What Lasts Forever

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Dear Parishioners & Visitors,

Our Vacation Bible School this past week has been a wonder to behold,
with our Volunteer Teachers, Catechists, Parents, our Youth Volunteers, and
our vocal, energetic, creative & inspiring water-balloon tossing Children
of God. Thank you Volunteers for all your joyful hard work in teaching
about Year-of-Mercy sacred doors, prayer postures, and building each other
up as co-workers in God’s vineyard here at Holy Rosary.

“But are not rich in what matters to God.” – Luke 12:21b We will to be
rich in what matters to God. To accomplish this we strive to be detached
from material riches so that we do not mistake what is transitory and
corruptible with what lasts forever and is incorruptible. The following
clearly indicate just what matters to God: “For it is mercy that I desire,
not sacrifice, and knowledge of God not holocausts.” – Hosea 6:6 And, from
the prophet Micah: “Act justly, love tenderly, and walk humbly with your
God.” – Micah 6:8b Again, from the Old Testament: “…the resident alien, the
orphan, and the widow within your gates, may come and eat and be satisfied.”
– Deuteronomy 14:29a As Christians, we neither hoard things nor withold
longsuffering, tenderness, or generosity. It’s awfully lonely being concerned
only with oneself surrounded by corruptable possessions which are never
given away. What if Rembrandt had not shared his creativity and therefore
had not painted the insight into Luke’s Gospel passage offered below?

In God’s loving kindness,

—fr. Chris, O.P.

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Persevering in Prayer

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Dear Parishioners & Visitors,

Do we persevere in prayer? Just like all of us in the parish praying before meals, the Bible says to pray without ceasing. For us, prayer is a way of life. Prayer disposes us to love God and to love our neighbor as ourselves. Scripture says, “The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous one availeth much” – James 5:16. Perseverance in begging the good from God pateris virtuous. Hence, we beg for our daily bread. The “us” in the Pater Noster is an unselfish plea for all those around the table, which means the prayer can have nothing to do with unloving, selfish needs. If our prayer is without charity then it is not really prayer. Let us persevere in Praying to God; let us persevere in Trusting God’s response time; let us persevere in Bestowing Mercy“For everyone who asks, receives; and the one who seeks, finds; and
to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.”

In God’s loving kindness,

—fr. Chris, O.P.

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