Scribes vs. Widows

11-11-2018Pastor's LetterFr. George V. Wanser, S.J.

As we wind down the liturgical year (just two weeks left until Christ the King -the last Sunday of the Liturgical Year) it is not by accident that our readings contrast the overwhelming generosity of the Widow of Zarephath, and the Widow who gives the Mite, with the hypocrisy of the Scribes.

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100 Fold Plus Life Eternal

11-04-2018Pastor's LetterFr. George V. Wanser, S.J.

Shema Israel, Adonai elohenu, Adonai echad. Hear O Israel, the Lord your God is Lord alone.

What a paradox! When we surrender to God's love, we become part of God's whole heart, soul, mind and strength. God's tremendous generosity allows us to love God back with everything we have and are. This love overflows to our neighbor. We give everything to God, and God gives it back to us 100-fold plus life eternal. Beat that insurance package, Mutual of Omaha!

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Invitation to Pray the Holy Rosary

10-07-2018Pastor's LetterFr. George V. Wanser, S.J.

Pope Francis invites the faithful to pray the Rosary in October from Vatican News 9/29/2018:

The Holy Father has decided to invite all the faithful, of all the world, to pray the Holy Rosary every day, during the entire Marian month of October, and thus to join in communion and in penitence, as the people of God, in asking the Holy Mother of God and Saint Michael Archangel to protect the Church from the devil, who always seeks to separate us from God and from each other.

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One Body in Christ

09-30-2018Pastor's LetterFr. George V. Wanser, S.J.

Brothers and Sisters, let us Pray for our Holy Father, the hierarchy and for our Church throughout the world including laity and clergy alike that we may reconcile, heal and build bridges moving forward as one body in Christ.

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25th Sunday in Ordinary Time

09-23-2018Pastor's LetterFr. George V. Wanser, S.J.

We recently held the annual fundraising breakfast, “Coffee with Companions/Jesuit Strong-er.” Both John Graham and I spoke at the event and I felt it was important to share the essence of these remarks again.

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The Marcan Hinge

09-16-2018Pastor's LetterFr. George V. Wanser, S.J.

Exactly half way through Mark’s Gospel, Jesus asks, “Who do you say that I am?” Peter responds, “You are the Christ.” Then Jesus gives his first warning that he must suffer greatly, be rejected and be killed and after three days, rise again. This is the first prediction of his Passion, Death and Resurrection. There will be two more.

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22nd Sunday of the Year

09-02-2018Pastor's LetterFr. George V. Wanser, S.J.

Wash inside the cup. People can see the outside, but health depends on the cleanliness of the part where we drink. The gospel of today clearly tells us; "Wash the interior, keep it clean."

Lave en interior de la taza. La gente puede ver la parte exterior, pero la salud depende de la limpieza de la parte donde bebemos. El evangelio del dia de hoy claramente nos dice; "Lava el interior, mantenlo limpio."