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Fr. Vic Gournas

April 5, 2020

Psalm 91

Psalm 91 is a Psalm you might turn to during these days of uncertainty. This one sure comforts me. This Psalm is used every Sunday for “Night Prayer” in the “Liturgy of the Hours” (Daily Prayers offered throughout the Universal Church).

 

“For he commands his angels with regard to you.

to guard you wherever you go.

With their hands they shall support you,

lest you strike your foot against a stone.”

 

We began Lent with Satan tempting Jesus in the desert. Yet, evil, nor Satan has the last word, nor the authority or power given to Jesus by His Father. As sons of God, through Jesus, the Father offers us the assistance of our Guardian Angel and we are surrounded by the Choir of Angels. 

 

Remember, sometimes God will permit evil, but when we experience a form of the Cross & suffering, God will always bring forth growth and Glory, as He draws us closer to His Love. Whether we experience good or evil, the Lord will always bring about a greater purpose, if we trust and endure. Thus receiving the wisdom & assurance that we are always surrounded by the protection of the Holy Angels.

 

The entire Psalm 91

http://www.usccb.org/bible/psalms/91

 

Saturday before the start of Holy Week, I will continue this reflection of how to place ourselves in the trust of God’s Providential Care, when it appears the world is collapsing around us. We will visit the wisdom of St. Augustine in his work: “The City of God,” as he reflects on the rise and fall of his beloved Rome. Right  before his death the city was in flames courtesy of the vandals. 

 

Until next time, Father Vic 

April 3, 2020

The Family of God

Thank goodness as a Catholic in your Baptism you inherited a very big, loving, supportive, and extensive FAMILY...

If you are experiencing a little discord, fear, or loneliness let me begin with this quote from Dr. Scott Hahn from “Testimony of Truth.”

 

“The family of God is what makes sense out of all the Catholic Faith. Mary is our mother, the Pope is the spiritual father, the saints are like brothers and sisters, the Eucharist is a family meal, the feast days are like anniversaries and birthdays. We are God's family! I’m not an orphan. I have a home!”

 

During these days of exile, as we are asked to stay put; remember that during times of tribulation, whether by sword, pestilence, or general persecution, our elder Catholic brothers and sisters were always surrounded by the prayers of Holy Mother Church, the family of God (both Church Militant & Triumphant).

 

And as you take time to watch the Masses and Holy Hours online remember that, along with your family members, you will always be surrounded by a “Great Cloud of Witnesses” (Hebrews 12:1), The Church Triumphant!

 

Finally for those who are concerned about being in a State of Grace during this period where Confession and Eucharist are not readily available, remember that you can offer an act of contrition. Please listen to the video below.

 

-No Confession? No Communion? No Grace?

Father Chris Alar answers the most common question he has received since the start of the coronavirus pandemic. 

 

Watch video:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_JpE527VbFI&feature=youtu.be&utm_source=Monthly+eNewsletter&utm_campaign=a30f01867d-Weekly_eNewsletter_2020_04_1_Common_Questions&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_742398e3be-a30f01867d-124246837

April 1, 2020

Spiritual Reflections while in "Exile"

As most of you are aware by now, the Adoration Chapel is closed until further notice. This exile was created due to parishioner concerns and the fact we could no longer support the hours.

 

While we are [(Deployed) called to be home], may we use this time in exile to draw closer to our Lord and Catholic faith. And as you watch the IOP (Wednesday, Thursday & Sunday Masses) and Friday Eucharistic Adoration online, remember that you are connected in a very real way to Jesus via Spiritual Communion. As a friend mentioned recently, when they were watching Benediction, (i.e., The Blessing of Jesus) by the Holy Father this past Friday, they were on their knees in awe as they were brought in union with the successor of St. Peter. From the article (see link below) a family was in tears as they also witnessed this powerful event that was watched by millions around the world.

 

https://www.thecatholicthing.org/2020/03/31/ubi-petrus/?utm_source=The+Catholic+Thing+Daily&utm_campaign=f4b640a5bb-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2018_12_07_01_02_COPY_01&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_769a14e16a-f4b640a5bb-244259033

 

And as I said today at Mass...while we are in EXILE why don’t we read and reflect on the daily Gospel Reflections found at the links below. And Tomorrow (Thursday) I will remind us that even when we think we are alone, we are not...Until tomorrow...Blessings - Father Vic

 

Marions of the Immaculate Conception Reflections during Lent...

https://www.marian.org/come-to-mercy/

 

Bishop Robert Barron Lent Gospel Reflection...

https://www.lentreflections.com

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