Hope is the feeling of wanting something to happen and thinking that it will happen. It is an expectation, aspiration, a desire, a wish, ambition, aim, goal, plan, and design. It is a strong feeling that something good will happen and be true. To hope in something is to strive hard in your wish for your aspirations to be fulfilled or accomplished.
Hope in the bible is the confident expectation of what God has promised and its strength is in God’s Faithfulness. Having goals is not enough, but one has to keep getting closer to those goals, amidst all the twists and turns of life. Hope allows people to approach problems with a mindset and strategy-set suitable to success thereby, increasing the chances they will actually accomplish their goals. Hope is an optimistic state of mind that is based on an expectation of positive outcomes with respect to events and circumstances in one’s life or the world at large.
SOME BIBLICAL REFERENCES…
- God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. ( Psalm 46:1-3 )
- The name of the Lord is a strong tower, the righteous run into it and are safe. ( Prov 18:10 )
- Do not grieve for the joy of the Lord is your strength. ( Neh 8:10 ) Ps 42:5; Ps 119:74; Zech 9:12; Rom 12:12; Eph 2:12; Rom 15:13; 1Thes 1:3; 1 Tim 4:10; 1 Pet 3:15
May God grant all your prayerful intentions with your zeal in hope.
God bless you.
Blessings, Father Seth
What: Nativity scene with story and games
When: Sunday, December 16th, 9:15-10:15 AM
Who: Grades K-7
What: Pizza, popcorn and Nativity story movie (parents and families invited to join)
When: Wednesday, December 19th, 7-8 PM
Who: Grades 8-12
Patience is the power or capacity to endure without complaint something that is difficult or disagreeable, forbearance and long-suffering. Patience is an important tool in overcoming frustration. Patience allows us to suspend judgment long enough to make informed decisions, thus paving the path to a happy and peaceful life.
Here are some benefits of patience:
- Patient people enjoy better mental health.
- Patient people are better friends and neighbors.
- Patience helps us achieve our goals.
- Patience is linked to good health.
“May God, who gives this patience and encouragement, help you live in complete
harmony with each other as if fitting for followers of Christ Jesus.” ( Rom 15: 5)
“Be filled with love and patience,” (Titus 2:2 ) “be patient in trouble,” (Rom 12:12) “be patient with everyone,” (1 Thes 5:14) “endure persecution patiently,” (Rev 14:12) “for God waited patiently while Noah was building his boat” (1Pet 3:20) “and so I waited patiently for the Lord” (Ps 40:1).
Thus with patience and endurance, you will save your life. Be patient at all
times. Blessings, Fr. Seth
As we approach the season of advent once again let us make use of these precious weeks of preparation to have a special encounter with the Lord.
Your priest is there for your services not only to listen to confessions but also to listen to you as a person. Any concerns of yours that need to be discussed or shared with your spiritual leader must not be kept under the carpet or buried. Feel free to stop in or invite me just for a talk. Remember some burdens or issues of load must be taken off to allow us to prepare adequately and happily for the birth of the Lord at Christmas.
Any time of the day, apart from Mass hours, can work for me. Make an appointment with the secretary or just come as you may wish. God cares and thinks of us all. Let us acknowledge him in the psalms and praise him through this exercise.
PSALM 8 ( PRAYER ) O Lord, our Lord, your majestic name fills the earth! Your glory is higher than the heavens. You have taught children and infants to tell of your strength, silencing your enemies and all who oppose you.
When I look at the night sky and see the work of your fingers – the moon and the stars you set in place, what are mere mortals that you should think about them? Yet you made them only a little lower than God and crowned them with glory and honor. You gave them charge of everything you made, putting all things under their authority, the flocks and the herds and all the wild animals, the birds in the sky, the fish in the sea, and everything that swims the ocean currents. O Lord, our Lord, your majestic name fills the earth!
I will praise you, Lord with all my heart. I will tell of all the marvelous things you have done. I will be filled with joy because of you. I will sing praise to your name, O Most High! (Psalm 9: 1-2).
Blessings, Fr. Seth
As Catholics, we firmly believe that God has a plan for our lives! He calls some to marriage, some to the priesthood, and others to religious life. Some remain as generous single people. Fully living our own vocations and teaching young people how to discern God’s call is a serious duty, but also a joyful one. Today begins National Vocation Awareness Week.
During this week, please pray about how God is calling you to live your vocation more deeply. Encourage the young people in your life – children, grandchildren, students, and friends – to be open if God calls them to priesthood or consecrated life. For more information, go to VocationsOnline.org or call 515-237-5050 and ask for Father Ross Parker.
On Thursday, November 1st we celebrate the first and Category A Component of the Church – THE CHURCH TRIUMPHANT. All Christians believe in our final home in HEAVEN, where our Fathers and Mothers in Faith, the Saints have reached already. The Saints have fought a good fight and have finished the race winning the crown of Glory. The saints shine with brightening lights showing us the way to reach our final destination on our pilgrimage of faith.
On Friday, November 2nd, we celebrate a third category of the church – THE CHURCH SUFFERING, signifying the Souls in Purgatory. They are those who worshipped with us and have passed on yet to reach the destination of the Glory of the Father.
In communion with the saints we in the present church, the second category – THE CHURCH MILITATANT, pray for the church suffering to be enabled to reach home so that they can join the saints to intercede for us struggling in faith for our final home one day.
Thus on ALL SAINTS DAY, all of us are obliged to join in the celebration of the Holy Eucharist interceding the assistance of the saints to brighten our way to the Father. As contained in the Eucharistic prayer of the saints, we pray – “Father all-powerful and ever-living God…..their (the saints) glory fills us with joy, and their communion with us in your church gives us inspiration and strength, as we hasten on our pilgrimage of faith, eager to meet them”.
All Souls Day is a special day of prayer for all our brothers and sisters who have gone ahead of us passing through a process of purification in Purgatory. Let us join the whole church at Mass to commemorate our deceased relatives, church members, dear ones, spouses, parents, children, colleagues, and even the unknown, at Mass and pray for their souls. We can do so by offering Intentions in their memory, lightening candles and submitting their names as we can remember so that we all pray for them. Let us remember that we shall all go one day and may need others to pray for us, so it is our turn now also to pray for others. All names for the Mass will be compiled and prayed for in the Masses of the day.
– Blessings, Fr. Seth