Have you Prepared a Home for the Lord in your Heart?

12-19-2021(Being) Catholic MattersDavid Lins

We are almost there! Christmas is just around the corner! Are you ready?

Come on... by now you know I’m not asking if you’ve got those decorations up and purchased all your gifts.

Is your heart ready? Have you prepared a home for the Lord in your heart?

Many people in this current world seem to have been broken down into anger, bitterness, discouragement, sadness. These callous the heart. They harden the heart, thus making it difficult to penetrate. And this is tragic.

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Give with Joy

12-12-2021(Being) Catholic MattersDavid Lins

In this Sunday’s Gospel, the crowds ask John the Baptist, “What should we do?”

He responds, “Whoever has two cloaks should share with the person who has none.”

Oh no! Was he John the Communist?!

Not at all. But it is interesting to note, he didn’t say, “Whoever has two cloaks, interview people who have none and make sure they will use it properly. Ensure they don’t sell it to buy alcohol. Satisfy yourself in the knowledge that you aren’t giving your extra cloak to someone who should be able to afford their own cloak, but they spent their money on an extravagant donkey to ride. And above all, make sure they will use it precisely the way you would.

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“The Lord Has Done Great Things for Us, We Are Filled With Joy.”

12-05-2021(Being) Catholic MattersDavid Lins

This weekend’s Psalm says, “The Lord has done great things for us, we are filled with joy.” This is indeed true of our parish.

I have many relatives who faithfully attend their local parish. Their parish priest does all he is able to hold down the ship of two rural parishes with the help of a secretary, less than a handful of part-time employees, and a core of well-meaning volunteers. They do what they can to maintain quality liturgies every Sunday and weekdays - if and when possible. They make sure babies are baptized and the Lenten Fish Fry raises a few dollars. All other sacraments are celebrated and funerals bring the town together.

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