In an interview published in part in the Argentine weekly "Viva" July 27, the pope listed his Top 10 tips for bringing greater joy to one's life:
1. "Live and let live." Everyone should be guided by this principle, he said, which has a similar expression in Rome with the saying, "Move forward and let others do the same."
2. "Be giving of yourself to others." People need to be open and generous toward others, he said, because "if you withdraw into yourself, you run the risk of becoming egocentric. And stagnant water becomes putrid."
“THE GREAT ADVENTURE” BIBLE STUDY SERIES CONTINUES THIS FALL Bible study at OLMC will return this fall with a 24 week study of the Gospel of Mat- thew utilizing a High Definition DVD for- mat. Studies include theological insights linking the mysteries of Old and New Testament scripture to Christ’s Incarnation.
Classes will begin on Tuesday morning, September 2, from 9:30-11:30 a.m. in O’Donnell Hall, and will continue weekly through March 24. Registration is open to all OLMC and SJV parishioners, family members and friends.
Have you, or someone you know, considered becoming Catholic? Have you been coming up with family or friends for a weekly blessing but would now like to receive the Real Body and Blood of Christ in the Sacrament of the Eucharist? If you have ever given thought to joining the Catholic Church don't wait any longer. Give us a call and start the RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) Process.
Weekly RCIA Discernment and Instructional Classes for non-baptized adults or validly baptized adults (in a Faith Tradition other than Catholic) will begin here at OLMC on Wednesday evenings,
There are different levels of hunger. First is physical hunger. We need food to sustain us, to keep us alive. But that is not enough, we have an emotional need for acceptance, companionship and love. But there is still a deeper hunger that nothing on earth, noting in time, nothing created can satisfy. We desire the infinite, the eternal; we want to live forever. We have a spiritual hunger for God. C.S.
Today’s readings show us that God is patient, forgiving and gracious. Jesus tells and explains a parable, which helps us to understand better the ways of God.
In the parable, the field is the world; God sews the wheat, and the Evil One sews the weeds. This explains why there is evil, temptations and suffering in the world. God loves us so much that he gives us freedom. Freedom to do good or evil, to love or hate, to choose life or death. God values our freedom because he loves us. Love cannot be forced but must be freely received and given.