UPCOMING BIBLE STUDY DATES:
Nov 28 -Sacred Heart at 6pm
Nov 29 – SMOL at10 am
Dec 19 – Sacred Heart at6pm
Dec 20 – SMOL at 10 am
Jan 9 – Sacred Heart at6pm
Jan 10 – SMOL at 10 am
Jan 23 – Sacred Heart at 6pm
Jan 24 – SMOL at 10am
Last week, a good friend of ours posted this on Facebook. I invite you to sit back, let your imagination take over, and hopefully enjoy the story as much as I did….
In a mother’s womb were two babies. One asked the other: “Do you believe in life after delivery?” The other replied, “Why, of course. There has to be something after delivery. Maybe we are here to prepare ourselves for what we will be later.” “Nonsense,” said the first. “There is no life after delivery. What kind of life would that be?”
The second said, “I don’t know, but there will be more light than here. Maybe we will walk with our legs and eat from our mouths. Maybe we will have other senses that we can’t understand now.” The first replied, “That is absurd. Walking is impossible. And eating with our mouths? Ridiculous! The umbilical cord supplies nutrition and everything we need. But the umbilical cord is so short, so life after delivery is to be logically excluded.” The second insisted, “Well I think there is something and maybe it’s different than it is here. Maybe we won’t need this physical cord anymore.” The first replied, “Nonsense. And moreover, if there is life, then why has no one ever come back from there? Delivery is the end of life, and in the after-delivery, there is nothing but darkness and silence and oblivion. It takes us nowhere.”
“Well, I don’t know,” said the second, “but certainly we will meet mother and she will take care of us.”
The first replied “mother? You actually believe in mother? That’s laughable. If mother exists, then where is she now?” The second said, “She is all around us. We are surrounded by her. We are of her. It is in her that we live. Without her, our world would not and could not exist.” Said the first: “Well I don’t see her, so it is only logical that she doesn’t exist.”
To which the second replied, “Sometimes, when you’re in silence and you focus and listen, you can perceive her presence, and you can hear her loving voice, calling down from above.”
Maybe this was one of the best explanations of the concept of GOD.
Our relationship with God is very much like our relationships with each other. Our marriage and friendships need time and nurturing to develop and grow. The same is true of our relationship with God. God calls each of us into a relationship with Him. How, or if, we respond depends on how well we look for His presence every day. Psalm 46 says “Be still, and know that I am God.” May we take time this week to seek silence in the chaos and listen for God’s loving voice calling down from above.
Dear Sacred Heart Family,
Fr. Tomy will be gone on vacation from Nov 19 – Dec 9. We will not have our 8am Mass on the three Mondays he is gone- November 19th, November 26th, and December 3rd. On Thanksgiving Day we will have our 9am Mass. We will not have Mass the day after Thanksgiving, November 23rd.
In this month of November when we remember our loved ones, I want to continue our series on the four Christian responses to death. This week is the importance of taking time in prayer. We need to take time to pray for our loved ones, for the repose of their souls, and to take time to pray for ourselves and our family members.
When it comes to praying for our loved one let us seek to pray right into the reality of their lives. The more intimately you know someone the better equipped you are to pray for them because you know more than just the good face we all put on for the world to see- you also know their struggles. Having walked with them and perhaps having experienced firsthand someone’s shortcomings and struggles you can pray that those very things be set right. Msgr. Charles Pope wrote this about purgatory: “Yes, there are many things in us that need purging: sin, attachment to sin, clinging to worldly things, and those rough edges to our personality. Likewise most of us carry with us hurts, regrets, sorrows, and disappointments. We cannot take any of this with us to Heaven. If we did, it wouldn’t be Heaven.” These are the things we pray for our loved ones for.
Having prayed for them we need to pray for ourselves and anyone who is impacted by our loved one’s death. Jesus promised us that He is with us “always, until the end of the age”. So, in the midst of the grief we pray- Jesus we need you now. I need your strength and I need to be able to lean on you. When it comes to the other people who have been impacted by a person’s passing I sometimes I simply pray this: “Jesus whoever is most in need of your comfort and consolation today please draw near to them”. He knows who that person is and can touch their hearts in ways I never can.
Here is a prayer for those who are grieving:
Dearest Jesus, who wept at the death of your friend
and taught that they who mourn shall be comforted,
grant us the comfort of your presence in our loss.
Send Your Holy Spirit to direct us
lest we make hasty or foolish decisions.
Send Your Spirit to give us courage
lest through fear we recoil from living.
Send Your Spirit to bring us your peace
lest bitterness, false guilt, or regret take root in our hearts.
The Lord has given.
The Lord has taken away.
Blessed be the name of the Lord.
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Today is a pretty unique day in the history not only of our nation, but the whole world. Today is the 100th Anniversary of the Armistice that ended WWI, the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918.
We honor this day, we pray for peace, pray for those who have died in service and for all those who come back and bearing wounds.
The students are all acquainted with what it means to be thankful. They are thankful for their families, and their friends and their school. But what about the times is hard to be thankful, like when you are disappointed or disaster has struck? This week the students gave examples of times when life was hard but they were still able to see god’s love for them. Please see the attached newsletter for the latest school news.