Deep in the back of our minds many of us will say to ourselves, “I know how I made it, but how could she, or how could he? The lyrics of the song haunt us: “There’s plenty good room, plenty good room in my father’s kingdom, so choose your seat and sit down.” When … Continue reading There’s Plenty Good Room
Pharaoh’s narrative is the powerful extract wealth from the vulnerable by means of cheap labor that are legal (the powerful make the laws!) and that the powerful consider normal and moral. Those that are left behind are left behind because of their own inadequacy or inability. The cycle of Pharaoh’s narrative is: anxiety, scarcity, accumulation, … Continue reading Changing The Pharaoh Narrative Justice is required,
How often have we wondered where is God in the midst of our circumstance? We feel like we face life's daily challenges wondering not only if God is there but if God really cares. Through sickness and Pain, heartache and despair, we find ourselves wondering if God is still there. The scriptures this week … Continue reading Take Courage, You Matter To God!
The Pastoral Plan for The Parish of St Joseph St Petersburg My Dear Sisters and Brothers in The Divine Word, The Parish of St Joseph in St Petersburg is fundamentally a family of Faith that seeks to Courageously Live the Gospel. As in any family, it is important periodically to gather around the table and … Continue reading Courageously Living the Gospel, Saint Joseph Parish Pastoral Priorities
"The judgment of God is upon the church as never before. If the church of today does not recapture the sacrificial spirit of the early church, it will lose its authentic ring, forfeit the loyalty of millions, and be dismissed as an irrelevant social club with no meaning for the twentieth century. I meet young … Continue reading Living the Dream, Be the Dream We Can’t wait, we must Courageously Live the Gospel, NOW!
This week we end our Christmas Season with the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord. We see the great power and ability in the life of Jesus and also for our lives who are baptized. Jesus, the Son of the Living God, the one who the prophets foretold comes with great power to … Continue reading Through Baptism God has “called you for the victory of justice,”
This third week of our Christmas celebration we find our selves united with those who seek light in the midst of Darkness. It is at the very heart of the human person to seek and desire that which is greater than us. For thousands of years women and men have sought some spiritual … Continue reading Epiphany Sunday Seeking the One who is The Light in your Darkness.
This week we have come to the Manger, a stable in the midst of Poverty and here we find the very source of Power. As we celebrate Christmas the Birth of the Savior it is in the most unlikely place that one would expect and seek to encounter the very source of … Continue reading Power Comes Through Poverty in a Manger
"Let us Rejoice, Let us Be Glad, Let us Praise God who holds our Life in His Hands." Let our Souls Magnify the Lord, Let us rejoice for the Lord is near. This week we find ourselves called, ordered to "REJOICE". We hear a message from the Prophet Zephaniah just prior to the Babylonian … Continue reading Let Us Rejoice, Tuning into the Joy of God’s Promise
The Second Week of Advent As we begin this week we find ourselves set into a clear time and place as St. Luke sets out to set our for us the coming on of the stage St. John the Baptist. All the other key historic figures and religious leaders are named, but then … Continue reading Advent, A Season of Expectation