The Cost of Hatred

A man decided to go out in search of the cost of hatred from a shop and was told:

1. It will first take away your inner peace.

2. It will cost you incurable worries.

3. It will eat up your heart.

4. You will be deeply bitter whenever you set your eyes on the person you hate.

5. When others are celebrating him/her, you will always be looking for why he/ she doesn’t deserve it.

6. You will become so weak and tired of seeing the person.

7. Whenever he/she laughs, you will cry.

8. While others are busy planning their future, you will be busy looking for how to pull him/her down.

9. The Spirit of God will leave you and you will become a temple of the devil where demons reside.

10. You will die before your time and go to hell.

The seller was still counting what a cup of hatred would cost when the man shunned him, realizing how expensive hatred is. He left because he knew deep down that he could not afford it. Brethren, don’t allow anybody to sell hatred to you so exorbitantly when you can love so easily and cheaply.

PEACE & LOVE, Father Seth

Arise Over Your Fears and Put Faith In God

Winston Churchill is credited to have said, “A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity but an optimist sees opportunity in every difficulty.” A person who does not look beyond his or her fears remains with it forever.
In the book of Numbers Chapter 13, Moses sent out some to make reconnaissance of the Promised Land with the hope of capturing it. The men returned after forty days with a good report, “we came to the land to which you sent us, it flows with milk and honey, and this is its fruit,” (Num 13:27), BUT “the people who live in the land are strong …we cannot attack them, they are stronger than we are” (Num 13:28), the pessimist approach.
Caleb, however, was an optimist, he arose and said, “We must march in immediately and take it, we are certainly able to conquer it.” (Num 13:30)
Our perspective about life will either propel us forward for positive and good results or pull us back towards negative and bad results. When we choose to focus on the dark side of life at the expense of the bright side, we will end up being unhappy people all the time, complaining and grumbling instead of trying some attempts to conquer with optimism like Caleb.
Are you planning to embark on a project which is huge beyond your imagination? Are you battling or faced with some horrible chronic disease? Take heart, there is always a possibility even in the face of impossibility. Search hard and you will find it, ask in strong faith and it will be given to you, knock hard and the iron gates with the so-
called strong men will be broken down. Everything is possible for the one who believes.
Yes have faith and like St. Paul says “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” (Phil 4:13)
SHALOM-PEACE, Father Seth

THE “NOW” OF GOD ARE THE YOUTH

In his final Homily to the youth at the 2019 World Youth Day, Pope Francis disagreed with the common saying that the youth are the future of society, the Church or the community. Rather Pope Francis said; “YOU, DEAR YOUNG PEOPLE, are not the FUTURE, NO, You are the PRESENT.” You are not the future of God, you young people are the now of God. He invites you and calls you in your communities and cities to go out and find your grandparents, your elders and to stand up with them, to speak out, and realize the dream that the Lord has dreamed for you.
Not tomorrow, now, for wherever your treasure is now, there your heart will also be. For Jesus, there is no meantime, but only a merciful love that wants to enter into a win over our hearts. He wants to be our treasure because Jesus is not meantime, an interval in life, or a passing fad, he is generous love that invites us to entrust ourselves.
Thus we must learn from the Blessed Mother and also graciously give our FIAT to God and act now along with our individual aspirations in life and for Life. Seek the Lord now, not in the future. Let our parents, grandparents, elderly, and the mature in faith teach us, the young ones, to befriend Christ now and forever. May you identify your God-given mission in life and pursue it with love and joy.
SHALOM.
Blessings, Father Seth

Thanks from Father Seth

Dear Parishioners at St. Mary’s and St. Patrick’s,
I wish to register my profound and sincere thanks once again to all parishioners of St. Mary’s and St. Patrick’s for your prayerful thoughts, well wishes, beautiful cards, and wonderful presents for my birthday. God richly bless you all.

Thanks also for your willingness and generous support towards the Ghana mission and Church project which kicks off today. I believe and trust that you will take an extra envelope for a kind friend outside the church or parish.

There is still room for anyone considering going on the trip to Ghana with us. However, the few that are going represent all of us and will bring wonderful reports to us.

Witnessing RAGBRI through town I was highly impressed and so grateful to all. I saw dedication, commitment and sincere love and service from all. This is indeed true family life. Let’s continue in that spirit teaching our youth to be more active.

Prayerful wishes and Blessings,
Father Seth

Keeping Faith Alive for our Dreams

(GEN 3)
An unanswered prayer is not a denied prayer and a not-yet fulfilled dream is
not a dream in vain. Divine plans have divine timelines.

Joseph narrated two of his dreams of greatness to his brothers. He told them
how he had seen the sun, the moon, and eleven stars bowing down to him. (Gen 37:9)
His brothers were furious with him for a dream so big. They chose to kill the dream
by putting the dreamer in a situation far removed from its fulfillment. Consequently,
they sold Joseph into slavery for twenty pieces of silver. After having been sold into
slavery, he had to undergo other trials, false accusations, and imprisonment. In all
these challenges he kept faith with God.

As destiny would have it, it was precisely in that apparently unfavorable
situation the dream materialized. From the status of a slave, grace and mercy
favorably lifted him to the level of governor in Egypt… “And Joseph’s brothers came
and bowed themselves before him with their faces to the ground.” (Gen 42:26)
The dream had been fulfilled.

If we too would keep faith with God, the beautiful dream concerning our lives
would come to pass. Let us always abandon ourselves to God and never cease to trust
him. His plans for us shall really be fulfilled.

BLESSINGS… FATHER SETH

Happy Sesquicentennial to Avoca

105 Years of a city is a long journey through hectic transformations. Many have come and gone, some still remembered, others not. Many things in terms of farming activities and technology have taken place. Even the name might have changed from its original name, yet the city is still going on. Not all who celebrated the Centennial may be living and not all may be living fifty more years to come. A celebration like this teaches generations a lot, reminding us about the thought of God, our maker, and force behind all changes and movements.

Just as the ancestors had to struggle to bring the city this far so our generation needs five most important and noble qualities to make the city live on and bring it to a far more rewarding state and condition namely: 1. Courage and Bravery leading to heroism 2. Selflessness 3. Humility 4. Patience 5. Caring

These five qualities will certainly bring about ten qualities as a community: 1. Freedom 2. Justice 3. Graciousness 4. Morality 5. Merciful 6. Truthfulness 7. Values of life 8. Creativity 9. Excellence 10. Stewardship

This is my prayer that Avoca lives on till generations on end. Long live Avoca, long live America. – GOD BLESS EVERYONE, Father Seth

AGAPE/LOVE: LOVE ONE ANOTHER

“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son so that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have Eternal Life.” (John 3:16) Agape was used by the early Christians to refer to the self-sacrificing LOVE of God for humanity, which they were committed to reciprocating and practicing towards God and among one another. Agape is the highest form of love, charity, and the Love of God for man and of man for God. Christ commands us to love one another, a much more different love than the world exhibits.
There are sixteen characteristics of God’s Agape Love.
“A new commandment I give you, that you love one another as I have loved you.” (John
13:34) The sixteen characteristics of Agape Love are contained in 1 Corinthians 13:4-8.
Love here means Charity.
1. Love suffers long
2. Love is kind
3. Love does not envy
4. Love does not boast on itself
5. Love is not puffed up
6. Love does not behave itself unseemly
7. Love does not seek her own
8. Love is not easily provoked
9. Love does not think evil
10. Love does not rejoice in iniquity
11. Love rejoices in the truth
12. Love bears all things
13. Love believes all things
14. Love hopes all things
15. Love endures all things
16. Love never fails
Let us ask God to fill us with His love daily so that we can love others in our lives like He
would if He walked in our shoes. Love does not just come from good intentions, it is a
by-product of salvation and Spirit-fullness. LOVE ONE ANOTHER.
– Blessings, Father Seth