August 30, 2015 ~ 22nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

Last week, I concluded with (1) in our current state, we have a hard time wanting what is truly good for us, (2) to discern that good can be really difficult and confusing, and (3) we need help.

It follows from these truths that we are terrible judges of right and wrong in our own case. I will always give myself the benefit of the doubt, even when I shouldn’t. And although, part of loving my neighbor will mean extending that kind of benefit to the actions of those around me, I will often have to practice a kind of distrust in myself if I really want to know what is truly good.

We get at what is good for us by reflection on the kind of thing we are and from God’s communication with us. Through a thoughtful reflection about what we are and what is truly good, we do make progress in discerning the good. Likewise, from Divine Revelation in both the Scriptures and the tradition of the Church, we can receive a clearer picture about what is truly good for us, and at the same time, news that we could never have guessed. More on that next time.

For the time being, I would like to start the process of introducing some of the opportunitiesfrom my end that we will be exploring in the coming weeks. These initiatives target areas near and dear to my heart. Soooo, here we go. . .

Adult Faith Formation: I plan on running Adult Faith Formation starting Wednesday, September 23 at 6:00-7:00pm in the rectory. We will be going through a series called Symbolon and it will take us through November. The DVD lasts for about a half an hour and the other half hour will be informal discussion and Q&A. We will provide child-care should you need it, just let me know. This is for 21 years of age and up.

RCIA: If you are interested in becoming Catholic or know someone who is or have been talking with someone who is open to the possibility, we will begin the RCIA process starting this Thursday, September 3 from 6:00-7:30 in the rectory. We have to get going on this because I will be gone on a couple of occasions through the year. We will have the period of Inquiry for the month of September where we kind of cast the net, and then have the Rite of Welcoming at the end of September. The more formal teaching process will begin in October.

Men’s Group: If you are interested in a men’s group or a Fantasy Football League or both, please send me an email this week (so by Sept. 4) at . This will get us rolling at least. We can discuss times. I have another set of DVD’s that look promising. Men’s group and Fantasy Football don’t have to be the same thing, though in my mind they will mutually enrich each other. Really, if you have interest in either, send me an email.

Young married couples: I really want to offer something for you - even if it is one evening sometime this year with a talk and some time for conversation. Don’t be surprised if I tap your shoulder or give you a call asking to come hang out for an evening.

Young Adult: My sister and brother-in-law, both with backgrounds in Youth Ministry, have offered to come up as often as once a month for something in this area. Stay tuned . . .

I have approached some of you for help with some of these already, but if anyone wants to help with details (not my strong suit) or any other aspect let me know.  Insert Your Own Initiatives Here: If some of you want to get a book club together, or make our way through a book, or perhaps a Bible study. You can do this with or without me, just let me know if you are interested. Or if you have another idea . . . just be willing to help. Last week’s homily suggestion: In your prayer this week, try making an Act of Faith part of your prayer regiment. It could be the creed or something simpler, like” I believe whatever you say Lord” or “Lord, I believe, help my unbelief” or “Where am I going to go, Lord, for you have the words of eternal life.”