If you have noticed I took the liberty of making a change to a common phrase in my topic for the week. I have done so in light of cell phones! They are indeed a wonderful invention that allows us to have everything at our finger tips. You want to send an email or picture to a friend, done! What about answering a question like where do loons winter, done! How do you spell a word, done! And this is all on top of having a conversation using your voice or your fingers via a text. They are a modern marvel.
But as my topic suggest too much of something good is too much! I think it is important for all of us just to notice how many times our phones get in the way of real conversations face to face. It is sad to be out to eat and see two people sitting at a table not communicating but staring at their phone. Our world needs to rediscover the real art of connecting with one another and thus being connected. Cell phones can only go so far in helping us to achieve this. Let each one of us monitor ourselves to help ensure that we are not passing up a real opportunity to be connected. Not with the internet but with each other. Let us not turn a good thing into something that we regret!
God’s continued Peace,
This week I am blessed to be able to host for the third time Totus Tuus which is a week -long Catholic camp at St. Ambrose for students from grades 1 - 12. The grade school students meet during the day and the high school students meet in the evening. It is run by two seminarians and two college age women. And as you have probably figured out “Totus Tuus” means “Totally Yours”. In this week-long camp the students spend time learning about the riches of our faith while at the same time having a crazy time. The day is a mixture of running around like crazy, eating lots of snacks, learning about one of the Mysteries of the Rosary, and some part of our Mass. And the highlight of the day is the celebration of the Mass at 11:30 to which everyone is invited. The reason that I look forward to this week is because I love to see the children getting engaged and excited about our faith. Our Faith is rich and beautiful but I think that we don’t always allow ourselves to appreciate what our Faith is all about. It is always my hope that it not be only the children who get excited about the richness of our faith but that all of us allow ourselves to get engaged and excited. One week makes a difference in some of these children’s lives. Image what a week could do for us?
God’s continued Peace,
As I write this reflection I am preparing to enjoy a week of sailing on Lake Champlain, enjoying the many blessings that God showers us with in beautiful Vermont. I enjoy sailing during the day, especially if the wind is good, but what I think I enjoy the most is the time of leisure and relaxation in the morning and early evening. This time allows me to slow down and catch my breath. And in this time of relaxation I am afforded the opportunity to reflect on how many ways I am blessed by all of you because of your goodness and kindness. I know I don't say it enough but thank you. Thank you for sharing God's blessings with me in so many ways. Please know that I will be praying for you as I ride the
God's continued peace,
Fr. Yvon J. Royer