Saturday, December 30, 2006

Seeing saints at Mass?

Here are a few questions from bloggers and a very interesting story written by "Linda". Cool stuff!

Anon: "How was it coming back to the good old USA (from Calcutta)- especially Mont. Co.. ???????Have friends who spent time in Medjugorje. They are also from Montgomery County. They found the materialism in this country apalling upon return.
Awesome story - THanks for sharing."

It was culture shock both going over there and coming back here. It was too much to process when I returned. For starters, I enjoyed clean air like I never had before! The biggest impression it has made on me, believe it or not, is how much food we waste in this country. The little kids there would give so much to have a mere portion of what we eat each day - probably the very portion we throw away. I know have a better understanding of why Mother Teresa was so careful to not waste food - "she never left even a morsel of food on her plate", her longtime friend told us - and I have tried to do the same ever since that trip. The staggering stat is that 20% of the world's population uses 80% of its resources. Whoa!


Anon: "A question that has nothing to do with the topic. I have been thinking about something lately. If your pastor leaves the church to go to a new one, does that mean he no longer is your pastor and the new one is?"

Yes.


Linda:"2 weeks ago my family was priviledged to house 2 young ladies who were part of a group of young adults who travel the country putting on retreats for middle school age kids. They stayed with us for 1 night. As we chatted with them about their experiences and their testimonies (which I love to hear from the young people of the church), one of them told of a young couple they stayed with a couple months earlier who had a beautiful experience. the wife, who wasn't Catholic, had attended a mass with her husband. During the Eucharist Liturgy part of the mass the wife noticed many people dressed in white robes walking back and forth from the altar. Surrounding the altar. She thought it strange since she had never seen that before. she couldn't even see the priest anymore because of all these people surrounding him in white robes. She mentioned this to her husband after mass, asking why there were all those people there this time, going back and forth to and from the altar? His reply was...... WHAT People? What are you talking about. She has since converted to Catholisism. So per Fr. Greg's mention of all the saints being with us at mass..... well there you go. Someone actually saw them!!!"

17 Comments:

At 2:15 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am going to be helping a youth director of 12-16 year olds who don't want to be there and the parents make them go but don't participate in anything except driving their kids to and from church. What can I do to make the youth group more lively?

Any ideas will be GREATLY appreciated!

 
At 5:49 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great post FG!

What is everyone doing for New Year's? We are going to pah-ty!

 
At 9:10 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anyone have any new years resolutions?

 
At 11:29 PM, Anonymous Mabel said...

Hi Anon,

My New Year's resolutions are:

1. More consistent with daily praying.

2. Start reading the bible.


What about yourself?

 
At 8:53 AM, Anonymous Markov said...

On the last day of December what are some thoughts you have for the year that has gone by?



I am proud I am attending Mass and Eucharistic Adoration regularly.

 
At 12:07 PM, Anonymous Kat said...

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At 1:13 PM, Anonymous Kelly said...

My hope for the new year is to learn how to have less of me and more of Him. I hope that only the inner joy/peace that comes from Jesus will help me to be His instrument.

The Inner Joy we seek, the peace of the Soul, can be summed up like this (below).
"Inner Peace" was found in a flyer distributed by an order of nuns. It applies to all people:

INNER PEACE

▪ A tendency to think and act spontaneously rather than on fears based on past
experiences.

▪ An unmistakable ability to enjoy each moment.

▪ A loss of interest in judging other people

▪ A loss of interest in interpreting the actions of others.

▪ A loss of interest in conflict.

▪ A loss of ability to worry. (This is a very serious symptom).

▪ Frequent, overwhelming episodes of appreciation.

▪ Contented feelings of contentedness with others and nature.

▪ Frequent attacks of smiling.

▪ An increasing tendency to let things happen rather than make them happen.

▪ An increasing susceptibility to the love extended by others, as well as the
uncontrollable urge to extend it.

 
At 6:43 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Not to spend so much time on the blog-LOL!

 
At 6:45 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh Puleeeeze!

 
At 9:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Does anyone know what JRS Jesuit ministry is all about?

 
At 10:27 PM, Anonymous Kat said...

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At 2:36 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Seeing saints at MASS? What a beautiful miracle/grace! Right after my grandfather died (he passed on the Catholic Faith to me), I had a wonderful dream. My entire extended family were at Mass and he was there. Yet he kept on his traditional long winter coat and "old man," hat (LOL). He participated in the Mass with us and then stood up and said I have to go now. He walked up to the altar and then I could see him no longer. I know that he is with me at every Mass. This dream was a gift from God.

 
At 9:23 PM, Anonymous Frosty the Snow Puddle said...

What tremendous work JRS are doing- that is great!! I've heard they are EXCELLENT teachers too.

 
At 9:25 PM, Anonymous Snow person said...

Anonymous what a wonderful dream you had!! Thanks for sharing.

 
At 9:27 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

"A tendency to think and act spontaneously rather than on fears based on past
experiences."


This is what I have been working on for a while and I am progressing rather nicely. Its hard though I must admit.

 
At 9:30 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

TO ANON #1

AN EXCELLENT LOCATION FOR REALLY FUN, AFFORDABLE TEEN RETREATS:

RIVERVALLEYRANCH.COM

APPROX. $110 FOR TWO NIGHTS, THEY OFFER A HUGE RANGE OF ACTIVITIES - AWESOME FUN ACTIVITIES. THEN YOUTH LEADER CAN PLAN SPIRITUAL PART OF THE RETREAT AND INCLUDE ALL THE FUN ACTIVITIES AS WELL. ONE HOUR FROM COLUMBIA, MD.....JUST SHY OF PA BORDER.

 
At 10:26 PM, Anonymous whew said...

Thanks so much anon you are a lifesaver!

 

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