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What mother doesn't pray for the conversion of a wayward son? St. Monica stormed heavens, offered prayers and shed tears for St. Augustine. Let me quote a portion of The Office of Readings taken from the Confessions of St. Augustine recounting the depths of the spiritual conversation between St. Monica and St. Augustine tells us how both of them looked forward to enjoying eternal life with the saints which “eye has not seen, nor ear heard, which has not even entered the heart of man.” St. Augustine recalls his mother’s parting words, “Son, as far as I’m concerned, nothing in this life now gives me any pleasure…I did have one reason for wanting to live a little longer: to see you become a Catholic Christian before I died.”

St. Augustine is one of the most decorated and celebrated saints in the annals of the church. His writings have become the source of our teachings. De Trinitate, the City of God and his most famous, the Confessions of St. Augustine probably ranked and classified as the top 5 Christian classic because of its searing, moving, emotion-filled testimony. “Late have I loved you, Ever ancient, ever new, late have I loved you…You have made us for yourself…our heart is restless until it rests in you…”  St. Augustine bared his inner turmoil: his personal troubles in life in light of the eternal truth and beauty of God. This famous line of St. Augustine is Fr. Ricky Ordonez', my colleague, favorite quote. I can still picture him reciting this phrase in Latin by heart in the hallowed halls of Mundelein Seminary. Truly, there’s an insatiable desire, wish, dream for fame, power, wealth and in just about anything…We’re never satisfied…until we find ourselves in the loving arms of God…


Yesterday, I sat down with St. Luke catechists to prepare for the religious education program which starts on the week of September 8. We had a great discussion as to how to carry out our sacred task. The education of the young is such an important aspect of parish life. This year, we will emphasize the dynamic pillars of worship (Sunday Mass), catechesis, belongingness in a community and service/ministry.


Today, I enjoyed meeting with the St. Bernard Liturgy Committee. Almost everyone who came made comments and shared thoughts about the Sunday Liturgy which was much appreciated. One of the questions in the scribbled notes handed to me which I found interesting was whether it was appropriate for a priest to tell jokes before the homily. This is sensitive. The preacher has to be careful because he is charged to communicate the living mystery of God. He has a sacred responsibility to lead the gathered assembly to Christ. He doesn't own the Mass but only an instrument. If a joke has no significant relation with the whole message, por favor, no. Telling jokes for the sake of being funny and simply making people laugh is a great disservice to God and the community. I share the sentiments of a lot of people. I'm with you. Mea culpa. I hear you. I'm guilty of this especially in a familiar crowd. Mine is an enchilada style homily. 

As always, we offer prayers for the homebound, speedy recovery for the sick, hope for the terminally ill and the dying.  

Let’s pray for the eternal repose of the souls of the parishioners who recently passed away and offer condolences, sympathy and consolation to the grieving families, relatives and friends. Rest assured, they are included in the prayers of the community.

Juan Manuel Dorame, Silvia Martinez, David Loreto

Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord and let perpetual light shine upon them. May they rest in peace. May their souls and the souls of all the faithful departed through the mercy of God rest in peace. Amen.  



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