Praise be Jesus Christ now and forever!

“How long does it take to fall in love?” This is a pointless question, because such huge realities as love and death are part of an eternal life process. They are woven into a huge tapestry that includes both time AND eternity.

Still, there are certain moments when God seems to interrupt everyday life to speak to us in a special way. Maybe you narrowly escape a head-on collision; or your child becomes critically ill; or your closest friend or partner dies too soon. It is as if a kaleidoscope has been shaken, and all the pieces of your life have been rearranged into a different picture. If we’re listening, God can use these moments to deepen our virtues—to increase our patience, our courage…to expand our wisdom…or to shock some part of us out of dullness and routine, and back into life. Whether we’re young or old, God is still calling us, not just into a job, or a new career, but to a constant “re-weaving” of the tapestry of our lives.

“In the name of the Father…”

How is God calling your name these days? It has nothing to do with your age or your experience. I repeat—even if you are raising four kids, or already retired after 30 years on the job—do you realize that God is still calling your name with as much love and enthusiasm and challenge as before you were born? And are you listening?

Perhaps your call is to be more honest—to quiet yourself—to be more generous, or patient…to believe more passionately…to love without judgment. As we approach the Eucharist today, try saying, “Speak, Lord, your servant is listening.” And then really listen this week.

Listen to Sr. Joyce’s reflective reading of today’s Gospel: 

Listen to my homily today: (Posted after Mass.)

May you have a good week and may God bless you and keep you always in His Love!

Prayer for the Sanctity of Life

Heavenly Father, through whom and for whom all things were created, we pray that your gift of human life will be protected from the instant of its natural conception until by your holy will you require that it return to you. May those who have a duty to care for life realize that it is you who cherish and sustain each unique individual human being at every moment of its existence.

Father of Christ, you sanctified life in the womb of the Blessed Virgin. You sent your only-begotten Son that all might merit to receive everlasting life. Teach us so to reverence all human life that we will dutifully safeguard and nurture each precious person until we are called to be with you forever. This we ask through Christ Jesus, Our Lord and Savior, to him be the glory. Amen.

Joyfully in the Lord,

Rev. Msgr. Edward J. Arnister
Pastor, St. Rose Parish
Belmar, NJ

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