In order to be truly free and live responsibly and fully, our freedom has to have a solid foundation of truth. And there is no greater source of truth than Jesus Christ. In today’s Gospel Jesus tells us, “Therefore do not be afraid of them. Nothing is concealed that will not be revealed, nor secret that will not be known. What I say to you in the darkness, speak in the light; what you hear whispered, proclaim on the housetops. And do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul; rather, be afraid of the one who can destroy both soul and body in Gehenna.” (Matthew 10:26-28) The more we spend time with Jesus in prayer and reflection on His words in the Scriptures, the clearer the truth of who He is and who we are empowered to be as His followers becomes. There are certain basic truths that are the foundation of who we truly are as human beings, created in the image and likeness of God. Those we love and who love us help us to become the best we can be. Left to ourselves it is all too easy to be misled and confused about basic human core values.READ MORE
Last Sunday we had our drawing for the six prizes in our All Cash Raffle. When I drew the names out of the drum I was so happy to see that all those who won live in our parish and half of them I knew personally. That is a wonderful sign that we are working together and sharing our resources with one another as the parish family of St. Patrick in Smithtown. Not only are you the people of our parish generous with your financial donations, you also share your time and talents in so many ways from volunteering at our Outreach Office to teaching our young people in our Religious Education program to visiting and bringing Holy Communion to the sick and homebound - to name but a few examples. What makes us one is not just our willingness to give of our time, talent, and resources, but our faith in God. The people we love and who love us in return inspire, encourage, motivate, and energize us. Our loving bonds lead us to do things we would never imagine at times and to be generous with who we are and what we have because our first thought is not ourselves but those we love and those who will benefit from our goodness.READ MORE
“You’re dumb!” . . . “No, you’re dumb!” . . . “You’re stupid!” . . . “No, you’re stupid!”
These are words we might have used as children in our disagreements with a sibling or friend. They are childish words that most times did not cause an end of a good relationship with a sibling or friend. But words like these are alive and well today. They are part of our culture that seems so focused on how dumb and stupid those who disagree with us are. The two major political parties express these childish words in many forms to one another every day. Whatever side the media support magnify and make divisions worse. Instead of looking to work through differences for the good of us all, they seem to relish condemning and putting one another down publicly. Would that such energy were used to serve us who elected them. Their office was created so that they could be public servants.READ MORE
At one of the Special Olympics venues, there were nine contestants, all physically challenged. They assembled at the starting line for the 100-meter-dash. At the gun, they all started out, not exactly in a dash, but with relish to run the race, to finish and win. In the run, one boy who stumbled on the asphalt, tumbled over a couple of times and began to cry. The other eight heard the boy crying. They slowed down and paused. Then they turned around and came back. One of the contestants bent down and kissed him and said, “This will make you feel better.” Then all nine linked arms and walked together to the finish line. Everyone in the stadium stood, and the cheering went on for five minutes.
In this Lenten season, St. Patrick Church slowed down and paused. We turned around from our busy lives to realize the fact that serving fellow beings is the best thing to do for reaching God, and it is the best prayer ever God likes to hear. Some of our brethren stumbled on their way to succeed in life due to poverty, discrimination, injustice, unwise choices, and addictions. There are orphans, who are brought into this world without their permission and left starving for no fault of theirs. Their cries were heard beyond the boundaries and reached here at St. Patrick. All parishioners and even some outside the parish stopped a while and extended their heart and hand to assist two homes: Bethany Karunalaya and Trppadam. The response was beyond the greatest expectations—totaling $65,585.00.READ MORE