December 10, 2017

December 5, 2017

My dear parishioners,

Our mystery ghost writer (Ralph Daniels) has an update to our parish program, Micro-Saints.

Mahalia Jackson and Louis Armstrong yearned “to be in that number when the saints go marching in.” Did you perform a ‘micro-saintly’ deed during the week around All Saints Day? If so, then you are one of the roughly 125 parishioners (that we know of) who’ve shown you’re heaven-bent on joining Mahalia and Satchmo at the Golden Gates  when your day comes.

For your inspiration, here are just some of the pretty cool deeds performed – a small sampling of the many we collected.

I didn’t spread gossip when I had the desire and opportunity to.

Brought things to Esmerelda (not her real name) when I didn’t ‘feel’ like it

Reached out and waved to a neighbor who was recently arrested so he would know I still cared.

I gave blood.

I forgave a person who hurt me.

I made it a point to thank a clerk for their hard work.

Said I was sorry.

Spent time listening to a young man’s travails of life.

I love to feed people! I started a ‘meal train’ for a friend who recently had surgery. It will provide homemade dinners for her family of five during her recovery.

Took an elderly woman to the doctor

Rather than judging a person who was acting ‘odd’, I said a prayer of empathy for them. You never know…

From time to time we may publish additional examples. In the meantime please keep looking for micro-saintly deeds to perform. It’s not a bad habit to form or to strengthen. And many people find it pleasurable.

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Thanks Dan and a happy Advent week to all.

Monsignor Montecalvo

 

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