Faith, Hope and Love

06-28-2020Formed Suggestion of the Week

Bishop Fulton J. Sheen is eloquence at its very best. These timeless messages offer inspiring guidance, encouragement, peace of mind, and spiritual comfort that will touch the heart. Ages of Man — Drawing from Shakespeare, Bishop Fulton J. Sheen ponders the seven ages of man. Works from Confucius, Solomon, Modern Psychology and Biology also provide ages of man that Bishop Sheen compares and contrasts. This episode also speaks to the pilgrimage we are on as we fulfill our destiny. Temptation —Bishop Fulton J. Sheen, remembered for his humor and conversational manner, explains the psychology of temptation in this memorable episode. Using illustrations and personal stories, Bishop Sheen teaches how the temptation to sin grows from the act, to the habit, to compulsion. Learn how compulsion is not a sickness or disease, but rather sin, and how with God we can live a life of obedience.

Is Jesus Number One in Your Life?

06-28-2020From the Pastor's DeskFr. Wald

In my last parish, there was an older women whowound up in a nursing home for the last ten years ofher life. She had a bad heart, but lived to be over 100years old. I visited her regularly. Each time I wouldgreet her she would ask, with her heavy Italianaccent, “How’s your mother?” Then she would go onto say, “Nobody loves you like your mother.” A fewtimes she told me about a conversation she had withher husband one day. He said to her, “I am yourhusband, I am number one in your life.” She said herresponse was, “No! No! My mother, she’s numberone in my life.

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Only God Can Bring Unity

06-21-2020From the Pastor's DeskFr. Wald

In the world of nature, there is the expression“survival of the fittest.” But as human beings, wewant to do far more than to survive. That way ofthinking makes us self-centered, protective of whowe are and what we have, and leery of others whodo not agree with us nor treat us as we think weshould be treated. To be fully alive we want to liveas fully as possible with the gifts, talents, andabilities God has given us. The most hearteningthing about our lives is that we are created in thevery image and likeness of God. We reach the joy,hope, and security of that truth when we can sayjoyfully and gratefully these words of St. Paul: “Forme to live is Christ and to die is gain.” (Philippians1:21) In the Gospel for today’s Mass (Matthew10:26-33) Jesus says, “Everyone whoacknowledges me before others I will acknowledgebefore my heavenly Father.” How heartening andhopeful those words from Jesus are.

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06-17-2020Formed Suggestion of the Week

Conquering Coronavirus: Whether the coronavirus still threatens you, your friends, and your family or has harmed someone you love, this page will ease your fears, heal your wounds, quench your sorrow, and bring you the consolation God provides to all who seek him in pestilential times like these — times that are, in fact, not foreign to our ancient faith.

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Coming into Our Home Port

06-14-2020From the Pastor's DeskFr. Wald

One of the challenging parts of sailing is making sure the sails are trimmed properly. Too much sail in a storm or strong wind can cause the boat to heel over too much and be almost impossible to steer. Reefing the sails means reducing the area of the sail that is up. Less sail in the strong wind will keep the boat at the proper heel and move the boat well through the waves.

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Be sure to check out these offerings from Formed

06-14-2020Formed Suggestion of the Week

Pass It On: is a series of presentations for parents who want to equip their children well for their life’s journey. Through 15 presentations, the authors, speakers, and experts in their respective fields offer their wisdom and experience to encourage and challenge parents as they wrestle with what they should be putting into their children’s backpacks. Each episode is filled with practical suggestions and helpful insights for moms and dads who want to hand on the faith to their children.couples who want to grow in clarity and unity as they embrace their parenting role together.

These sessions also make an excellent springboard for group discussion and sharing, allowing parents to learn from the experiences of other parents. Each presentation can stand on its own with very little preparation. The Pass It On series can easily be used by moms or parent groups, in-home or parish settings. A downloadable discussion guide for the series is available. Each presentation is about 20 minutes in length. 

 

Protecting Innocence: Matt Fradd, a best-selling Catholic author, presents new data to show how the changes in the types and accessibility of pornography being promoted today make it far more dangerous and harmful than ever before. Matt draws from a wealth of experience to guide parents in taking decisive action to protect their children, and he empowers adults with specific wording to effectively address this sensitive topic with children of all ages before they encounter pornography or after they've been exposed to it.

If you are a Fan of Documentaries , Formed has a Wide Selection

06-07-2020Formed Suggestion of the Week

Light Of Love: We often have ideas of religious life... either kneeling in a conventor out in the streets assisting the poor. While both of these scenesare essential to the life as a sister, Light of Love takes a deeperlook into understanding the call... the "why" of religious life. Byinterviewing five sisters from five orders across the United States,the film places viewers face to face in intimate conversations withthese amazing women. What does it mean to be called? What arethe struggles of religious life? How have you seen God movethrough your ministry? These questions and others are addressedthroughout the film.

The film itself is very simple: 60 minutes designed for viewers to quiet their surroundings and enter into theconvent, the food pantry, the hospital, and the chapel. With minimal music and simple visuals, Light of Lovegives viewers a look into the lives, suffering, and joys of religious life captured in a way like never before.

Lead Kindly Light: An influential teacher, a distinguished theologian, a man whoendured many trials, a father of souls—Blessed John Henry Newman(1801 - 1890) remains as fresh and relevant today as he was duringhis lifetime. In this engaging film, Fr. Nicholas Schofield and Fr.Marcus Holden, hosts of several other Ignatius films, present theinspiring story of Newman's life and visit the places in England wherehe lived and worked. From London to Oxford, from Littlemore toBirmingham, each revealing an important stage of Newman's life.Along the way they explore his writings and teachings, his pastoralzeal for his students and parishioners, his journey of conversion to the Catholic faith, and his enduringmessage for Christians of today.

Faith: Our Life Support

06-05-2020From the Pastor's DeskFr. Wald

One of the concerns as we began to face the reality of the coronavirus was the need for ventilators, life-support devices for those who would be afflicted. Artificial life support is a great invention and holds out hope where previously there would have been none. In this time of sickness and riots we need life support to keep us together mentally, emotionally, psychologically, and spiritually. There is nothing artificial about this life support. It comes from our significant human relationships and even more from our faith. How significant is our relationship with God? Is He our source of comfort, peace, and purpose, especially in this time of the coronavirus and rioting and looting that is putting us on the doorstep of anarchy? Who would have ever thought at the beginning of this year that we would be where we are today. The unexpected that caught us off guard has now added the weight of irrational and violent human behavior. Where is our anchorage with calm restful water?

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