Together in Spirit

2016 archive of From the Desk of Fr. Mike

2016 archive of From the Desk of Fr. Mike

Opportunities for a Divine Encounter

Posted by Anne Serwe on 7/22/16

In the first reading of today's Mass Abraham looks up to see three men standing nearby and he runs to them to beg them to stay that he might give them water to wash their feet and some food to nourish them. It is a remarkable moment in that ... Read More »

The Devil, You Say? By Fr. Paul Scalia

Posted by Mary Nguyen on 7/09/16

Three times in his speech at the National Catholic Prayer Breakfast, Cardinal Sarah described gender ideology as “demonic”. More recently, Oklahoma City’s Archbishop Coakley used the same word addressing the issue. So did Bishop Paprocki of Springfield regarding gay marriage. A strong word, to be sure. But most people ... Read More »

Forgiveness - a Word we Forget so Often

Posted by Mary Nguyen on 7/09/16

“We Christians have to apologize for so many things, not just for this (treatment of gays), but we must ask for forgiveness, not just apologize. Forgiveness — Lord, it is a word we forget so often.” - Pope Francis on his way back from a trip to Armenia

What ... Read More »

Summer Adventures

Posted by Mary Nguyen on 7/09/16

It is the first day of summer and I am already beginning to feel as if the season has slipped by me.  I am writing on the longest day of the year, now begins the slow and steady descent into the darkness.  These are the days that I have been waiting for, ... Read More »

Active Members Equal a Healthy Church

Posted by Mary Nguyen on 5/20/16

Pope Francis expresses a great concern over clericalism. His experience of it in Latin America convinced him that is was the reason that the Church has been in a death spin in that part of the world. Although almost 90% of South American countries populations would call themselves Catholics, very ... Read More »

Remembering our Mothers

Posted by Mary Nguyen on 5/20/16

A young mother with three children under six tells me that she doesn't pray as much as she should. I ask her how much she thought she should be praying. She wasn't sure, but she just knew she wasn't praying enough. I asked her if she was in some ... Read More »

Prayers & Support (with tape too!)

Posted by Mary Nguyen on 5/20/16

It is amazing at what a piece of tape can do! I saw a therapist for my left knee a couple of weeks ago and she confirmed that I actually had a problem (which I already knew). Once we both knew the problem she began to apply a piece ... Read More »


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