Monday Morning Alka-Seltzer - August 2014
August 25, 2014
Fr. David Rosenberg is the pastor of St. Mary Parish in Charlotte, MI. He has this posted on his parish's website. WONDERFUL!!
We extend a special welcome to those who are single, married, divorced, rich, poor, y no habla Ingles. We extend a special welcome to those who are crying newborns, skinny as a rail, or those who could afford to lose a few pounds. We welcome you if you can sing like Andrea Bocelli or like grand knight who can't carry a note in a bucket. You're welcome here if you're "just browsing," just woke up, or just got out of jail. We don't care if you are more Catholic than the Pope, or haven't been in church since little Joey’s Baptism. We extend a special welcome to those who are over 60 but not grown up yet, and to teenagers who are growing up too fast. We welcome soccer moms, NASCAR dads, starving artists, tree-huggers, latte-sippers, vegetarians, junk-food eaters. We welcome those who are in recovery or are still addicted. We welcome you if you're having problems, or you're down in the dumps, or you don't like "organized religion," we've been there too. If you blew all your offering money at the casino, you're welcome here. We offer a special welcome to those who think the earth is flat, work too hard, don’t work, can't spell, or came because grandma is in town and wanted to go to church. We welcome those who are inked, pierced or both.
We offer a special welcome to those who could use a prayer right now, had religion shoved down your throat as a kid, or got lost in traffic and wound up here by mistake. We welcome the flexible, inflexible, tolerant, and intolerant, those who laughed and those who gasped at this welcome.
We welcome tourists, seekers, doubters, bleeding hearts…and most especially, we welcome YOU!
August 18, 2014
"But take heed to yourselves; for they will deliver you up to councils; and you will be beaten in synagogues; and you will stand before governors and kings for my sake, to bear testimony before them. And the gospel must first be preached to all nations. And when they bring you to trial and deliver you up, do not be anxious beforehand what you are to say; but say whatever is given you in that hour, for it is not you who speak, but the Holy Spirit. And brother will deliver up brother to death, and the father his child, and children will rise against parents and have them put to death; and you will be hated by all for my name's sake. But he who endures to the end will be saved.” - Mark 13:9-14
August 11, 2014
“Do not trust in princes, in mortal man, in whom there is no salvation.” - Psalm 146:3
August 4, 2014
Attempting to overcome violence with violence only succeeds in doubling violence unless, of course, you believe that 1+1 = 0.