The Mission Journey

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Dear Parishioners & Visitors,

“Lord, do you want us to call down fire from heaven to consume them?”
In rebuking the disciples, it is clear that Jesus does advocate non-violent
solutions in our response to the temptation to condemn and to act with
the violence of revenge. The disciples’ desire is to misuse their God-given
power to heal in Jesus’ ways, and instead, to violently “consume” other
human beings with fire by simply calling on God. The source of violence
comes from the human heart bent towards cowardice and narcissistic control.
The way to assist in the conversion of others lies not in violent attack
in any of its death-dealing expressions.

Jesus’ words “Follow me.” are met with excuses and procrastination.
The hope in following Jesus is that, in taking the risk to trust Him, we are
granted the graces necessary for the mission journey. Let us not become
irresolute, unadventurous, or sans gumption.

In God’s loving kindness,

—fr. Chris, O.P.

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God is There with Us

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Dear Parishioners & Visitors,

When my father came home from work, my younger sister Sally and I would listen for him as he made his way up from his car to the front door steps. Then, he would walk in the door and we would both run up to him and he would lift us both up and hug us at the same time and we did the same in return. He was an automobile mechanic and we didn’t care if he was greasy-shirted or had dirty hands because we just loved him terribly and wanted him to be welcomed home. My sister and I are so grateful for our father’s abiding, ever-present, and eager love for us.

Blessed and Joyous Fathers Day! God our Father in heaven is ever-eager to have us run to Him jumping into His loving, forgiving, and welcoming embrace. No matter what cross we may be bearing at present in coopera- tion with Jesus’ call to bear that cross, God is there with us.

In God’s loving kindness,

fr. Chris, O.P.

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