“And then they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory.
But when these signs begin to happen, stand erect and raise your heads because your redemption is at hand.”   -Luke 21:28

14 November, 2021

Pastor’s Ponderings – November 14, 2021 – A Father in the Shadows

In the earthly relationship to Jesus, Joseph was the earthy shadow of the heavenly father. He watched over the child Jesus and protected him, never leaving him to go his own way.

Fathers are not born, but made. A man does not become a father simply by bringing a child into the world, but by taking up the responsibility to care for that child.

Whenever a man accepts responsibility for the life of another, in some way he becomes a father to that person.                                          

St. Joseph, A Father in the Shadows, Perfect Model for all Fathers, pray for us.

24 October, 2021

Pastor’s Ponderings – October 24, 2021 – Selflessness

“Let each of you look not to your own interests, but to the interests of others.” – Philippians 2:4

It’s natural for us to pursue our own wants and needs, so long as they don’t veer into materialism and self-indulgence.

The truth, however, is that we can never be truly happy unless we also embody a spirit of selflessness and giving. This approach to life will help us become better people who grow closer to God, and change the lives of those around us for the better.

– Reprinted with permission from Christopher News Notes

17 October, 2021

Pastor’s Ponderings – October 17, 2021 – Family Ritual

Fall is here! The beauty of the leaves changing and the coolness of the air give us a great opportunity to enjoy nature. Very soon the winter weather will be upon us, and for many it will be preferable to spend a lot of time inside.

While there is still nice weather, make sure to take your family out to appreciate it!

St. Francis of Assisi had a deep appreciation for the world around him and was able to see God’s presence there. So, like St. Francis, let’s get out into this marvelous creation to see and appreciate the magnificent work of God!

–  In Christ, Andre McCarville, Family Life Office, Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown

10 October, 2021

Pastor’s Ponderings – October 10, 2021 – St. Joseph, Protector of Families

A Creatively Courageous Father

The gospel does not tell us how long Mary, Joseph and the Child Jesus remained in Egypt. Yet they certainly needed to eat, to find a home and employment. It does not take much imagination to fill in those details.

The Holy Family had to face concrete problems like every other family, like so many of our migrant brothers and sisters who, risk their lives and their families, to escape misfortune and hunger to seek employment and asylum in a foreign land.

In this regard, I consider Saint Joseph the special patron of all those forced to also leave their native lands because of war, hatred, persecution and poverty.

St. Joseph, A Creatively Courageous Father, Protector of Families, pray for us.

3 October, 2021

Pastor’s Ponderings – October 3, 2021 – Courageous Father

A Creatively Courageous Father

Joseph was the man chosen by God to guide the beginnings of the history of redemption. He was the true “miracle” by which God saves the Child Jesus and his mother.

Arriving in Bethlehem and finding no lodging where Mary could give birth, Joseph took a stable and, as best he could, turned it into a welcoming home for the Son of God to come into the world (Lk 2:6-7).

The “good news” of the Gospel consists in showing that, for all the arrogance and violence of worldly powers. God always finds a way to carry out his saving plan provided we show the same creative courage as the carpenter of Nazareth, who was able to turn a problem into a possibility by trusting always in divine providence.

St. Joseph, A Creatively Courageous Father, A Truster in God’s Providence, pray for us.

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