Ask Our Lord for Help and Trust

Ask Our Lord for Help and Trust

“Oh man of little faith, why did you doubt?”

In the June, 2017 edition of the Christian Century magazine, in his article entitled The Temporary Gift of Marriage, Craig Barnes writes: It was the pastor’s last marriage prep meeting with Mike and Sue before their wedding. They had completed all the preparation work on the sacramental dimensions and practical issues of their new life together. Now all that was left was to finalize the wedding cer­emony. As they were about to review the proposed liturgy that the pastor had drafted, Mike said, “Before we get into this, I have to say I’m really sacred.”

Seeing his fiancée’s stunned, pained expression, he said quickly, “Oh, I’m not afraid of marrying you, Sue. I’m just terrified of losing you.” Then he looked back at the pastor and explained, “Several years ago, my mother died, and it almost killed me.” Turning back to his fiancée, Mike continued, “What if something happens to you too? I can’t imagine how I would survive.”

The pastor wanted to say something like, Oh, Mike, don’t worry about that. You’re both young and there are so many wonderful years ahead for both of you. But he had buried too many young people to say that. So, as compassionately as possible, he said, “In my experience 100 percent of all marriages eventually come to an end, and you’ll never beat those odds”. Continue reading

Sacrificial Generosity – The Poor Widow’s Mite

Sacrificial Generosity – The Poor Widow’s Mite

ProLifeCorner-  Mark 12: 38-44

“For they have all contributed from their surplus wealth, but [this poor widow] from her poverty …”

It was a beautiful wedding reception: a simple, elegant supper with music and dancing. But the bride and groom arranged with the caterer to pack up the leftover food and bring it to the local soup kitchen. The bride and groom included a cake and bottles of sparkling cider. The couple made places of welcome for the poor at their wedding banquet.

With their kids gone, they have more room than they can use. So when the church calls asking for a place for a woman going through a break-up or a couple visiting for a funeral or parents whose child is being treated at a nearby medical center, they welcome them into their home. Other empty-nesters in the parish have been inspired by their example. Continue reading