Loving (your) life

Love one another as I love you

6th Sunday of Easter


Existence of God


Know God’s Love thru Christ
Father >Son > Us > Others
Supernatural / sacrificial love
I have called you
Mission / love

May / month of Mary
Greatest example of disciples love

“God Is So Devoted to You”

2nd Sunday Lent

God has been so good to us

Devotion / sacrifice / love
Adoration eg

Sacrifice / devotion
Bringing something important to God for him to make holy
Even though some (all) had to be destroyed
Offered to God who is first
Sacrifice means praise, worship, love

Abraham / Isaac
So devoted to God

God / Jesus
So devoted to you

You / God
Rom 12:1 “I urge you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God, your spiritual worship.”

Get with the 21st century!

Digital Story of the Nativity
Get with the times!
Values of world
Holy Family: Law of the Lord

Still act of love to defend and teach law of the Lord, truth

    Saying no

Christ the center of THE Holy Family
And every holy family
His Peace = reconciliation & forgiveness
From Eucharist

Grace of Christmas

Christmas Day
Family giving
Grace of Christmas
    Who we are
    Love, joy, peace
    Power to become children of God
Word became flesh
    Grace-filled event
    Child / children
    Manger + Eucharist

Wake Up

1st Sunday of Advent
Dallas trip
“While I’m waiting”
    Waiting with Christ while we wait for Christ
    Be vigilant
    Advent is season of love
    Be in love with Christ!
Wake up!
     At Holy Communion

What is Your One Thing?

“City Slickers”
The secret of life is finding your one thing.


Is your one thing Jesus Christ?
All good personified in Him
Love / sacrifice / Col 1:24
Abraham and Mary get it

Assumption Parish
100 years / One thing
Others anxious about many things

Speak the Truth in Love

Going off of last week’s column, here are some practical examples of how to live the spiritual works of mercy, particularly “admonish sinners” and “instruct the uninformed.” Many of you have asked me how to speak to your children and grandchildren about the faith. Having worked with young people for many years in ministry, these are the most common exchanges I have had with them about the basics of living the Catholic faith. Hopefully, these will be helpful and fruitful for you, your families, and our parish.

Mostly, these are initial responses that often lead to long conversations. It’s really just to give you some kind of answer to tough questions. I’m happy to expound on them if you would like. But, especially in this age of sound bites, it’s good to have a quick, one-line response when possible that is easy to remember. Some of these responses are biting, but effective. It’s important to present and defend the truth, but always to do it in love. Otherwise, the focus turns to the messenger and not the message.

Speak the truth in love.

If you are not asked these questions, then how do you start the conversation? First, pray that God provides an opportunity. If you can’t talk to them about God, talk to God about them! Second, be ready for the opportunity. Read what I have written here and ask me for more reading on the subjects. You might even send them a book, pamphlet, or article from the internet, and ask them what they think. Don’t be afraid to bring Christ to their world!

I’ll go to the next level of questions next week.

May you know the peace of Christ,

Fr Greg

“Why do we have to go to Mass?”
  1. Because God says so!

a. “Keep holy the Sabbath” (3rd Commandment).

b. “Take this all of you and eat it”. (Last Supper).

2. To get to Heaven!

a. You need the Eucharist to get to Heaven. The main reason we go to Mass is to receive the Eucharist. Jesus said that “whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life. Unless you eat my flesh and drink my blood, you have no life within you” (Jn 6:53-54). Mass is where we can receive the Eucharist.

3. It’s not so much that we have to go, it’s that we GET to go. Holy Mass is a gift!

“But I don’t feel like going to Mass”

Jesus didn’t feel like getting on the Cross.

“Mass is so boring”

Do you know what happens at Mass? It’s amazing! The bread and wine become the Body and Blood of Christ. The same flesh and blood that were on the Cross.  Jesus’ sacrifice on the Cross becomes truly present to us, and we are like witnesses to Calvary. Was anyone at the Crucifixion on Good Friday saying, “this is so boring?”

“I am spiritual but not religious”

That is like saying, “I love my wife but I don’t spend any time with her.”

“I’m too busy for church or prayer”
  1. I know that you are busy, and that you work very hard. But you still find time to be with your friends, watch TV, go on Facebook, and attend social events. Jesus was a busy guy, and he found time to pray every day!
  2. Prayer is like a habit that we make time for every day. Just like you make time for eating, sleeping, showering, and brushing your teeth every day when you’re busy, you can make time for prayer every day.

Where there is much love, there is much forgiveness

11th Sunday  in Ordinary Time

Father Greg / anniversary
Ordination card

SAA party / confessionsGospel
Love <=> mercy
God thirsts for tears
Her love – like Christ at Last Supper?

Forgiveness is an act of love