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National Catholic Schools Week Reflections
January 25 - January 31 is National Catholic Schools Week. As Pastor of the Church of the Resurrection, I am especially grateful for the great support the parish has long provided for our school, and I am indebted to our principal, Mr. Jacob Allstott, and the excellent faculty and staff, who make our school the wonderful place of social, academic, and spiritual formation that it is. Please pray for them, and, if you haven’t done so, call and make a visit. We would love to share with you what God is doing in our midst. Jacob's comments after the homily are included (at the 11:20 mark).
Bought With a Price
On January 18, Fr. Steve preached about our second reading, which was taken from Paul's First Letter to the Corinthians. The reading included the verse that formed the basis for Bishop Paul Loverde's Pastoral Letter on pornography, "Bought With a Price: Every Man's Duty to Protect Himself and His Family from a Pornographic Culture." The Pastoral Letter is powerful, and the topic is important, if unsavory. The Good News is that the Lord can set men (and women) free from addiction to pornography, as they look to Him, take advantage of the sacraments, and hold themselves accountable to others. Loving Parents will take steps to protect their households from the snares of the devil.
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Make a Retreat in 2015
One of the most valuable gifts we can give to ourselves and those we love is to make a retreat once a year. If you want to jumpstart your spiritual life, check out one of the Miles Christi retreats that are offered in Oxford, Michigan. They offer silent preached retreats in the Ignatian tradition of Spiritual Exercises for men and women (16 and older). If cost is an issue for you, please let Fr. Steve know of your need. We never want finances to get in the way of spiritual growth.
Why would anyone become Catholic?
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Ultimately, this is a story about finding truth, beauty, and fulfillment in an unexpected place, and then sacrificing to grab on to it. I think it will entertain and inspire you, and perhaps even give you a fresh perspective on an old faith.
Reflections on the Mass
In my homily for the Dedication of the Lateran Basilica, I spent quite a bit of time talking about the “orientation” of Catholic worship, and the influence of the way we pray on what we believe. The Latin principle is lex orandi, lex credendi (the law—or rule—of prayer is the law—or rule—of belief). That means that the way we treat the altar, the sanctuary, the tabernacle, the Book of the Gospels, etc., reveal our beliefs. So too with the orientation of the priest and people during the holiest part of the Mass, the Eucharistic Prayer. Out of a desire to help us all enter more fully into the sacred mysteries, beginning the First Sunday of Advent (November 30), I will begin celebrating the Eucharistic Prayer ad orientem, that is, celebrating facing (liturgical) east with you.
Please note that the Liturgy of the Word will continue to be celebrated as usual, but at the time when we “turn to the Lord,” worshiping God the Father “through, with, and in” the Son, we will pray in our hearts and with our bodies facing (liturgical) east together, instead of versus populum (me facing you, the people). For those who are interested, in my bulletin article, I included an excerpt from a blog of a priest in Rhode Island who has made this change at his parish.
A Parish of Formation
The Church of the Resurrection and Resurrection School exist to help families fulfill their God-given responsibilities to their children. In many cases, the men and women who are parents never received a deep and strong understanding of the faith. We want to help parents grow in their own faith so that they will be able to live in ways that their children will be able to learn the faith naturally, like learning our native language. The Catholic Church provides opportunities in parishes and schools to help parents fulfill their responsibilities to feed their children spiritually. One priority for me as pastor is to create opportunities for parents to get to know Jesus personally, and to grow in their understanding of our beautiful Catholic faith. That's why we provide opportunities such as retreats, the Alpha Course, Bible Studies, and other faith formation activities. Please pray for wisdom as we make plans for further opportu- nities to have fellowship together and grow in our knowledge and practice of our faith.
As both superintendent and pastor, I am pleased that parishes like Resurrection invest heavily to make Catholic schools available and affordable to members of our community. I rejoice that we have a school and that Lansing Catholic is within our parish boundaries. As pastor, I believe strongly in the importance of parishes partnering with parents to help them grow in wisdom and knowledge. As I've said before, some families choose to educate their children at home, which is an admirable choice for those called to do so. As a pastor, I support those families and pray that the Lord would continue to lead them as they discern how the Lord would have them form their children as disciples of Christ. For those who feel overwhelmed by the challenges of home-schooling (which can be quite common), I want Resurrection School to provide a faithful option for them to consider.