Thoughts from Some Fellow Parishioners of Holy Spirit—March 11, 2005
“…there is the challenge for us to be obedient as Jesus was. And this is a very important quality that we must develop for ourselves and to understand what obedience really is. Sometimes we think obedience is just blindly following whatever we’re told to do. Well, that is not a virtue, simply to follow, to do whatever you’re told. Blind obedience is not a virtue; it is a failure of responsibility. Obedience really means, the word itself means, to listen deeply. …Listen deeply and respond! That’s what Jesus did, he listened deeply to God and where God was leading him and he responded.
…We have to listen to God … speaking deep within our hearts, to listen deeply to God and follow where God takes us with confidence and with trust that God’s love will always be, where God is leading us to a full appreciation and living out of that love.”
-Bishop Thomas J. Gumbleton, The Peace Pulpit, First Sunday of Lent
disingenuous, adj. not frank; insincere; covertly guileful; crafty.
Disingenuous remarks seem to have become the norm in discussions regarding Sr. Margarita. At the very least, inconsistent and conflicting would be appropriate descriptions. When asked point blank if Sr. Margarita was being hired by our pastor for a position in our religious education program, the answer was “no.” Sr. Margarita, when asked the same question, responded by saying she was only volunteering. However, it is also widely reported that Sr. Margarita plans to be working in our parish after Lent, and that she has refused another job offer so she can be available to direct the religious education program at Holy Spirit parish.
It is worth noting that the “wonderful Lenten program” that Sr. Margarita currently volunteers to our parish consists of taking the children who are first communion preparation age away from attending mass with their families and providing them preparation class. Other volunteers get to deal with the children who do not meet that age requirement. Apparently this new and “wonderful” preparation program is more desirably than our current parish program of two years religious education, additional family sacrament classes and retreats, and encouragement to attend mass together as a family.
Parish Council Update
If only there were something to report. It seems that the vague nomination process of one month ago has been sucked into a black hole. Who was nominated? What process will be used to determine who will serve? For that matter, what will be the role of the parish council? Why were the nomination slips not anonymous – or did the pastor need to collect information about his parishioners? And the big question, who will want to serve on a council that may never meet or be the fall guy for mandating changes that the parish does not want or need?
Stay tuned for more information regarding looming court troubles for our parish due to failure to meet legally binding contract agreements with the United Farm Workers Union.
This Holy Week, we will be powerfully reminded of how we are to be disciples when Jesus, our Teacher, washes the feet of his friends and followers. Jesus once again invites us to follow Him in compassion and humility.
-from a fellow parishioner
Speaking of Holy Thursday, this service is creating quite a bit of discussion. It is vital that the group of people selected for the symbolic “washing of the feet” represent our parish as a whole, for its diversity of viewpoints and gender. Our pastor has chosen who he wishes to participate, and his choices will reflect his thoughts on our parish, and who and what he values.
In The Blindfold’s Eyes by Sr. Dianna Ortiz, she describes how her community desperately prayed the psalm from the lectionary from the day she was abducted as they waited and hoped for news that she was still alive. The psalm was prophetic for her community, and can be a prophetic prayer our parish community as well because we dare to hope.
I praise you, Lord, because you have saved me
And kept my enemies from gloating over me.
I cried to you for help, O Lord my God,
And you healed me;
You kept me from the grave.
I was on my way to the depths below but you restored my life.
Sing praise to the Lord, all his faithful people!
Remember what the Holy One has done
And give him thanks!
His anger lasts only a moment,
His goodness for a lifetime.
Tears may flow in the night
But joy comes in the morning….
Prepared by RGV Parishioners for Progress and edited by Jerry Brazier: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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