It looks much nicer now!
Monday, June 30, 2014
Sunday, June 29, 2014
I wonder, dear brother bishops, are we afraid? What are we afraid of? And if we are afraid, what forms of refuge do we seek, in our pastoral life, to find security? Do we look for support from those who wield worldly power? Or do we let ourselves be deceived by the pride which seeks gratification and recognition, thinking that these will offer us security? Dear brother bishops, where do we find our security?
The witness of the Apostle Peter reminds us that our true refuge is trust in God. Trust in God banishes all fear and sets us free from every form of slavery and all worldly temptation. Today the Bishop of Rome and other bishops, particularly the metropolitans who have received the pallium, feel challenged by the example of Saint Peter to assess to what extent each of us puts his trust in the Lord.
You can read the full homily here.
Saturday, June 28, 2014
We have found some great inventors!
Friday, June 27, 2014
Have you ever had a relay race where you used
a sponge to pick up water from one bucket ...
... and squeezed it out into another?
They did at Camp Invention this week.
The school was renamed after St. Columbkille in 1979 to make clear the connection between the parish and the school. But one of the few statues in the church is of the Sacred Heart of Jesus.
As early as the 11th century there was devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, but it was a private devotion. It was in 1670 that Fr. Jean Eudes encouraged the spread of the devotion but it really took off after St. Margaret Mary Alacoque had a "great apparition" where Jesus asked that the Feast of the Sacred Heart be celebrated on the Friday after the octave (eighth day) of the Feast of Corpus Christi in reparation for the ingratitude of humanity for the sacrifice that Christ made them.
The Sacred Heart of Jesus does not simply represent His physical heart, but His love for all of mankind. It is a day where we can ask if we are truly grateful for Christ's sacrifice.
Thursday, June 26, 2014
I live vicariously through my children.
There, I said it.
Moms and dads aren’t supposed to do that, some parenting experts say. But I’m not ashamed to say that my greatest joys are my children’s joys, and my worst heartaches are their heartaches.
I suppose what the parenting experts mean is that we shouldn’t heap our individual hopes, dreams and expectations on children and not let them live their own lives. But what’s wrong with getting a kick out of children laughing, playing and having fun? Or sharing in their happiness when they ace a test, kick a soccer goal or land a job?
I suppose my tendency to live vicariously is part of the reason I love photography. I can capture a moment and make it last longer, reliving that moment by just looking at a picture. In a way, that’s living vicariously.
But it’s also immensely satisfying to watch progress over time, to see kids gradually grow in their unique talents and interests – to become the one-of-a-kind persons God intended them to be.
And I not only live vicariously through my own children, but through others as well. Even people I don’t know personally.
One of my favorite vacation memories was a vicarious one, when my family was at a water park which had a 4-D theater showing of “SpongeBob SquarePants.” Seated near us was a group of college guys, being silly and having the time of their lives. They knew every word of the SpongeBob theme song and sang loudly and proudly. They laughed uproariously and interacted with the cartoon, especially during the 4-D special effects, when a pirate spit and sprayed the audience or when we could feel the movie's rats scurrying under our chairs. The young men’s antics had me remembering what it was like to be their age, to have that kind of fun, and I loved every minute of it.
And isn’t being a sports fan all about living vicariously? We usually don’t know the players or coaches personally, but we become wrapped up in the excitement of their competition and become interested in their personal success. I know I really enjoyed living vicariously through Doug McDermott and the Creighton University men's basketball team this past season. And I know thousands of others did, too.
There’s nothing wrong with taking on others’ happiness or suffering. It’s the Christian thing to do.
Sometimes I hear Catholics refer to “entering into” someone’s joy or pain. Jesus certainly entered into our all our experiences, our human condition – not vicariously, but in a very real way. We can’t enter into anyone’s life the way our Lord can, but we should share in each other’s joy or grief.
When we feel something of what a person is going through, it helps us be more compassionate.
God created us to be this way.
He made us to live as one, in Him.
Inspired by the Year of Faith, Susan Szalewski began writing weekly columns for us. Although that year is over, we liked them so well that we asked her to keep writing. Thankfully, she said yes. So watch for these on Thursdays and see the Year of Faith Blog here.
Wednesday, June 25, 2014
They did not trust in vain!
Then on Sunday the campers were called to live their faith by singing some of their songs after the noon Mass:
Tuesday, June 24, 2014
Monday, June 23, 2014
Sunday, June 22, 2014
Today Pope Francis said:
"Whenever we participate in the Holy Mass and we eat the body of Christ, the presence of Jesus and the Holy Spirit works within us, it shapes our hearts, it communicates inner attitudes that transform within us into modes of behavior according to the Gospel. ... I would like to highlight these two things: the measure of God's love is to love without measure, our life with the love of Jesus; by receiving the Eucharist we make ourselves a gift just as Jesus was."
Saturday, June 21, 2014
|Mrs. Thome & Mrs. Long|
Fr. Damian wrote in our bulletin:
A big change for us this year is happening in our Religious Formation Program. Judy Thome who has directed the program for thirteen years has decided to “retire” from the administrative position and is looking forward to doing other things. I extend my deepest thanks to her for the many years of service that she has offered to the parents and children who participated in the religious formation program. I could always count on Mrs. Thome to have the program running smoothly with catechists in the right places and children eager to learn. For a pastor, it is a delight to watch people grow in their faith and Mrs. Thome was always looking for new direction and new ways to have the children better understand the truth of our faith. She will be missed, but she assures us that she is not leaving the parish, just the day to day challenges of managing a large catechetical program. I know that the transition to the new person will be an easy one because Mrs. Thome’s position is being filled by a person who has experience with the St. Columbkille community and comes with lots of teaching experience.
Mrs. Lori Long begins as Director of Religious Formation on August 1st. Mrs. Long has taught in the Omaha Public Schools for ten years with a focus on special education. She also has a Master’s Degree in Educational Administration and Supervision. She is a perfect match for the position of Director of Religious Formation because she knows the student’s experience of public school, and she loves the Catholic Faith. She will be able to assist our catechists to be better in the classrooms and will be able to help parents in their duty as the primary educator of their child in the ways of faith. I trust that our religious formation families will find the transition from one director to another to be a smooth one.
Congratulations to Mrs. Thome
and Mrs. Long in their Changes
Friday, June 20, 2014
At VBS Thursday, a bright cross shone
forth representing the light and love of God.
Earlier in the day, the campers had written their sins.
These sins were collected in black garbage bags and...
... hung on the cross -- separating God's love from the people.
Then Jesus was able to come
and remove the sins for us.
Now we are no longer separated form God and His love.