July 16, 2012
Tongues of fire; a strong driving wind; frightened men gain the courage and the power to speak boldly; the people are astounded and amazed!
July 14, 2012
Today, about thirty of us from St Francis De Sales, along with about a dozen from other parishes, said the rosary outside of the abortion clinic in Sharonville. During the hour that we prayed, it was pouring rain most of the time. In fact, it was the most rain we've had in several months. We expect to say the rosary outside this abortion clinic about once a month on Saturday. Check out the calendar for the dates and times.
July 8, 2012
Sunday, July 8, 2012A celebration at St Francis De Sales
Today, I was on the altar as a deacon for the 9 and 11 o'clock masses at St Francis De Sales. The celebrant for these masses, Father Joe Dygert, was a recently-ordained priest (in 2011) from the diocese of Colorado Springs. Father Joe graduated from St Francis De Sales grade school in 1995. He returned to celebrate his first mass at St Francis since his family moved to Colorado Springs in 1996. Father Benedict, a missionary priest from Tansania, gave the homily. Father Benedict commented on today's Gospel in which Jesus tells the disciples: " A prophet is not without honor except in his native place and among his own kin and in his own house."
This modern day prophet, Father Joe Dygert, was greeted with enthusiasm and joy at his native place, Lebanon, Ohio. We rejoice and take pride in the faith of this young priest. We pray that his vocation to the priesthood will continue to bring him joy and peace and that he will continue to touch the lives of many as he did today.
Joe Dygert attended St Francis De Sales grade school with several of my youngest children. He is two years' older than my fifth child, Ann and two years older that my fourth child, Mike. I knew his family well when they were parishioners at St Francis De Sales. Joe's mother, Christy, started Eucharistic adoration at St Francis De Sales. I remember them as a strong, loving, faith-filled family. Today, I rejoice with the other members of St Francis that one of our grade school alumni came home to inspire us and to share his faith with us.
Father Joe will be celebrating mass with us on Friday, July 13th, at 7:30 AM.
June 25, 2012
Prayer for the Protection of Religious Liberty
O God our Creator,
Through the power and working of your Holy Spirit,
you call us to live out our faith in the midst of the world,
bringing the light and the saving truth of the Gospel
to every corner of society.
We ask you to bless us
in our vigilance for the gift of religious liberty.
Give us the strength of mind and heart
to readily defend our freedoms when they are threatened;
give us courage in making our voices heard
on behalf of the rights of your Church
and the freedom of conscience of all people of faith.
Grant, we pray, O heavenly Father,
a clear and united voice to all your sons and daughters
gathered in your Church
in this decisive hour in the history of our nation,
so that, with every trial withstood
and every danger overcome—
for the sake of our children, our grandchildren,
and all who come after us—
this great land will always be "one nation, under God,
indivisible, with liberty and justice for all."
We ask this through Christ our Lord.