Greetings and blessings from Fr. Mike Dechant OMI
Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. And may almighty God have mercy on us, forgive us our sins and bring us the everlasting life.
The Creator of heaven obeys a carpenter; the God of Glory listens to a poor virgin. Has anyone ever witnessed anything comparable to this? Let the philosopher no longer disdain from listening to the common labourer; the wise to the simple; the educated to the illiterate, the child of a prince to a peasant.
A beautiful and inspiring insight from St. Anthony of Padua,(also known as Padre Pio)
When we reflect on our faith journey, with its many joys and sorrows; when we ponder and relive the incredible moments in our life, again we ask: “Has anyone ever witnessed anything comparable to this?” When we study and understand our call as a Christian, we are amazed to believe that the God we have come to know and love is the only God who incarnates himself (in Jesus) so as to enter into a personal and intimate relationship with us. It is truly the answer to Jesus’ prayer: “That they may be one. As you, Father, are in me and I am in you, may they also be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me.” (John 17: 21)
Our human dignity and value and self-worth comes ultimately from God. Made in the image and likeness of God, we come to realize, as St. Paul says, “No eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the human heart conceived, what God has prepared for those who love him” – these things God has revealed to us through the Spirit; for the Spirit searches everything, even the depths of God. (1 Corinthians 2: 9-10).
Jesus said of himself, “I am the LIGHT of the world”. Then he says of us, “You are the LIGHT of the world.” So, we ask, “When is there really enough light? – only when we can look into the eyes of a brother or sister, and see in there the face of Christ! … only through the eyes of faith is there enough light!
AND … only then can we truly say that ALL LIVES MATTER – Indigenous lives matter! (the thousands of little ones who were ripped from their homes, stripped of their dignity and worth, and all those parents and relatives who still grieve the loss of those children, the many women and girls missing due to violence and hate). Black lives matter! (who, after all these years of so-called freedom, still suffer from systemic slavery). Every child’s life matters ! (those still to be born, those just born). The Elder lives matter (regardless of their mental and/or physical condition). Any political or social or medical rhetoric that proposes something different diminishes, screws and distorts the truth.
God is good … all the time: in sickness and in health, in agony or the ecstasy, in our brokenness and healing — until God calls us from this life into the eternal joys of heaven.
As our consciousness and awareness of our need for healing and reconciliation with our Indigenous brothers and sisters comes to the fore, may we recall the words of St. Vincent de Paul, “Humility is nothing but truth; pride is nothing but lying!” As we continue to hear and listen to the heart-rending, inter-generational brokenness and pain of our Indigenous brothers and sisters, may our hearts soften to be present to one another in humility and love.
As we speak and hear the truth from one another, the Spirit will empower us to “love one another to life”. We can make it happen : “Can you forgive me? Can you forgive us? The we can truly love and heal each other – because we have first been loved by our compassionate and forgiving God. God’s love for us empowers us to be agents / instruments of healing and peace.
SO … wherever you go, go with God. Whenever you go, go make a difference.
St. Joseph … pray for us
St. Philip Neri … pray for us
St. Eugene de Mazenod … pray for us
St. Kateri Tekakwitha … pray for us
Praise be Jesus Christ, and Mary Immaculate
Fr. Mike Dechant OMI
Something from the Parish
One of the top priorities expressed in the Parish Survey was the request to gather for Adoration. What is Adoration? Be still and know that I am God. It’s a time of prayer in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament.
Do you remember the scene at the tomb, after the resurrection. Jesus asks Mary, ’ What are you looking for?” Mary thinks he is the gardener. Then Jesus calls her by name, “Mary!” Contemplation before the Blessed Sacrament is when one is so quiet within, no interior talking or discussing one’s present issues and concerns with the Lord. So quiet, that one can hear God calling your name.
St Philip Neri Parish Adoration Times:
Every Monday evening: 6 pm – 10 pm.
Every 2nd Thursday of the month: 9 am – 6 pm
Please note: you are also welcome to “come and pray” during Parish office hours: 9 am – 12 pm and 1 pm – 4 pm. Please check in at the office to announce your presence and intent.