bishop ofKrakowby Archbishop Baziak.  On January 13, 1964 he was named Archbishop of Krakow by Pope Paul IV, who elevated him to the cardinalate on June 26, 1967.  Eleven years later he became the Pope, the universal Shepherd of Christ’s Catholic Church.

          As Pope he has welcomed an average 1 million people to theVatican CityinRome.  He established 64 diplomatic relations with countries for the first time.  He has traveled the world over, leading the faithful in the worship of God; encouraging and admonishing them to stay fully connected to Christ.  He founded Populorum Progressio Foundation for the indigenous peoples of Latin America, thePontificalAcademiesfor Life and Social Sciences, as well as established World Youth Day, where millions of youth throughout the world would spend time in his presence.

          The Pope has a special gift that comes from the office of St. Peter, found in the Gospel of Luke; the gift of being the visible head and principal unifier of the Christian faith.  At the Last Supper Jesus says to Simon Peter, “Simon, Simon!  Remember that Satan has asked for you, to sift you all like wheat.  But I have prayed for you that your faith may never fail.  You in turn must strengthen your brothers.” (Lk. 22:31-32)  That is why Catholics believe the Pope is infallible when teaching from the chair of St. Peter with regard to faith and morals.  However, he is not impeccable (without sin) and he needs our prayers as all of us strive to follow Christ perfectly as Jesus says, “Be perfect as my heavenly Father is perfect.” (Mt. 5:48)

Blessed John Paul II, pray for us.

 

Sincerely in Christ,

Father Thomas McCabe

 

April 15, 2012 – Sunday of the Divine Mercy

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April 15, 2012

2nd Sunday of Easter

Sunday of the Divine Mercy

 

“Blessed are those who have not seen and have believed.”

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The first step of faith is to believe that God exists.  By “God” we mean an Infinite Being who is All Powerful, All Good, All Just and All Merciful.  Sometimes people have trouble believing in God because they see the cruelty of the world around them.  Just imagine how the Jewish people were tested in their faith when God permitted the NAZIS (National Socialist Party of Germany) to detain and begin to exterminate 6 million of their fellow Jews.  How can an All Powerful, All Good God allow that to happen?

     God has given us free-will, that we might freely choose to love Him above all things, and appropriately within all things, in order to attain heaven for all eternity after we die.  We all must die, but of course, we do not want anyone to die tragically like the Jews did in that genocide.  But unfortunately people freely chose to vote for Hitler and his National Socialist Party, and choices have consequences.

     When a person chooses freely to love other things more than God, and thereby chooses to live away from God who is deserving of all our love, they help create a disordered life on earth, and if they do not repent, they have chosen to live away from God’s order for all eternity – they have chosen hell.

     But how do we know how to love God?  God has revealed it in the Bible: “Beloved: Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ is begotten by God, and everyone who loves the Father loves also the one begotten by him.  In this way we know that we love the children of God when we love God and obey his commandments.  For the love of God is this, that we keep his commandments.”  1 John 5:1-3

     Clearly, God has given us his Ten Commandments of life and love that we might grow in his life and love.  Jesus has perfectly lived God’s Commandments, even to the point of death, and thus he is the Source andSummitof our faith and salvation.  Since Jesus is the Author of Life and Love, and was perfectly innocent, then his death is the most tragic of all.  But through his suffering he offers forgiveness to all sinners who can choose to repent – before they die – and thus be able to be saved.  However, they must go through a certain degree of purifying fire depending on their lack of cooperation in the Church’s mission of salvation, that they be made perfect in order to enter the fullness of heaven.  Why does God give sinners a chance to repent and has created a place of purgation?  Because God is All Merciful and All Just.

     Since all of us are imperfect in our love of God and one another, we need to make reparation for our sins and seek God’s greatest attribute – his Divine Mercy.  We experience God’s Divine Mercy fully in the Sacrament of Confession and penance, of which we read about in today’s Gospel.  Also, we can read the lives of the Saints who lived out this Divine Mercy, like Saint Maria Faustina.  The following is from her diary, which has been reviewed by the Magisterium of the Church, and found to be free of any doctrinal errors.

#367.  The Lord Jesus said to Blessed Faustina, “My Heart overflows with great mercy for souls, and especially for poor sinners.  If only they could understand that I am the best of Fathers to them, and it is for them that the Blood and Water flowed from My Heart as from a fount overflowing with mercy.”

#441.  Blessed Faustina also wrote in her diary, “Once the image (of the Divine Mercy) was being exhibited over the altar during the Corpus Christi procession [June 20, 1935].  When the priest exposed the Blessed Sacrament, and the choir began to sing, the rays from the image pierced the Sacred Host and spread out all over the world.  Then I heard these words: “These rays of mercy will pass through you, just as they have passed through this Host, and they will go out through all the world.”

       All of us are called to participate in God’s work of Divine Mercy.  The ABC’s of God’s mercy: “Ask” for God’s mercy, especially in the Sacrament of Confession; “Be” merciful; “Constantly” trust in Jesus’ mercy.  What does mercy look like, look to Jesus himself.  The mission of mercy is one: to save body and soul.  Corporal Works of Mercy: Feed the hungry, etc.  Spiritual Works of Mercy: Instruct the uninformed about Jesus, etc. 

     An anonymous donor has given the parish the Divine Mercy image for our edification. Divine Mercy devotional aids can be found near the image.  Thank you.

Sincerely in Christ, 

Father Thomas McCabe