From The Font
“So they went off and preached repentance”
The prevailing wisdom of our age is that all good preaching begins with “Jesus loves you!” We’re told that “you catch more flies with honey than with vinegar.” We’re told that Jesus forgives anyone and everyone and that fire and brimstone preaching is out of date.
BUT… all of the Gospel messages and all of St. Paul’s preaching begins with repentance. Jesus is preceded by John’s baptism of repentance. Jesus associates most of His miracles with the forgiveness of sin. St. Paul is clear that he will preach Jesus and Him crucified. All of the early Christian sermons that we have records of include a strong element of repentance of sin.
It’s only been an experiment of the modern era in which folks have tried to remove repentance from Christianity. A vile and heretical Jesuit named Teilhard de Chardin even argued that Original Sin was irrelevant in the light of “Original Blessing.” De Chardin later lost himself in his philosophizing and decided that Jesus wan’t a helpful part of Christianity…
Despite the seemingly common sense approach of emphasizing “good,” “positive” or “optimistic” aspects of Christianity over repentance and sin, the evidence is clear that without first recognizing that I am a sinner, there is no way to enter the Sacred Heart of Jesus which is a heart of mercy. BUT mercy only applies to the guilty… So if I don’t believe that I am guilty, I cannot receive mercy and I cannot, then, receive anything else from Our Lord or His Church.
Repentance is, in this regard, like a medical disease or an addiction. The first step is acknowledging there is a problem. I won’t go to a doctor unless I admit that something is wrong with my body and I won’t consider changing a habit I enjoy unless I admit that habit is bad for me. So, too, I will not turn to Jesus for mercy if I do not recognize my guilt.
Woe to the person who tries to convince another that he is not a sinner. That terrible person is akin to the “friend” who enables an addict in his addiction or who tells his “friend” that the shooting pain in his gut will go away on its own… That’s not love, it’s quite the opposite.
Thoughts from Fr. Ryan
The word politics comes from the Greek word “polis” which means “people of the city.” Contrary to popular conception, “the people” have always played a significant role in government. Even in the cities of ancient Rome where only the super rich had a vote and a voice, the mob made a lot of decisions. Propaganda and fake news played it’s part. There were judges - good and bad. There were laws and precedents - good and bad. The government was always just one good or one bad leader away from fundamental changes.
Even in our United States, we’ve become an almost totally different government more than once. The US started as a union of sovereign democratic states governed by The Articles of Confederation. That only lasted six years. In 1787, the Constitution was adopted and it made radical changes to the original plan for the nation. Less than 75 years later, after bullying from the rich merchant class in New England and citing the same kind of taxation without representation that launched the revolutionary war, several southern states seceded from the union as was their constitutional right. President Abraham Lincoln acting first for financial and then for moral reasons fundamentally changed the national identity again denying the sovereignty of the southern states.
In less than 100 years, the US had effectively had three entirely different modes of government. FDR would create a fourth and it would seem that in the Obama-Trump era of rule by fiat (i.e. Executive Order), we may well be seeing an emerging fifth mode as we speak.
All of this is important for us as Christians because our voice is essential to government. Too many people in authority are operating from a faulty understanding of the human person. They believe that people are just bodies and minds without any grounding beyond that. They believe that social problems are just the result of imbalances in economies and social circumstances and education. They believe that the solution to all problems can be found in the right recipe of government and private and corporate control over money and personal rights.
But that’s simply not true. People are not JUST bodies and circumstances and opinions. People are bodies and souls who are created with a purpose beyond economic and social activity. People long for truth and justice and MORE than this world. People long to be loved and to be valued by other people. No government program can do that. No corporate strategy can do that.
Neither the libertarian obsession with rights nor the socialist reduction of people to capital nor the high-minded social justice nanny state nor the manifestly faulty pluralism\globalism approach can ever hope to address the core of our problem because our problem is human. We are misunderstanding what it means to be a person. The political left degrade people by abortion and by making an idol of sexual perversion. The right degrade people by over-categorization.
Each of us, though, has a moral obligation to encounter the people we encounter as people and to see in them an opportunity to find Jesus in our neighbor.
Calendar of Events
- Confessions every 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
- Sunday Morning Catechism in the Hall after the 9:30a Mass unless otherwise indicated
- July 15 Coffee & Donuts with Seminarian Thomas following 9:30 Mass. Please join us as we are treated to a brief history of St Edward, the Confessor, patron of our parish
- July 17 Pastoral Council Meeting – Parish Hall – following 5:30 p.m. Mass
- July 17 Finance Council Meeting – Parish Hall – following 5:30 p.m. Mass
- July 21-22 Pilgrimage stories & pictures following both Masses. All are invited to attend.
- July 29 Coffee and doughnuts following Mass as a Send-Off to Seminarian Thomas who will be completing his assignment at St. Edward for this year and a Bon Voyage to Father Ryan!
- Aug - Oct Fr. Ryan on Sabbatical
For Your Information:
ST EDWARD the CONFESSOR… On Sunday, July 15, following 9:30 Mass, Seminarian Thomas Kennedy will provide a brief overview of St Edward the Confessor, the patron saint of our parish. Thomas has a special interest in this particular saint and earlier in May he visited his burial site in London, England. Join Thomas for Coffee and interesting conversation.
PILGRIMAGE TRIP…. following Mass on Saturday, July 21, and Sunday, July 22, in the Church Hall, there will be a program in which the accumulated pictures of the pilgrims who went to Italy in May will be shown. All are invited to attend and enjoy!
BOOK OF PHOTOS OF PILGRIMAGE...Father Ryan has collected many of the pictures that various people took on their trip to Italy and has edited them in to a book. If anyone is interested in obtaining a copy, the hardcover book is $45 and the softcover book is $30 per copy. If you would like a copy, please advise Father Ryan.
BISHOP GRECO MEMOIRS... In 1989, the Knights of Columbus collected, edited and published the memoirs of our own beloved Bp. Charles P. Greco. The book is wonderful and funny and evokes the memory of a man many of us knew. That publication has been out of print for twenty-five years, however. The parish has a few copies of the original printing. Fr. Ryan has scanned the original book and prepared both an eBook version and a print version. At the moment, our Diocesan lawyers are discussing the legality of re-printing that text. In the short term, those interested in reading the book should contact Fr. Ryan before he departs for sabbatical.
Our Return to the Lord
- Weekly Budget FY 2017-18 $1,917
- June Budget $7,668
- June Income $8,679
- June Expenses $9,520
- July Budget $9,585
- Collection July 7/8 $2,172
- July Income to Date $4,113
Stewardship Today’s readings are about being chosen and sent. The prophet Amos was chosen by the Lord and sent to use his talents for the people of God. The Gospel recounts the story of the sending of the twelve disciples; and in the second reading, St. Paul reminds us that we, too,are chosen. For what have I been chosen? To whom have I been sent?
Mass Schedule & Intentions for the Coming Week
- Sat 5:30p In memory of Jack Ellerbee/family
- Sun 9:30a Pro Populo for the Living & Dead members of our Parish
- Mon No Mass
- Tue 5:30p In memory of Matt Farlow/Corulla
- Wed 9:00a In memory of May DiTommaso Olive Branch
- Thu 5:30p In memory of Father Ferre/Mills & Thompson
- Fri 5:30p In memory of Juanita Storey/Lancaster
- Sat 5:30p In memory of E. A. “Jim” Jumonville/family
- Sun 9:30a Pro Populo for the Living & Dead members of our Parish Family
ALTAR CANDLES this week are provided by Margo Corulla FLOWERS ON THE HIGH ALTAR… this week are given in memory of JACK ELLERBEE by the Ellerbee and Sullivan families.
Assistants at Holy Mass
- 7/14 5:30p
- Lector: MA Gilfoil
- EMHCs: M Rome & L Bullard
- 7/15 9:30a
- Servers: A Collin & M Wood
- Lector: A Oliver
- EMHCs: B Smith & K Collins
- 7/21 5:30p
- Lector: A Farlow
- EMHCs: C VanderVieren & L Bullard
- 7/22 9:30a
- Servers: H Ellerbee & C Sullivan
- Lector: Henry & Carter
- EMHCs: N & M Ernst
- 7/28 5:30p
- Lector: C VanderVieren
- EMHCs: P & M Gilfoil
- 7/29 9:30a
- Servers: W Sullivan & C Wood
- Lector: D Ellerbee
- EMHCs: B Smith & K Collins
Let us Rejoice in the Lord!
Happy Birthday Sue Rome (July 16), Bryan Kneipp (July 17), Caroline Marsh (July 19), Kendra Collins (July 21), Preston Collins (July 22), Sue Scurria (July 22)
In Our Daily Prayers…
Our Holy Father Pope Francis and Pope-Emeritus Benedict XVI; our Bishop David Talley and Bishop-Emeritus Ronald Herzog, our President, our Governor, our Mayor and our national, state and local elected representatives, our family and friends
Our parishioners who are sick, shut-in, or otherwise in need of our prayers: Pat Bullard, Connie Copes, Margo Corulla, Elizabeth Crothers, Susan Gilfoil, Bill Kennedy, Becky and Michael Lancaster, Dale and Louise Magoun, Kathleen Mills, Sue and Mike Rome, and Delia Trichell
Those under full-time care: Billy Hodge, Frances Kennedy, Andrew Lombardo, Sue Scurria. Jim Farrell of Vicksburg, Sharon Hansen of Gonzales, Consuelo Marsh of Lake Providence, Jean Cantrell, Marie Cedotal, Reba Duncan, 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, Hattie Brown (Lancaster), Jerry Bullard, Colton Bullock (Farlow), Richard Chappuis (Johnson), Kay Collins, Jackie Daniels (Lancaster), Vickie Dichiara (Hodge), Carol Dipert (Rome), Joe Farlow, Mike Farlow, Charles Michael Finlayson, JoAnn Phillips Finn (Hodge), Thom Gilfoil, Kathy Garley Hanlon (Gilfoil), Cooper Harris (R Wood), Bo Holloway, Diane Johnson (Johnson), Ben Lenhart (G Marsh), LaLa Lopez (Hernandez), Michelle McGuire (Gilfoil), Mathieu family in Delhi (Wilks), Tobie McKowen (Wilks), Keith Melancon (Regan), Tucker Melancon (Johnson), Lindsay Mills, Wanda Murphy (Terry), Debbie Pettis (Rome), Sam and Betty Phillips (Hodge), Wayne Pitre (Gilfoil), Lee, Tiffney & Bailey Rome, Dianne W. Roper (Murphy), Linda Sanchez (Wilks), Andy Sevier, Beverly Sibile (Gilfoil), Elaine and James Trimble (Rome), Teresa Vidrine (Wilks), Conner and Hudson Wood (nephews of Bart)
Our collegiates: Norman Ernst, Anna Ginn, Matt Hall, Nick Hall, Chris Hall, Kathleen Oliver, Maddie Oliver, Blake Sullivan, Lori Sullivan, Brice Wood
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 UP-DATE OUR PRAYER LIST BY ADVISING US OF ANYONE WHO SHOULD BE REMOVED FROM THE PRAYER LIST.