Thursday, August 29, 2013

St. Michael's News Connection - Week of August 25th

God's Love

"With age-old love I have loved you; so I have kept my mercy toward you" (Jer. 31:3 )
We are familiar with the hymn: "I have loved you with an everlasting love, I have called you and you are mine"

Two questions for me to ponder!
Who is speaking these words?  Answer: God.
To whom are they addressed?  Answer: Me.

Well then, Who is God? and Who am I?
I would do well to pick up my Bible this week and re-acquaint myself with God's loving care of his chosen people down through the ages, from Promise made to Promise fulfilled in the coming of the Messiah---- the one who saves, Emmanuel, God with us. 

Yes, I was created holy. I have a Spark of the Divine in my very nature. I must guard and nurture it, but, above all I must let it shine. That is the call, the true vocation of every Child of God. Awesome!!

-Sr. Celestine

Monday, August 19, 2013

God's Mercy

By the tender mercy of God the dawn from on high will break upon us. 

-Luke 1:78

Mercy is a very  special attribute of God. God's abundant mercy is given to us freely just for the taking. It brings peace and harmony to us and to our world. The Beatitude says "Blessed are the merciful for they shall obtain mercy" We should be people of mercy in all circumstances - not condoning, not judging.

Shakespeare says:
"The quality of mercy is not strained.
It droppeth as the gentle rain from heaven
Upon the place beneath." 
God's mercy endures forever. -Psalm 136

-Sr. Finbarr

St. Michael's News Connection - Week of August 18th

Monday, August 12, 2013

St. Michael's Parish Picnic

The Parish Picnic on Sunday, August 17th is a summer event for everyone! Join us at the Poway Lake Park from 1:00- 4:00 p.m. Bring a lunch and the parish will provide drinks and desserts. Sunday Mass will be offered at 3:00 p.m. under the gazebo! Hope to see you there.

-Msgr. Neal Dolan

St. Michael's News Connection - Week of August 11th

Monday, August 5, 2013

St Michael's News Connection - Week of August 4th

The Transfiguration of Christ

As we prepare for the celebration of the Transfiguration of Christ on August 6 let us reflect on what took place all those years ago.
“The feast of the Transfiguration of Christ celebrates the revelation of Christ's divine glory on Mount Tabor in Galilee (Matthew 17:1-6; Mark 9:1-8; Luke 9:28-36). After revealing to His disciples that He would be put to death in Jerusalem (Matthew 16:21), Christ, along with Ss. Peter, James, and John, went up the mountain. There, St. Matthew writes, ‘he was transfigured before them. And his face did shine as the sun: and his garments became white as snow.’ 

 The brightness was not something added to Christ but the manifestation of His true divine nature. For Peter, James, and John, it was also a glimpse of the glories of heaven and of the resurrected body promised to all Christians. As Christ was transfigured, two others appeared with Him: Moses, representing the Old Testament Law, and Elijah, representing the prophets. Thus Christ, who stood between the two and spoke with them, appeared to the disciples as the fulfillment of both the Law and the prophets.”-Scott P. Richert, Guide

~Kelli Salceda