Love One Another
Archbishop Jerome E. Listecki's weekly communication to Catholics of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee.
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Anniversaries are important moments in the passage of time. Families gather around their parents for their 25th, or their grandparents for their 50th year of marriage. Anniversaries are a statement of the importance of what has transpired over the years of living a commitment – and for many, trusting in God’s direction.
If these are the ‘golden years,’ then you can have the platinum years. Things you were once able to do with ease can now become a chore. Just try and drop something on the ground, and watch how long it takes you to pick it up.
I am excited that the Amazing Parish conference will take place here within the Archdiocese of Milwaukee. This is an opportunity to energize the parish base with the infusion of creative ideas.
The role of the guardian angel is to guard and to guide. In the Old Testament, God told Moses: “Behold, I send an angel before you to guard you on the way, and to bring you to the place which I have prepared.” (Ex. 23:20)
“I don’t care if it rains or freezes as long as I’ve got my plastic Jesus ridin’ on the dashboard of my car.” These lyrics, from the song “Plastic Jesus” by Eddie Marrs, are meant to denigrate those who depend upon the outward symbols of faith to get them through tough times. People of faith use these signs not as a rabbit’s foot or lucky charm, but rather as a reminder of someone to whom we owe our ultimate allegiance.
There are certain events, celebrations or occasions in our lives when the good feelings and rightness of actions are intermingled with the powerful interactions of those involved. This presents a situation which is so tangible that one uses the expression, “I wish I could bottle this.” The expression emphasizes that, at some time in the future when things are not so great, we could use a shot of this emotional vitamin to aid us in our sense of dismay.
Last Sunday in Luke’s Gospel, the disciples of Jesus ask Him to teach them how to pray. There was a signature to the prayer that they were seeking. It’s not that the disciples weren’t praying. Rather, it’s that they wanted to pray the way Jesus would direct them. They wanted His mark on their prayer.
Yesterday was the feast of St. Mary Magdalene. I have often said to young women who take the name of St. Mary Magdalene for their confirmation, “Do you know she really loved Jesus?”