From The Font
Jesus said, “If you love me, you will keep my commandments.”
There are some folks nowadays who try to draw lines of division between the teaching of Jesus and the nature of Jesus as a God of love and mercy. These people are not thinking clearly.
Philosophically and theologically, God is “perfectly simple.” That means that He alone has no divisions or dividing lines within Himself. There is no distinction that we can comprehend between His love, His mercy, His justice, His truth, His Word, His goodness and so on. We give different vocabulary words to these “aspects” of God because they seem like differences to us… But they aren’t. God is entirely integrated within Himself and there can be no distinctions or divisions within His nature… All that philosophy and theology babble is just a formal logical way of reading the quotation above. Jesus said, “If you love me, you will keep my commandments.”
We express our love for God and others when we follow Jesus as THE way, THE truth and THE life as our Gospel last Sunday taught. When we try to convince ourselves that this or that excuse allows me to defy the teachings of Jesus, we make ourselves like Eve in the Garden. The serpent convinced her that God is good and loving and that means she can do her own thing. We all know how that ended up.
The problem with this way of thinking is that no one is good except God alone as the Gospel says. That means that I can’t use my own definitions of goodness and love and mercy and then simply apply those to God. It just doesn’t work that way. God is the standard for goodness, love and truth and when I try to redefine those things for my own purposes, I am acting like a fool. It would be like complaining to GMC that my engine is damaged after I used Vegetable oil rather than motor oil. They would say “the manual says…” and I would reply that I knew better. Either way, I’m the one who’s out a few thousand for repairs.
God does indeed love us and so He teaches us the truth that sets us free and He wants us to follow that teaching for ourselves and for Him. If we love God, we will keep His commandments. If we love our neighbors and ourselves, we will keep His commandments. Not because God wants us to jump through hoops, but because He made us and knows what is best for us!
Thoughts from Fr. Ryan
Even though the weather has been amazing for months, summertime is here. The kids are basically done with school. Lake Bruin is calling. At this time of year, I like to remind myself and those around me of three things.
First, rest, relaxation, recreation and restoration are all good and necessary things! Leisure gives us time to think and to consider and to reflect and to let what’s happened soak in. It’s an essential part of the spiritual life. The temptation nowadays, though, is to fill our leisure time with so much stuff that we never actually rest, relax or recreate. Notice that the word recreation is re-creation. It’s meant to provide space for the Lord to move within us and to show us a little taste of the eternal, timeless things of heaven. If we pack our rest full to the brim, we run the risk of living the unexamined life. So many of our Millenials are struggling with this reality right now. They’ve been going nonstop since third grade and now they’re adults and they have no idea how that happened. Taking time to talk as a family and to think about life, the universe and everything makes a real difference in life.
Second, summer has always been seen as a symbol of eternity. Just as winter has always caused folks to think of death and spring has always been associated with Resurrection, summer has been a symbol of eternity. There’s plenty of food and daylight. Northerners aren’t stuck inside the house. Even though it’s hot down here, summer is meant to be a foreshadowing of heaven.
Abundance and free time and lakes and picnics and all of that stuff give us a perfect setting to think on things as I mentioned before. They also remind us that this world is meant to point beyond itself. This life isn’t an end in itself. #YdOLO - You don’t Only Live Once. Third, family moments pass more quickly than we can imagine and so we ought to take advantage of them. Pictures and videos are nice, but we shouldn’t miss the moment just to document it. Also, even though it seems important now, kids don’t need to play three sports, an instrument and go to camp every summer to be happy, healthy and well adjusted. Moments spent cooking out in the back yard are going to mean much, much more than another trophy or a camp ribbon.
That’s not to say that sports and music and whatever else aren’t good and that a kid who shows real talent shouldn’t be encouraged. It is to say that moments spent with family in youth can’t be replaced and that the clock is ticking. So parents and kids would do well to take a good hard look at the summer schedule and consider building in some time goofing off with family…
I hope this summer is wonderful for everyone! I know that some of you will be on the lake most of the summer - have fun! I’ll be filling in for Fr. Peter in St. Joe and Waterproof for August and September, so I’ll see some of you there as well. Whenever I see you, be good, be safe, recreate, talk with one another and wear sunscreen!
Calendar of Events
- Confessions every Wed, Fri & Sat from 5p until Mass at 5:30p and on Sun from 9a until 9:30a Mass
- Pastoral Council meeting monthly on the third Tuesday after the 5:30p Mass
- Altar Society meeting every other month on the second Tuesday after the 5:30p Mass
The Voice of the Basket
- Weekly Budget FY 2016-17 $1,865
- April Budget $9,325
- April Income (Reg $9,860; Bldg $681) $10,541
- April Actual Expenses $7,641
- May Budget $7,460
- Collection May 13/14 $1,360
- May Income to Date $3,549
Stewardship “Those who obey the commandments, Jesus says in today’s Gospel, are the ones who really love Him. Does my stewardship reveal my love for Jesus?
Special Collection Next week we will take up the Collection for the Catholic Communication Campaign (CCC) in our parish. This Collection supports the essential work that keeps the gospel message in the world, providing Catholic content for radio, the Internet, MP3 players, television, and print publications. Please be generous in this important Collection. CCC is how the Good News gets around to you.
Mass Intentions for the Coming Week
- Sat 5:30p In memory of Eva Reynolds/Thompson & Mills
- Sun 9:30a Pro Populo For the Living & Dead members of our Parish Family
- Mon No Mass
- Tue 5:30p In memory of Michael Mills/family
- Wed 9:00a In memory of May DiTomasoo at Olive Branch
- Thu 5:30p In memory of John and Marie Johnson
- Fri 5:30p In memory of Rosa Gremshell
- Sat 5:30p In memory of Bruce Dorbeck/ Andrews
- Sun 9:30a Pro Populo For the Living & Dead members of our Parish Family
Altar Candles this week are provided by Sug Regan
Assistants at Holy Mass
- 5/20 5:30p
- Lector: P Gilfoil
- EMHCs: M Gilfoil & M Rome
- 5/21 9:30a
- Servers: C Sullivan & H Ellerbee
- Lector: K Collins
- EMHCs: N & M Ernst
- 5/27 8:00p
- Lector: A Farlow
- EMHCs: L Bullard & MA Gilfoil
- 5/28 9:30a
- Servers: EL & C Marsh
- Lector: A Keene
- EMHCs: B Smith & K Collins
- 6/3 5:30p
- Lector: S Harris
- EMHCs: P & M Gilfoil
- 6/4 9:30a
- Servers: W Sullivan & A Colllins
- Lector: A Oliver
- EMHCs: A Keene/L Magoun
Let us Rejoice in the Lord!
Happy Birthday Daphne Beene (May 20), Dave Collins (May 24), Olivia Clare Copes (May 29, 2010), Anna Ginn (May 29), Mary Katherine Marsh (May 29, 2011)
In Our Daily Prayers…
Our Holy Father Pope Francis and Pope-Emeritus Benedict XVI; our Bishop David and Bishop-Emeritus Ronald. Our President, our Governor, our Mayor and our national, state and local elected representatives.
Our parishioners who are sick, shut-in, or otherwise in need of our prayers: Pat Bullard, Connie Copes, Elizabeth Crothers, Susan Gilfoil, Billy Hodge, Juanita Storey, Bill Kennedy, Becky and Michael Lancaster, Dale Magoun, Kathleen Mills, Sue Rome, Sue Scurria and Delia Trichell.
Our parishioners who are under full-time care: Frances Kennedy, Andrew Lombardo. Also, Jim Farrell and James Speyerer of Vicksburg, Consuelo Marsh of Lake Providence, and Jean Cantrell, Geneva Russell.
Our friends and relatives who need our prayers: Lee Adams (Smith), Ashley Weimer Alexander (Regan), Jenna Faye Allen (Florence), Margaret Baker (Magoun), Marie Farlow Bellard, Ruthie Boudreaux (Storey), Hattie Brown (Lancaster), Jerry Bullard, Colton Bullock (Farlow), Richard Chappuis (Johnson), Allison Crotwell (A Ginn), Jackie Daniels (Lancaster), Kyle and Marti Dukes Dill, Carol Dipert (Rome), Reba Duncan, Renee Edwards and parents (VanderVieren), George Eisworth family (Dyer), Pat Fairchild, Joe Farlow, Matt Farlow, Betina Finlayson, Madge and Don Finney (Dyer), Tracy Jones Fortenberry (Donham), Kathy Garley Hanlon (Gilfoil), Cooper Harris (R Wood), Alan Henley (Copes), Rudy Hernandez (Hodge), Monroe Hill (K Dukes), Bo Holloway, Lou Horath (Hernandez), Kenlie Jackson (Dyer), Diane Johnson (Johnson), Jim Johnson(Dyer), Ben Legendre (Gilfoil), Ben Lenhart (G Marsh), LaLa Lopez (Hernandez), Will and Michelle (MS) McGuire (Gilfoil), Keith Melancon (Regan), Tucker Melancon (Johnson), Marie Phillips Michelle (Hodge), Lindsay Mills, Debbie Mullin (Dyer), Wanda Murphy (Terry), Addison Petracca (S Marsh), Debbie Pettis (Rome), Wayne Pitre (Gilfoil), Dana Rogers (Dyer), Bailey Rome, Lee Rome, Tiffney Rome, Linda Sanchez (Wilks), Andy Sevier, Chon Shiers and Deborah Shiers Stewart (Hall), Beverly Sibile (Gilfoil), Lazette Thomason (Dyer), David Thompson (Wilks), Elaine Trimble (Rome), Rusty White (Bullard), Jeremy Wilkins and family(Afghanistan), Conner and Hudson Wood (nephews of Bart)
Our collegeates: Courtney Ernst, Norman Ernst, Anna Ginn, Matt Hall, Josh Hall, Kathleen Oliver
Those Catholics residing at Christian Acres, Louisiana Transitional Center for Women, and our local Detention Centers and for their families and loved ones.
PLEASE LET US KNOW OF ANYONE WHO IS ILL OR HOSPITALIZED OR WOULD LIKE TO RECEIVE A VISIT. PLEASE HELP US TO UPDATE OUR PRAYER LIST BY ADVISING US OF ANYONE WHO SHOULD BE REMOVED FROM THE PRAYER LIST.