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The 18th century poet Robert Burns famously wrote in “To a Mouse”;
“But Mouse, you are not alone, In proving foresight may be vain: The best laid schemes of mice and men often go awry, And leave us nothing but grief and pain, For promised joy!”
This poem would later be the inspiration for a novel more of us may be familiar with, John Steinbeck’s Of Mice and Men. A quote the regular readers of this blog may be more familiar with, “If you’re ever looking for a joke to make God laugh, tell him your plans.” This is not necessarily a “feel good” blog post, but is meant for those who find themselves wandering in their own metaphorical wilderness.
There is a line I was reading in the Catechism (CC 2725) that got my attention. “We pray as we live, because we live as we pray.” Its under the section called the “battle of prayer”. It says “The battle of prayer is inseparable from the necessary “spiritual battle” to act habitually according to the Spirit of Christ.”
About a month or so ago, I had a lengthy and very educational conversation about parables with a dear friend. We agreed they were a critical teaching tool used by Christ throughout the New Testament. However, we spent a lot of time discussing why He used them, who the audience was at the time He used them, if they were meant to not be heard by those with hardened hearts, and if they were an earthly story with a spiritual truth. I’ll save those questions for another post, instead, I’d like to look at the parable from a slightly different angle.
Whenever I hear a parable in the gospel, for some reason, I try to find my role. I have a tendency to ask “who am I in this parable”. As an example, a few years ago my daughter, through a religion project at school, was asked how a Protestant views the parables versus how a Catholic views them. So I called one of my friends, who happens to be a convert, and he had a simple and very effective example that was incredibly enlightening. Let me try it on you: Continue reading “There’s no “I” in Parable?”
Most of you have heard of Noah’s Bandage Project. Some have been blessed to meet Noah and the Wilson family. However, there’s probably very few who’ve heard the whole story of how this 6 year old boy contracted, fought and beat cancer all the while never losing his faith. He is a inspiration and a miracle. We were blessed to have Noah’s father, Scott Wilson, record with us to tell us the single greatest story you might ever here.
TRADITION. “The transmission of custom or beliefs from generation to generation, or the fact of being passed on in this way.” As the calendar turns to September the pageantry, excitement, and traditions of football churn into gear.
Everyone has a favorite scene in their beloved movies or a catchy line in their favorite song. But what about your weekend faith pilgrimage – doesn’t that deserve a top 5 list of its own? I think so as well, so let’s see if the Gloria or the creed or the homily break into the top 5 best moments in Mass. And what comes out as the pinnacle? Is it the donuts and social time afterward? My boy would vote for that.
So, here we go – my personal favorites for the five best moments in the Mass.
Number 5 – The Sign of Peace.
I’ll call myself out on this one. I like seeing my friends and acquaintances at Mass. It’s a double bonus if they are sitting close enough to shake hands with during the sign of peace. It is also a nice chance to show my kids some extra affection.