For all of us, humility is: living in the truth that I am a creature, a human being, a sinner like everyone else, but a sinner loved by God and entrusted by God with gifts to be shared.
The first Christian monks were men of the wilderness, the Desert Fathers, and there are many stories about them that celebrate their humility and humanity. There was one monk known for his great humility, and Satan decided to tempt him, so he appeared to him gloriously saying, "I am Gabriel and I am sent to you with a great message from God." The monk said, "You'd better check your instructions. There is no reason God would have a special message for me." And Satan fled.READ MORE
Last week I talked a little about testing ourselves or trying to disciple ourselves better. There are three basic temptations that keep us from knowing and understanding ourselves.
First, we may believe that we are more than we are- stronger, smarter, better- and that can get us into trouble. You know that feeling of finding yourself flat on your back after you've picked a fight with someone bigger or stronger than you. Or, promising to accomplish something that you can't do. In AA they say, "the only thing you need to know about God is- it's not you!"READ MORE
Father Ryan was gone all last week; he was on a silent retreat. That's right, a week without talking. Why would someone go on a silent retreat?
Last week I talked about reverence in my bulletin article. I recently read an article about going into the desert. It talked about the beauty of the desert and about the danger. Why would someone choose to go out into the desert? To allow God to tempt us? No, that is Satan's job. Do we want to allow God to test us? Maybe, by why? Not because God needs to know what we are made of, God already knows. Rather so that we can learn what we are made of and what we are capable of—both our weaknesses and our strengths.READ MORE
As we begin our holy season of Lent I would like to talk with you about an important subject: reverence. Recently I have heard Bishop Olmsted mention the lack of reverence in our society. I think we all saw the lack of general reverence in our last election.
How do we teach reverence to our children? Not with words only, but more importantly with our actions . If there is a lack of reverence in our society then what about us? Are we reverent in the way we live our lives, or are we more secular?READ MORE
Wednesday we begin the holy season of Lent celebrating Ash Wednesday. The ashes remind us that we have sinned, that we are to be meek and humble of heart, and that we want to start again to follow more faithfully our Lord Jesus Christ. We are also preparing ourselves to walk with Jesus through His Passion, Death, and Resurrection.
I had a classmate in seminary who would walk through the halls during Lent singing, "We are an Easter people and Alleluia is our song!" This is true, but Easter begins with Lent and the Alleluia is because Jesus has suffered, died, and then risen. Ashes are as much a part of our lives as Alleluia.READ MORE
This weekend since we are celebrating our 70th anniversary, we will not join most of the diocese in starting our Charity and Development Appeal; we will do our commitment Sunday for CDA next weekend.
There are some changes in the CDA this year. First, they will no longer accept payment by credit card; of course, this saves the diocese from having to pay the fee to the card company. Also, they are asking you to commit online if possible, again to save personnel hours from entering all of the data.READ MORE
Next Saturday we celebrate the 70th Anniversary of the founding of Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Glendale! Of course, our Capilla is much older, so we have been around for a long time! As we have prepared for this celebration I have heard so many wonderful stories of our greatpast.
I told our Parish Council, who have been coordinating our celebration, that in 5 years we will have a bigger celebration, so let's not "go overboard" this year. However, in our diocese, 70 years is a milestone tobe honored.READ MORE
This week we celebrate Catholic schools week and we are blessed to have a Catholic school in our parish. Our school is a major ministry of our parish community, and we all share in that ministry. The joy of our school, whether it be the sports games or the music programs or graduation, is shared by all of us.
The responsibility of our school is also shared by us all. Our parish subsidizes our school a little, and many of you use your "Adopt a Student" envelopes to help subsidize students in need. Of course, your participation in the Catholic Education Arizona (CEA) tuition tax credit program is a great help to us. We so appreciate it when you attend any of our fund raisers, whether the Unity Festival, meals after Mass, or any of the sales.READ MORE
In one of their documents, the Fathers of the Second Vatican Council called for "full, active, conscious participation" in the liturgy, everyone in the liturgy. In the first years after the Council, this phrase was sometimes misunderstood. Some changes in the liturgy were proposed that were not intended by the Fathers of the Council.
In our sacred liturgies, all have an important role, but not all roles are the same. You see that priests and deacons have similar roles, but definitely different. All of the various ministries in the liturgy are very important, but they are different. This includes the assembly, the congregation; you, too, have a very important role.READ MORE
As most of you know the people of Arizona voted to raise the minimum wage in our state to $10 an hour beginning January 1, 2017. While we did not have employees making the old minimum wage, we did have a few at $10 per hour. Since this is now the minimum wage, we did not want our employees to be at minimum wage, therefore, we have immediately have given small raises to those employees at the bottom of the pay scale.
Of course, this will cause our projected budget to be off a little, and it will tighten our already difficult financial situation. However, I hope you all will agree this was the just thing to do. In the future, many wages will need to be adjusted next financial year, beginning July 1.READ MORE
As we continue our Christmas celebrations with the feast of the Epiphany, we remember that the second group to come to the newborn Jesus were the Magi, gentiles like ourselves.
Pope St. Leo the Great said in an Epiphany homily, "In the persons of the Magi let all people adore the Creator of the universe; let God be known, not in Judea only, but in the whole world."READ MORE
Howdy and Happy New Year!
This is such a great time to look back on what we have accomplished this past year and to look ahead to what is to come. For me, it is all about blessings. Yes, there were and will be difficult times, but together we follow our Lord andsee the blessings He brings.READ MORE