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Letters from a Pastor to His People April 19, 2020
I brought up last week in my Virtual Easter Mass homily the concept of "social distancing." We are all familiar with this. A distance of six feet is to be maintained between individuals, and we are not to shake hands or do other activities that put us in physical contact with one another. We saw the first instance of "social distancing" with Mary Magdalene and Jesus outside the tomb on Easter Sunday. Mary, upon recognizing Jesus risen from the dead, embraces him.
In this second Sunday of Easter or Sunday of Divine Mercy, the First Reading is from the Acts of the Apostles. Four characteristics that a community filled with the Spirit should live the teaching of the apostles, tablefellowship, prayer, and sharing all things in common. The community life of the early Christians expressed their agape love and mercy by sharing what they had with everyone in need "All who believed were together and had all things in common."
Divine Mercy Sunday April 19, 2020 The message of The Divine Mercy is simple. It is that God loves usall of us. And, he wants us to recognize that His mercy is greater than our sins, so that we will call upon Him with trust, receive His mercy, and let it flow through us to others. Thus, all will come to share His joy.
An infinity of little hours. No, Im not trying to describe how I feel about beginning another week of selfquarantine. Though, it does feel rather apt as a description for all this time at hand. An Infinity of Little Hours is a book about the life of Carthusian monks who live in Parkminster, England. It would not be far off to describe the Carthusian Order, started by St. Bruno in 1084, as the marines of Catholicism.
CHIBRO is hosted by Father James and Deacon Hank, both currently sheltering in place at St. Juliana Parish in Chicago. The podcast intends to show a peek behind the curtain of rectory life while providing an informal commentary on faith life under our current uncertain circumstances
Easter, an oldEnglish word, derives from estre, which was the name of the pagan springtime God. In German, Easter comes from east the point being to emphasize hope, as the sun rises in the east at dawn. Hopefully we can make an opportunity in this ebullient season to experience a "springtime" in our faith. If we desire it, God will grant it. It is always springtime in the heart that loves God, said Saint John Vianney, thecureofArs
Best time to read the book selections endorsed by Father James. Please obtain a copy of the book yourself.
April 2020 Power and Glory by Graham Greene May 2020 A Man Called Ove by Frederick Backman
February 2020 The Devils Advocate by Morris West March 2020 The Road by Cormac McCarthy
Please join us for the Book Club discussion when we can schedule it. Until then please read the books and feel free to email Father James your thoughts, questions and discussion. firstname.lastname@example.org