Tuesday, the 5th week of Easter
Mass at noon: Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday - Thursday at 7p
Saturday at 5:00 - Sunday at 9:00, 11:15am and 7:00pm during the semester
When the people gather for prayer, all are welcome.
Saint of the day - Joseph the Worker
Readings for today’s Mass
I like Thomas Swallen's ditty:
I worry about the future and I worry about the past.
I worry that my saving and my IRA won't last.
I worry about politics and world affairs and such,
but most of all I worry that I worry much too much.
The trouble with living in fear is that it makes us stupid. One of the words for fear in the Christian Testament means "running around in the mind or memory." Fear is the "monkey on our back." When fearful, I often do exactly what I shouldn't because too many things are running around in my mind. When I can calm down, I think more clearly and make better choices.
Here is a simple approach to letting go of our fears and worries: Sit quietly, eyes closed, body relaxed. Rest the palms of your hands face down on your thighs. Remember the presence of the Risen Christ telling you not to be afraid, and imagine dropping your fears into Christ's hands. Talk to Christ about each fear, each "monkey on your back," and then hand it over to him. Then turn your hands over so that the palms face upward. In this receptive posture, ask Christ to open your heart to whatever grace you need not to be afraid, to let go of fear, to rest in God's blessed reassurance. End with the Lord's Prayer or simply Thanks.
Be not afraid. Christ is with us everywhere, anytime.