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From the Pastor … Why are miracles important?

     Jesus' first temptation was to change stones into bread. It was a clever ploy by the devil to distract Jesus from His mission of saving people, spiritually, and concentrating, instead, on the material needs of people. Everyone needs material 'things. We all need to eat, and, as Jesus said to the devil: "Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God". Jesus understood that His ministry was directed toward saving people for the kingdom of God, forming them into His Church, forgiving sins, and teaching. So, when Jesus was confronted by a hungry crowd of 5,000 men (and their families), what was He to do? Without compromising His ministry, Jesus recognized the people's need for food, and set about to satisfy their hunger, in order to teach them about God and His Kingdom. The problem was that there was almost nothing available to eat. One of His apostles found a lad who had only five barley loaves and a couple of fish. Jesus then had the people recline. He took the bread, blessed it, and gave thanks. Not only was He able to feed the vast crowd, but also, there was food left over: 12 wicker baskets full. How did Jesus do this? Jesus performed a miracle. He multiplied the five loaves. Everyone had enough to eat. Notwithstanding what the text says about no one having brought any food (except for the lad), certain churchmen and "scholars" like to pretend that there was no miracle. They say that Jesus simply had the people share the food that they had brought with them. (This contradicts what the passage tells us.) This reasoning is an example reducing Jesus to a mere man who had no miraculous powers. If Jesus is God, with a human nature, as we believe, and God has dominion over the material world, why is it so difficult for some people to accept the fact that Jesus was able to multiply the loaves? In the Gospel of John, the word "sign" is used, instead of "miracle". Every miracle, for John, is a sign that points to something. What is the sign-value of the feeding of the 5,000? The sign points to Jesus. It tells us something about Him. If Jesus did not really work a miracle, as these "scholars" suggest, they have reduced Jesus to being a mere man, with no power over the natural world. In turn, other aspects of our faith are called into question. For example, we believe that the bread and wine are changed in substance, when the priest says the words of consecration. They become the body and blood of Christ. And what about the resurrection? God can raise up mortal bodies, as Jesus's body was raised. And, as St. Paul says, "If Christ has not been raised, your faith is vain and you are still in your sins" (1 Cor. 15.17). A faith without miracles is devoid of substance, and is, at best, wishful thinking.

From the Pastor … Our Nation's Birthday

     The United States is now 245 years old. Do we have a great country? Let's ask a more basic question: In what does true greatness consist? Is it in empire-building? Is it maintaining a high standard of living? Is it having an arsenal of military might? The answer, I would submit is none of the above. George Washington spoke of the importance of the religious and moral fiber of the citizens of the new nation. The point is that without God in our national life and in the lives of our citizens, we cannot have a great country. Indeed there are many signs that our greatness is really a thing of the past. The United States is the abortion capital of the world. (The unalienable right to life has been jettisoned by sanction of our government!) The federal government currently is doing everything it can to redefine ("abolish"?) marriage. The crime here is frightening. Much of popular culture has become debased. The list could go on. Notwithstanding the damage that godlessness has wrought in our land, there are many pundits and opinion making establishments that continue the relentless campaign to rid any vestige of religious faith from our national life. They do not want us to be considered one nation "under God." We must not fall for their propaganda.
     What are we to do about all this? First, we must be good Catholics, resorting to prayer and ardent practice of the faith. St. Paul says, "I urge that petitions, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgiving be offered for all men, especially for kings and those in authority, that we may be able to lead undisturbed and tranquil lives in perfect piety and dignity" (1 Tim 2.2). Also, we must be good citizens. We do so by being interested participants in the affairs of our nation and being educated in what it means to be an American. Many of our people have never read the Constitution. Some Americans recoil from entertaining any issue that requires action on their part (e.g., writing a letter to a congressman). Others would rather confine their interests to sports and television. Remember, patriotism is a virtue. It does not mean a mind-less excitement about our nation, as one might root for his favorite sports team. Patriotism falls under the fourth commandment: Honor thy father and thy mother. It is true love for one's country. And we need never take our nation for granted.

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The Rosary for Life Prays Each Saturday at Preterm

  •   First Saturday, August 7, 2021

  •   meet at St. Andrew's Benedictine Abbey,

  •   confessions at 8:30 am, Mass at 9:15 am,

  •   Rosary at Preterm.

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In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Give praise to the Father Almighty. To His Son, Jesus Christ the Lord. To the Spirit who lives in our hearts, Both now and forever. Amen.

Our Lady of Knock, Queen of Ireland, you gave hope to your people in a time of distress and comforted them in sorrow. You have inspired countless pilgrims to pray with confidence to your divine Son, remembering His promise, "Ask and you shall receive, seek and you shall find."

Help me to remember that we are all pilgrims on the road to heaven. Fill me with love and concern for my brothers and sisters in Christ, especially those who live with me. Comfort me when I am sick, lonely and depressed. Teach me how to take part every more reverently in the Holy Mass. Give me a greater love of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament. Pray for me now and at the hour of my death. Amen.

Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world; have mercy on us.
Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world; have mercy on us.
Lamb of God, you take away the sins of the world; grant us peace.
St Joseph, Chosen by God to be the husband of Mary, the protector of the Holy Family, the guardian of the Church. Protect all families in their work and recreation and guard us on our journey through life. Repeat - Lamb of God....
St. John, Beloved disciple of the Lord, faithful priest. Teacher of the Lord of God. Help us to hunger for the word, to be loyal to the Mass and to love one another.
Repeat - Lamb of God....
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