Every day, we need to go to our quiet place...

Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

October 16, A.D. 2002

Galatians 5:18-25
Psalm 1:1-4,6
Luke 11:42-46


A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:

I often meet people in my ministry who are convinced that the Catholic Church is too demanding, and defends outmoded rules for living. I must confess that, as a pastor, I often feel a bit overwhelmed myself with meeting all the demands of the chancery, the parishioners, and so many vendors who would persuade one that the perfect parish is a parish equipped with everything from latest snow repellent to the most stylish vestments.

It's seems hard at times to convince people that our faith is meant to bring us freedom from sin and thus a childlike joy. When I get that hemmed-in and frustrated mood, it is good to heed the voice of St. Paul, listing those beautiful fruits of the Spirit. What a relief! Dump all those catalogs, forget the complaints and the smallness of factions, and just concentrate on living in the love of the Spirit -- and your heart will fly!

- Msgr. Paul Whitmore
(smartins@twcny.rr.com)


For the saint, feast or memorial of this day

St. Hedwig
St. Margaret Mary Alacoque

http://www.christdesert.org/public_texts/martyrology/



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