June 11, 2017

On this Trinity Sunday I am grateful for the ministry of several people and wish them nothing but the best in their future endeavors. First to Fr. John Sullivan, thank you for your counsel, your attitude, your joy and for your service to the parish.  Second to Fr. Ed Schwet, thank you for your ministry to the hospitals and blessings on your future assignments. Finally to Mrs. Loretta Pilla, thank you for all your efforts to make Mater Dei a wonderful success, words cannot adequately convey my appreciation and approbation for all you have done. You will all be missed!

 

Yet we continue to change and hopefully grow and so we welcome Fr. Greg Schaut who will be the Chaplain at Lake Health (both Lake West and Tri-Point) beginning Wednesday, June 14.

 

A friend wrote this article on common errors within the Church and it is definitely food for thought:

 

There are many errors in our time that masquerade as wisdom and balance, but they are no such thing. … And thus in the list that follows I propose certain fundamental errors of our time that are common, but I use language that speaks less to philosophies and logical fallacies, and more to the errors as      experienced.

 

1. Mercy without reference to repentance – For too many today, “mercy” has come to mean, “God is fine with what I am doing.” … Repentance is the key that unlocks mercy. For, it is by repentance that [we can] reach for and grasp God’s merciful and outstretched hand.

2. Staurophobia – The term staurophobia comes from Greek roots and refers to a fear of the Cross (stauros = cross + phobia = fear). Within the Church this error emerges from reticence by Catholics to frankly discuss the demands of discipleship. … But for too many Catholics today, the cross and its   demands makes them cringe and even feel embarrassment. Instead of boasting in the power of the Cross, the thinking seems more to be “How dare we, or the Church point to it, and actually insist thatit is better than the comfort of false compassion.”

3. Universalism – Universalism is the belief that most, if not all people are going to be saved in the end. This is directly contrary to our Lord’s own words wherein He sadly attests that “many” are on the road that leads to destruction and “few” are on the narrow and difficult road that leads to salvation (See Matthew 7:14, Luke 13:23-30). …

4. Deformed Dialogue – The term “dialogue” has come to mean an almost endless conversation. As such it lacks a clear goal to convince the other. […]

5. Equating Love with Kindness – Kindness is an aspect of love. But so is rebuke; so is punishment; as is praise. Yet today many, even in the Church, think of love only as kindness, affirmation, approval, encouragement, and other positive attributes. But true love is, at times, willing to punish, to insist on change, and to rebuke error. …

6. Misconstruing the nature of tolerance – Most people today equate tolerance with approval. Therefore, when many demand or ask for “tolerance” what they really demand is approval. …

7. Anthropocentrism – This term refers to the modern tendency to have man at the center and not God…

8. Role reversal – Jesus said that the Holy Spirit whom He would send to us would convict the world (see John 16:8). And thus, the proper relationship of a Catholic to the world is to have the world on trial. …

 

Blessings of the Most Holy Trinity and be encouraged, we are all journeying with you. I pray our Lord richly blesses you. Always remember that I love you, there is no way I will ever love you less, and I will continue to pray for you every day. ~ Fr. Behrend