Saturday, January 23, 2021
Friday, January 22, 2021
Thursday, January 21, 2021
. William Joseph Chaminade
“As long as you are on earth you will have problems. Go with simplicity. Do not worry about the troublesome or disconcerting things you will experience. Do your duties. Try to please God and keep your peace.”
Wednesday, January 20, 2021
“It seems to me that we must not become discouraged if we encounter some obstacle in the way of necessary change. Never has change been done and never will it be done without difficulty. With patience we will come to the end of all.”
Tuesday, January 19, 2021
“Ours is a work, a magnificent work. If it is universal, it is because we are missionaries of Mary, who has said to us, ‘Do whatever he tells you.’ Each one of us has received from the Blessed Virgin a commission to work at the salvation of our brothers and sisters in the world.”
Blessed William Joseph Chaminade
Feastday - January 22
Monday, January 18, 2021
My dear friends from Chaminade, Kellenberg Memorial, and St. Martin de Porres Marianist School,
Happy New Year!
We certainly pray and hope that 2021 will be a better year for all than 2020!
As I look forward to this new year, I suggest one word that I think would be helpful for all of us in 2021 – reconciliation. We live in a very fragmented world. You may remember back in high school, you pledged allegiance daily to “. . . one nation, under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.” Sad to say, we no longer have one nation. Our country is no longer under God. We are deeply divided, and we have become more and more aware that liberty and justice do not exist for all. We are also painfully aware that our Church also suffers deep divisions. And while for many families the pandemic was a time for drawing closer to one another, for others it was a time of further separation and alienation. In addition, many of us have struggled to be at peace with ourselves. Witness the tremendous number of deaths from suicides and overdoses, particularly among young people.
The beautiful feast of Christmas, which we have just finished celebrating, marks the opening moment in the drama of grace that enables us to overcome the alienation from God wrought by our first parents, Adam and Eve, and to restore again that harmony and love among us that was lost in the Garden of Eden. The angels sang at Christmas “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among people of good will.” The ordering of these words is important – first glory to God, then peace on earth. We cannot be at peace with one another if we have not strengthened our relationship with God. Simply put, become one with God, and then the path to harmony with others will be more readily opened. In the Second Reconciliation Canon, as we address our prayer to our heavenly Father, we acknowledge the power of our heavenly Father to change our hardened hearts: . . . by your Spirit, you move human hearts, that enemies may speak to each other again, adversaries join hands, and peoples seek to meet together. By the working of your power, it comes about, O Lord, that hatred is overcome by love, revenge gives way to forgiveness, and discord is changed to mutual respect.
On behalf of all my Marianist Brothers,
Fr. Garrett Long, S.M.
Thursday, January 14, 2021
The Lord is present to us and present in many ways. The Lord is with us in Word and Sacrament. The Lord is with us when we are gathered to pray. The Lord is with us in the poor and needy and comes to us in moments of quiet prayer and reflection.