January 9-10, 2021
How are your New Year’s resolutions going? It is said that in order for a resolution to become a habit, it takes 3 weeks. Well, we’re in week 2 of the new year. You’re close to making them a habit, a routine, a reality. Is a “stewardship way of life” one of your resolutions this year? It’s not too late to make Giving, Praying and Serving a habit each week. Make a commitment today to give, pray and serve as your part in the upcoming Archbishop’s Call to Share appeal.
January 16-17, 2021
Have you ever turned around to someone at home and said, “What?” Only to have them say, “I didn’t say anything.” Most of the time we just shrug that off, right? Can you imagine Samuel sleeping in his room? Three times he heard someone calling him. Finally, it dawned on him. God was calling him! AS we near the beginning of the Archbishop’s Call to Share appeal, take some time to be still, to be quiet and listen to the Lord. Listen to what He is saying and how you will support the Archbishop’s Call to Share appeal this year.
January 23-24, 2021
The idea behind fishing is to know the fish you are looking for and attract it so you can make the catch. To catch a fish we must know what equipment to use, where to find it and depth of the water we are fishing in, as well as the kind of bait the fish will go after. Once we understand everything we need for real fishing, then how do we relate that to being fishers of men? One sure way is to support the upcoming Archbishop’s Call to Share appeal. Your financial gift will help provide the equipment needed for those “fishing for men”, but also those serving the fishermen. Thank you, in advance for your support.
January 30-31, 2021
Have you ever met someone, had a teacher or coach, listened to a speaker or been to a concert and been blown away by the person in charge or leading the event? You walk away thinking “Wow! That was excellent!” What was it about that person? It’s not so much what they said, but HOW they said it. Well, that’s what it was like when Jesus spoke in the synagogue. He blew people away…even the evil spirits! We should be blown away too. Maybe we need to listen more closely. He speaks to us every day. He’ll drive out what needs to driven out of you as well. Let’s begin today to listen more intently, and ask for his help to cleanse us from the things that keep us from him. Ask him to be the authority in your life and for his guidance in your participation in the Archbishop’s Call to Share appeal.
February 6 – 7, 2021
It’s Super Bowl Sunday! The amount of money that this day takes in and gives out is unbelievable. Players on the winning team receive an additional $118,000 and losing players receive $59,000…for the game. Retailers make $14.8 billion, however, some will pay as much as $5.25 million for a 30-second ad. Fans are paying $4,000 – $6,000 per ticket to attend. And this does not count the gambling and other ancillary activities that surround the game.
So what? A day like today should help to remind us where we get all the money to spend on this one, fun day. When we plan ahead to have people over, run to the store for more chips and dip, and decorate the table to look like a football field, let’s remember that without God and all He gives us and all the blessings we have, we need to thank him. A lot. So remember, when the game is on the line and you need this touchdown or last-second field-goal, and you’re praying to God that they make it, thank him for ALL your blessings too.
And thank you for your participation in the Archbishop’s Call to Share appeal. It’s the Super Bowl of the Archbishop’s mission to serve his flock.
February 13 – 14, 2021
As we prepare to celebrate “Presidents’ Day” holiday, it is important to remember the deep faith of our founding fathers. On October 3, 1789, George Washington gave a Presidential Proclamation to acknowledge God and offer “thanksgiving” to him. The proclamation stated, in part, “…it is the duty of all Nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey his will, to be grateful for his benefits, and humbly to implore his protection and favor” — and “to recommend to the People of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many signal favors of Almighty God…”
And, we are all familiar with the greatness of Abraham Lincoln, whose purpose was to free the slaves and heal a nation. In his second inaugural address on March 4, 1865, he stated, “With malice toward none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in, to bind up the nation’s wounds, to care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow and his orphan…”.
February 20 – 21, 2021
Here we are. Another Lenten season is upon us. This is the year I’m going to make it all 6 weeks. I’m going to give up Coke and candy bars. I’m going to fast on Fridays, and I’m going to pray in the morning before work/school. I’m committed. (By the way, how are your New Year’s resolutions going?)
Don’t worry! We’ve all been there. Every year. All you have to do is try. All you have to do is try each day. Then, when you forget and eat something you shouldn’t have, or didn’t pray in the morning, just start over the next day. The biggest thing is to NOT GIVE UP.
Ask God for help this Lent. Ask him to walk with you, to guide you, to strengthen you. Then do your part – One. Day. At. A. Time. – and be sure to pray, fast and give. (Have you made your pledge to the Archbishop’s Call to Share appeal?)
These are examples of their faith in and reverence for God. This week, as we celebrate them and celebrate LOVE through St. Valentine’s Day, let’s remember the work of charity, kindness and love that is accomplished through the Archbishop’s Call to Share appeal, as well. Please make your pledge today.
February 27 – 28, 2021
Today’s readings are ALL about sacrifice and love. Love and sacrifice. In the first reading, Abraham wanted a son so badly and God gave him one through a wife that was supposed to be unable to get pregnant. God tested Abraham’s love for him. Did he love his new son more or did he love God more? Abraham loved God and trusted in him, and Isaac was saved. Abraham sacrifices a ram in thanksgiving to God.
In the Gospel, God transfigures Jesus into dazzling white and says to all, “This is my beloved Son. Listen to him.” God loves US so much he sacrifices his own son (the Lamb) for our sins.
How much do we listen to Jesus, as God asked us to? What sacrifices do we make, especially during Lent, in thanksgiving to God for all He gives to us? How much do we trust in God? Enough to give him control of our finances? Make the Archbishop’s Call to Share appeal part of your Lenten almsgiving.
March 6 – 7, 2021
There are a lot of distractions in our lives; kids, sports, school, meetings, ministries, social media, cell phones, work, family, errands, driving, home repairs, shopping, and more! Where is God in all that? Do you take time to find Him?
We’re almost halfway through Lent. How is it going for you? Have you had to do a restart? Lots of us have. Take a moment to examine and assess the distractions in your life. What are the things you need to “take a whip to and drive from the temple”?
If you haven’t already, please make the Archbishop’s Call to Share appeal part of your Lenten almsgiving.