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Chaplian's Message - November 2017

   “We are not alone”. Nowadays , that sentence probably first makes us think of science fiction, or speculation, or attempts to pick up radio signals from outer space, presumably from intelligent beings somewhere in outer space. This is another way we can answer the question of whether we are alone in the universe, by saying that we are definitely NOT alone.

   On All Saints Day, the first scripture reading, from the biblical book of Revelation says, “….I had a vision of a great multitude, which no one could count, from very nation, race, people, and tongue. They stood before the throne before the lamb, wearing white robes and holding palm branches in their hands. They cried out in a load voice: ‘salvation come from our God who is seated on the throne, and from the Lamb”””. The preface to All Saints Day’s Eucharistic prayer speaks of “….the heavenly Jerusalem, our mother, where the great array of our brothers and sisters already give you eternal praise.”

   We are definitely not alone, but not being alone is not threatening or menacing as in the fictional “War of the Worlds”. For us, not being alone is definitely positive and helpful. We are accompanied by all the saints, as Preface I of all Saint’s Day says:

   “By their way of life, you give us an example, by communion with them you give us companionship, by their intercession [as we have with patron saints and in our prayers to the saints] sure support, so that, encouraged by so great a cloud of witnesses we may run as victors in the race before us, and win with them the imperishable crown of glory.”

   In this sense, our not being alone is something for which we should be thankful, as we are thankful this month for all the veterans of the armed forces who have defended our liberties, and also thankful, on Thanksgiving Day, for all the blessings God has showered upon our country and upon our individual families.

 

Monsignor Collins

Chaplian's Message - Sept 2017

On the 14th of this month, we celebrate the feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross. We call it holy because it is Christ's cross which won our salvation. After 2000 years of Christianity, we no longer have a vivid image of the cross as a gruesome punishment which the Romans reserved for non Romans and for the worst criminals and rebels. When however, we think of Our Lord's call for each of us to carry his or her cross, that is something which makes us uncomfortable, like a trip to the dentist, entering a hospital for surgery. Those indeed may be crosses we will have to bear, along with disasters and tragedies. We may give in to the human tendency to concentrate on seeking pure pleasure and to avoid unpleasant things, even those we know are necessary. 

 

Pure pleasure, or at least pure please that lasts, is something which comes only from allowing Christ and seeking first and foremost doing God's will for us. That is the only thing which, in the end, will truly give us pleasure, the pleasure of being one with GOD in heaven.

 

Monsignor Collins 

CLUB 3960

Meeting Announcement

A Board Meeting of Club 3960 will take place at the Council Home immediately following the May Business Meeting on Tuesday, May 10, 2016.