Reflections on Sunday’s Readings: August 13, 2017

God is presentThis is the 19th Sunday in Ordinary Time. How, when, and where do you encounter God? Elijah does not encounter God in the ways divine power is expected to be manifested, but in a “tiny whispering sound.” Peter encounters Jesus in a raging storm...but becomes frightened - and is saved when he comes as Jesus calls him. Somehow in the midst of all the storms and in the quietest whisper, God can be experienced, we can even grow in our faith, and we can take action as a follower of Christ.

Whether in dramatic or unassuming ways, God continually comes to us. God comes unceasingly in recognizable circumstances (like liturgy and personal prayer) and in unexpected ways (in those in need, in surprises, in the visits of loved ones). The real challenge is to perceive the many ways God comes to us and calls us every day - not usually as One walking on water, but as One dwelling in the other, particularly the other in need. Do we see and encounter Christ also in those calling for help?

Our life is not given to us like an opera libretto, in which all is written down; but it means going, walking, doing, searching, seeing. … We must enter into the adventure of the quest for meeting God; we must let God search and encounter us.” ― Pope Francis, A Big Heart Open to God: A Conversation with Pope Francis

Awakening the Dreamer, Changing the Dream

Earth and Spirit logoWhat: Awakening the Dreamer, Changing the Dream Symposium

When: August 26, 2017 9:00 AM – 12:00 noon

Where: Lighthouse

On August 26, 2017 Epiphany will feature Tim Darst, Associate Director of the Passionist Earth & Spirit Center. He will present “Awakening the Dreamer, Changing the Dream”—a symposium which explores the possibilities for bringing forth an environmentally sustainable, socially just, and spiritually fulfilling human presence on the Earth. Through dynamic group interactions, leading edge information, and inspiring multimedia presentations, participants learn to reconnect with their deep concern for our world and are empowered to make a difference.

Feast of the Assumption - August 15, 2017

Assumption of MaryWe will celebrate the Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary on Tuesday, August 15, 2017. Masses will be at 8:30 AM and 7:00 PM.

On the feast of the Assumption of Mary we celebrate the victory of Christ’s resurrection in that after Mary’s death, she too experienced the fullness of resurrection. The Solemnity of the Assumption of Mary commemorates the day of Mary’s death and the fact that her body was received into heaven, like the resurrected body of Jesus (which is celebrated on the feast of the Ascension of the Lord during the Easter season). This belief in the “resurrection of the body” is also our hope that what Mary and Jesus have experienced God will also grant to us and to all who have gone before us in faith.

Reflections on Sunday’s Readings: August 6, 2017

TransfigurationThis Sunday we celebrate the feast of the Transfiguration of the Lord. By an almost eerie coincidence - here in the midst of other cosmic events - this date is also the anniversary of the world’s birth into the atomic age at Hiroshima! The paradox of the brilliance of Christ transfigured, foretold in Daniel and revealed to Peter, James, and John on that holy mountain and the brilliant flash from that first nuclear blast, cannot be lost on us.

The white light which shone from Christ was a mere suggestion of that divine splendor and indescribable brilliance beyond all human comprehension. The white light which shone from the atomic explosion was an omen of the destructive force that is within human grasp! It is imperative that the horror of the latter be brought under the control of the glory of the former, the One whom the Father's voice declared: This is my beloved Son with whom I am well pleased, listen to Him. It is more urgent than ever that we listen to Him! At stake, the very future of our children, grandchildren, and planet.

Obituary for Ed Miller

CandleEdward F. Miller, 75, of Louisville died on July 21, 2017. He was born in Louisville, son of Edward F. and Dolores (Augustus) Miller. Ed was a graduate of Flaget High School and Bellarmine University. He is preceded in death by his wife, M. Carol Miller and his sister Evelyn (Miller) Kleitz.

Ed is survived by his children Stephen, Jennifer (Pete) Diegel, and Pam O'Loughlin (Brian); his grandchildren Morgan and Ryan Miller, Connor and Caroline O'Loughlin, and Emma Diegel; his brother James Miller and sister Mary (Miller) Willis; and many nieces and nephews.

Reflections on Sunday’s Readings: July 30, 2017

Where your treasure isThe 17th Sunday in Ordinary Time. The news around the world each day confronts us with images and stories that can push us to the core of our faith and conscience, and lead us to seek out meaning and understanding. This weekend’s scriptures offer us some insight into how we might see and respond to these realities. God offers King Solomon any gift, and Solomon asks that he be given an understanding heart to distinguish right from wrong. In the gospel reading, Jesus invites us to be a part of the kingdom of heaven, a reign of God on earth now and for all time. This is the true treasure, worth giving up all else. What do we truly treasure? Do we accept the “cost” of discipleship?

Obituary for Jinny Ratterman

Jinny RattermanVirginia Bachner Ratterman, 78, of Louisville, passed away Tuesday, June 27, 2017.

Born November 21, 1938 in Chicago, IL., she was a retired psychologist.

She is survived by her loving husband, Joseph H. Ratterman. In addition, she is survived by her brother, four sisters, her sons Daniel J. Ratterman, Thomas J. Ratterman (Maria), her daughter Julia H. Howard (Jimmy), along with seven grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Reflections on Sunday’s Readings: July 23, 2017

weeds and wheatThis is the 16th Sunday in Ordinary Time. The crowds listening to Jesus know that mustard seed is an invasive weed - no one would ever sow mustard seeds - except God! Today’s scriptures remind us that God’s love encompasses all, and reaches even those that are rejected...those who are on the fringes...those who are broken. God’s love reaches the divorced, the depressed, the homeless, the gay, the jobless and the addicted. Our personal weeds grow together with our wheat. Things cannot be sorted out cleanly now, however much we might like to do so. But God’s love reaches each of us as we are and fills us with forgiveness. This is freely given by God to all of us, and can’t be earned. All we are called to do is to be open to this incredible gift of God, and, in turn, to reach out to others with this same love.

Sages Trip To Virginia

Virginia BeachThe following report was submitted by Bobbe Moutray, a member of Epiphany Sages.

VIRGINIA IS FOR LOVERS…..

….as a goodly number of Epiphany Sages and their friends quickly found out! It’s for lovers of history, of nature, of people, of ocean waves, and of just downright FUN!

This particular tour was, in fact, a “maiden voyage” for our carrier Diamond Tours. Williamsburg, VA had just opened up on the list of destination cities for the company, and the Sages were more than willing to “take the plunge” and, as we quickly learned, it was a memorable trip in so many ways!

Once again, in an attempt to put as many miles behind us as possible on our day of departure from Louisville, we watched movies relative to our trip and played fun games of Bingo and Fly Swatter Derby (our touring Sages’ version of “the fastest two minutes in racing”). That made our arrival time in Roanoke (after dinner) very reasonable.

Reflections on Sunday’s Readings: July 16, 2017

Sower of seedThis is the 15th Sunday in Ordinary Time. In the gospel parable today, the image of the sower is of one who generously, almost recklessly, scatters seeds everywhere. Grace is abundant. The goodness of God is abundant. God’s word is abundant. The possibilities for the world and its people are numerous and wonderful. The challenge is to share this abundance responsibly and lovingly. Some close their eyes or ears or hearts and do not respond to the word. Shocked by wealth and anxiety, we can close ourselves to the reality of the poor and marginalized of our world. Shocked by the structures and institutions of our world, we can feel paralyzed. The word today reminds us that something more is possible.

What are the things in your life that choke off the effectiveness of God’s word? What in your life nurtures the seed of God’s word to fullness?

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