Message from the Pastor
From Rev. Neil Dadey to My Dear Parish Family
September 20, 2020
FROM THE PASTOR…..MY DEAR PARISH FAMILY, so very often in our spiritual journey to the Kingdom of God, many become obsessed with their own personal failures or the personal failures of others. When one spends too much time thinking about their sinfulness, a sort of depression and possible hopelessness enters into their souls. Probably all of us have gone through this in varying degrees. This past week I was reading some of the writings of ST. ELIZABETH OF THE TRINITY. She addresses this issue and I would like to share with you her comforting words and a commentary offer by Fr. Hans Urs Von Balthasar – “‘Where sin abounded, grace did more abound’ (Rom 5:20). The weakest soul, indeed the most guilty, is precisely the one who has the greatest grounds for hope, and her (the soul) act of forgetting herself to throw herself into the arms of God glorifies him more and makes him happier than all her introspection and examination of conscience – for in the latter she merely finds a way to dwell on her weaknesses, whereas in her heart she already possesses a Savior ready at any moment to cleanse her." In commenting on this passage Fr. Hans Urs Von Balthasar continues, “The Savior’s presence and the redemption and cleansing he brings require nothing but a glance, a simple turning toward him; and the act of self-forgetting simultaneously becomes for the soul the forgiveness of her sins and a recognition of the overwhelming power and endless scope of grace.” You see, there is always hope for the sinner, even “the most guilty.” I hope we can take comfort in their words and always rejoice in the loving mercy of our wonderful God. I wonder how many of us truly believe what Elizabeth of the Trinity wrote? Is it too good to be true? Maybe that is why the gospel is called “The Good News” because it is not too good to be true!
I want to take this time to THANK CHRIS KIRKPATRICK AND DEACON DAVE for heading up our food truck drive this past weekend. As I walked around these past few days, it was nice to see many people come out to support this event, held in place of our bazaar. I am not sure of the proceeds yet, but I am hoping for a nice return. Thanks to all who came out and supported, especially those hearty souls who stood in the rain on Sunday. May God bless you all.
I also want to remind parishioners to please continue to support our “Low-Key Bazaar” by returning their RAFFLE TICKETS to the rectory before October 1st. I am so appreciative of those who have already returned their tickets and I encourage others (if possible) to do the same. I do realize that finances are a bit difficult right now. So, all I can ask is that if you can return them, I would be most appreciative.
Due to a conflict in scheduling, there will be only ONE MASS ON MONDAY, the 21st at 9:00AM. Thank you for your cooperation and understanding.
HUMOR FOR THE WEEK - A little boy wanted 100 dollars badly and prayed for two weeks but nothing happened. Then he decided to write a letter to the Lord requesting the money. When the postal authorities received the letter addressed to the Lord, they decided to send it to the President. The President was so impressed, touched, and amused that he instructed his secretary to send the little boy a 10-dollar bill. The President thought this would appear to be a lot of money to a little boy. The little boy was delighted with the money and sat down to write a thank-you note to the Lord, which read: Dear Lord, “Thank you very much for sending me the money. However, I noticed that for some reason you had to send it through Washington, and as usual, they deducted 90%.” Love, Tommy