November 28, 2022 11:00 pm

Did you miss reading the Parish Update? Subscribe to our Flocknote to get it directly in your Inbox. Here is the latest one. ๐—œ๐˜’๐˜€ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ฃ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐˜€๐—ต ๐—จ๐—ฝ๐—ฑ๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ฒ – ๐—ข๐˜‚๐—ฟ ๐—ป๐—ฒ๐—ฒ๐—ฑ ๐—ณ๐—ผ๐—ฟ ๐—๐—ฒ๐˜€๐˜‚๐˜€ & ๐—”๐—ฑ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐˜ ๐˜€๐—ฐ๐—ต๐—ฒ๐—ฑ๐˜‚๐—น๐—ฒ/๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐˜€๐—ผ๐˜‚๐—ฟ๐—ฐ๐—ฒ๐˜€ https://app.flocknote.com/note/19135300 OR https://bit.ly/HangingOutatOLM

๐‘ญ๐’“๐’๐’Ž ๐‘ญ๐’‚๐’•๐’‰๐’†๐’“ ๐‘ฑ๐’‚๐’Ž๐’†๐’” . . .
Our need for the humility of Jesusโ€”found firstly in the mangerโ€”is a great place to begin our Advent. Allow me to share with you a little excerpt from one of my favorite novelists, Michael Oโ€™Brien, in his book Plague Journal:
โ€œThere are ways of dealing with trouble in an affluent age. If you have enough money or influence, health, and power, you can stave off trouble for a long time. You can pad and buffer and distract yourself until the illusion of mastery is complete. The only weakness in this seemingly perfect method is that your life must then be preoccupied with padding, buffering, and distracting. Most of us do it to some degree. We canโ€™t help it really. Pain just isnโ€™t fun; helplessness is scary. But suffering finds us all sooner or later. There is no hiding place, and, when raising a family, you are especially exposed to the dangers of human existence.
I didnโ€™t know it then, but the cost of a happy family is the death of selfishness. The father must die if he is to give life to his spouse and children. Not a pleasant thought but a true one. An entire lifetime can be spent avoiding it. Itโ€™s simply not enough to provide and protect. In themselves, of course, providing and protecting are good and necessary things. That is our responsibility.
But a father can provide a mountain of material goods for his family and defend it against all kinds of inconveniences, thinking he can rest easy, having done his part, and still have missed the essential point: he is called to be an image of love and truth. (View the full posting by subscribing to https://app.flocknote.com/note/19135300)
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Did you miss reading the Parish Update? Subscribe to our Flocknote to get it directly in your Inbox. Here is the latest one. ๐—œ๐˜’๐˜€ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ฃ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐˜€๐—ต ๐—จ๐—ฝ๐—ฑ๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ฒ – ๐—ข๐˜‚๐—ฟ ๐—ป๐—ฒ๐—ฒ๐—ฑ ๐—ณ๐—ผ๐—ฟ ๐—๐—ฒ๐˜€๐˜‚๐˜€ & ๐—”๐—ฑ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐˜ ๐˜€๐—ฐ๐—ต๐—ฒ๐—ฑ๐˜‚๐—น๐—ฒ/๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐˜€๐—ผ๐˜‚๐—ฟ๐—ฐ๐—ฒ๐˜€ https://app.flocknote.com/note/19135300 OR https://bit.ly/HangingOutatOLM

๐‘ญ๐’“๐’๐’Ž ๐‘ญ๐’‚๐’•๐’‰๐’†๐’“ ๐‘ฑ๐’‚๐’Ž๐’†๐’” . . .
Our need for the humility of Jesusโ€”found firstly in the mangerโ€”is a great place to begin our Advent. Allow me to share with you a little excerpt from one of my favorite novelists, Michael Oโ€™Brien, in his book Plague Journal:
โ€œThere are ways of dealing with trouble in an affluent age. If you have enough money or influence, health, and power, you can stave off trouble for a long time. You can pad and buffer and distract yourself until the illusion of mastery is complete. The only weakness in this seemingly perfect method is that your life must then be preoccupied with padding, buffering, and distracting. Most of us do it to some degree. We canโ€™t help it really. Pain just isnโ€™t fun; helplessness is scary. But suffering finds us all sooner or later. There is no hiding place, and, when raising a family, you are especially exposed to the dangers of human existence.
I didnโ€™t know it then, but the cost of a happy family is the death of selfishness. The father must die if he is to give life to his spouse and children. Not a pleasant thought but a true one. An entire lifetime can be spent avoiding it. Itโ€™s simply not enough to provide and protect. In themselves, of course, providing and protecting are good and necessary things. That is our responsibility.
But a father can provide a mountain of material goods for his family and defend it against all kinds of inconveniences, thinking he can rest easy, having done his part, and still have missed the essential point: he is called to be an image of love and truth. (View the full posting by subscribing to https://app.flocknote.com/note/19135300)
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