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I BELONG TO MY KING JESUS WHO PAID A GREAT PRICE FOR ME!By Pat Haggerty

We live in troubled times and in a troubled world.  That has become so clear as evidenced by the recent happenings in Paris.  We feel for the French people and we unite with them in solidarity offering our prayers and empathizing with their struggles.  How can one find hope in such a cauldron of insanity?

Believe me, I have no answers, nor am I trying to oversimplify this plight.  It is an extremely complex political, social and religious issue.  I am just trying to find solace and comfort from God’s word.  I am trying to reflect on it connecting the “realities of today,” as Pope Francis has often said, with the message of the gospel.

I am suggesting that we reflect on the gospel  for the feast of Christ the King.  It turns the focus of power  and control on Jesus.  In the gospel story, Jesus responds to Pilate regarding his kingship.  He says:  “You say I am a king.  For this I was born and for this I came into the world, to testify to the truth.  Everyone who belongs to the truth listens to my voice.” (John 18:37)

 
The Jesus Effect PDF Print E-mail

Our Lord Jesus ChristBy Pat Haggerty

Most of us are still basking in the memories of Pope Francis’ visit to the United States.  What a glorious time for Catholics, for families and for the world at large!  One cannot erase the memories of Francis riding in his pope-mobile, greeting President Obama, embracing the children, speaking before Congress and walking up the steps of St. Patrick’s Cathedral.  There are so many images that they must be compartmentalized and categorized in our minds.

No matter our memories, it is the messages that ring out loud and clear.  We cling to his words about social justice, compassion, empathy, and embracing one another.  The Golden Rule takes on new meaning and has become our mantra.  We have renewed interest in his four American exemplars.  No doubt Amazon saw an increase in sales of books by Thomas Merton.  Hopefully, there is a greater awareness of the Catholic Worker Movement in our country and beyond.  When we are ready to celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day in January, we will remember the words of Pope Francis.  Lastly, the contributions of Abraham Lincoln will resonate more deeply in our hearts as Americans and lovers of equality.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 10 November 2015 15:42
 
A Remembrance PDF Print E-mail

Pat HaggertyBy Pat Haggerty

When I wrote my last blog, I was sharing thoughts about transitions. There are so many that we face on a daily basis. One significant transition I omitted, though, was the transition of loss. One must somehow adapt to losing someone. The loss of a family member or dear friend is not only heart-breaking but difficult in so many ways.

This August I lost my dear Mother and that has caused me to re-think many of my values. The Lord has been good to me. He has brought me peace and consolation. He has sent me so many signs from the events that have transpired in the past few months.

My sisters and I have been cleaning through my Mother’s things. It has been a tiresome but very valuable endeavor. How does one sum up a life in things? You don’t. You some it up in beautiful memories, little mementoes, and the presence of your loved one in your heart.

 
Transitions PDF Print E-mail

Pat HaggertyBy Pat Haggerty

How often lately have you heard the question, “Where has the summer gone?”  A lot, I am sure.  For some reason, August has a way of crashing through summer leaving us in the wake of turning leaves and shorter days.  Students and teachers are returning to school; parents are already balancing schedules; and the rest of us are just lamenting over the passage of vacation days and more relaxed times.

We can’t avoid transitions in our lives.  It may simply be the changing of seasons, the movement to a new job or some change in our family structure or our community make-up.  Transitions are not always easy or smooth.  They involve change and that is not easy for anyone.  Some people are more adaptable than others; it may be a part of our DNA---the ability to be resilient, the flexibility to “go with the flow.”  Whatever it is, we either have it or we don’t.

Last Updated on Thursday, 10 September 2015 07:34
 
Assumption PDF Print E-mail

The Assumption of Blessed Virgin MaryBy Pat Haggerty

We are about to celebrate the beautiful feast of the Assumption.  What comes to mind for us when we think of Mary’s Assumption?  Do we think of Mary ascending into heaven surrounded by choirs of angels?  Do we think of Mary’s “yes” to the Lord?  Do we think of Mary as our powerful intercessor to her Son?  Perhaps we think of all these things.

We can find associations to all of the above in the readings for the feast day.  In the first reading from Revelations, we read:  “A great sign appeared in the sky, a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars.” We get a glimpse of our salvation in the second reading from 1 Corinthians:  “For since death came through man, the resurrection of the dead came also through man.  For just as in Adam all die, so too in Christ shall all be brought to life. . .”   In the gospel acclamation we sing:  “Mary is taken up to heaven; a chorus of angels exults.”  Finally, in the gospel reading, we ponder the beautiful words of Mary’s Magnificat:  “My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord; m spirit rejoices in God my Savior for he has looked with favor on his lowly servant.”

 
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