As we look to the scriptures we see a very familiar setting, a person who is known by all to be a sinner and all sit in judgement upon her. We are immediately moved to compassion to see this poor woman so quickly judged by all around her. They only see her as the … Continue reading Who are we to Judge? God’s Mercy is Greater than we can imagine
This weekend in the midst our Lenten journey we are remembering God’s Servant Patrick. Often we don’t know much about Patrick. He was from Scotland and and was kidnapped and became a salve in Ireland and was imprissoned tending the sheep and pigs. The experience moved him to faith and he eventually stowed his way … Continue reading Second Sunday of Lent/St Patrick Day, God will transform our Lives For Greatness. So Courageously Live the Gospel! Patrick from Slave To Missionary Priest
Each and every day we seek food that truly satisfies. How often do we want something to satisfy a craving for that special treat, that special dish. We say I've got a taste for something, last week I had a taste for liver and onions like my mother used to make. Well I'm not … Continue reading Food that Truly Satisfies, comes from the Word of God.
Shaped by the Potter, Tried in the Fire, To Go Forth and Bear Fruit. We are like clay in the hands of the Potter. Recalling that God has a purpose for each our lives it takes shaping, molding and being tried in the Fire so that we might be used by God to go forth … Continue reading Shaped By the Potter, Tried in the Fire, To Go Forth and Bear Fruit!
Life presents us with challenges each day. From the day to day drudgeries, to the life's most challenging moments, to simply the other persons we encounter, we wonder what they might say or do. We worry and are afraid about what life holds. In our wonder and fear we often approach life … Continue reading Don’t Worry, Do not Fear,You are God’s Anointed!
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!