Pro-Life Sunday

January 22, 1973 saw seven ‘educated’ men declare unborn babies are less than human. The Catholic Church has always taught that a human being begins to exist at conception.

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March for Life – Supreme Court

Thank you to those who helped make the Christmas Masses beautiful and reverent: Mr. Trevor Rowland and the choirs that spent many hours preparing for Christmas; everyone that decorated the church; the ushers, lectors, and altar servers who gave of their time generously. Finally, thank you for your cards, gifts and spiritual bouquets for the priests. It is a gift to be a part of Holy Trinity.

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New Year 2022 – Fr Jacques Filippe

On behalf of Fr. Bork and Fr. Carr we hope all of you have begun the new year with peace and joy.

How is 2022 shaping up?! I mean in our minds as we look forward to another year of God’s grace in our vocations, in reception of the sacraments, etc. How many opportunities for joy! How many opportunities for personal growth whether good habits or skills!

Yet, how often do we project our fears on the future? How often do we worry about a future scenario? The following quote may help. It is taken from Interior Freedom by Fr. Jacques Philippe:

“To be free of the burden of the future, and the past, we need ‘re-education’. Here are some commonsense points that can help.

Things seldom happen as we expect. Most of our fears and apprehensions turn out to be completely imaginary. Difficulties we anticipated become very simple in reality, and the real difficulties are things that didn’t occur to us. It’s better to accept things as they come, one after another, trusting that we will have the grace to deal with them at the right time, than to invent a host of scenarios about what may happen – scenarios that normally turn out to be wrong. The best way to prepare for the future is to put our hearts into the present. In the Gospel, Jesus tells his disciples they will be hauled before tribunals, and then he adds: ‘Settle it therefore in your minds, not to meditate beforehand how to answer; for I will give you a mouth and wisdom, which none of your adversaries will be able to withstand or contradict.’

Projecting our fears into the future cuts us off from reality and prevents us from dealing with the present situation as we should.”

Just one of many poignant, practical teachings from Fr. Jacques Philippe!

God bless

FRVW

De parte del Padre Bork y del Padre Carr, esperamos que todos hayan comenzado el nuevo año con paz y alegría.

¡¿Como se les está acomodando el 2022?! Quiero decir en nuestras mentes, mientras vemos hacia otro año de la gracia de Dios en nuestras vocaciones, en la recepción de los sacramentos, etc. ¡Cuántas oportunidades para la alegría! ¡Cuántas oportunidades para crecimiento personal, ya sean buenos hábitos o habilidades!

Sin embargo, ¿cuán a menudo proyectamos nuestros miedos al futuro? ¿Cuán a menudo nos preocupamos por el futuro? La siguiente cita nos puede ayudar. Fue tomada del libro Interior Freedom (Libertad Interior) por Fr. Jacques Philippe:

“Para estar libres de la carga del futuro, y del pasado, necesitamos ‘reeducación’. Aquí, algunos puntos con sentido común que pueden ayudar.

Raramente las cosas pasan como las esperamos. La mayoría de nuestros miedos y aprensiones demuestran que al final son completamente imaginarios. Las dificultades que anticipamos se convierten simplemente en realidad, y las verdaderas dificultades son cosas que no se nos ocurrieron. Es mejor aceptar las cosas como vienen, una tras otra, confiando en que vamos a tener la gracia para lidiar con ellas en el momento justo, en vez de inventar un montón de escenarios acerca de lo que pueda pasar – escenarios que normalmente terminan estando equivocados. La mejor forma de prepáranos para el futuro es poner nuestros corazones en el presente. En el Evangelio, Jesús le dice a sus discípulos que ellos van a ser arrastrados ante los tribunales, y después añade: ‘Resuelvan en sus mentes, no meditar anticipadamente como responder; porque yo les daré una boca y sabiduría, lo que ninguno de sus adversarios van a poder resistir o contradecir’.

Proyectar nuestros miedos al futuro nos corta de la realidad y nos previene para lidiar como deberíamos con las situaciones presentes”.

¡Solo una de muchas emotivas, enseñanzas prácticas del Padre Jacques Philippe!

Dios los bendiga

FRVW

St. Anselm’s Meditation on Our Lady

Saint Anselm lived 1033-1109.  He was a Benedictine monk who wrote extensively on theological and philosophical topics.  His quote is found in the Divine Office for December 8th.  Tremendous meditation as we prepare for Christmas.

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Thanksgiving in St. Augustine

Americans celebrate Thanksgiving on the fourth Thursday of November. It is a holiday instituted by George Washington and confirmed by Abraham Lincoln for the fourth Thursday of November. Both presidents explain that Thanksgiving is for the express purpose of thanking Almighty God for His blessings throughout the year. The holiday expresses clearly the belief of the Founding Fathers of our nation, as well as the citizens of the United States, that Almighty God exists and is to be reverenced for His Goodness, Love and Mercy.

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