Divided but Moving Toward the center.

I sense today, maybe it’s the summer weather changing to autumn, that our country is beginning to cooperate in the political arena. People are tired of the divisiveness and fighting. They simply want our Congress to work for all the people. As of today I see the extremes moving towards the center for the overall good of this wonderful country we live in. Sending my prayers to all so we can work together and make this nation better than in the past. We can become our best self as a country. I send my gratitude to the police officers serving for this honorary week. I hope we all can continue to work together for the good of our nation. Thanks be to God. Amen.

From St Faustina

The 25 spiritual secrets from the remarkable nun St. Faustina are a strong foundation for the battle we encounter living in the world. http://aleteia.org/2016/10/08/25-secrets-of-spiritual-struggle-that-jesus-revealed-to-st-faustina/?utm_campaign=NL_en&utm_source=daily_newsletter&utm_medium=mail&utm_content=NL_en

St Charbel Relic Visiting Waterville

Waterville church to celebrate visitation of relics of as St. Sharbel

Waterville’s St. Joseph Maronite Catholic Church is celebrating on Thursday and Friday, April 28 and 29, the visitation of the relics of St. Sharbel, the healer. The Maronite Catholic Churches of the United States will be celebrating the Year of Mercy as announced by Pope Francis by having the relics of St. Sharbel visit each Maronite Catholic Church and to celebrate the 50th anniversary of his beatification, which took place at the close of the Second Vatican Council. He was canonized by Pope Paul VI in 1977, according to a news release from St. Joseph Maronite Catholic Church. All are invited to be a part of the spiritual celebration.
According to the release, miracles attributed to him number over 1,000, many are associated with healing. He is called ‚ÄúInstrument of the Divine Physician‚ÄĚ and ‚ÄúModel of the monastic life.‚ÄĚ Although he may not be familiar throughout America, St. Sharbel, whose feast day is the third Sunday in July, is a prominent saint among Maronite Catholics and those of the Eastern Rites. For more information on St. Sharbel‚Äôs life, miracles and St. Maron Monastery in Annaya, Lebanon, where Sharbel is entombed, visit¬†www.saintcharbel-annaya.com.
Veneration of the relics and silent prayer in the church sanctuary will begin at 9 a.m. Thursday. The welcoming ceremony will commence at 5 p.m. with a procession. Everyone is invited to join St. Joseph’s Choir, the Knights of Columbus, church organizations, parish representatives and congregations, as they proceed around the church on the corner of Appleton and Front streets. Mass will be sung at 6 p.m., with the blessing of the relics of St. Sharbel. A free spaghetti supper will be provided by the three area Knights of Columbus councils.
The church will open at 5:30 a.m. Friday for silent veneration of the relics. Public prayers will be offered on the hour, beginning at 6 a.m. with the rosary, the chaplet of St. Sharbel at 7 a.m. and 3 p.m., little office of St. Sharbel at 8 a.m. and 4 p.m., Safro (morning prayers) at 9 a.m., prayers for healing at 10 a.m., St. Sharbel prayers at 11 a.m., novena of St. Sharbel at noon, rosary at 1 p.m., the chaplet of the divine mercy 2 p.m., Songs of Inspiration at 5 p.m., and divine liturgy for the sick at 6 p.m., with the blessing of the relics of St. Sharbel. Silent veneration will continue until 10 p.m. with a closing prayer.
Throughout both days, videos and displays of St. Sharbel’s life and the Lebanese community will be available in the church hall, where there will be refreshments. Prayer cards and St. Sharbel chaplets will also be available. A book will be made available for intentions, which will be sent to the monastery in Annaya to be prayed for by the monks and pilgrims there.
This event is intended to deepen our knowledge and, in the words of Archbishop Zayek, ‚Äúour love for St. Sharbel, but even more so, our love for what he loved: prayer, penance, sacrifice, the Mother of God, and the Eucharist,‚ÄĚ according to the release.
St. Joseph Maronite Catholic Church is handicapped-accessible by elevator; parking is available on Appleton Street, in the side lot next to the church, at Head of Falls or in The Concourse.
For more information, please call the church office at 872-8515, email stjoesinmaine@yahoo.com or visitwww.sjmaronite.org.

Presidential election

Political correctness and volatile public behavior has defeated the moral imperative of electing the best candidate as President of the United States of America. At this moment in time this popular trend appears to be the sliding slope to our mutual destruction. When public discourse is dishonest and nasty with hidden agendas that only serve specific ideology then we all lose. The debate must be public, transparent and civil without hidden backroom eye-wink agendas.  Until this occurs the general public will continue to distrust politicians and our democracy will continue to erode. Our next president must be someone we can be proud of, who can be our commander in chief and show strength, kindness, tenacity and decisiveness  in times of doubt. They will set the course and lead our nation to greatness. We deserve nothing less. Attend the up coming caucus. Let your voice be heard.

Where is the line?

Where do we draw the line between our religious faith and our political choices? My first response is that it is a personal choice.  This choice is given to each American by the US Constitution. But for people of faith, we each must discern our choices and then live with the fruit or destruction that may come from those choices. We cannot hide from our choices that seem to be consistent with a worldly life, but are not perfectly aligned with the choices God would like us to make. We must recognize that these choices are the consequence of living in this world.  We cannot use our intellect to rationalize these choices as being not of sin.  But we can forgive ourself and try not to continue the behavior that brought us to this place.  

 Freedom has consequences AND responsibility. We must each reconcile our choices with our conscience, that ideally is formed with the Holy Spirit present. Since none of us are perfect this is the struggle of life. The best way to deal with this is to find a spiritual director and a faith community of like minded people to confer with and participate in regular worship services.   Where ever two or more of you are gathered in his name he is present.  With out this we are left with an isolationist perspective which can be very destructive.    Politics adds complexity because although some may want this to be true, the US Constitution is not a moral document, but rather a civil document.