SURVIVE OR THRIVE

“Many lay people fear that they may be asked to undertake some apostolic work and they seek to avoid any responsibility that may take away from their free time…This is frequently due to the fact that people feel an overbearing need to guard their personal freedom, as though the task of evangelization was a dangerous poison rather than a joyful response to God’s love which summons us to mission and makes us fulfilled and productive.” – Joy of the Gospel

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THE JOY OF THE GOSPEL

Kiera did not speak about Jesus a single time during that evening, but she shared the gospel exactly as Dani needed it.

Each of us can learn from Pope Francis and from my lovely wife. People don’t need to be preached at more; they need to encounter Jesus when they encounter us and be walked with patiently and joyfully on the road of faith.

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MY VISIT TO FERGUSON

My visit was brief, but I was definitely most excited about going to the parish.  I had created my own test in my head to measure the impact she was having there. The test was, “How many double takes can I get during this mass?”  For years it annoyed me that people would mistake my sister and me.  Since she has moved, I secretly love when new people think that I am her.  I knew the ultimate test would be at mass.  

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CALLING ALL BALLERS AND PIZZA LOVERS

Pope Francis recently said “all that our brothers and sisters possess is a gift for the Church and for all humanity,” especially the ones that don’t come to Church.

So maybe our teens didn’t leave for the afternoon with a desire to follow Christ forever. That’s okay. My hope is that the next time these teens think about coming to Church, they come because people at this church know them and love them.

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PORK STEAKS AND GERMAN POTATO SALAD

The beauty of ministry is God can’t be contained.  He doesn’t only work in the 2 hours we have an event and he doesn’t only work in the people we are expecting him to.  God is immeasurable and his grace is for all.  Dorothy receives this grace and because our God is so big she cannot simply contain it for herself but she must share it with others.

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HOME.

Home. 

Home has had many different connotations for me over my life. My home growing up, my summer camp home, my home of Covecrest for two years, and now, Ferguson. 

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DO UNTO OTHERS

The last few weeks have made Ferguson look like a very needy place. Yes, this town does need much, but that doesn’t mean the people here are unable or unwilling to give. If there’s one thing this town needs, it’s more people giving of themselves and serving others. The teens of Blessed Teresa are doing it. Let’s follow their example this Advent and Christmas season.

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WHAT I DO KNOW

I’ve never woken up and wished the night before were just a bad dream more than I did this morning.

I don’t know what to say or what to do..

What I do know is that I want to share with you the love I have for this town I am proud to call my home.

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WON'T YOU BE MY NEIGHBOR

Our little town of Ferguson is trying to be more faithful then ever.  Parishioners have organized new young adult ministries and we are doing what we can to reach out to the middle and high school students by joining them for lunch at school and going to see their plays and games.

God is here and he is not going away.

Many are still wondering how “Ferguson” happened and many more are asking what we are doing to respond to all that is happening.  We keep going, doing what we do.

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IT’S THE LITTLE THINGS

I think the best part about loving someone is the little things you do for them. For me, it’s when someone randomly pays for coffee. For Jonathan and many of our teens, it’s that we care about what they care about, like soccer games or hat designs for a play. 

Love thinks about the little things.

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