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      Give God What Is His!
      Posted by. Tre Williams on Monday, October 16, 2017 at 7:30 PM



      As citizens of a materialistic society, we sometimes get the impression that everything we acquire is ours. Yet, we know that God is the Creator of all things. We owe God our very existence. Sometimes our relationship with God places us in conflict with civil authority. A conscientious objection to war, police brutality, policy decisions on poverty, immigration and the environment are a few examples of such conflicts. When these conflicts arise, do we decide to serve God, or do we serve the civil authorities? The answer is to give God what is His.

       





      This article was last updated at 7:30 PM on Monday, October 16, 2017 by Tre Williams  





      SAVE THE DATE! – DRESS TO IMPRESS!
      Posted by. Tre Williams on Monday, October 9, 2017 at 1:14 PM



      These are the days of bold invitations. People will send notices of events and almost order you to save the date of the event. Some are so bold as to tell you what you should wear to the event. Some wedding invitations read: “Formal attire only, no children please.” Even though these requests may burden the attendees, such requests come from hosts who want to brand their event with an exceptional quality or atmosphere. The premise of the invitation is that if you like me enough, you will do it. If you are curious enough, you will do whatever it takes and come.

                  God also invites us to His banquet, which is His presence for all eternity. He tells us to save the date of our arrival, even though we don’t actually know the date, or the hour.





      This article was last updated at 1:14 PM on Monday, October 9, 2017 by Tre Williams  





      DON’T BITE THE HAND THAT FEEDS!
      Posted by. Tre Williams on Sunday, October 8, 2017 at 7:46 PM



      These words are good advice for anyone who wants to continue to receive something from the hand. It is also a request for peace and reconciliation from one who is prone to retaliation against another with violence. Mahatma Gandhi is believed to have said: “I object to violence because when it appears to do good, the good is only temporary; the evil it does is permanent.” Therefore, that violence, even for a worthy cause, inflicts permanent evil. How then do we stop the cycle of violence that exists in our communities and in the world? Some suggest that to return good for evil is the answer. Others point to a strong violent response as a deterrent to violence. As Christians, we know God’s grace is sufficient. God never gives more than we can stand. We should not bite the hand that feeds us.

       

      Bible Study 27th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A 2017 (Power Point)





      This article was last updated at 7:46 PM on Sunday, October 8, 2017 by Tre Williams  





      Come out of your comfort zone!
      Posted by. Tre Williams on Wednesday, August 9, 2017 at 5:39 PM



      COME OUT OF YOUR COMFORT ZONE!


      If we believe that God has given each one of us gifts, talents and abilities, then we should be willing to use and develop them. When we develop our gifts and talents and believe that we are persons of purpose, we can rise up out of any situation. That is why we must move out of our comfort zones. We can grow only if we are willing to feel awkward, clumsy, uncomfortable and even rejected when we try something new. Often our failure to believe that we are gifted children of God who are called according to His purpose is the result of “spiritual blindness.”

      A Theophany is a dynamic encounter with God that involves the presence of God’s power perceived with our senses. Like Elijah in the first reading, the apostles had such an experience in this Sunday’s Gospel.





      This article was last updated at 5:39 PM on Wednesday, August 9, 2017 by Tre Williams  





      From Fear to Faith!
      Posted by. St. Maria Goretti Church on Friday, August 4, 2017 at 2:45 PM



      From Fear to Faith! 


      St. Catherine of Siena, the great 14th-century mystic, once experienced a terrible time of spiritual suffering in her soul. It was made all the worse by her fear that Jesus had abandoned her. Finally, she cried out to Him in prayer: "Where were you when my heart was so tormented?" To which she heard Him reply: "I was in your heart." It may be that we fear what we do not know or understand. We fear the future, change in circumstances, diagnosis of a major illness, strangers in our community, and members of different races, or ethnicities. 
      Some are ever afraid of the dark or their own shadows in sunlight. As people of faith, we know that fear is not of God. God did not give us a spirit of fear and weakness. Rather, we are empowered by His love that gives us courage and discipline. Jesus did not die for us to live in fear. He died so that we would have the freedom and power that love of God and love of neighbor bring to the world. That is why we must move from fear of the world to faith in God.





      This article was last updated at 2:45 PM on Friday, August 4, 2017 by St. Maria Goretti Church  





      GROWING WHEAT OR KILLING WEEDS?
      Posted by. St. Maria Goretti Church on Friday, August 4, 2017 at 2:43 PM



      GROWING WHEAT OR KILLING WEEDS? 

      It is a good thing that God does not spend time killing the weeds – evil- in His Kingdom. He chooses to nourish the wheat instead. That is, He considers all of us to be wheat - good, until we turn into weeds - evil.
      The topic of discipleship is discussed by Jesus in the form of parables for a second consecutive Sunday. In doing so, Jesus gives His disciples hope so that they and we might imitate His kindness and justice (Wis. 12:19). The long form of the Gospel contains three parables. As disciples, we are constantly assessing our progress. We look for the “Blessed Assurance” that our conduct is acceptable to God. In the parables, Jesus gives us that “Blessed Assurance.” He assures that God’s wisdom and mercy allows for justice, even though evil exists alongside of good.





      This article was last updated at 2:43 PM on Friday, August 4, 2017 by St. Maria Goretti Church  





      From Roots to Reality!
      Posted by. St. Maria Goretti Church on Wednesday, August 2, 2017 at 6:17 PM



      From Roots to Reality! 


      Reality can be defined as something that must be dealt with in everyday life. A parable is a story that compares a Christian truth with events in everyday life. A parable is grounded in the basic or root experience of the listener, connects with the ritual of everyday life and shows the relationship between the Christian truth and the reality of human activity. This is why Jesus used parables to teach (vv. 10-17) about His ministry on earth.

      As Christians, our goal is to nourish our Christian roots with the rituals of the sacraments, so that we can have a personal relationship with God to apply to the reality of daily life. Our roots are the foundation of our faith. The rituals are the sacraments that are designed to develop our relationship with God that we apply to everyday life. 





      This article was last updated at 6:17 PM on Wednesday, August 2, 2017 by St. Maria Goretti Church  





      TAKE A BREAK – REST WITH JESUS!
      Posted by. St. Maria Goretti Church on Wednesday, August 2, 2017 at 6:09 PM



      TAKE A BREAK – REST WITH JESUS! 

      Exhaustion can be fatal if left untreated. Complete exhaustion is a condition that causes an extreme decrease in energy. It generally stems from stress and various diseases, such as cancer. Complete exhaustion is often caused by mental stress, rather than physical exertion. Mood swings and fatigue are also signs of exhaustion. Since the dominant cause of exhaustion is stress, relaxation exercises such as yoga and anger management are prescribed treatments. In other words, we should rest. The same is true spiritually when we become exhausted with the things of life, we should rest in prayer with the Peacemaker, Jesus the Christ. Take a break! Rest in Jesus.

      When do You Rest?
      The Catholic Catechism Teaches that Sunday is a Day of Rest. 

      2168 The third commandment of the Decalogue recalls the holiness of the Sabbath: “The seventh day is a Sabbath of solemn rest, holy to the LORD.

      2173 The Gospel reports many incidents when Jesus was accused of violating the Sabbath law. But Jesus never fails to respect the holiness of this day. He gives this law its authentic and authoritative interpretation: “The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath.” With compassion, Christ declares the Sabbath for doing good rather than harm, for saving life rather than killing. The Sabbath is the day of the Lord of mercies and a day to honor God. “The Son of Man is lord even of the Sabbath.”





      This article was last updated at 6:09 PM on Wednesday, August 2, 2017 by St. Maria Goretti Church  





      Show Me You Love Me!
      Posted by. St. Maria Goretti Church on Wednesday, August 2, 2017 at 6:04 PM



      Show Me You Love Me!

      A young man was devastated by the effects of rejection that he experienced during his childhood. Finally, one night he decided to recount to God every instance of rejection that came to mind and place them in God’s hands. As he tossed and turned trying to sleep, he felt a change in the room’s atmosphere. As he lay there, he felt the powerful peaceful presence of God in his tiny apartment. The young man showed God how much he loved Him by placing all his hurts in the hands of the Divine Healer. God returned the love by giving the young man peace. That same love is available to us, if we show God how much we love Him by surrendering ourselves to Him.





      This article was last updated at 6:05 PM on Wednesday, August 2, 2017 by St. Maria Goretti Church  





      He’s Got Your Back!
      Posted by. St. Maria Goretti Church on Wednesday, August 2, 2017 at 5:59 PM



      He’s Got Your Back! 

      In these days of terrorist attacks, violence in our streets, and growing intolerance of each other, we tend to feel insecure. Security then becomes our focus even during ordinary activities. Airports and many public venues screen those who enter the facilities in order to give them a sense of safety and security. All this security tells us that someone is looking out for us. Someone is protecting us when we are most vulnerable. Someone has got our back. 
      As Christians, we know who has our back. We know that our Heavenly Father will not abandon or forsaken us. We are His, the sheep of His flock. He’s got our back. 





      This article was last updated at 5:59 PM on Wednesday, August 2, 2017 by St. Maria Goretti Church  





      STUDY QUESTIONS FOR THE IGNATIUS CATHOLIC STUDY BIBLE
      Posted by. St. Maria Goretti Church on Wednesday, August 2, 2017 at 5:57 PM



      This contains study questions for the Ignatius Catholic Study Bible, the only Catholic Study Bible based on the Revised Standard Version – 2nd Catholic Edition. For more information on the study Bible, or to download study questions for other books of the Bible, please visit www.CatholicBiblePage.com,





      This article was last updated at 5:57 PM on Wednesday, August 2, 2017 by St. Maria Goretti Church  





      WE ARE WHAT WE EAT.
      Posted by. St. Maria Goretti Church on Wednesday, August 2, 2017 at 5:47 PM



      WE ARE WHAT WE EAT.

      According to a recent study in the Journal of American Medicine, obesity is common and costly. This means that as Americans we eat a lot of what is not good for us. More than one-third of U.S. adults (34.9%) are obese. The estimated annual medical cost of obesity in the U.S. was $147 billion in 2008 U.S. dollars, and the medical costs for people who are obese were $1,429 higher than for those of normal weight. Non-Hispanic blacks have the highest age-adjusted rates of obesity (47.8%), followed by Hispanics (42.5%), non-Hispanic whites (32.6%), and non-Hispanic Asians (10.8%). The medical costs attributed to obesity are growing. Businesses are suffering due to obesity-related job absenteeism ($4.3 billion annually). We are what we eat and it is killing us.

      If our spiritual life imitates our physical life, it is time to change and go on a diet of spiritual food. We need more of the Eucharist – the Body and Blood of Christ and the Word of God. He is food indeed. 





      This article was last updated at 5:47 PM on Wednesday, August 2, 2017 by St. Maria Goretti Church  





      IT’S ALL ABOUT LOVE
      Posted by. St. Maria Goretti Church on Wednesday, August 2, 2017 at 5:40 PM



      IT’S ALL ABOUT LOVE. 

      St. Augustine, the celebrated North African theologian, expressed the theology of the Holy Trinity in these few sentences: “…the Trinity is one true God and it is exactly true to say, believe and think that the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit are of one single and the same substance or essence” (De Trin. I, 2, 4). Many often wonder what binds this “single and same substance or essence?” I suggest it is Love.





      This article was last updated at 5:40 PM on Wednesday, August 2, 2017 by St. Maria Goretti Church  





      POUR OUT YOUR HOLY SPIRIT!
      Posted by. St. Maria Goretti Church on Wednesday, August 2, 2017 at 5:24 PM



      POUR OUT YOUR HOLY SPIRIT!


      The liturgical year of the church is rich in spiritual gifts. This Easter Cycle closes with the feast of Pentecost. During Advent, we prepare for the coming of the Son of God to live with us. It is the love of God that we celebrate. During Lent, we focus on the sufferings of our Lord as a way to understand our own sufferings in the light of the triumph of Resurrection Sunday. Pentecost crowns the work of God in us as He gives us His Spirit to live His Gospel through the rest of the year. This is but a small example of how the Holy Spirit is poured out on us through the sacraments and the liturgy of His Holy Church.





      This article was last updated at 5:24 PM on Wednesday, August 2, 2017 by St. Maria Goretti Church  



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