Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul (June 29). Peter’s statue holds Keys, a sign of his Mission to build up the Church. Paul’s statue carries a sword, a sign of his Mission to unbelievers. Both were motivated by the same thing: a real love for Jesus. Though they were very different, God accepted and called them both. God needs your gifts for Mission and Ministry.
St. Peter and St. Paul were pillars of the early Church, and both of them gave their lives as witnesses to Jesus. The Bible, however, makes it clear that Peter and Paul were flawed and imperfect men. Peter denied Jesus three times, and Paul persecuted Christians until a very dramatic grace changed the course of his life. They were both sinners, but they gave their lives to Jesus and He did great things with them. We are sinners, but if we give our lives to Jesus, He can do great things with us.
Priestly ministry has always faced many challenges: lapsed Catholics, disgruntled volunteers, Diocesan policy, the Devil…. But in the world of today, the biggest challenge can be multiple locations. Many priests are shared between two, three, even four parishes. In my case I split time between two offices. That can lead to lots of frustrations. Maybe you took down a name …
This spring my parish just completed our fourth consecutive walking pilgrimage to the Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help. It’s the only approved Marian apparition site in North America, and it happens to be a convenient 55 miles from my parishes. It shocked and surprised people when I first told them I wanted to walk to the shrine. Americans simply …
Like Jews and Muslims, Christians believe in one God. However, Christians are unique in believe that God is a Trinity of persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Although they are three distinct persons, there is no division among them: they are perfectly united. The unity of the Trinity teaches us that although there are many differences between people, we don’t have to be divided. Instead, we can be united in love.
5 Days, 13 walkers, 58 miles — another successful walking pilgrimage! We found that forming community was hard work. Only the Holy Trinity forms community easily because God is not afraid to give. The family images the Trinity, and so does the parish. These lead us to realize that we are welcomed into the Heavenly family of God himself. Do not be afraid to give; the Father gives so much more in return.
Part IV of a talk I gave on the major divisions in Christianity.
Part III of a talk given on the major divisions in Christianity
Part II of a talk given at the parish about the major divisions in Christianity.
Part One of a talk given at the parish on the major divisions in Christianity.
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