Greetings From Sr. Marlita/ Salads desde Sr. Marlita

This week the Lenten season begins with Ash Wednesday. I invite you to reconsider the WHY you may try to get to Mass/service that day to receive ashes on your forehead. Maybe it has just been habit. The cross of ashes is a reminder that at the center of Lent stands the cross. Meditating on the meaning of the Crucifixion means examining our own sinfulness and praying for the grace and courage to change our ways and walk more closely with Jesus. Throughout Lent we are called to deepen our prayer life. We are providing several more options this year for praying the Stations of the Cross together. This is one Lenten devotion that may help us to be more grateful for the sacrifice that Jesus made

Greetings From Sr. Marlita/ Salads desde Sr. Marlita

During most of my 10 years here at St. Thomas, I have helped prepare young children or adults in either the RCIA (for adults) or RCIC (for children) program in preparation for their receiving the sacraments on Holy Saturday. Some have been catechumens, celebrating all three sacraments of initiation: Baptism, Eucharist, and Confirmation; others have been candidates, preparing for one or the other in their faith life. Each of them were taught throughout the months of classes the message of Jesus in the Gospel today, and it made their learning very practical and livable. It is good for all of us to refresh ourselves with this message. “Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you…” How diff

Greetings From Sr. Marlita/ Saludos desde Sr. Marlita

In Pope Francis’s latest exhortation on holiness, he reflects on the eight beatitudes and invites us as followers of Jesus to put into practice what they mean in today’s world. They are our Gospel message today. Let us look at a few of them in order to better live them. Blessed are the poor in spirit…He calls us to share in the life of those most in need and ultimately to form ourselves to Jesus who made himself poor by becoming human. Blessed are those who hunger for justice… Justice comes about when we are just in our decisions and when we pursue justice for the poor, weak and vulnerable. Blessed are those who weep…How often we run from painful situations or cover them up or hide them. We

Greetings From Sr. Marlita/ Saludos desde Sr. Marlita

Continuing the understanding about faith from last week, it is good for us to realize a little more that it IS NOT ABOUT US, NOR OUR BELIEFS; it is not our project, but instead, we are a part of God’s great design; God is in control. This week’s Gospel continues to emphasize this concept with the story of the great catch of fish for the first Apostles. Five of the twelve Apostles were known to be fishermen by trade before they answered Jesus’s invitation to follow him: Simon Peter, and his brother Andrew; James and John, sons of Zebedee, and Philip. They probably had many, many years of combined experience on the lakes in the area of Galilee. So even though they had worked hard all the night

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