From the Pastor:

June 17

11th Sunday in Ordinary Time

 

“Men wanted for hazardous journey. Small wages. Bitter Cold. Long months of complete darkness. Constant danger. Safe return doubtful. Honor and recognition in case of success.” This advertisement, which has often been attributed to Ernest Shackleton as he prepared to lead an expedition to the South Pole, probably never appeared in a newspaper; however, I use the ad here today to inquire if we have people who are willing to sign up for a journey filled with personal sacrifice.

 

The difference between the journey I am describing and the one to the South Pole is that the Leader of my journey paves the way with His love. There will be crosses along the way, but He helps you carry them. There will be times of uncertainty and darkness, but He is the Light that shows you the way. As you journey with Him, He will ask you to bring others along with you – even those you might not like very much – this requires sacrifice and love.

 

How do we do this? Let’s learn from the simple advice of St. Therese of Liseux also known as the Little Flower of the Child Jesus.

 

1. "Miss no single opportunity of making some small sacrifice, here by a smiling look, there by a kindly word; always doing the smallest right and doing it all for love."

2. "Our Lord does not so much look at the greatness of our actions, or even at their difficulty, as at the love with which we do them."

3. "I understood that love comprises all vocations – that love is everything, and because it is eternal, embraces all times and places."

4. "To live in love is to sail forever, spreading seeds of joy and peace in hearts."

5. "Kindness is my only guiding star.  In its light, I sail a straight route, I have my motto written on my sail: 'To live in love.'"

6. "Let us love, since that is what our hearts were made for."

7. "Love can accomplish all things.  Things that are most impossible become easy where love is at work."

8. "Without love, deeds, even the most brilliant, count as nothing."

9. "I am the smallest of creatures and I recognize my worthlessness, but I also know how hearts that are generous and noble love to do good."

10. "When one loves, one does not calculate."

 

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On this third Sunday of June we take pause and remember the men in our lives who continually lead by their witness, their example, and their love, as we acknowledge our fathers. These men in our lives serve us daily as not only our spiritual mentors but, through their persistent witness, give us encouragement and strength as they call us to surrender and live our lives in conformity with the Lord Jesus Christ. May we all pray that the men who are called to the vocation of fatherhood will always be willing to serve without counting the cost and share with others their love for Christ and the world.

 

May the Lord Bless You and Keep You,

Fr. Timothy Kalista