November 11, 2018

November 27, 2018

My Dear Ones,

May the Grace of Our Lord remain always with us!

The Liturgical Year and its readings make a decided change in the next few weeks as we head toward the Solemnity of Christ the King, and the following Sunday, the First Sunday of Advent. Where has another year gone?

The readings we will hear at Mass point more and more towards the consummation of all people, times and places in Jesus Christ. In frequently apocalyptic language, we are reminded that we will all have to appear before the judgment seat of God. This is the Church’s time of the year for New Year’s Resolutions.  Think of all the preparations that we have already begun: plans for Thanksgiving Day and Dinner; remote plans for Christmas and the fast approaching “Christmas – Break”. As we prepare to end one Liturgical Year and begin another, it is the perfect time to come to Confession and take a good inventory of our lives, how we have grown and how we have fallen short of who we are really called to be: God’s beloved sons and daughters. Take advantage of the great grace of the Sacrament of Penance.  It is not about us being so bad, but rather, about God being so good and longing to share His goodness, love, and mercy with us!

Last week in the midst of our celebrations for All Saints and All Souls, I was called to the Hospice on Main Street to anoint someone who was dying.  I was called to bedside of a young man who had died after a valiant fight with brain cancer. He was 27 and November 1 was his first Wedding Anniversary.  It was a graced – privilege to be with his wife, parents and mother – in – law as he slipped into the arms of God. As I left the Hospice my phone rang; one of my former parishioners was in town and wanted to surprise me with a quick visit. The day was packed with work and appointments, and I wasn’t “ready” for a surprise. I instantly thought of the dear people I had just left: were they ready to let go of someone they loved so much?  My parishioner offered me a real wakeup call: make time for the surprises in life! Standing by the death bed of a 27-year-old man and a surprise visit from a dear parishioner, suddenly put life into a new perspective. Pope Benedict writes in Spe Salvi “we have become so busy keeping our lives in order that we are exhausted and have become fanatics to the modern world, and so we lose hope. “

How has God recently surprised you? How has He tried to surprise you and you may have been in too much of a rush? Stop and find the glorious ray of hope given as we step back to know His love and mercy!

Until we meet at the altar: O, Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to Thee!

 In the Lord,

Fr. Jordan, O.P.



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