As a new academic year begins I would like to reflect on the question of what it means to be "open" to the truth that we can always learn something new! Growing in knowledge isn’t just for those of you who are students, but for all of us. As I think about this question I think that we have to be "open" in three ways. First, we have to be open to the desire to continue to grow. Second, we need to be open to the fact that we do not have all the answers. And third, we need to be open to the truth that others have something valuable to offer to us. I believe that when someone has this desire, awareness, and trust, regardless of our age, we will see every conversation as a new classroom and we will become better people and a better world.
God’s continued Blessing!
I do not know about you but I have not walked away from too many Parish meals and not been satisfied and in a good mood. Why is that? This is what I think the answer is: besides the food being wonderful, it does our hearts good to gather with family and friends to break bread together. Parish meals are an opportunity to come together to share in one anothers story. We need to be connected and part of something bigger than ourselves. When we do so we are doing what the early Apostles did. They gathered to share their stories of how Jesus and the Grace of God was working in their lives. Their gathering to share in the meal (the Eucharist) helped give them the strength that they needed to continue to say yes to God's plan. Are you able to find the same strength as you gather with our brothers and sisters in our Eucharistic Celebration? I hope so and I hope that you are able to walk away satisfied in mind, body, and spirit, and in a good mood.
God's continued Blessing! Fr. Yvon
A Livesstrong.com article states that occasional sadness is an unavoidable part of everyday life. Everyone is affected differently by external and personal factors that may induce sadness. I am no Psychologist but I would dare say that one of the causes of sadness is a sense of loss and loneliness which in turn can lead to a sense of hopelessness. The question that I was pondering was: what can we do to support someone who is experiencing the heaviness of heart that is associated with sadness? As I was pondering this question I came upon a car that had the following bumper sticker: "Keep the Faith: Just not to yourself". God works in mysterious ways. May the Gift of our faith help us in those times that we experience some type of loss and may the Gift of our Faith be something that we are willing to share with others in their time of loss. Let us help them to know that they are not alone.
God’s continued Blessing! Fr. Yvon
Fr. Yvon J. Royer