Monday, the 21st week of Ordinary Time
Mass at noon: Tuesday - Friday
Saturday at 5:00 - Sunday at 9:00 and 11:15am
When the people gather for prayer, all are welcome.
Saint of the day - Augustine of Hippo
Readings for today’s Mass
This tells us something important about Augustine. Clearly, he had a keen understanding of the human condition, of human frailties. He was aware of the powerful conflict between what we wish for ourselves and what we actually choose. These words of Jesus should come to mind: "Watch and pray that you may not undergo the test. The spirit is willing but the flesh is weak." Perhaps Augustine is also expressing his reluctance to give up a favorite sin, even when he knows it's the right thing to do. Consider an alcoholic who is determined to quit drinking tomorrow, but not today. Repentance and conversion begin with such self awareness.
Another thing this quote tells us about Augustine is that he had a sense of humor. i like that. Who prays to God saying "Make me chaste, but not right away." Are you kidding me? i see some of that candor and humor in Pope Francis in ways i don't usually expect from Church leadership. This could be the start of something very good indeed.
Click on the above Saint of the day and read more about this scholar, philosopher, theologian and humorist of the Church.