…..from the Pastor’s Desk: Sacred Silence… How do you prioritize your time? For those of us in the working world, we have a schedule set for us for a good part of the day. For those of us raising families, the responsibilities therein and subsequent time allowances are predetermined. For those of us doing both…YIKES!
…..from the Pastor’s Desk: Healing and Reconciliation When people ask a priest to pray for them, or for God’s blessing, it may be so that they may regain peace of mind in coping with an illness or with tensions in the family. But sometimes it’s hoping that some conflict in their lives will be resolved.
…..from the Pastor’s Desk: First off- I am so happy this is not a ‘Farewell’ ‘Pastors Desk’ column. As I said last Sunday, the priests’ new assignments came out last week, and I am NOT one of them. My first day here [this time around] was July 11, 2014. From my perspective, standing in front of you, I get
Solemnity of the Nativity of Saint John the Baptist …..from the Pastor’s Desk: John and the Summer Solstice In all of Christendom, only three people get their birthdays celebrated worldwide: Jesus,- December 25th, Mary- September 8th and John the Baptist – June 24th. Immediately we should recognize that this solemnity is very important for the
…..from the Pastor’s Desk: Happy Fathers Day! I wasn‘t always ‘Father Ron’. My birth certificate says ‘Ronal’ but I started out life as ‘Ronny‘. When I was 12 I decided that I wanted to drop that child’s moniker and be called ‘Ron‘ so I informed my family of my decision and didn‘t respond to ‘Ronny’ anymore. Within 5 days the change
…..from the Pastor’s Desk: A.M.A. As you know I was a Military Chaplain for many years. I returned to the Diocese to parish Ministry in 2003. Until then the acronym ‘A.M.A.’ meant one of four things to me: American Medical Association, American Motorcyclist Association, American Music Awards or ‘Against Medical Advice’. I soon learned that it had a fourth; Annual Ministry
…..from the Pastor’s Desk: Jesus tells us in today’s gospel that he is the Good Shepherd. He makes a distinction between good shepherds, hired hands, and wolves. As a good shepherd, Jesus knows his sheep and his sheep know him. He is so devoted to his sheep that he is willing to die for them. Not only is this image
…..from the Pastor’s Desk: Reflection.. The Rest… of the Story… Folks of a certain age will remember the Paul Harvey radio show called “The Rest of the Story.” Harvey always reserved until the last thing in his show a surprise ending to the story he had been reporting that week. Well, Sunday’s Gospel contains the
…..from the Pastor’s Desk: “Thinking Thomas” – No Doubt There is something to be said for doubt at times. It is a good thing to be able to doubt oneself, provided it doesn’t become an addiction that cripples us; to doubt ones ideas, one’s principles, one’s work,… and to doubt much of what we hear. Although religion can provide
…..from the Pastor’s Desk: Happy Easter! A Happy Thought on a Happy Feast: Have you ever considered that this is the only time when people, even strangers, give a spiritually based greeting? Merry Christmas is often replaced by ‘Happy Holidays’ and “Happy Thanksgiving’ has become a secular salutation, but so far “Happy Easter” stands firm