Sister Rosemarie Goins, CSSF

“You cannot serve both God and mammon.” Luke 16: 13 How many times have we heard this saying? Jesus was very clear about the consequences of our choices. We have to determine what is “mammon” – all that distracts us from the following of God and aiding the poor. “…you who trample upon the needy and destroy the poor of the land…never will I forget…” Amos 8: 4-7 This is a pretty frightening pronouncement.  Hence, it is important to know the stumbling blocks – money, power, position and possessions.  None of these things are evil in themselves.  It is how they are used that determines the culpability. In fact, if we have them, so much good can be accomplished.

1 Timothy 2: 1-8 gives us a wonderful petition. “…I, Paul, ask that supplications, prayers, petitions and thanksgivings be offered for everyone, for kings and for all authority, that we may lead a quiet and tranquil life in all devotion and dignity…” This is an excellent prayer during this time of preparation for Elections.

This week we honor the Korean martyrs of the early 19th century – Fr. Andrew Kim Taegon, the first Korean priest and saint, Paul Chong Hasang, a married man and some 68 others who died for the faith.

In the late 19th century a Chinese priest made his way secretly into Korea. He found over 4,000 Christians who had never seen a priest.

“We marvel at the fact that the Korean Church was strictly a lay Church for a dozen years after its birth. How did the people survive without the Eucharist? It is no belittling of this and other sacraments to realize that there must be a living faith before there can be a truly beneficial celebration of the Eucharist. The sacraments are signs of God’s initiative and response to faith already present. The sacraments increase grace and faith, but only if there is something ready to be increased.” Franciscan Media

St. Matthew, Apostle, is a good example of a man of faith who was waiting for an increase in his faith when he invited Jesus to his home.

St. Pius of Pietrelcina is better known as Padre Pio, a great mystic, stigmatist and an Italian OFM Capuchin priest of the 19th-20th centuries.  He was also a healer and miracle worker, whose blessings continue to today.

Let us pray for an increase of our faith and be thankful for the presence of the Eucharist – Jesus Christ, our Savior.

Sister Rosemarie Goins, CSSF


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