It’s a beautiful, and snowy, day in St. Louis area. Thank you Lord for the beautiful gift floating softly from your hands.
Quote or Joke of the Day:
Those wonderful Church Bulletins! These sentences (with all the BLOOPERS) actually appeared in church bulletins, or were announced in church services:
For those of you who have children and don’t know it, we have a nursery downstairs.
Next Thursday there will be tryouts for the choir. They need all the help they can get.
Irving Benson and Jessie Carter were married on October 24 in the church. So ends a friendship that began in their school days.
Now there was a man in Jerusalem whose name was Simeon. This man was righteous and devout, awaiting the consolation of Israel, and the holy Spirit was upon him. It had been revealed to him by the holy Spirit that he should not see death before he had seen the Messiah of the Lord. He came in the Spirit into the temple; and when the parents brought in the child Jesus to perform the custom of the law in regard to him, he took him into his arms and blessed God, saying: “Now, Master, you may let your servant go in peace, according to your word, for my eyes have seen your salvation, which you prepared in sight of all the peoples, a light for revelation to the Gentiles, and glory for your people Israel.” (NAB Lk 2:25-32)
Simeon (means “God has Heard”) was not a priest, but a devout worshiper in the temple. Though not a priest, he obviously was close to God in that he received a vision few are privileged to have, from God about the Messiah. Simeon here, and later Anna, speak about the child all were awaiting, that would be the redemption of Jerusalem. Simeon, and later Anna, represent the hopes and expectations of faithfully devout Jews who at this time were looking forward to the restoration of God’s rule in Israel. The birth of Jesus brings these hopes to fulfillment.
How exciting it would be to actually see someone you had hoped and prayed for for many years. I still remember the instance I looked at my wife, and my new-born children; and the excitement and happiness I felt at that moment. Gazing upon the Savior, the Messiah, the Lord, would have to be many times greater than these most profound moments in my life. I can’t wait to gaze upon you, my Lord. Amen,
Pax et Bonum
Dan Halley, SFO
Prologue to the Secular Franciscan Order (SFO) Rule, Chapter 1:
All who love the Lord with their whole heart, with their whole soul and mind, with all their strength (cf. Mk 12:30), and love their neighbors as themselves (cf. Mt 22:39) and hate their bodies with their vices and sins, and receive the Body and Blood of our Lord Jesus Christ, and produce worthy fruits of penance.
Oh, how happy and blessed are these men and women when they do these things and persevere in doing them, because “the spirit of the Lord will rest upon them” (cf. Is 11:2) and he will make “his home and dwelling among them” (cf Jn 14:23), and they are the sons of the heavenly Father (cf. Mt 5:45), whose works they do, and they are the spouses, brothers, and mothers of our Lord Jesus Christ (cf. Mt 12:50). …