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February 8, 2018 - Persist in Faith

Thursday of the Fifth Week in Ordinary Time

Scripture Readings

Persistence, grit, perseverance - as a school counselor, these are buzz words of my profession. There is a lot of time and energy and research put into the question of how do you teach these qualities to kids? How do we instill these character traits in today's youth? The question has become even more relevant as we see the impact of our society's need for selfish, immediate-gratification.

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February 7, 2018 - The Spirit is Wisdom

Wednesday of the Fifth Week in Ordinary Time

Scripture Readings

Good Samaritan hospital, in Dayton, OH, is closing its doors at the end of this year.  Uncertainty and anxiety can be difficult to manage.  We do not know what is going to happen but we do know that the goal is to get us all jobs.  In the same way we do not always know how a health care crisis will go, but we do know that the care team is always doing their best to help someone heal.  In both of these examples what is required it a trust that God is there and a hope for the positive.    

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February 6, 2018 - Thinking About Tradition

Memorial of Saint Paul Miki and Companions, Martyrs

Scripture Readings

This Easter, my husband (Bill) and I will celebrate our second anniversary as Catholics. As we awaken again at the Easter vigil to the truth of the resurrected Christ, we will also remember so vividly the first time we received the Eucharist.

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February 5, 2018 - Our God who Has a Face

Memorial of Saint Agatha, Virgin and Martyr

Scripture Readings

Most Sundays my husband and I attend Mass with our daughter, her husband and our two grandchildren.  Trying to help these children (3 years old and 18 month old) be attentive to what is occurring on the altar is a challenge.  One way that often catches their interest is when we direct them to see “Papa Tish” (Fr. Satish) or Pops (my husband) when he serves, lectors or is a Eucharistic Minister up on the altar.  When they recognize someone as familiar they are more likely to want to pay attention and learn more about what is happening during the service. 

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February 4, 2018 - Antidotes to Drudgery

Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Scripture Readings 

Of all the weeks, this was not the week that I wanted to deal with a scripture reading from Job. In today’s first reading Job reflects on life and says, “Is not man's life on earth a drudgery?” (Job 7:1). Drudgery is a very distressing word. It is an immensely burdensome state of being. I have just returned from home seeing the drudgery of my ninety year old father. My heart breaks to see him this way. He sleeps almost all day, wakes up to eat, use the the bathroom, pray a little and then back to bed again. All the medication he takes to stay alive… it is depressing for him and my family. My eighty year old mother said to me the other day, “Does this have to be how our last days are? Dad sleeps most of the time and I walk about the house like a ghost.” Its called drudgery. As I left home this time, I did not feel that I was merely leaving home. I felt that I was abandoning my parents. My life still has meaning. My ministry is still my life. I am surrounded by very some supportive people and a lovely puppy. But to me life seems like drudgery right now. I won’t be surprised if there are people in this church who feel like my father, my mother or I feel at the moment. Drudgery is real. 

 

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