Together in Spirit

2019 archive of From the Desk of Fr. Mike

2019 archive of From the Desk of Fr. Mike

The Divine Presence

Posted by Anne Serwe on 3/18/19

Today the scriptures speak to us of remarkable encounters with the Divine. In both the first reading and the Gospel highly unusual events take place where God physically interacts with human beings in mystical ways. This is the way we expect God to show Himself when He talks with ... Read More »

The Reflective Time of Lent

Posted by Anne Serwe on 3/11/19

And so it begins.....we enter into one of the more reflective times of the Church’s year: the season of Lent. Hopefully Ash Wednesday provided a good entry into the season. I know that a few of you will have forgotten to abstain from meat, while others will argue that ... Read More »

Week of Contrasts

Posted by Anne Serwe on 3/04/19

This is our last weekend before we begin the great season of Lent. As we gather to enjoy the Variety Show I am reminded of the tradition of Carnival throughout Christian lands. In Brazil, New Orleans, Germany and elsewhere people take this last weekend to celebrate just before they ... Read More »

Actions Speak Louder than Words

Posted by Anne Serwe on 3/04/19

In the Roman times a child was considered the possession of the father. It was only when the child came into its adulthood that it gained any “rights” over its life. Before that time came, the father could decide to destroy it at anytime and there would be no ... Read More »

Something New and Wonderful is in Store for Us

Posted by Anne Serwe on 2/18/19

If Christ is preached as raised from the dead, how can some among you say there is no resurrection of the dead? If the dead are not raised, neither has Christ been raised, and if Christ has not been raised, your faith is in vain; you are still in ... Read More »

We are God's Instruments

Posted by Anne Serwe on 2/12/19

In both the first reading and the Gospel this week as people encountered the holiness of God they are brought to a stunning humility. Isaiah cries out: “Woe is me, I am doomed! For I am a man of unclean lips.” In the Gospel Peter falls to Jesus’ knees ... Read More »

The forecast is for Cold

Posted by Anne Serwe on 2/04/19

As I write this the weather forecasters are announcing that record cold is coming. The last time it was this cold was in 1994 they say. I suspect by tomorrow morning we will be witnesses to boiling water being thrown into the cold air and immediately becoming snow. It ... Read More »

The Father's Love for Us

Posted by Anne Serwe on 1/20/19

No more shall people call you “Forsaken,” or your land “Desolate,” but you shall be called “My Delight,” and your land “Espoused.” For the LORD delights in you and makes your land his spouse. As a young man marries a virgin, your Builder shall marry you; and as a ... Read More »

The Promise of Baptism

Posted by Anne Serwe on 1/14/19

In the earliest years of Christianity the moment one was baptized they became “children of God”. They would then be justified by Jesus’ work and live in the expectation of eternal life (Titus). It did not take long before this idyllic vision was marred. The Romans became uncomfortable with ... Read More »

The Quest to Discover Jesus

Posted by Anne Serwe on 1/07/19

The Magi arrive in search of the new born king of the Jews and make the inquiry with King Herod. Herod is disturbed and with him all of Jerusalem. Herod summons all of the chief priests and scribes of the people and asks them where to search. They reply: ... Read More »


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