God’s Fridge

gods-fridge-stephanie-groomsAs the cold weather steadily encroaches, I’ve been grumbling about the dubious wisdom of living here in what seems to be God’s icebox.  Happily, my pessimistic thought processes have been somewhat soothed by remembering author Max Lucado’s sweet message (maybe you’ve heard it before) that “If God had a refrigerator, your picture would be on it. If He had a wallet, your photo would be in it. He sends you flowers every spring and a sunrise every morning… Face it, friend. He is crazy about you! ”

I do think if God had a fridge, yes, my picture would be on it.  And not just my retouched professional portrait, either, but some real photos of me in action – with all my flaws and all my beauty plain to see, each facet of me treasured by my Father.  I also think all the photos I have ever taken and all the photos I have wanted to take would be there – the ones I remember and the ones I can’t.  Not only that, but I think that God’s fridge would display my other kinds of pictures too:  the stick-figure art I have created for Him in all my human fumbling with the gifts and tools He has given me.  Because when I have offered these almost-nothings (these broken prayers, these small deeds, these clumsy relationships) to Him, he has lovingly accepted them better than a mom with a kitchen full of tissue-paper butterflies and popsicle-stick puppets.  And He has glorified each one of them by His tender mercies…His personal love…His insistence that everything, everything, everything be saved.

Your Pickle,
Marian Bart
Parish Catechetical Leader

A note from Fr. Jim…

“The Church is not about a building, it’s about the people” is a fairly common phrase in churchy-circles. There is a lot of truth to it – especially when it is used to express the feeling that people are becoming more focused on keeping a parish running than about changing lives by bringing the Lord to the world in new and deeper ways. That makes sense. But that can also be taken too far, and we need a remedy to that “a building is just a building” attitude into which we might slip. So today, we celebrate not an event during Jesus’ life, nor a saint, but the dedication of a church: St. John Lateran in Rome. We celebrate that a bunch of stone were placed together, that a roof was put in place, that mosaics were laid out, and that finally the whole thing was dedicated to God.  //  LEARN MORE

Thoughts from the Cave

What is the Church asking of us today? You probably know the answer! The Church is asking us to pray in a very special way for all the deceased.  God knows all things: he knows what we are doing now because he watches us. He waits for us to turn to him with the simplicity of a child and when a person does this that person wish to be a saint, then the person must ready them self to being consistent, must respond to God’s grace consistently, positively, and unconditionally. This means, the person cannot allow my emotions to run my life. the person cannot solely follow or trust Their instincts, Their desires, Their feelings or Their emotions. Nor can they allow “the times”, “the fashions” “the storms” or “the current” to sweep me away. They must give the benefit of the doubt to the Lord. They must allow Him to pick me up and sweep me off my feet….  //  LEARN MORE

A note from Fr. Jim

“Tell us, then, what is your opinion: is it lawful to pay the census tax to Caesar or not?” It’s a delicate question: if God is our King, where does Caesar fit in? Is it a betrayal of God to acknowledge him? The question can be reversed, too. For example, in the second reading, we heard Paul recalling how the planting of the faith in Thessalonica went. There, Paul and his companions faced the accusation that they “are all acting against the decrees of Caesar, saying that there is another king, Jesus” (Ac 17:7). If Caesar is King, where does God fit in? Is it a betrayal of Caesar to acknowledge Him?…  //  LEARN MORE

Thoughts from the Cave

During these past weeks in the Gospel, Jesus has been telling many parables to teach those around him about Heaven. This parable reference is naturally to the New Testament’s marriage supper of the Lamb, and we observe that the parable clearly intends to portray Israel’s spiritual indifference to the invitation in the sharpest way, culminating in their killing the messengers of the covenant. The imagery of a wedding banquet turns to the serious message when the man without the proper wedding clothes is not merely thrown out of the banquet, but is bound hand and foot, and cast into darkness where there is weeping and gnashing of teeth….  //  LEARN MORE