Sunday, June 22, 2014

A Blog about Blogs

For the next week or so, I will still be the newest member of the St. Michael’s Parish staff.  Being a newbie, I do everything I am told to do.  Peter told me it was my turn to write the ‘blog’.

Hmmm.  Blog?  I will act in-the-know and read what everyone has posted thus far.  Staff members have written some really great blogs!! I will follow suit and write my ‘blog’.  I pondered and pondered for an interesting topic.  I asked the Holy Spirit to give me something people would want to read.  Then it hit me.  Are they reading the blogs?  Am I going to stretch my creative writing skills for the sake of filling space and keeping the blog current?   In reality am I writing this hoping someone will read it verses knowing that someone will read it (besides Peter)?  So I decided to make a wager to raise awareness to this blog.  For every person that emails me and says they read my blog, I will donate $1.00 to my daughter’s charity, ‘Limbs for Life’.  She is currently working in the Tijuana canal connecting homeless men and women with prosthetics (there’s a great story there….saving it for my next turn at the ‘blog’).  Send me a note to let me know you read this and I will donate $1.00 to the cause.  How much do you think this is going to cost me?  Stay tuned and I will let you know.

Sunday, June 15, 2014

St Michael's News Connection - Week of June 15th

Happy Fathers Day!

Have you ever wondered how Father’s Day came about?   

On July 19, 1910, the governor of the state of Washington proclaimed the nation’s first “Father’s Day”.  They were the only state to do so at the time.  Many fathers did not care for the commercial aspect of this type of day which is part of the reason why it took 58 years after the proclamation of Mother’s Day for Father’s Day to become a federal holiday.  Father’s Day became a nationwide holiday when President Richard Nixon signed a proclamation making Father’s Day a federal holiday in 1972.

Monday, June 9, 2014

St Michael's News Connection - Week of June 8th

Seasons and Time

Since the feast of the Ascension of Jesus, I have been reflecting on the notion of seasons and time. I see a clear connection between the seasons of the chronological year, the seasons of the Liturgical Year, the seasons of our human lives, and the "seasons of the heart"
"There is an appointed time for everything, and a time for every affair under the heavens.
 A time to be born, and a time to die, a time to plant, and a time to uproot the plant. ( Ecc.3: 1-2)

Do you have time?  How often we say: "Where did the time go?" We "pass" time, "waste" time, "spend" time, "kill" time, but "we don't have time!"
"The butterfly counts not months, but moments, and has enough."------Tagore

Simone Weil wrote that the contemplation of time is the key to human life. We tend to see life as a race against time. The Gifts and Fruits of the Holy Spirit empower us to be channels of God's Grace to one another in all places where we worship and work, pray or play, live, move, and have our being. That is our true identity. When we look in the mirror we will see the face of God, because if we fail to find God in ourselves, we will not  see his presence in others.

When friends meet "under the clock", rather than race "against the clock" Grace happens. In the realms of Grace there is no need to ask: "What time is it?" Because a gentle, knowing, smiling Grace reminds us that in ancient times no one had a watch, but everyone had TIME. Now, everyone has a watch, but no one has any time.

As  we journey through the long season of Ordinary Time June 8- Nov. 29, I pray that you will treasure the gift of time, and "make" time to sit awhile with God, and enjoy his presence in your families and in all those you encounter, before time " runs out".

-Sister Celestine