Fr. Walt addresses the engaged couples preparing for the Sacrament of Marriage at St. Basil's PreCana Day 2019. Covenant. Honesty. Giving your word. Ordered towards mutual love of the spouses and the bringing forth of children.
Our word Mass comes from the Latin word missa, which is at the root of the dismissal that gives us our mission. The final blessing gives us that last dose of supernatural grace we need to fulfill our mission to bring souls to Jesus' Sacred Heart.
God has the patience and mercy to always give us another chance if we repent first, but eventually every tree must die. And I'm also really glad that one tree by the rectory is gone!
On the final night of St. Basil's 2019 Parish Mission, Bishop Amos addresses love of neighbor and provides stories, thoughts, reflections, and tips on how to live it out.
On the second night of St. Basil's Parish Mission 2019 Bishop Martin Amos explores how to love ourselves, which Our Lord commands us to do.
Bishop Amos provides practical tips regarding prayer, distraction, and preparation. He also teaches the ancient trustworthy prayer practice of Lectio Divina and its different parts.
Way back in the year 155 AD, a man named Justin Martyr described something in writing. See if you can recognize what he was describing.
Holy Water fonts at the entrance to the Church bring to mind our Baptism, which is how we entered the Church, the spiritual Body of Christ. Dipping our fingers in a Holy Water and making the sign of the Cross is how we enter the Church the physical building. The action of the priest washing his hands goes back hundreds of years when it was a practical necessity to clean his hands after receiving all the community's various gifts during the offertory. Now we spiritualize that action and the priest prays for interior purification so that he can offer the sacrifice of the Eucharist with a pure mind, heart, and soul.
Honesty is the only antidote to hypocrisy, and honesty must start with ourselves before we are honest with others.