From Our Chaplain

 

Dear Brothers in Christ, 

We have come to the threshold of a new year! I pray that the passage into this new year of grace will inspire each of you to step over a threshold of recommitment…a resolution to take time to open your heart to the unconditional and abundant love that God offers you, walking with you in the ordinary events of each day.  Christmas is a celebration of God’s coming to earth in the flesh of the Eternal Word, and not only in JESUS, the love and light of God lives in each of us also, and in all of creation…if we are open to seeing it.

Epiphany means MANIFESTATION… God is SEEN, shown to us as a human being. We marvel at the story of those “wise men”, following a star that led them to JESUS, LIGHT of the WORLD!  They journeyed toward the light… just as we can journey into and through this new year, trusting in the guiding light of the Holy Spirit. 

This is 2021, a new year (and we are all anxious to have a new and safe world where we can meet and serve again)!  As we continue to give great physical attention to mask and social distancing from others, as an act of charity - for everyone’s safety, we could take advantage of this time to give attention to our inner spiritual health: 
Spending time 

  • examining my “heart health”, resolving to take steps toward repairing relationships, forgiving myself and becoming the person that God has created and redeemed me to be.
  • examining my “seeing health”, resolving to look for and celebrate the goodness around me, seeing Christ in the eyes of those around me.
  • And examining my “hearing health”, resolving to listen for the voice of God, as He speaks to me, through Scripture, the teachings of the Church, and my conscience; listening to the deep down truth, wisdom and beliefs that are waiting for my attention and action.

Even a pinpoint of light has a great effect in darkness.  Let your light shine, Brothers!

VIVAT JESUS!

Fr. Greg
Chaplain

 

Reprint of a previous article

 

Current Events – A Reflection


“We believe in the Holy Spirit…”


We profess this belief as part of the Creed in order to worship God in all forms. We need the Holy Spirit as the Lord and giver of life to be in our hearts especially during times of stress and fear. We find ourselves in these times. We find ourselves cut off from the “normal” we’ve come to know and perhaps mistakenly, expect. Three months ago, the “normal” consisted of a balance between work, home, money, church, family and peace. The news consisted of an upcoming election or who won a local spelling bee. Our concerns were focused on the ability to pay our bills and maintaining the status quo. That seems so long ago.


Now we find ourselves in a “normal” that is totally upside down from what we were comfortable with. We’re stuck at home. We’re tired of TV and computers. We can’t talk to our neighbors unless they’re six feet away. Worse still, your ability to put food on the table and a roof over your head is in question and possibly vanishing. We read and watch the news looking for any glimmer of hope. All of this caused by an organism measuring 100 billionths of a meter, so small it can only be seen by an electron microscope.


Are we being tested?


Our faith in God has to be more than an hour on Sunday. It has to be more than a YouTube stream. It has to be more than a charitable donation. It has to be…all of us. One holy, catholic and apostolic church.      Community.      All of us.      Together.      It’s time to pause and assess where we’re at.     

It’s too late to be scared.


Come Holy Spirit.


While we are physically disconnected from Holy Communion, we long for a Communion that will give us a ray of light. Something allowing us a moment of peace while we attempt to find the community we enjoyed before. Just a moment of calm during this unending storm. It’s there. Like the song says:

 

But Oz never did give nothing to the Tin Man That he didn't, didn't already have


You need to look at what you have in order to appreciate it. We have our faith. We have the Holy Spirit. We have all the tools in the toolbox at our disposal to get through this. It’s time to sharpen the saw. As the Knights say, “Our sword is prayer…”. Think about that for a moment. Think about all the things that are upside down at the moment and the fact that you are right side up. You’re vertical. How many times have we heard about the connection between the vertical and the horizontal? Make that connection and let it flow both ways.      Prayer.      All of us.      Together.


Come Holy Spirit. Fill me with Your light.


I ask this pandemic to end and all those who are helping in any way to end it be given the strength and wisdom to use their talents at all levels to fight this evil. Give comfort to the families whose loved ones are being quickly torn away. Comfort the sick and dying with Your mercy.   Amen.

 

You can be the Strong Right Arm

 

 

 

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April 13th / 7 pm /-- In-Person business meeting including budget discussion for the remainder of the current fraternal year and the next (2021-22) fraternal year.

 

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