The morning after my husband and I decided that we had to lay down absolutely everything we are, know, and love to move to a new place, I went to St. Joseph Lake Orion and allowed The 3:15 Project to videotape me declaring that I would, indeed, go to hell if Jesus needed me to. (You can see that video and other stories at The 3:15 Project website.) Well, it’s been quite a harrowing experience, this particular hell. But here’s a snapshot from the midst of it that may speak to us:… // LEARN MORE
There’s a certain Old Testament story proclaimed at daily Mass ‘round this time of year that hits me like a ton of grace whenever I choose to really hear it. It’s the story of Namaan, found in chapter 5 of the second book of Kings. (Go ahead and read it again; I’ll wait…)… // LEARN MORE
I haven’t written anything bloggy lately because I haven’t had anything to write. “Write about that!” God nudges me, so here we are. At zero.
It’s a difficult, scary, beautiful place to be. I deeply know this because I can look back at another February spent wrestling with heart-shattering agony. With silence. With Nothing. That year, a first-grade boy from our community died suddenly. Overcome with grief, I spent many subsequent hours sitting in the corner of my den in a large, overstuffed chair – a chair equipped with a poofy pillow, a flannel quilt, a nearby window, and even a twin companion chair. As I sat there that winter, sometimes I cried. Sometimes I stared at the wall. Sometimes I drank tea, or read a book, or called the beloved boy’s mother. Sometimes I fell asleep. Sometimes I talked to a pal sitting in the other chair. All the times, I prayed. And I learned…. // LEARN MORE
Picture with me an evening at the most posh restaurant ever: the scents tantalize, the seating cossets, the food is abundant and delectable, the wine flows, and all the guests shimmer. The whole experience is perfect in ways beyond description, and what ties all this glory together is the tuxedo-clad waitstaff. They have their eyes and intentions firmly fixed on our every move, anticipating and responding to even our smallest needs. As they wait in stillness for any indication of their next task (whatever it may be!), they remain humble, kind, unobtrusive, and good-humored. It’s a thing of beauty.
We can learn much about Advent from such excellent waiters.
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Fr. Steve and the finance council recently provided an uplifting and informative State of the Parish presentation. I have heard some questions about the Religious Education budget; some folks are thinking that it covers the very important task of our educating our young saints through our regular catechesis program, and that’s all. Well, it is certainly our #1 task, and a duty for all of us adults, no matter how many or few of our own relatives are in the classes.
But it’s important for our financial backers (That’s you!) to realize that the Religious Education budget also covers the following expenses: RCIA; CYO support; parish missions; speakers; Bible studies; other adult faith programs; youth ministry which includes B.A.S.I.C., E.P.I.C., and more; the manpower behind our bulletin; the library; evangelization; Vacation Bible School; much of our website and social media outreach; and even diaconal support and some of the marriage programming. We are very, very careful with the money we spend…. // LEARN MORE