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From The Pastor's Desk - August 26, 2011

Dear Parishioners,
Christ in today's Gospel directs us to take up our own crosses and follow after Him. Certainly whenever we suffer from the selfishness and sins of others, from the consequences of our own sins, and/or from the imperfections of our fallen world that are not of anyone's responsibility but a result of the original sin of Adam and we willingly unite these to the cross of Christ we take up our crosses. Yet to take up our crosses and follow Jesus involves more than just the passive sufferings we experience. Even more so, taking up the cross includes the positive sufferings and sacrifices that we bear because we make the choice to love, to be self-giving. On August 19th, in Madrid, Spain, our Holy Father Pope Benedict XVI, while addressing the youth gathered there for the International Youth Day as they meditated on the Stations of the Cross, said the following:

"Let us look upon Christ, hanging on the harsh wood of the Cross, and let us ask him to teach us this mysterious wisdom of the Cross, by which man lives. The Cross was not a sign of failure, but an expression of self-giving in love that extends even to the supreme sacrifice of one’s life. The Father wanted to show his love for us through the embrace of his crucified Son: crucified out of love. The Cross, by its shape and its meaning, represents this love of both the Father and the Son for men. Here we recognize the icon of supreme love, which teaches us to love what God loves and in the way that he loves: this is the Good News that gives hope to the world.

Let us turn our gaze now to the Virgin Mary, who was given to us on Calvary to be our Mother, and let us ask her to sustain us with her loving protection along the path of life, particularly when we pass through the night of suffering, so that we may be able to remain steadfast, as she did, at the foot of the Cross."

Hence when we love as God loves, as Jesus loves, in this world we are going to have to make sacrifices for the sake of others. As Jesus took up his cross and died upon it out of love for us, if we are each to be a disciple who takes up the cross and follows Him, each of us will have to die to ourselves. This will involve suffering in one way or another. It might be the struggle of overcoming sin. It might be the difficulty of detaching ourselves from some good of this world, be these material items, time, hopes, and even persons, that keep us from loving God and others as we should. It might involve having to be rejected by others for our living our lives according to the Gospel. It might me giving up our very lives as Christ did in witness to the truth and love. If we truly love God and others, then sacrifice will be part and parcel of our Christian life. As St. Peter at first was afraid of this, we fear this because we think it is the end of happiness, but actually the sacrifices required by authentic love bring us lasting and deep happiness whereas the goods and joys of this world can only provide a superficial and fleeting happiness. When we do not grasp this, then we do not think as God thinks but as man thinks. Let us pray for the renewal of our minds that we might come to see and to know this truth about the nature of sacrificial love.

May our Lord's blessings be upon you. Have a blessed week.

Fr. Gutowski

This Week

Prayer Intention for the Week
For the sick:  Joyce Cockerill, Kathy Ewing, Harriet Green, Ted Riha, Duane Poser, Sally Leyden, Chrissy Skinner, Jerry Martin, Wes Erhart, Frank Novotny, John Pechar


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