As Christians, our community will come together commemorating the crucifixion of Jesus Christ and his death at Calvary.
Sacred Heart Parish is priviledged to host the Hudson Community Good Friday Service on Friday, March 30 at 12:00 Noon.
Let us all draw together as children of God to bring to mind his great love for us. For this is the great mystery that lead to his sacrifice on the cross and his ultimate victory over sin and death on Easter.
Continuing the 7 Deadly Sins series of Homilies, here is my notes for the pride homily…
Pride is an inordinate esteem of oneself. Prideful people (that would be all of us) desire to be considered better than we actually are.
We show pride in take personal credit for our gifts, forgetting that they came from God, in an over focus on how much we do and/or how well we do it, by minimizing our sin or defects, blowing up the defects of others or dwelling on them.
While not all sins are pride, it can lead to all sorts of sins, notably presumption, ambition, vainglory, boasting, hypocrisy, strife, and disobedience.
• When is the last time you said “I’m wrong”, “I guess I was mistaken” or some such public statement that you weren’t right?
• When was last time that we put aside what we wanted and didn’t complain about it, obsess about it or make sure everyone knew how put out we were?
• When was the last time we thanked someone/praised someone in public?
• Have you ever heard a homily or a message about repentance and hoped “so and so was hearing this”? That’s pride.
• Do you find yourself more conscious of other people’s sins and failing than your own? Pride.
So…what do we do? We embrace humility. So, what is Humility?
Humility does not mean we hate ourself. The word itself comes from the Latin word “humilis” which means “grounded” or even “of the earth”. Humility is a recognition of our place in the world, an acknowledgement of God’s power and might and our smallness. It’s the ability to freely and joyfully express and live the reality that the world does not revolve around us. Humility leads to joy.
Here’s a neat thing CS Lewis wrote about humility:
“Do not imagine that if you meet a really humble man he will be what most people call “humble” nowadays: he will not be a sort of greasy, smarmy person, who is always telling you that, of course, he is nobody. Probably all you will think about him is that he seemed a cheerful, intelligent chap who took a real interest in what you said to him. If you do dislike him it will be because you feel a little envious of anyone who seems to enjoy life so easily. He will not be thinking about humility: he will not be thinking about himself at all.”
It takes courage to be humble, it means we trust that others see and protect our value as children of God.
It requires modesty to be humble: it means we think of ourselves less often and focus on God and others.
It requires reverence to be humble: honor God and His presence in others.
Here are some exercises that we can do to strengthen our humility and wound our pride.
• Don’t offer your opinion on something
• Serve someone secretly: tell no one and make it your private joy with God
• Next time you walk into your home, your Church or your workplace, look about for a way to serve. See what needs to be done and proceed to do it.
• Remember and laugh about times you have been wrong: “Good homily, Father” and Starbucks
• If someone compliments you and it makes you uncomfortable, don’t say “that’s not true” or demean what they say, instead, rejoice with them in humility by saying thanking them and thanking the Lord.
So. If you are willing to join me in going to war with Pride, I’ll ask you now to make this prayer with me:
Lord Jesus, in your name, I renounce Pride. Lord Jesus, in your name, I embrace humility.
Fr. Joe will be leading our parish in a Lenten Holy Hour of Adoration on Wednesday, March 21 at 7:00 pm. Fr. Joe will begin the Holy Hour, which will include Eucharistic Adoration and Procession, a homily and time for us to silently reflect on Jesus’ presence in our lives. Come experience the beauty and transformative power of the Holy Eucharist.
The history of the Church is a history of holiness. Not just bishops, priests, deacons, and religious – but each and every one of us. By virtue of our Baptism, we are all called to be holy witnesses of Christ in every aspect of our daily life. That’s what it means to be a Christian. Anyone who dares to call themselves a Christian will outwardly carry the marks to identify them as a disciple of Christ. Do YOU carry these marks?
Do you conform yourself to Christ in word and deed? Jesus spoke out against sin and injustice, yet He treated everyone with love and compassion. He worked for the good of everyone by offering His love, care, and healing regardless of their wealth or social status. He had a special place in His heart for the poor, the outcast, the sick, and the grieving.
Do you seek the will of God in everything you do? Do you regularly pray and receive the Sacraments? Because, all of the Sacraments are an abundant source of Grace. Do you allow yourself to be guided by the wisdom of the Church? Do you continuously strive to join your will to God’s will?
Do you devote yourself to God’s glory? God is the ultimate source of the very gifts we have. Do you recognize His glory and might so the good you accomplish is done in His name? Are you humble in doing so?
Do you seek to love your neighbor? God places people in our lives who need our help. Are you vigilant to recognize them, and help them the best you can? Do you take care of those less fortunate or outside your circle of friends?
Do you accept the crosses that inevitably come your way? Suffering in this life is inevitable. And being a Christian does not give you a free pass to avoid suffering. But, Jesus showed us how to give value to our suffering especially when we join our suffering to His. When you offer up your suffering for others, you can experience a liberating transformation which helps you grow closer to God. You can, in essence, be “Born Again”.
God invites us to holiness so we can experience the same happiness on earth that we will in Heaven. His universal call to holiness demands nothing less than to always live with the ultimate goal of Heaven in our hearts. Jesus came into the world to show us how to do just that. How many marks of His disciple do you carry? Deacon John
Adapted from “Introduction to Catholicism for Adults” by Rev. James Socias
You are having a bad day. Everything that could go wrong, did; you stepped on a Lego piece; you burned the cookies you were making; you got hit in the head by something; you ran over the cat; you forgot to do something you were supposed to do; you made a huge mistake and it is already done and you cannot change it. When the day is truly a bad one, you are hyper focused on that one part of your life. It’s consuming most of your thoughts and the thoughts are negative.
Interacting with our kids when, they or we, are having a bad day gives us an opportunity to think about how God deals with us. He will give us grace. He will give us mercy. But he will not let us give in to temptation and just say “I am going to go to bed and hide in the covers.” He will not let us run away and give in. For those of us that have tried, we know it doesn’t work and problems can get very ugly, very quickly.
God is polite and He will not interject Himself into your life without permission. God has given us the power to decide how much we would like to lean on Him. It is the power of free will. You have to ask for help and the more you ask, the more you receive. The amount of help given is infinite. So, ask every day. Simple. But it just isn’t that simple and we forget to ask, sometimes when we need it the most.
When you have a bad day ask Jesus to wrap Himself around you and protect you. Ask Him to keep you safe and to be with You as you face the negativity and challenges. Ask Him to keep you calm and to be kind to others. Strap in and weather the storm together. It will be alright. It will all be okay. You will feel good again. God will never make you handle a bad day alone.
Lord, Help me to remember that nothing is going to happen today that You and I can’t handle together. Amen
Just like last weeks bulletin, I’m writing this on March 3rd, before I head out for a week off. Because of that, I obviously won’t be commenting on anything current. Instead, its my hope to use this and the next article to hype our upcoming Triduum Feasts at Sacred Heart and St. Mary. Last week, I posted on Good Friday and, this week, I want to walk us through Holy Saturday.
On Holy Thursday, we sat at the Last Supper with Jesus. He washed our feet and gave us the gift of the Eucharist. We then walked to the Garden with him. On Friday, we walked through the passion with Jesus and spent Friday night “in the tomb” with Jesus.
With our service on Holy Saturday, we move from the tomb to the Glory of the Resurrection. The service contains four parts: the service of Light, Liturgy of the Word, Christian Initiation and Renewal and Holy Eucharist.
The Service of Light begins outside where we bless our Easter Fire and Pascal Candle. The mass continues inside in darkness to remind us of Jesus in the tomb.
The Darkness in Church continues as we move into the Liturgy of the Word, where we read multiple readings from the Old Testament.
Then, the lights will all come on as we sing the Gloria together and read from the New Testament. The lights coming on and the Gloria being sung are the sign of our movement from the darkness of the tomb into the Glory of the Resurrection. We haven’t sung or said the Gloria in more than six weeks and we rejoice at this time.
If you wish, you can bring bells to this service and ring them as we sing. We will read from the New Testament and Gospel and have a homily.
We then move into the time when we bring into the Church those who have been going through RCIA for the last many months. This is a great and beautiful time where we remember our own baptism and thank God that we are a part of an unbroken chain of Catholicism and rejoice in those who join our faith.
Mass then proceeds as normal while we move into the Liturgy of the Eucharist as we usually do.
This service is long, but absolutely beautiful and, as with Holy Thursday and Good Friday, I strongly encourage all of us to make this our first priority: don’t miss this joy!
Fr. John Quinn will be visiting our parish this weekend on behalf of Cross Catholic Outreach, which was founded to create a meaningful link between parishes in America and the Church overseas in the Caribbean, Africa, Asia, Central and South America.
To learn more about Fr. Quinn and Cross Catholic Outreach, click here.