Friar’s Corner: O Come, let us adore Christ’s ongoing presence

Fr. Bob Hilz, TOR

Fr. Bob Hilz, TOR

Jeremiah 33:14-16; Ps 25:4-5, 8-10, 14; 1 Thessalonians 3:12–4:2; Lk 21:25-28, 34-36

We have finished another church year. Each liturgical year we think about some aspect of God’s loving plan for us, his creation. We have some sense of humanity’s disobedience to God’s plan as revealed to us in the Bible. We also have some sense of humanity’s continued disobedience today on earth with the daily not-so-good news.

The church provides us with a glimpse of what God’s plan is for us. We see God, our creator and father, sending his Son to earth in the person of Jesus Christ. Jesus, in his public life, speaks to us about our Father’s plan. He doesn’t just speak about it but shows us how to live it by loving and caring for one another.

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Got Joy? Latest posts 11-28-15

Girl on swing at sunset

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Thanksgiving Blessings: Edelweiss and the Doxology

Our family tradition for Thanksgiving grace is sung to the tune of  “Edelweiss” from the Sound of Music. The Von Trapp family at the festival performed the forbidden national anthem as they prepared to escape the country.

Bless our friends,
Bless our food,
Come, O Lord, and sit with us.
Make our talk glow with peace
Come with your love to surround us.
Friendship and peace may it bloom and grow,
Bloom and grow forever.
Bless our friends, bless our food.
Bless our dear land forever.

When we celebrate with the family of one of our married children, they sing the doxology, a familiar hymn to both Protestants and Catholics. It’s the last verse of the hymn, “Awake My Soul,” by Thomas Ken in 1674, taken from Psalm 57.

Praise God, from Whom all blessings flow;
Praise Him, all creatures here below;
Praise Him above, ye heavenly host;
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.


Wherever we are, after dinner we take turns around the table expressing one or two things we are thankful for. This starts out being sentimental and ends up being hilarious. We leave the table laughing.

Happy Thanksgiving!

(© 2013 Nancy H C Ward) 


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CMom: The Mass, the martyrs and the hair stylist

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Acts 29:1-8 was the First Reading that morning, recounting the story of Paul traveling from Corinth to Ephesus. There he found disciples who became believers through the baptism of repentance by John and were waiting for Jesus. They said, “We have never even heard that there is a Holy Spirit.” Paul baptized them in the name of the Lord Jesus, laid hands on them, the Holy Spirit came upon them and they received the gifts of the Spirit. Paul “debated boldly with persuasive arguments about the Kingdom of God” in the synagogue for three months.

The meditation of the day proposed a more practical approach than traveling to find baptized people and then finishing the job someone else started. The narrator asked: “Can I sense the presence of God and Holy Spirit in me and in people around me? Paul spoke to them and led them to a greater faith. Who has brought me to a greater faith? Can I share my experience of faith, of God, with someone today? Bring before God today someone searching for a deeper faith in God.”

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Friar’s Corner: The Mass: an encounter with Jesus Christ

Fr. Bob Hilz, TOR

Fr. Bob Hilz, TOR

Daniel 7:13-14; Ps 93:1-2, 5; Revelation 1:5-8 John 18:33b-37

Why do we end our Liturgical Year with this great feast of the Solemnity Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe? There are 600 renewal movements that the Vatican has identified throughout the world. These movements are graces of the Holy Spirit to renew and enliven every aspect of our Christian faith. One of these major movements is the Liturgical Renewal. It began with study and various liturgical conferences from 1920 to 1947. As a response, Pope Pius XII wrote his encyclical letter Mediator Dei. It was a blueprint to bring especially the Mass from a personal to a more communal act of worship of God.

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Got Joy? Latest posts 11-20-15

Girl on swing at sunset

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Path of pure gold

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by Linda Schubert

As a child of no faith I spent my early years on an isolated mountain ranch on the Northern California coast, attending a country school with 14 children, all grades in one room. With little socialization, I grew up introverted, insecure, with a stubborn independence I often attributed to my Dutch heritage. At age nineteen I married, then divorced, then remarried, then divorced. I had no sense of how to build a productive life.

When in my mid twenties I married Ronald Schubert, I also inherited four young stepchildren, never having a child of my own. Then Ronald wanted us all to become Catholic. Clearly, many things had to be worked out, but they were. Joining the church was a major turning point for me. Learning about Jesus, the tenets of the Catholic faith, the work of the Holy Spirit, the love of the Father, was life for me. “I have set before you life and death…now choose life, so that you and your children may live and that you may love the Lord your God, listen to his voice, and hold fast to him. For the Lord is your life, and he will give you many years” (Dt 30:19-20). I was on a healthy path, attending daily Mass, developing friendships.

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Pope Francis: Door of God’s mercy

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Rome Vatican City (DollarPhotoClub)

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

General audience: the Holy Door is the door of God's mercy

Vatican City, 18 November 2015 (VIS) – As we approach the Jubilee Year of Mercy, Pope Francis dedicated the catechesis of today's Wednesday general audience to the meaning of the “Holy Door”, which he will open on 8 December in St. Peter's Basilica. This great door is that of God's mercy, which welcomes our repentance and offers us the grace of forgiveness; a door which is opened generously but whose threshold must be crossed with courage.

Francis referred to the recent Synod of Bishops, “which gave all families and all the Church as strong impetus to meet at the threshold of this open door. The Church was encouraged to open her doors, to go forth with the Lord towards His sons and daughters who walk together, at times uncertain, at times lost, in these difficult times. Christian families, in particular, have been encouraged to open the door to the Lord Who waits to enter, bringing His blessing. But the Lord never forces the door; He asks permission to enter through ours, although His doors are always open”. Continue reading
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