My Faith


Embracing a New Parish

With my upcoming plans of relocating to Cape Girardeau, Missouri I inevitably must accept the challenge of acclimating to a new parish family.  A few weeks ago, I contacted the main Catholic parish in Cape Girardeau and requested they send me a “new member” registration packet.  It arrived today, and I was most impressed with what it included!  I received a beautiful calendar, similar to what is distributed at St. Francis of Assisi every January, a directory of EVERY member of the parish, along with their addresses and phone numbers, a pamphlet of the two main churches in Cape, and the history behind each; both going back to the late 1800’s,  a current bulletin, and listing of all ministries that are available to volunteer for, and a description of their activities.  Most likely, to start with, I will volunteer for the same ministries that I participated in at St. Francis and St. Viator's; Extraordinary Minister, Lector, RCIA Sponsor.  Once I have spent some time in the parish, building friendships and aquiring a comfort level within the church structure, I will expand my scope of “time and talent” and accept a deeper level of participation that is most suited for me.  As mentioned before, there are TWO churches in Cape; both under the direction and supervision of one pastor and his associates.  From what I understand, by placing membership in one, you have dual membership in both.  I’m not quite sure how all of this works out, but I guess it will all be made clear to me once I start worshipsing with them.  Both churches have a deep and rich history within the community; Old St. Vincent’s being the oldest, and most stunning to the naked eye!


Above, is the facade of Old St. Vincent’s Catholic Church!  Located on the Mississippi River river front, and completed in 1853, it served both Catholics and Protestants, under the direction of Fr. John Timon, a Vincentian priest.  Below, is a side view of the church.



Most likely, the church I will be attending, on a weekly basis, will be the Cathedral of St. Mary of the Annunciation.  Also an older church, with antiquated charm and rich history, it is located just a couple of blocks away from Old St. Vincent’s, on the corner of William and Sprigg streets. Below is an exterior and interior picture of St. Mary of the Annunciation:




Built in 1869, by German immigrants, the church as celebrated numerous additions and renovations, including bells, stained glass windows, and inspiring murals.  Today, much of it’s “old world” interior, including a communion rail,  has been replaced by modern decor.  When entering this Catholic community, my greatest prayer is to find a body of Christians COMPLETELY devoted to the commands of our Lord and Savior, and the precepts of the universal Catholic Church.  Equally, I pray to establish a long list of good friends within the parish, who will be of spiritual support to me as I transition to this new community.    

Lenten Season, 2017


Lenten Season, 2017

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It always seems that as soon as Advent is behind us, it is time to start preparations for Lent.  This year, the Lenten season falls a couple of weeks later than it did last year, giving us more contemplative time to examine our lives, and the state of our souls which guide our behaviors.  Beginning March 1st, we will all embark upon a 40 day journey to give specific thought to what truly lies in our hearts as Christians, to turn our struggles, sorrows and doubts over to God, as we pray for fortitude to walk in His light daily for the rest of our lives; having the strength to “die” to ourselves, every day, and “rise up” with Christ on that perpetual journey.  


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Each year, the Catholic Church calls upon its faithful believers to “give up” something for Lent.  Too often, over the years, I have been content with my success of having been able to “cut out” an indulgence from my daily life, patting myself on the back for actually "making it" past Easter —to have survived 40 days without one specific pleasure, such as carbonated drinks, fast food, candy, television (other than news), or Facebook.  Regretfully, once finished with a Lenten season, I never quite feel spiritually cleansed, and progress with my life in much of the same fashion as I normally would.  


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This year, I want to take an entirely different approach to Lent!  Some extremely devastating events have taken place in my life this past year that have kept me trapped on a spiritual and emotional “roller coaster ride” that I am PLEADING to God to bring to an end; events that I am having a difficult time grasping and understanding how and why they are controlling my behavior toward others, and the mixed feelings I am experiencing spiritually.  First, not that it’s really “devastating,” but I have decided to move away from Las Vegas and settle in the Midwest, where I can get a fresh new perspective on life and, hopefully, find a position as a high school guidance counselor in Missouri.  My house has been on the market for nine usuccessful months, placing negative anxiety in my way, as my plans have been indefinitely delayed.  During this time, I have been serving CCSD as a substitute teacher and counselor, which is FAR FROM fullfilling in terms of what I want to be doing professionally.  As frustration builds with every single-day assignment I take on, I am short tempered with myself, and others, as I attemp to put my best foot forward in a scenario that is unpredictable from day to day.  Second, not that the outcome effects me directly, but I have allowed it to dominate every thought in my head, and conversation with others; our nation has elected a new president, who I vehemently disapprove of!  What makes this extremely challenging is that he represents my own political party!  I have always been quite vocal with my political views and enjoy a substantive discussion with people who can understand them, if not comply with them.  Unfortunately, civil discussions don’t occur!!!   They turn into hateful exchanges of juvenile name calling such as, “moron,” “idiot,” “Neanderthal,” “ignorant,” etc., and I’m as much at fault as everyone else!!!   This has to stop if my soul is to survive!  God calls us to love one another, turn the other cheek, and to be the instrument of the light of Christ.  To behave in such a manner is clearly the inluence of Satan, trying to pull me farther and farther away from God.  Third, like a thief in the night, my dear cousin, Cathy, passed away within four weeks of being diagnosed with an agressive form of cancer.  Of the several cousins I have, NOT ONE has ever expressed an interest in having a close, family-like, relationship with me!!!   As an only child, this was always  a heartbreaking reality for me to come to terms with, however by the time I reached the age of 30, I had accepted it and learned to love these people on a slightly lower level than one would embrace a brother or a sister.  Cathy was the exception!  Although separated by twelve years of age, Cathy and I shared some common traits, and situations, that helped us to grow closer in a family bond.  Both remained single with no children throughout most of our lives, both were dedicated to the success of our careers and, both were left in life with our widowed mothers who were, and always will be, the most OVERPROTECTIVE entities one could ever encounterand I say this, a bit, humorously!  Although not identical, the close and loving relationships we held with our mothers, beared many similarities.  Over the years, and especially those most recent, I have always felt comfort in knowing that when the "life-shattering" day comes when my own dear mother passes over, I would have Cathy as my only source of family; the one person who would be there, taking me under her wings comforting me, with the complete understanding of what I felt.  Since Cathy’s passing last September, an overwhelming wave of fear, sorrow, and guilt has laid heavy on my heart, especially as I continue making plans to move away.  As these feelings continue to haunt my heart, the very last thing I can concentrate on is putting my trust in God’s mercy and grace.  Considering the combination of these stresses that I have been struggling with, I hardly believe that denying myself of an “inviting” pleasure in my daily life is going to give me that spiritual renewal I am yearning for.   I must navigate toward a different path this year!  A path that will help me know and appreciate that I am not alone in my daily struggles — that regardless of how much doubt I feel at times that my prayers are not heard, unless I totally let go of the earthly snares that keep me in a world of fear, I can never totally feel the warmth and love of God.  

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The primary pillars of the Lenten season are repentance, prayer, fasting, and almsgiving.  This year, I intend to spend time with  each" of these virtuous practices, in an attempt to discern what God is calling me to do with my life; what He wants me to become more detached from so that I can focus on loving Him and others in my life.  I have come up with a “plan of action” which I hope will help direct, not only the 40 days of Lent, but my entire life.  First, the most important aspect of my plan is what to GIVE UP.  After giving the matter much consideration pertaining to positive influences this would have on my life, I have decided to give up FACEBOOK!  For several years, I have recognized my weakness to Facebook in that I become so absorbed with the political pages.  With the least concentration of Christian charity, I make posts and comments that stir up controversy, which sometimes leads to embroiling conversations with friends and strangers.  Nothing constructive results from these conversations and it is time I let go of those strings keeping me connected to them.  Not that Facebook is ALL negative, but I find myself addicted to it; checking while driving, keeping my phone next to me every minute of the day, checking it while visiting with my mom, upon waking in the morning and before turning in at night.  I spend far more time serving Facebook than I do God!!!  In addition, there are several other practices I will make an earnest effort to accomplish during this time of spiritual reflection:

1)  Eat one small meal only each day, with much water.

2)  No meat on Fridays

3)  Attend Stations of the Cross each Friday during Lent

4)  Attend daily Mass, 2-3 times per week.

5)  Visit the church daily to say the Rosary

6)  Listen to my Rosary audio tapes in the car each day

7)  Focused prayers each morning and evening

8)  Listen to Mass music each day in the car, specifically; “We Are Called,” “Dust and Ashes,” “Be Not Afraid,” “Blessed Are They,” “Abba Father,” “Hail Mary, Gentle Woman,” “I Am The Bread of Life,” “We Are One Body,” Regena Coeli.”

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As each day of Lent progresses, I plan to keep a journal noting ways I have tried to be more generous and loving to those around me, and ways that I have felt successful in giving of myself to God.  My greatest prayer is that I can sustain these sacrifices throughout my entire life’s journey, so that someday I will rise again in God’s glory for all of eternity!

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Holy Communion


Holy Communion

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One of the most inspiring books that I have come to rely on for spiritual growth is “The Imitation of Christ,” by Thomas Kempis.  Written in the 1400’s, Fr. Kempis manages to capture the essence and agony of almost every struggle we face, yielding comfort to his readers through many centuries of time.  I often take this little, pocket-sized, book with me to mass and read from it before the service begins, to help prepare my mind and heart for a spiritual communion with God.  Many nights I read from it before going to bed, as it helps me in saying my prayers.  Last night, I was most inspired by a text from Book 4, Chapter 10, which addresses the state of our minds and hearts when approaching the altar to receive  Holy Communion.  Kempis acknowledges that many of us, myself included, have often received Holy Communion without a repentent heart and without the sacrament of reconciliation.  Many times, I find myself making excuses for not going to confession, trying to convince myself that my heart is “pure” and there have been no transgressions in my life that “really” need forgiving.  The truth of the matter is that reconciliation is what unites us with God again, and without that purity of heart, no spiritual “communion” is taking place.  Jesus calls us to (Kempis) "go to the fountain of goodness and all purity — where you can be cured of your passions and vices.  Then you may deserve to be made stronger and more watchful in resisting all the temptations and deceits of Satan.”  Knowing the great benefit and remedy for sin, contained in the Host and Precious Blood, Satan uses every trick and every occasion to discourage faithful souls from using it.  He tries to deceive us, frighten us, and confuse us through his crafty suggestions, to lessen our devotion or destroy our faith.  This has happened to me on more than one occasion; I have found myself feeling that I am not “worthy" of Christ’s sacrifice because I have “failed” to reach out to my friends and strangers who are in need, or that my prayers are not sincere enough or focused properly to be pleasing to God, or that I do not take an active role in the ministries of the parish, or that I’m not “selfless” enough to meet God’s expectations.  Harboring these feelings, I find myself approaching the altar with very little fervor.  

In this text, Thomas Tempis urges us to ignore these distractions, purposly set in our paths to guide us on a journey of spiritual destruction, “Do not give up going to Holy Communion for every little disturbance; but go promptly to confession, and freely forgive others any offenses against you.  If you are the offender, humbly ask pardon, and God will freely forgive you.  In reading this message, I have to ask myself, “How hard can this be?  How difficult is it to restore love, faith, and joy in my heart simply by ‘asking” for this grace.” Although this lesson is nothing new to me, as I’ve heard it, and have tried to comply with it, all of my life.  Sometimes, however we lose sight of what is plainly in front of our eyes and within our grasp.  Since my retirement, I have made “some” effort to attend the daily masses at St. Franics of Assisi, thinking that by doing so my heart will be “where it needs to be” throughout the remains of the day.  It never is — and this is why!  As the text continues, Fr. Kempis makes a very blatent remark, which all of us need to carefully examine our hearts to descern whether it applies to us, or not: “Sad to say, there are people lacking in devotion and self-discipline, who easily find excuses for delaying their confession, and so they put off their Communion too, for fear they will have to keep a greater watch over themselves.”  He goes on to say,  "How happy and how acceptable to God are those persons who live such a life and keep such guard over their consciences that they are prepared to receive Holy Communion every day.”  In the days ahead, I hope to address this matter within my soul and strive each day to be one of these “happy people,” are are pleasing to God and are prepared to meet him at that moment when called home.

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, Amen. — Oh most humane and adorable Jesus, Your endless grace and mercy flows forth.  Before granting the gift of absolution to earnest repenters of sinful ways, You demanded a sacrificial compensation.  For a wrongful act cannot be rectified until punishment has been accepted.  Yes, for the salvation of my soul, Jesus, you accepted the price of the Cross.  Grant me the grace to remain free of debts, my heart remaining flawless before You, making Your absolution truly worthwhile.  In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, Amen!

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Election 2016


Election 2016

The presidential election of 2016 has presented the most spiritual challenges that I’ve ever encountered!   Over the past four years, I have sat by “cringing” at every liberal left move that was made, countering the conservative ideology I hold so dear; funding of Planned Parenthood, attack on religious liberties, open borders giving way to human trafficking, same sex marriage issues, etc.  Throughout these years, I have been praying that God will send us a leader who will restore our nation to a focus on personal liberties, outlined in our great United States Constitution.   My prayer was answered, as we were sent Texas Senator, Ted Cruz!   What a man of principle, honor, and integrity!   In all of my years of voting, I have never felt more excited, and privileged  to stand with such a man, who I regard as not only an American hero, but one I regarded as a true disciple of Christ!  

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Tragically, the people of my party decided to back a candidate who was “new” to politics and had no apparent stains of “political" corruption on his hands.  Little did they know, or even care, that Mr. Donald Trump’s life has been embedded in business and personal corruption.  I was devastated!  When the primaries started, I took it upon myself to research the background of each candidate, even though I was firmly grounded in my selection of Ted Cruz.  No candidate running could compare with the “worldliness" and tainted lifestyle that was discovered in my research on Donald Trump!  Not only has this man led a past life representing the antithesis of what we are called to lead by our Lord and Savior, he has openly demonstrated that conservatism is no more engrained in his heart than it is in his Democrat opposition.   As a Republican, I have ALWAYS voted for the presidential candidate my party nominates, even though he/she might not have been my preferred choice.  As a matter of fact, over all the years I’ve been voting, my preferred candidate has “never” won the party nomination.  Still, knowing the importance of filling the presidential office with a conservative, is more important than making a “stubborn” stand, which reduces the chances of a Republican victory.  However, “this” presidential election has been “infamous,” to say the least!  Not only is this man void of morals, I have found him to be inflated with numerous personal flaws, which seriously leads me to question is mental stability and suitability for public office.  Throughout this campaign he has exuded such an atrocious personality; vile and hateful remarks aimed at those in opposition to him, profanity on the campaign trail, blatent lies against his opposition, outrageous accusations to camoflauge his own shortcomings, etc., all making  him unfit to be representing our nation in my eyes.  I conceded many months ago that, if this man is nominated, I will not - cannot support him.  Today, I stand firmly behind this position, as I proceed to the polls and select, “none of the above!"

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My decision has resulted in many heated, and sometimes anger-filled conversations amongst my Republican family and friends, who have accused me of “handing my vote over to Hillary Clinton,” or “not supporting Republican principles.”  After the primaries, many Ted Cruz supporting conservatives have chosen to board the ever popular “Trump Train” as they have convinced themselves that he will advocate for our party principles “better” than any Democrat.  My response is that the man “is” a Democrat, philosophically, so why would I give him my vote when I object to him so vehemently!  More times than not, these conversations get out of hand and I feel ashamed of myself afterwards, as I know I have failed to allow the Holy Spirit to control my heart while interacting with these other children of God, who feel the same fervency in their decisions as I do mine. The truth of the matter is that “I understand” exactly what their rationale is!   If Hillary Clinton wins this election, she will be making new Supreme Court nominations, all liberal, which will almost annihilate any conservative representation on the bench.  YES, I GET IT -  but I also am not going to ignore the "handwriting on the wall” suggesting that there is no real guarantee that, once in office, Donald Trump will fill the court with conservative justices, as he has promised to do so!   During this election year, this man has “flip flopped” on almost every position he has taken since announcing his candidacy, and the bottom line is, I DONT TRUST A WORD HE SAYS!!!!  As ashamed as I am to admit this, I have lately been considering the notion of casting my vote for Hillary Clinton!   Yes, she is the antithesis of everything I believe in, and I will NEVER get past what she allowed to take place in Benghazi, all to generate  a political facade for the Obama Administration.   However, after weighing the pros and cons of these two candidates “as people,” Hillary Clinton is FAR MORE mentally stable to be involved with foreign policy, and has a more rational temperament to be making decisions involving war.  What it all boils down to, I am SCARED TO DEATH of a Donald Trump administration, more so than I am of one led by Hillary Clinton!

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Just recently, one of my Facebook friends shared a writing, by Jason Foster, which had an interesting effect on “my" perspective of this election.  Although it was directed toward those people who have chosen to support Donald Trump, it sent a distinct message to “me” as I proceed with my discernment, through Election Day:


   Why do you trust Trump more than you trust God?

~Jason Foster, 
Christian journalist/columnist

No matter who wins the election, fear shouldn’t be a factor for Christians.

Dear fellow Christians who still support Donald Trump,
You have a love affair with fear. I don’t know any other way to say it.
You’re scared, and your fear has become stronger than your faith. I’m sure you’ll say your faith is strong, but your own words, actions and social media memes have outed you many times over.
You’re scared of Hillary Clinton, scared of liberal court justices, scared of immigrants, scared of Muslims, scared of (fill in the blank).
Whether you realize it or not, whether you admit it or not, all your rationalizing is rooted in fear.
Fear is the only explanation, the only excuse, for why 65 percent of white evangelicals are still on the Trump Train. After all we’ve seen and heard from Trump — the insults, the profanity, the bragging about sexual assault — fear is the only thing strong enough to keep you loyal to someone who has shown over and over again that he’s the antithesis of Christian values.
I just don’t understand why you’re so afraid.
No matter who wins the election, fear shouldn’t be a factor for Christians. Our struggle is not against flesh and blood. I know you know this, which is why the situation is so perplexing.
I don’t understand how you hear the dozens of “fear not” verses in the Bible and think, Nope. Doesn’t apply here.
I don’t understand how you read “be anxious about nothing” and think, Nope. Gotta be anxious about the Supreme Court.
I don’t understand how you acknowledge “I can do all things through Him who strengthens me” but say, Nope. Can’t handle a Hillary presidency.
I don’t understand how you see, hear and read all that Trump is and still think, He’ll fight for my interests.
Yes, fear has to be the reason. (Otherwise, to support Trump would have to mean you agree with his sexist, prejudiced, anger-based, un-Christlike worldview. If that’s the case, to be blunt, it’s hard to believe your faith is genuine.)
But your fear can’t be justified Scripturally, so help me understand your thinking.
Why do you think fear-based motivation is acceptable for Christians?
Why don’t you trust in the sovereignty of God?
Why do you trust Trump more than you trust God?
Why do you trust Trump at all?
Why do you believe Trump will be a friend to Christians?
Why does your love of country seem greater than your love of Jesus?
Why do you put your hope in the Supreme Court?
Why you need comfort to live out your faith?
Why do these kinds of questions always put you on the defensive?
Why?
For Christians, fear has been defeated. God won’t be taken aback by what happens Nov. 8. Nothing about God will change whether Trump or Clinton is elected. Nothing about us should change, either.
We live with hope, no matter what.
This is usually when the question comes up: So what are we supposed to do?
As I’ve written before, we vote based on our convictions, which should be based on the totality of Scripture. We remain faithful to what we believe — all of it — and let God handle the rest.
To paraphrase a recent sermon I heard: No matter the outcome of any situation, for believers, faithfulness is never failure.
Fear is a powerful thing, but faith overcomes fear.
Yes, we’ll have troubles in this world. Thankfully, Christ has overcome the world.
Rest in this peace — and fear not.


Regardless of how I choose to cast my vote on November 8th, I will enter the polls armed with the breastplate of Christ and will “vote my conscience” without fear!

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Personal Prayer


My Prayer of Salvation

Over the past several months, I have become aware that my relationship with God has gone astray.  The teachings of my church stress that the “sin” in our lives is what separates us from God.  As much as I’ve always believed this and have strived to keep “blatant” sins out of my daily life, there exists a deeper, more “mental" level of sin that I often ignore and neglect to focus on.  Since retiring from CCSD, my monthly income has decreased slightly.  Although it DOES NOT create a great financial burden on me, I have allowed myself to be overwhelmed with anxiety revolving around compensating for this difference.  Applying for jobs in private schools, accepting every daily and long term substitute position that is offered to me and “stressing out” when there are no positions available,  and concocting new “business ventures” (which always seem to require more “up front” capital than I can afford), have been obsessing my mind to the point where I seldom concern myself with being the light of Christ, as we are all commanded to be.  In addition to the state of my monthly income, I have allowed myself to fall into a constant state of panic and impatience over the delay in my plans to sell my house, move to Missouri, and start a new life.  St. Paul teaches us in Romans 8:35 that as life presents trials and tribulations, distress, persecution, famine, etc., — situations that have a direct effect on the “flesh,” nothing can separate us from God’s love.  So, why do I obsess over such trivial matters???  Often, I find myself speaking out in angery wrath to people who try to offer suggestions that I do not want to accept, which not only deteriorates my relationship with people I surround myself with, but is an abomination to God.  It really makes me stop and thing about how much I actually “trust” God, and allow him to take me by the hand each day of my life and lead me past these anxieties.  In my heart, I know what I must do reconcile my relationship with God and those people in community.  Daily prayer, and meditation will help me to respond to God’s higher power, allowing me to let go of the worldly callings that I have succumbed to!    “Dear God, I want a real relationship with You.  I admit that many times I have chosen to go my own way instead of Your way.  I am genuinely grieved over my sins and deeply regret them.  Jesus, thank You for dying on the cross to pay the penalty for my sins.  Come into my life, once again, to be my Lord and my Savior.  Make me to be the person you created me to be.  In the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.  Amen!"

My Parish


St. Francis of Assisi Parish

About 10 years ago, I decided to leave St. Viator Parish in Las Vegas as I sought to find a new parish that would embrace more of the “conservative” Catholic faith that I prefer.  I decided to place membership in a brand new parish in Henderson, St. Francis of Assisi.   The aftermath of my decision has left me with a ot of “mixed” emotions.   On one hand, I absolutely LOVE the pastor, Fr. John Assalone, and the associate pastor, Fr. Vic, however since my transition, I have found that my enthusiasm for church involvement has decreased tremendously in comparison to my activity at St. Viator’s.  While serving as a Eucharistic Minister at St. Viator’s, I got to know most of all the others in the 12:00 PM ministry, and came to cherish my friendships with each of them.  As a group, we would occassionally gather for lunch after mass, and EACH SUNDAY we would all gather in the sacristy and pray together, enabling each of us to share our joys and sorrows with one another while asking God to lift us up in prayer.  In addition, for several years, I hosted a Christmas party in my home for all Eucharistic Ministers, ushers, and lectors at the 12:00 mass, along with some of my personal friends and neighbors.  We always had such an enjoyable time, as we bonded closer in friendship.   Sadly, I have found it tremendously difficult to build bonds of friendship with the parishioners at St. Francis.  I have been active in some of the ministries, such as serving as a Eucharistic Minister and lector, and making an attempt to start a quilting ministry, which Fr. John was quite enthusiastic about.   Regretfully, the failure of the quilting ministry was my own fault, as I was not able to muster enough spirit for it, even though there “was” some interest amongst a few of of the ladies — enough to “get the ball rolling.”  I don’t know what it is, and can’t seem to put my finger on the source of the problem.  It could be “me” and my overwhelming expectations of making my experience at St. Francis as enriching as it was at St. Viator’s, or it could be the culture of people in this parish; most of them are “Neo-Las Vegans,” whereas those at St. Viator have spent anywhere from 30-50 years in this city, and have more of a sense of “community” for the area.  I suspect a bit of both is at play here.  Since my retirement, I have been making more effort to attend the daily masses at St. Francis and always feel spiritually renewed each day.  Shamefully, over the past six months, my church attendance has declined as it is extremely uncomfortable for me to kneel on the “temporary” seating arrangements that now exist in the church.  At the present moment, the masses are held in, what will be our future, auditorium and reception hall.  It is small, cramped, and stuffy, which is “distracting" from a personal and spiritual worship.  People CONSTANTLY walk in “late,” trudging past my seat while I attempt to pray, sing, or concentrate on the homily.  I know this is a poor excuse for neglecting my Christian obligation to commune with God each week, and I am deeply ashamed that I have allowed myself to fall into this trap!  The construction on the actual “church” is yet to be started, as we patiently and fervently collect funds to begin the project.   I hope and pray the new church will be raised soon, as well as my own fallen spirit.  PLEASE, pray for my soul!!!  In the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit — Amen!

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Introduction

This blog will be devoted to issues surrounding my life as they deal with my faith in God and interactions with my church, St. Francis of Assisi in Henderson, Nevada.   As often as possible, I read articles written by prominent priests and other scholars within the Catholic faith.  My reactions to these articles vary according to how the words strike my heart, or my level of consent with the content.  I will use this blog to post my reactions to them.  In addition, I will focus on activities and Holy Days taking place in the church and how they effect my daily spiritual life.



.© Mary Darby 2016