This week's column was written by Seminarian Chris Heller who is working in our parish for ten weeks this summer.
I want to begin by thanking all of you for the kindness with which you welcomed me to Saint Patrick’s. It has been an enormous blessing to meet you and your families – a blessing that has aided my own discernment as I follow God’s call towards priesthood. This parish has received many summer seminarians in past years, which I can now tell is due to the many programs, events, and Masses that occur here throughout the week. My experience at St Pat’s so far has been both encouraging and uplifting.READ MORE
Recently I read a reflection that said the most radical words Jesus speaks in the Gospels are: “Love our enemies.” The last thing we want to do with those who we consider “enemies” or those who anger or aggravate us is to love them. Jesus goes even further in the Sermon on the Mount as He says, “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, love your enemies, and pray for those who persecute you.” (Matthew 5:43-45).READ MORE
What is it that we really need? What is it that we are willing to generously and joyfully give away? We all need time to ourselves and for ourselves. One of the key ways that we are encouraged and invited to take time for ourselves is by praying. Prayer is far more than just reciting rote formulas, it is putting ourselves consciously and attentively into the presence of God. There are many people, issues, and concerns we speak to God about as we pray. But prayer is first and foremost simply putting ourselves into the presence of God. We live in a society of constant and instant communication with our cell phones, computers, and iPads. There is always the temptation to switch on one of those devices to see who called, who is texting us, or who is revealing themselves to us. God does not call on the phone, text, or use the social media to reveal Himself to us personally. Like anyone who truly loves us, He reveals Himself to us in person.READ MORE