Mass Times

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.

Contact

Parish Office 719 589 5829

Emergency Sick Call 719 589 3211

Parish Fax 719 589 5820


Location:

Church 715 4th Street

Parish Offices 726 3rd Street


Office Hours:

Mon//Thurs 9am - 4pm

Fridays 9am - noon


Mailing:

P.O. Box 547 Alamosa, CO 81101

Adoration

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

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Why are YOU so Special! PDF Print E-mail

 

 

Christian Self-worth: the right and wrong kinds of self-esteem.



Self-esteem is a term that is bandied about at a dizzying rate these days. It is an important issue and definitely merits our attention in the fields of education and psychology. But there are many misleading conceptions of the idea out there, and in order to make sense of them, there are two interesting sources to draw from; an in-depth study from Monsignor Cormac Burke, and a children’s book called “You Are Special” by Max Lucado.

To begin, some sharp distinctions need to be made between the right and wrong kinds of self-esteem. To draw one’s sense of worth merely from what you think of yourself or what others think of you is to build on sand. Yet this is exactly the kind of self-esteem that has wreaked so much havoc over the years, having been promoted since the 60s.

The claim is that a person can build their sense of self-worth by deciding for themselves what is right or wrong, what feels good for them and becoming a ‘success’ purely in their own terms. But what kind of fruit does this unqualified esteem for oneself bear?

Fr. Burke has a very clear and objective answer drawn from some scientific research done by four psychologists in May of 2003. “Having looked at all the existing studies on self-esteem, they found
no significant connection (emphasis mine) between feelings of high self-worth and academic achievement, interpersonal relationships or healthy lifestyles. On the contrary, they concluded, high self-regard is very often found in people who are narcissistic and have an inflated sense of popularity and likeableness” (from “Self-Esteem: Why? Why Not?” Homiletic and Pastoral Review, February 2008).

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If Butterflies Can Change the World, Think About How Much You Can Do! PDF Print E-mail

 

 

 

At this time every year in America, most of us are required to attend at least one graduation ceremony.  And commencement addresses seem intent on informing students that they will somehow stand out in the world—or even (gasp) to “change the world.”

 

Some jaded souls might regard this as absurd—the idea that people can change the world strikes them as well beyond the pale.  When it comes to world-changers, they think of kings, great educators, and inventors, never accepting or even considering the fact that the common man might lead a more meaningful life than these people.  For my part, I have little doubt that each of these students will change the world.  In fact, even butterflies can change the world.

 

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Determined Discipleship PDF Print E-mail

I will live better my vocation in life and, in particular, fulfill some obligation that I normally put off.

 

 

Matthew 8:18-22
Introductory Prayer:

Lord, I come to you in this meditation ready to do whatever you ask. Left to myself I often take the easy and convenient path, yet I know the way of a Christian is through the narrow gate. In you I find the reason to abandon the easy path for a more perfect mission of love. I'm ready to learn the meaning of your command: "Follow me."

Petition:
Lord Jesus, help me to seek true holiness by following after you.

1. Follow His Footsteps:
The transition to becoming a disciple is not an easy one. While a disciple generously hands over his own will to the Lord unconditionally, the scribe in today's passage still seeks his own will, as noble as it may be. A disciple is born from an invitation: "Follow me." This scribe does not yet have the total freedom of heart that life with Christ demands. Where do I stand? One becomes identified with Christ not through a mere accumulation of doctrine, principles and techniques, but by living a common life with Christ born from union with the Master's will. May I hear Christ's voice setting the pace of holiness in my life and inviting me to leave behind my own will for the new life he presents.

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Music to My Ears PDF Print E-mail

 

 

 

Sanctity is about living proper balance … in everything.

 

 

Sanctity is about living proper balance … in everything. There are, however, in you and me, balancing acts that are more of-the-essence than others. It may well be considered important, for example, to reach the proper equilibrium between speaking and listening, or between fasting and healthy eating, however certainly the balance that matters most is that which makes me who I am as a person—my free will.



   Virtue has been defined as the mean between two extremes, the middle point balancing two negatives. For example, the temperate eater consumes what is necessary, not more, not less. It would seem at first glance that my freedom should seek some sort of similar balance, but let’s see how.



   When I began taking piano lessons, at first I had to train my baby fingers with scales, chords and lots of repetitions. Early on I wasn’t making music beautiful to the ear; it was almost painful to listen to. Every week my teacher would correct my body position, praise what little progress I had made, and pile on new exercises and chord patterns to be drilled into my little fingers with time and toil.

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