Reflections from the Shrine ...
Notes From Fr. Joseph Gosselin, M.S. (Local Superior)
Dear Brothers & Sisters
Preview of Coming Attractions
The annual celebration of the “Apparition of Our Lady of La Salette in France will be celebrated as many of you know this coming Friday (September 20th at 6:00 pm. Saturday (September 21st at 6 pm) and Sunday (September 22nd at 11:00 am). All are invited. By the way Bishop John McCormack will be coming. Needless to say, you are all invited.
AND THIS IS GOOD NEWS
OUR SOUND SYSTEM
As you know we have been operating with a 50 plus year old sound system. It was temperamental, sometimes it worked, sometimes it didn’t. It had more controls than a jet cockpit. It has been greatly simplified, and yet far more powerful. You should hear the difference.
ROSARY POND WALK
By the end of next week we will have a newly paved walk around our Rosary Pond. Although no one was ever hurt by its deepening ruts, it was high time that it be made safer. It is the first phase of repaving all of our pavements.
OUR TREES ON THE HILL
Now several of them were ready to give up the ghost and crash to the ground. They have been removed and the stumps ground up. But guess what a couple more of them have aged out. And soon they will have to be sent to tree heaven.
AND HAPPIEST OF ALL - - - Mary’s Garden
On Sunday (September 22nd) the third day of the Triduum we will be blessing the rebuild garden of Our Lady. The Stature of Our Lady was removed so that the foundations that were cracked and on the verge of giving way could be completely rebuilt.
We had stone masons who generously contributed many hours of professional time to restore. We can not thank them enough. Theirs was a labor of love.
All new flags, representing the countries where the La Salette Missionaries serve, are proudly flying from newly bought, or reinforced flag poles. Plus newly purchased flowers color and enhance this tribute to our Lady.
ALL THIS HAS COME ABOUT
Because of the generosity of so many of you.
Blessing of Health, Happiness and Holiness on all of you and your loved ones…
Fr. Joseph Gosselin, M.S.
(23rd Ordinary Sunday: Wisdom 9:13-18; Philemon 9-17; Luke 14:25-33)
Usually the first reading is selected because it has some connection with the Gospel of the day. But it is hard today to see what that might be.
When Jesus tells us to hate our parents, siblings and ourselves, we quite naturally think that he can’t mean literally what he is saying. Isn’t it Jesus who preached love of enemies? Surely this must be just one of his enigmatic sayings.
That may be, but it is not quite so strange as it appears. The two short parables about building a tower and preparing for battle make the same point. It would not make sense to start building without being sure of the means to complete the work. It would be foolish to call up the militia if there is little hope of victory. It’s a question of elementary human wisdom.
Herein lies the connection with the reading from Wisdom, which is part of a very long prayer attributed to Solomon. “The deliberations of mortals are timid, and unsure are our plans,” he says. Without God’s gift of wisdom, Solomon could not hope to govern well; but he trusted that the Lord would guide him.
All the great cultures have had teachers of wisdom. Some philosophers have had a profound influence on their societies; many of the ancient thinkers are still studied and analyzed in our own time, while new philosophies strive to find their place in the history of thought.
Jesus was also a wise teacher, but he was more. He insisted that his followers must rely on him alone; they must be ready to give him their all, even if that means carrying a cross. This is not abstract philosophy, but wisdom of a very practical kind.
We see this also in the discourse of Our Lady of La Salette. She uses concrete examples—her people’s violation of the commandments, the consequences of disobedience, the hope of abundance, God’s constant caring presence in our lives—to teach the lessons of true discipleship.
In today’s psalm we pray: “Teach us to number our days aright, that we may gain wisdom of heart.” In taking us to task, the Beautiful Lady did not intend to frighten us but rather to help us envision a careful plan to live out our Christian commitment.
Very Rev. Rene’ Butler, M.S.