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Tuesdays: 4:30 p.m. Buswell Chapel



Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays: 7:00 a.m. Buswell Chapel  

    

Saturdays: 5:15 p.m.

7:00 p.m. Spanish

(Sunday Liturgy)



Sundays: 8:00 a.m., 10:30 a.m. & 5:00 p.m.

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Parish Office 719 589 5829

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Church 715 4th Street

Parish Offices 726 3rd Street


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P.O. Box 547 Alamosa, CO 81101

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Adoration in the Buswell Chapel. Wednesdays 1 - 3 p.m.

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September 28, 2014 - Twenty-Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time

  

 

 
A Just Settlement PDF Print E-mail

 

 

I will bear witness to the light by avoiding all slanderous talk, and I will elevate the topics of conversation by talking about things that could inspire others to praise God.

 

 

Introductory Prayer:
Lord, you dwell in brightness, truth and love. Nothing makes sense without your love. Without you, Lord, insipidity invades people, things and events. I believe that you are my refuge and the source of my happiness now and forever. I am convinced that your promises will be fulfilled sooner or later; this is why I prefer a single day in your courts than a thousand elsewhere.

Petition:
Lord, enlighten my mind and heart to follow your path that leads to the endless day.

1. Torch Bearers:

There are advantages to carrying a torch in the dark. This common knowledge informed our Lord's address and helped him propose it to his listeners. At night, a torchbearer sheds light so that all who are with him can walk confidently, without stumbling along a dark path. Time is not wasted stepping insecurely and hesitantly; rather, the whole group walks purposefully and goes quickly where it needs and wants to be. When a group has a torchbearer, all in it are relieved, including the torchbearer himself. This is the value of my faith to a highly secularized society. Do I nurture an appreciation for the gift of faith that I have received from God? Am I afraid to allow its light to shine?

2. Wisdom at its Best:

Jesus affirms, "For there is nothing hidden that will not become visible, and nothing secret that will not be known and come to light." When I am not praised and recognized by others, I might feel sad or forgotten. This is when I need to shine a lot of light to get out of that black hole. Do my good works seem to go unperceived? The Lord himself will expose them on the judgment day. The more they are hidden from others now, the more merits I will gain before God. All secrets will be cracked open in the future. My duty is not to crack them open now, but to keep them hidden and to be a torchbearer for the journey to that place of eternal reward.

3. A Rewarded Success:

"To anyone who has, more will be given, and from the one who has not, even what he seems to have will be taken away." Here Jesus plumbs deeper into what we have already reflected on. "To anyone who has" obviously refers to the torchbearer who has successfully led his band of friends. He will be entrusted with more responsibility, or simply respected by the others. "…And from the one who has not”: The torchbearer who can't keep his flame alive will be ousted. He will be taken away. Do I staunchly live the fire of the faith, or do I hesitate in witnessing to his love?

Conversation with Christ:

Lord, help me to be a wise torchbearer. Do not allow laziness and presumption to distract me from the basic task of keeping my lamp filled with oil at all times. Lord, give me a robust faith!

Resolution:

In my conversations today, I will bear witness to the light by avoiding all slanderous talk, and I will elevate the topics of conversation by talking about things that could inspire others to praise God.

 

 

 

 
HOPE: Here is Your Part PDF Print E-mail

 

 

God's Door is always open to us...

 

 

Decades ago when I was planning my career as a psychologist I found amusing the image from the Peanuts Cartoon of Lucy at her makeshift Psychiatric Office with the shingle indicating that the doctor “is in.” Imagine if God had an office. What would his shingle say about His hours of operation? It seems to me it would always say that God’s door was open. If He knows the number of hairs on our heads (Luke 12:7), He would certainly always know our needs at every moment. And we wouldn’t need to make an appointment or stand in line, because He could help any number of us, at the same moment.

   Here's the requirement: WE are to seek HIM and let Him guide us. We are to make that positive move.

   There is a visual image of this. If you haven’t seen it, just close your eyes and visualize it right now. It is of our beautiful Lord Jesus standing at the front door of a home --perhaps your home (representing your heart). He is knocking on the door to let you know He is there – always there – but He has arranged things such that (through free will) you are not forced to go to Him. Opening the door is left up to you.

   This represents HOPE, one of the three theological virtues (along with Faith and Love, about which I have written recently). Like the other two, Hope is first infused in us by God. With the theological virtue of HOPE, two sides are needed – us and God. (Of course, Satan didn’t see things that way, as he believed himself to be self-sufficient and not in need of divine Hope.)

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Encounters with Angels PDF Print E-mail

 

 

 

A visit to the local bookstore will reveal a whole shelf of books on angel encounters, angel channeling, and angelology. There’s even a book called The Physics of Angels which tries to blend quirky physics theories with the theology of St Thomas Aquinas. A quick look at the books on offer make you realize that the New Age understanding of angels stretches from “listening to the light within” to the fully fledged summoning up of the “dark angels” — in other words, modern angelology is the stuff of fantasy, neo-gnosticism and a rather nasty occult religion.

 

In the face of this phenomenon, Catholics might be inclined to steer clear of angels altogether, but that would be to throw the angel out with the exorcism. The Catechism of the Catholic Church and the Sacred Scriptures remind us that angels have been part of our revealed religion from the beginning. It is an article of the Catholic faith that angels are real. The Catechism of the Catholic Church says, ‘The existence of the spiritual, non-corporeal beings that Sacred Scripture usually calls ‘angels’ is a truth of faith. The witness of Scripture is as clear as the unanimity of Tradition.” (CCC ¶ 328) Other Christians agree. A survey amongst non-Catholic, Christian denominations discovered that most Christian denominations agree with the Catholic Church on the basics about angels.

 

They all agreed that angels are created by God.  They dwell in His presence. They are sent as His messengers to earth. They are of superior intelligence. They have no bodies, but can take visible form. They also agree that while there are good angels, there also exists a band of fallen angels who have similar powers, but have twisted their energies against the good.

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