Posted on August 27, 2012 by Fran Rossi Szpylczyn
Having been on vacation, I did not prepare a musing for today and nothing is coming to me… So I offer this photo from my beach walk on Friday morning. The colorful skies gave way to a great sunrise a short while after I shot this. How God is so present in all things!
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Posted on August 25, 2012 by Fran Rossi Szpylczyn
Posted on August 20, 2012 by Fran Rossi Szpylczyn
Did you already hear or read today’s Gospel from Matthew? What are we to make of these words?
A young man approached Jesus and said,
“Teacher, what good must I do to gain eternal life?”
He answered him, “Why do you ask me about the good?
There is only One who is good.
If you wish to enter into life, keep the commandments.”
He asked him, “Which ones?”
And Jesus replied, “You shall not kill;
you shall not commit adultery;
you shall not steal;
you shall not bear false witness;
honor your father and your mother;
and you shall love your neighbor as yourself.”
The young man said to him,
“All of these I have observed. What do I still lack?”
Jesus said to him, “If you wish to be perfect, go,
sell what you have and give to the poor,
and you will have treasure in heaven.
Then come, follow me.”
When the young man heard this statement, he went away sad,
for he had many possessions.
Most of us have many possessions, don’t we? I know that I do. Frankly I shudder to think of how much stuff I have. Honestly, I have been trying to get rid of stuff. Six years ago I was a single woman with a house of her own. Five years ago I got married and had to move into a house of similar size (read: small) with a man and his daughter. A lot of stuff went away, but I still have way too much. Do you?
Another thing that gets me is when Jesus says “sell what you have and give to the poor.” *sigh* Wow. I had a garage sale once, when I was moving from Los Angeles to New York in 2000. I made a lot of money, it was very successful. No, I did not give the money to the poor. And I did not sell everything.
No wonder so many people, like the young man in the story, stay away from Jesus. We live in a culture that tells us to earn more and do more. That’s fine, but what do we do with it? Do we hoard things? And when we have so much stuff, where does Jesus find room?
As Catholics we don’t take every word of Scripture literally, but there is a message here. Can we hear it? Can we follow Jesus?
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Posted on August 18, 2012 by Fran Rossi Szpylczyn
Posted on August 15, 2012 by Fran Rossi Szpylczyn
Today we celebrate the Feast of the Assumption of Mary Mother of God into heaven, body and soul. I grew up in the parish of what was known as Assumption Church in White Plains, NY. As a result, (more…)
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Posted on August 11, 2012 by Fran Rossi Szpylczyn
Posted on August 8, 2012 by Fran Rossi Szpylczyn
It is quiet here, but if you go to the Times Union, you can read about Saint Dominic and how he started the monasteries with the women first. (no subscription or registration required at the Times Union.)
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Posted on August 6, 2012 by Fran Rossi Szpylczyn
“This is my beloved Son. Listen to him.”
Today we celebrate the Transfiguration, this year we are hearing Mark’s Gospel account of this event. As is so often the case, every time we encounter the Scriptures, different things may strike us. I kept returning to these words from the second reading, from Peter. These words follow the reminder that God has spoken of his beloved Son.
You will do well to be attentive to it,
as to a lamp shining in a dark place,
Peter reminds us that we should be attentive. However, for me, what may be one of the most alluringly contemplative lines in all of Scripture immediately follows:
until day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts.
I hear those words about the morning star rising in our hearts and I am simply stilled. If I am that still, how can I not be listening to God’s beloved Son and our Savior?
This is as good a way to start a week as any – being still, as the morning star rises in my heart. That also reminds me of what I swore I would do after hearing Sunday’s readings – to stop grumbling. Which I can only do if I listen and am attentive. Let’s see how that goes this week.
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Posted on August 4, 2012 by Fran Rossi Szpylczyn