St. Monica, whose feast we celebrate in August, is often known as “the persistent mother.” She watched her oldest son, Augustine, turn his back on his Christian faith.
Monica was exasperated. For years she gave up talking directly to her son on the advice of a local bishop, who told her that it was better to talk to God about Augustine then to Augustine about God.
The mother never gave up praying for her son. Eventu ally Augustine gave up his wild ways, was baptized, and later ordained and named bishop of Hippo. St. Augustine went on to become one of the Church’s greatest scholars.
Today’s readings address the importance of persistent prayer. Abraham, in spite of trepidation that he is bothering the Lord, continues to ask about the fate of Sodom and Gomorrah. Jesus, in Luke’s Gospel, tells his disciples to “ask and you will receive; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you” (Luke 11:9). This is our charge: keep praying.
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Santa Mónica, cuya fiesta celebramos en agosto, se conoce generalmente como “la madre persistente”. Ella vio como su hijo mayor, Agustín, le daba la espalda a su fe cristiana.
Mónica estaba exasperada. Durante años se dio por vencida de hablar directamente a su hijo siguiendo el consejo de un obispo de la región que le dijo que era mejor hablar con Dios sobre Agustín que con Agustín sobre Dios.
La madre nunca dejó de rezar por su hijo. Finalmente, Agustín abandonó su rebeldía, fue bautizado y luego ordenado y nombrado obispo de Hipona. San Agustín se convirtió en uno de los eruditos más importantes de la Iglesia.
Las lecturas de hoy destacan la importancia de la oración persistente. Abraham, a pesar de temer molestar al Señor, continúa preguntándole sobre el destino de Sodoma y Gomorra.
Jesús, en el Evangelio según san Lucas, le dice a sus discípulos “pidan y se les dará, busquen y encontrarán, toquen y se les abrirá” (Lucas 11:9). Esta es nuestra tarea: seguir rezando.
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“You were buried with him in baptism,
in which you were also raised with him through faith
in the power of God, who raised him from the dead.”
— Colossians 2:12
||“Por el bautismo fueron ustedes sepultados con Cristo
y también resucitaron con él,mediante la fe en el poder de Dios,
que lo resucitó de entre los muertos.”
— Colosenses 2:12
Dear Parishioners and Friends,
Let us pray for the success of World Youth Day (WYD) 2016 which will be held on July 25 to 31 in Krakow, Poland; and for the safe travels of our delegates together with Fr. Bernard.
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Thank you to all who already pledged and participated in the 2016 Annual Catholic
Appeal and to those who responded to the second collection in all Masses last weekend.
As of July 10, 2016, out of the 3,226 registered parishioners, only 551 have pledged or contributed to the 2016 Annual Catholic Appeal. We are calling on those who have not yet participated. Please consider sharing your material resources and support our Diocese in its various projects. Your contribution, regardless of amount, will make possible the work that affects so many in our diocese: assistance to the poor, education of those who attend Catholic school, formation of new priests and care for our retired priests, evangelization and accompaniment of Young Adults, and the consoling presence of Christ for those imprisoned.
Jesus reminds us to “Be merciful just as your Father is merciful” (Luke 6:36); and to recognize Him in the poor, in those who suffer in every way, and in those in need.
This year’s Annual Catholic Appeal theme is “Celebrating the Year of Mercy”. As we celebrate the Year of Mercy, let us be aware that we are the face, we are the hands and the arms of Jesus Christ. As His disciples, we are called to be witnesses of compassion and mercy to the world.
Our participation in the Annual Catholic Appeal (ACA) is our response to the call of discipleship and stewardship.
Thank you for your support. Together, let us truly celebrate the Year of Mercy!
Fr. Manny Ediza & Fr. Bernard Rañoa
“LOVE IS OUR MISSION.
To love God and neighbor is not something abstract, but profoundly concrete.
It means seeing in every person the face of the Lord,
to serve them concretely.”