St. John Henry Newman

Saint John Henry Newman’s

Meditation on Hope in God our Creator

In preparation for the one year anniversary of Saint John Henry Newman’s canonization on October 13, we offer the following meditation which the saint wrote on Hope in God our Creator.  It is not only absolutely beautiful, but will give an incredible boost to anyone who is suffering from feeling unwanted or unloved.   Please share this meditation with someone you love:

God was all-complete, all-blessed in Himself; but it was His will to create a world for His glory. He is Almighty, and might have done all things Himself, but it has been His will to bring about His purposes by the beings He has created. We are all created to His glory—we are created to do His will. I am created to do something or to be something for which no one else is created; I have a place in God’s counsels, in God’s world, which no one else has; whether I be rich or poor, despised or esteemed by man, God knows me and calls me by my name.

God has created me to do Him some definite service; He has committed some work to me which He has not committed to another. I have my mission—I never may know it in this life, but I shall be told it in the next. Somehow I am necessary for His purposes, as necessary in my place as an Archangel in his—if, indeed, I fail, He can raise another, as He could make the stones children of Abraham. Yet I have a part in this great work; I am a link in a chain, a bond of connexion between persons. He has not created me for naught. I shall do good, I shall do His work; I shall be an angel of peace, a preacher of truth in my own place, while not intending it, if I do but keep His commandments and serve Him in my calling.

Therefore I will trust Him. Whatever, wherever I am, I can never be thrown away. If I am in sickness, my sickness may serve Him; in perplexity, my perplexity may serve Him; if I am in sorrow, my sorrow may serve Him. My sickness, or perplexity, or sorrow may be necessary causes of some great end, which is quite beyond us. He does nothing in vain; He may prolong my life, He may shorten it; He knows what He is about. He may take away my friends, He may throw me among strangers, He may make me feel desolate, make my spirits sink, hide the future from me—still He knows what He is about.  (John Henry Newman, March 7, 1848)

Pastor’s Note, October 10-11

October 10-11

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

Who doesn’t like to attend a wedding reception?  Most people do and unfortunately because of the prevailing pandemic many such receptions have been postponed or cancelled.  We feel deprived if we are not given the opportunity to celebrate love and extend warm heartfelt congratulations to a newly-married husband and wife.

Our Lord uses this very imagery of a wedding banquet to reflect the joyfulness of Heaven.  But as he points out one must be properly dispersed and appropriately attired to join in the celebration.  In other words, wedding crashers are not allowed.  Neither can we crash our way into Heaven.

Think of how earnestly one prepares for attendance at a wedding reception.  We look our best in order to honor the bride and groom.  How much more then when we enter this heavenly banquet that has already begun on earth – namely the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.  Our wedding garment is the state of our souls.  Just as we would be horrified to dishonor the couple all the more so should we be diligent in our preparation for the banquet of the Holy Eucharist.  The last thing we would want is to dishonor our Lord who has extended the invitation to us.

Fortunately,  through the Sacrament of Reconciliation, Jesus Himself adores us for participation in the Royal Banquet.  Through the ministration of His priests, He guarantees us a place at the table.  He does the clean-up; we need only to come humbly before Him with sorrow for our sins.

I remind you that in addition to our daily confessions before and after Mass and prior to the Sunday Masses we now have Confessions available for you on Saturday mornings from 10:30 – 12:00 in St. Mary Magdalen or in the event of a funeral at St. John’s.  Attire yourself in the mercy of God and be prepared to enter the Banquet either here or in the glory to come.

With Blessings,

Father Langan