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Being Holy! Love and Serve God!

How often is it, that when we hear the word Holy we think of silent monks living away in a monastery. Hands folded in prayer, without sin, and living a perfect life. That is the most common image, I believe, people have when they hear someone is holy. They are holy. But so many people would be incorrect, and this weekend of the Most Holy Family explains it very well.

     The holy family, as told in scripture, did not have an easy life. Today, in the Gospel, we are told of another struggle they go through. Their son is wanted dead by Herod. Forcing them to move to Egypt until Herod dies. (Which would have been around 2-4 years later) 
     Troubles, inconveniences, and other wrong things go on in ever family. Including the Holy Family. Their struggles, however different they may be to ours, still provide a good example. St Paul, in todays second reading, tells us to do two things: 1 Put on Love and 2 Forgive when someone does you wrong.
     Love is an essential part to any human…

The Poor Shepherds...

How often do we place prejudices and titles upon other people? As we go through down town, looking at the homeless, and watching them bagging for money. How often do we judge those whom are on the streets? Do we offer them a helping hand or do we blame them for becoming in the state they are in? We often walk past, or quickly glance and not give a second thought about the person begging for money. All of them have a story, like you and I. 
     Jesus our King, was born in a stable. In a cold, wet, stinky, animal infested, wood falling, stable and placed in the wooden dish that animals feed in. He became flesh in a troubled world, and was born and raised in Nazareth. Jesus, was one of the poorest people. Born into the manger as a helpless, powerless child. Jesus, the ultimate ruler, came as a child, who relies on others to take care of him. He was born and grew up like you and I. He relied on others to be fed, to drink, to live. 
     The first to be called to see the baby Jesus w…

Who is the Real Star of Christmas?

Especially around this time of year, we all enjoy going to the Christmas parties. That is of course, depending on who and what it's for. Regardless, we all have been or gone to Party that we absolutely enjoyed or absolutely hated. Parties have become a almost a social conduct. Having them on our birthdays, for weddings, for a birth of a child, and for so much more! It is wonderful to have parties- We need to celebrate the Joyous event which has occurred.

     Every year we celebrate a party that is greater than any other. Not historically accurate, but made to compete with the other pagan and roman celebrations, this party happens every year on December 25 until January 6. Yes it is the party of the Birth of Jesus Christ, who was born in a cold, wet, smelly manger. His first guests, to his party, were some simple, humble, and good spirited shepherds.

     Over time this great party grew in popularity and more and more people came. Due to it's amazing growth and popularity,…

Do Not Be Afraid and Have Faith!

Noah, Abraham, Moses, and the other fathers, are a great example of true Faith. Their loyalty, and commitment to God speaks loudly to people throughout history and still speaks loudly to us today. Looking back at them, especially Abraham and Noah, having Faith in this voice speaking to them. God was calling them to become something greater than they were, and they had no clue what they were getting themselves in. But they remained Faithful all along.

     St Joseph, from Today's Gospel is a great example of staying faithful even though things aren't going our way. Joseph was done making plans to dismiss Mary as his wife, but right then God intervened. God stopped him from acting out of anger, and emotion, and to follow Gods Plan... not his own. He then took on the role God assigned him-even though he didn't know what it meant to be the earthly father of God. What Great Faith!

     Todays Second reading, is the opening of Romans. We have Paul introducing himself, expla…

Money Doesn't Mean Your Rich...

We live in a world that revolves around money. Everyday we are surrounded by ads telling us to buy this and buy that, and to get the better deal here rather than their. We all have bills to pay, and things to buy, and this can cause us to make money the center goal. However, no matter what others say, money should be the least of our struggles....

     We place to much importance on money in our lives. Governments, international companies and franchising business are all greedy. Everything is for money. It's all filled with greed and selfishness-you can smell it anywhere. the world is acknoledging money has it's new 'god' but everyone forgets, " Money doesn't buy Happiness."

You could be the richest person in the world and still be poorest person.

     You would be poor at heart. Money would be a wall the is up between you and life. It is the divider dividing us from being happy, and from being rich...-rich in Gifts that is.

     The spiritual gifts…

Patience Is Essential

After a long day at school, (especially after some classes) I am usually very tired and not very patient and just want to get home to rest. ( I am sure many people are the exact same) I will sometimes have to wait till 4 or later, (school ends around 3) and then the traffic home adds time and things just keep adding up. And for sure my patience is tested.

     In todays Second reading, James tells us bluntly to be patient. He paints a small picture with words, " The farmer waits for the precious crop from the earth, being patient with it until it receives the early and late the late rains" We must be like the farmer. Any farmer, would be glad to be patient if it means he gets a good harvest from the crop that he tills. So it will be similar with us. If we are patient and prepare our selves, during this season of Advent, so we will experience great rewards!

    St James tells us to wait "patient like the prophets" Ever since the death of David, the Israelites, k…

Exercise Your Faith

They have turned, in the past year, a small portion of our cafeteria, at school, into a workout room. It's filled with treadmills, rowers, bench press, Bicep/tricep curls, and much more. It isn't to big, nor is it to small, just enough for about 28  people (give or take a few) It is used for a morning fitness class, gym classes, and after school (sometimes) when people wish to go their.

     It has been scientifically proven that a way to improve your mood is to go and exercise. Either for a daily run, bike ride, and/or  going to a gym. It gets your blood pumping and released chemicals (in your brain) that helps improve your mood.

     In a similar way we must also exercises our Faith. We must  have our daily 'run' of Faith. Our daily Prayer with God, Our weekly ( or daily) communion with God, and adoration for God. We must run that heavenly race. We must exercise our Faith in our actions and go to Mass and receive the Sacraments to be re-nourished- like a runner rel…

Prepare The Way Of The Lord

I have, recently, been helping to plan for an Advent gathering event day. We are planning to have  many crafts, snacks and a nice time in the church for a service. It is kind of like a miniature 'Day Camp,' however, instead of being all day it is 2 hours long. We had all decided that this was going to be  solely based on Advent and CHRISTmas- no Santa. Of course, with any event, we have started to plan and prepare for the wonderful Christmas gathering. I have personally been assigned to prepare a little prayer service for the end to do in the church.

     To run any good event, it will require good preparation to make sure that everything will run smooth. The event, we hope, will run smooth and properly, and of course, we try to prepare for all unthinkable situations. However, sometimes we cannot prepare for everything.  It becomes difficult to predict the things that will happen, and then becomes are mission to quickly act upon it.

     In this weekends first reading, the…

First Weekend Of Advent: Stay Awake, Be Prepared, PUT ON CHRIST!

Since a small age I have had the calling to becoming a Priest. That calling, as only grown more and more, like a plant growing from it's seed to it's fruit. The calling is continually growing through the nourishment given by Priests,Bishops, family, and my church community. I now anticipate, more and more everyday, the day that I will become a Priest; When I will become a Servant to the Lord.

     It is normal for us, day to day, to plan our what we will do today and tomorrow and next week. When we will start working on this, and when we will call our friend. It's normal, and very useful to plan in advanced. We plan so much, that we buy insurance in case something unpredictable may happen. In and around the time of Jesus, however, they only focused on the present-not the future.  Which Jesus, very rarely, agrees with them and teaches them to pray, " ..And give us this day our daily bread"
     Today in the Gospel, however, Jesus tells us to prepare and stay…