Fr. Terry’s Sharing…
Welcome Back Fr. Nicholas! We missed you!
We have been fortunate to have had some donations directed to updating the media and music equipment used before and during our Masses. Because of their generosity, we are able to do so without dipping into our general operating funds. So, a Thank You is in order.
This weekend we celebrate Holy Trinity Sunday. The dogma of three divine persons, separate and distinct, in the one and same God. The first person of the Trinity is God the Father; the second, God the Son; the third, God the Holy Spirit. The three persons are perfectly equal to one another and each is God. The doctrine of the Trinity is classified as a strict mystery; that is, it cannot be learned or understood completely from reason. It is the core of the creed to which we enter into by our Baptism and profession of faith. It is what we proclaim every weekend as a faith community.
Next weekend we celebrate the Most Holy Body and Blood of the Lord. It is at the very core of what we hold to be truly the Body and Blood of Christ given to us to be nourishment on our journey to the Kingdom of Heaven. Bread and wine become, through the mystery of the consecration, the Body and Blood of Christ. This gift was given to us at the Last Supper.
These two mysteries are essential in our relationship with God.
Congratulations to those who are graduating from High School and College. You are in our prayers as you get ready to start new chapters in your life. May God’s loving Spirit guide you!
One of my favorite prayers I pray during this time of the year (wanting a fresh start for the summer) is the following:
Father, I abandon myself into your hands; do with me what you will. Whatever you may do, I thank you: I am ready for all, I accept all.
Let only your will be done in me, and in all your creatures—I wish no more than this, O Lord. Into your hands I commend my soul; I offer it to you with all the love of my heart, for I love you Lord, and so need to give myself, to surrender myself into your hands without reserve, and with boundless confidence for you are my God. Teach me, my Lord, to be sweet and gentle, in all the events of life. Let me put myself aside, to think of the happiness of others. May I be patient and broad in my forgiveness. May no one be less good for having come within my influence. No one less pure, less true, less kind, less noble for having been a fellow-traveler in our journey toward Eternal Life. As I go about my day, let me whisper from time to time, a word of love to You. May my life be lived to the good of You and others. May my Faith be strong, my Hope encouraging, and my Love in imitation of You. May my hands be your hands this day. May my tongue be your tongue. May my heart be your heart. And may my soul belong only to you. Grant that I might live in you, by you, and for you. Amen!