Last Sunday, October 23 Megan Carroll received the Christifideles award at Holy Name Cathedral from Cardinal-Designate Blase Cupich, who urged all present to recognize the gift of the Spirit enlivening each of the honorees.
In this week's Gospel we hear a parable about the Pharisee and the tax collector. Both offer different prayers to God and both receive different responses. The Pharisee took a public place in the assembly and says: “O God, I thank you that I am not like the rest of humanity—greedy, dishonest, adulterous—or even like this tax collector.” His prayer focuses upon his personal good works and pits himself against others. It becomes a prayer of him (the good) versus them (the bad).
On Wednesday, November 2 we will celebrate All Souls Day. As special remembrance of those who have died over the past year will take place at the 7:00 p.m. Mass. We will remember the deceased members of our families, friends, the lonely and forgotten, and all those who touched our lives.
As part of our ongoing engagement process, we have come to realize the importance of parishioners sharing their personal stories of how they have connected with Saint Clement as an important factor in their lives. As a feature twice a month, we share the stories and reflections of our engaged parishioners who are living a stewardship life of prayer, service, and giving. This week we hear from Michelle Edmonds:
Have you ever felt like you were nagging God? Persisting in asking God for a specific need or intention, day after day, awaiting a response? A friend of mine whose been going through a difficult time recently said to me, “I pray and pray and pray for an answer and it feels like God doesn’t hear me. I feel like God is holding out on me. What’s the point of praying?” Like my friend, I too have had that kind of experience in prayer, and I suspect we’re not the only ones!
This Sunday's Gospel is the reading most often heard at Thanksgiving Day Mass. The obvious theme is gratitude. Stopping to give thanks in a big way at least once a year as a nation is supported by scriptures. At least for a few minutes on Thanksgiving morning, prayers are offered before the rest of the Thanksgiving rituals (food, football, early bird Christmas shopping) ensue.
As part of our ongoing engagement process, we have come to realize the importance of parishioners sharing their personal stories of how they have connected with Saint Clement as an important factor in their lives. As a feature twice a month, we share the stories and reflections of our engaged parishioners who are living a stewardship life of prayer, service, and giving. This week we hear from Kim Bjork:
A man I know once told me about a time when he went to see a Catholic priest. He told the priest how angry and frustrated he was with God because God had done nothing about the anguish he was experiencing in his life. He told the priest that nothing was going right for him, that he wanted to scream at God. The priest looked at him in the eye and said, “Well, if that is how feel, then you should do it.”
Taken aback by his response, the man thought about it for a few minutes, then walked into the empty church and screamed at God to his heart’s content.