From The Font
“As the LORD spoke to me, the spirit entered into me and set me on my feet.”
The Holy Spirit is, by far, the most difficult person of the Holy Trinity to understand. The Holy Spirit is the first person of the Holy Trinity to be identified - in the second verse of the Bible, Gen 1:2. At the same time, the Holy Spirit has no “name” in the sense that Jesus does. And while both the Father and the Son are revealed to us in the form of persons with which we can make a kind of analogous connection, the Holy Spirit is only ever revealed in the form of obtuse icons like fire, wind and a dove.
This isn’t a failing of the scriptures. It’s not as if everyone was satisfied for the last twenty centuries and only now we’re realizing this difficulty. God reveals Himself in such a way as we can best understand Him. As the philosophical language puts it: “a gift is received according to the mode of the receiver.” Put a simpler way, we can only understand what we can understand and so God reveals Himself to us as we can understand.
The Holy Spirit is mysterious. It’s not that He is not yet known or not yet understood. It’s that our minds cannot and will not be able in the future to understand or comprehend His way of existing. Of course, we can’t understand the Father or Jesus any better! But God has chosen to reveal Himself both in the guise of a family (Father and Son) AND in the guise of a mystery.
It’s encouraging to think that God has revealed Himself so thoroughly. When I think about Islam and the simplicity of God as taught by that faith - it’s easy to dismiss the whole thing as bunk. The same with Hinduism. If God can be so easily understood and categorized - He can’t be so great as to be beyond my limited human mind… But God makes it clear in scripture and in our experience that He is FAR beyond my comprehension. So, logic dictates, that God’s nature should be not merely a little confusing but beyond my capacity to understand. And so God reveals to us that He is one AND many; that He is familiar (family, father, son) AND mystery; that He is near AND far; simple AND complex; mercy AND justice.
Thoughts from Fr. Ryan
“Faith and reason are like two wings on which the human spirit rises to the contemplation of truth; and God has placed in the human heart a desire to know the truth—in a word, to know himself—so that, by knowing and loving God, men and women may also come to the fullness of truth about themselves.” Pope St. John Paul II wrote these words in a letter titled “Fides et Ratio” (Faith and Reason) in 1998. I was in seminary on that Monday, Sept 14 and I read almost the whole letter that afternoon.
The common wisdom of Hollywood and the news media is that religious faith is based upon a rejection of reason. They say that the only way to take religion seriously is to cast aside thinking and logic and science and embrace some mixture of superstition, nostalgia and psychosis. This thinking is, of course, asinine. It amounts to a divinization of science and technology and a religious obsession with a few “theorems” which are treated like dogmas.
Take, for instance, evolution. Charles Darwin did good science. There’s no question that some species evolve into other species over time. There’s no question that the best adapted individuals of any given species will survive, reproduce and evolve the DNA pool for their kind. But do these facts somehow prove that all life evolved from nothing? Having studied logic, science and Darwin a lot, I can tell you they don’t.
Take, for another instance, the correlation between certain clusters of brain cells and certain kinds of thinking. There’s no question that the Suprachiasmatic Nucleus is responsible for the way that your body and your mind interact with time… But does that one physiological fact really prove that the mind is nothing but meaningless electrical impulses in the brain? Isn’t life more than electricity? Isn’t love more than a feeling?
In fact, there are lots and lots of scientific, mathematical and purely logical arguments that the world and the human person is BOTH spiritual and physical. The best is simple and it was written by Aristotle 2200 years ago… We know that things move. Science tells us that motion, though, isn’t spontaneous - things only move when they’re moved by something else. If that’s true and the universe is not infinite (C.f. the Big Bang Theory originally proposed by Fr. LaMaitre), then there must be something which is, itself, separate from this universe which causes motion in and of itself. This is the problem of “Causality” which no modern scientist has found a way around. Mostly, they just try to ignore it.
Pope St. John Paul wrote his letter in 1998 to remind everyone that faith and reason are not separate - they are in and of their nature united. God reveals Himself to us in ways that we can understand. Understanding is the faculty we use to receive that revelation. Understanding is also the faculty we use to obey God’s commands - whether that’s the command to go to Mass or to “fill the earth and subdue it” (Gen 1:28). These two parts of ourselves are essential for our salvation and they are necessary for human happiness and for human society.
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 10 Altar Society Meeting – Parish Hall – following 5:30 p.m. Mass
- July 15 Coffee 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 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 1 Fr. Ryan departs for 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.
Congratulations… to Ainslie Oliver Duff and Jared Duff whose son, John Oliver Duff, will be baptized on Sunday and to Marti Dukes Dill and Kyle Dill whose son, John Fisher Dill will also be baptized on Sunday. Our parishioners, Teddy and Alyssa Oliver and Randy and Dana Dukes are maternal grandparents of the children.
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 1 $1,941
- July Income to Date $1,941
Stewardship This month as we celebrate the Independence of our country, we will do well to echo the Psalmist, sayig, “Our eyes are fixed on the Lord, pleading for his mercy.” May we always recognize and use wisely the gifts of freedom and abundance He has showered upon us.
Mass Schedule & Intentions for the Coming Week
- Sat 5:30p In memory of Paul VanderVieren (birth)/family
- Sun 9:30a Pro Populo for the Living & Dead members of our Parish
- Mon No Mass
- Tue 5:30p Communion Service
- Wed 9:00a In memory of Gus Gremshell Olive Branch
- Thu 5:30p In memory of Marie Phillips Michele/Weaver
- Fri 5:30p Special Intention of the Magoun family
- Sat 5:30p In memory of E. A. “Jim” Jumonville (birth)/family
- Sun 9:30a Pro Populo for the Living & Dead members of our Parish Family
ALTAR CANDLES this week are provided by Cathy VanderVieren
FLOWERS ON THE HIGH ALTAR… this week are given in honor of JOHN OLIVER DUFF and JOHN FISHER DILL by their families who are celebrating their Baptism on Sunday.
Assistants at Holy Mass
- 7/7 5:30p
- Lector: P Gilfoil
- EMHCs: C VanderVieren & A Farlow
- 7/8 9:30a
- Servers: C Wood & P Collins
- Lector: B Sullivan
- EMHCs: N & M Ernst
- 7/14 5:30p
- Lector: MA Gilfoil
- EMHCs: M Rome & A Keene
- 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
Let us Rejoice in the Lord!
Happy Birthday Josephine Hodge (July 7), Chip Sullivan (July 11), Aidan Collins (July 12)
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.