From the desk of Fr Stephen Nov 15, 2020

From the desk of Fr Stephen

This week the Gospel talks about the master who gives talents to his servants.  Each person is given certain talents and they can do whatever they want with them. Two of the three servants take the talents and double what they were given.  The third person takes the talents and buries them in the ground. The master is happy with the first and second servants but not with the third.  It is not right to bury the talents we have been given in the ground.

The story shows us that the talents given to us by God are not to be taken lightly.  We should be ever grateful for any and all things given to us by God and they should not be wasted. I believe this is a good lesson for us.  In America, there is such an abundance of everything that we fall into the habit of waste. If you have ever gone to a buffet, you can see just how much food is wasted.  God is the provider of every good thing and we should take seriously the obligation of doing good with what we have been given.

This past Monday, November 9th, was the anniversary of the birth of the Redemptorists. It was our birthday!  November 9, 1732, Alphonsus and his small group of followers were formally able to start the Congregation.  I, for one, am very grateful for all those faithful Redemptorists who have come before us here at the Rock. What a foundation we have been given to further the kingdom of God here on Cook and Grand.  It is important for us to give thanks for all who have come before us and that we use the talents provided by God to further His cause here for another 100 years or more.

I want to thank all those involved with the Fall Festival this past week.  It seemed to work out very well.  I think it took a little bit to get everyone online, but after that, everything seemed to go well.  Congratulations to all those who may have won something! I know there were many false bingos, but thanks be to God, Carol was right on top of it and we moved on until someone won.  I was so pleased and grateful for the committee that put it all together. I am not sure if we will do anything like this again next year, but it did help to plan for the future as we carry it forward.

I know many of us have been under a lot of stress lately with the COVID-19 pandemic and the election.  We must ask God’s good graces to continue to look upon our country.  It is at times like this that our faith can begin to waver.  But we must be reminded of Jesus’ directive to FEAR NOT.  St. John Neumann, a Redemptorist saint, upon waking up in the morning, offered this prayer.  “God, there isn’t anything that can happen today that you and I can’t handle together.”  What a beautiful thought.  With God, all things are possible.  Fear Not.