First Sunday of Lent. “Catholic Atheist” Week 1: We believe in God, but we are not sure that he love

This weekend we begin a Lenten series which is all about the disconnect between what we believe and profess, and how we live and act. Sometimes we say that we believe in God, but in our words, our actions, or our attitudes, we behave like atheists, who don’t really believe in the God of the Bible, the God that the Church professes. This first week is about believing that God truly loves us, and moving faith from our heads to our hearts. St. Paul is very direct, clear, and specific when he says to the Romans: For Christ, while we were still helpless, yet died at the appointed time for the ungodly (Romans 5:6). “Helpless” means that we can do nothing to save ourselves; and “ungodly” here m

Invitation to Bible Study Opportunity

Dear brother and sisters, This week we begin the 40 Days of Lent with Ash Wednesday (February 26). Mass will be celebrated at 6:30 am and 12 noon. Liturgy of the Word with Distribution of Ashes, led by Deacon Max, will be celebrated at 5 pm and 7 pm. Also, starting next weekend at all Masses, we will begin a 5-week preaching series entitled “Catholic Atheist.” This series is about the many ways we profess to believe God, but then by our thoughts or actions show that we don’t really trust him or act as if he exists. Throughout the series we will look at five specific ways in which we profess God, but then act and think as if he doesn’t exist. You are encouraged, as always, to be part of

Tough Love Week 3: Purity

During the course of this series, we’ve been talking about how much harder love in action is, than merely loving in dreams – turning love from a noun into a verb. Last week we looked into the idea that our acts of love don’t necessarily get rewarded, but they have a ripple effect beyond our lives. Today we’ll talk about sexual morality and how it affects other people. The Church’s teaching on sexual morality is quite beautiful, but so often people have questions, misconceptions, or guilt that distances them from God. St. Paul wrote to the Corinthian community who were struggling with internal divisions (for example, they were fighting and even bringing lawsuits against one another), all

Tough Love Week 2: Loving Without Reward

Dear brothers and sisters, Love in action is much more demanding of us than love in our thoughts and dreams. We can always be growing more to love others. Like exercising, love in action only grows when it finds resistance and pushes forward. In our culture, we don’t have many (if any) models of “love in action.” Generally speaking, when we do a job we expect payment or restitution, and oftentimes when we serve we are not recognized for our service, or we are even dismissed and criticized. Before Jesus entered Jerusalem the week before the Passion, he stayed in Bethany at the house of Simon, where a woman anointed him on his head with expensive oil (Mark 14:3-9). This woman put love in

“Tough Love” Week 1: Love in Action. Feast of the Presentation.

“Love in action is a harsh and dreadful thing compared to love in dreams” (- Fyodor Dostoevsky, The Brothers Karamazov). We kick off a three-week series this weekend which is all about how difficult it is to “love in action” and not just in dreams, and how to grow in Christian love. Christian love is tough and demanding, both for the giver and recipient, and it often doesn’t feel so good; parents know this very well. Just like physical exercise, we need to practice this kind of love, and we don’t grow to become people who love others, unless and until it is challenging to us, and we open our eyes to the challenge right in front of us. Christian love is not just a kind thought or feeling,

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