Sometimes I don’t know if any of my 30 years of homilies and words are to avail, as I take the inspiration of God and His Word and look to pass on an enlightenment and/or application for the faithful to consider. Yet, a person will come up and say: I’ve had it! I’m not doing church anymore! And they’ll disappear from coming to church. And I will take it personally sometimes, as if, I guess as God’s minister, that I didn’t reach this person, or that I did not succeed in my ministry with them, as if they choose to go, because I had nothing to say to them….

It’s like this anecdote and response someone sent to me today.

A Church goer wrote a letter to the editor of a newspaper and complained that it made no sense to go to church every Sunday. He wrote: “I’ve gone for 30 years now, and in that time I have heard something like 3,000 sermons, but for the life of me, I can’t remember really well a single one of them. So, I think I’m wasting my time; the preachers and priests are wasting theirs by giving sermons at all”.

This started a real controversy in the “Letters to the Editor” column. Much to the delight of the editor, it went on for weeks until someone wrote this clincher:

“I’ve been married for 30 years now.  In that time my wife has cooked some 32,000 meals.  But, for the life of me, I cannot recall the entire menu for a single one of those meals. But I do know this:  They all nourished me and gave me the strength I needed to do my work.  If my wife had not given me these meals, I would be physically dead today.

Likewise, if I had not gone to church for nourishment, I would be spiritually dead today!”

Well, it’s a least something someone sent to make me feel good, so to not give up.

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When you are DOWN to nothing, God is UP to something!

Faith sees the invisible, believes the incredible & receives the impossible!

Thank God for our physical and our spiritual nourishment!

IF YOU CANNOT SEE GOD IN ALL, YOU CANNOT SEE GOD AT ALL !

B. I. B L. E.  simply means:  Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth!

Let’s be ready for the “upward call in Christ Jesus” and not be dormant or like the maidens with no oil (Spirit—Sacrament—Living Word in the community) in their lamps (souls—parishes–families).

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