Stuff the Bus- Once again we are participating in the Stuff the Bus program through the Pinpoint Credit Union. We will be collecting all types of school supplies as well as backpacks from July 1st thru August 5th. Supplies will be for the local school district. Why not pick up a few things while you are out shopping! Look for the collection basket in the back of the church.
St. Joseph Catholic Church
Faith is much more than the sum total of everything we believe. Faith describes the stance we take before the world and the way in which we engage the world. Faith flows out of the belief that each one of us matters and that we exist to share God’s life. In order to remain confident in this truth, we must allow Jesus to say this to us again and again and again. We must give the Lord the opportunity to affirm this truth and to express this truth in the unique conditions and circumstances of our existence. Prayer is the way we allow him to speak the words our hearts long to hear.
In a visit to a garden shop or when leisurely reading through a seed catalog or favorite gardening book, we face a myriad of choices. Our interest in a seed is to develop the potential enclosed within its small interior. Countless seeds have already been planted in our lives! We become spiritual gardeners as soon as we begin to cultivate and appreciate the ways that our life can bear fruit and bring love into the world. Every single seed contains potential for development and growth, as do our life choices.
When you go to your quiet place, make the Sign of the Cross, thank the Lord for calling you into his presence, sit quietly for a moment, and then simply read the lines of a psalm. When you have finished, sit peacefully with the Lord. The conversation should be natural and unforced. The words of the psalm might linger in your thoughts, which is a good thing. The psalms provide us the perfect vocabulary for talking with the Lord and sharing what is in our hearts.
Today we may visit or plant a garden to appreciate beauty; to harvest herbs, fruits or vegetables for a healthy meal or to simply connect with the deep part of ourselves that wants to be in harmony with the rhythms of the sun, moon, rain and seasons. The manual labor we do in the garden can be bone wearying, yet richly satisfying. When we experience visible results from the earth, we find solace and peace in an otherwise fragmented world. Gardens teach us disappointment when bugs or four-legged critters destroy hard effort and beauty. Growing something, anything, is a lesson in patience and love. Gardens fill us with gratitude.
It was through the Moiano Gate that Clare passed from Assisi and its mercantile values to that other world outside the city gates. When one stands inside this gate today, it is not hard to imagine how radical was Clare’s passage through the dark night toward what she believed was the light she’d longed for all her life. The light that Francis preached, the light who was Christ, the light that was to be found among the poor and rejected.
What is God showing you that you are to do with your life? However small or great that is, it must be yours and not someone else’s. What a stripping, for example, is sickness or aging, or the loss of loved ones, or ultimately the stripping that is the embrace of Sister Death. The important thing is to give humbly and honestly of what God asks you to give. In the end you are the gift God wants; in the meantime each person struggles to know what God wants and whether or not one is really giving the gift of one’s self to God.
I think there is a special place in purgatory for the person that originated the notion that some places count more than others do. Did this individual ever consider what this implies about the God who longs for us? Imagine God saying, “I’m not listening, Gary, because you are on the treadmill.” That is certainly not the God of Jesus Christ. The Father always hears us, whenever and wherever we cry out to him.