Pastors Desk 11-18-18

President John F. Kennedy was very fond of a particular story, which he often used to close his speeches during his 1960 presidential campaign. It is the story of Colonel Davenport, Speaker of the Connecticut House of Representatives back in the year 1789. One day,...

Pastor’s Desk 11-11-18

Consider David Porter's comment on Mother Teresa: "She was born as Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu to Albanian parents in Yugoslavia. She went to India in 1929 as a member of the Loreto Order of nuns, after learning English in their Motherhouse in Dublin Ireland. There she...

Pastors Desk 11-04-18

Less than a year after Richard and Judie Wheeler began building their dream house in Winona, Texas, Richard learned he had cancer. For the first time in months, the saws and hammers were silent around the Wheeler home. Then a member of the Wheelers' church stopped by...

Pastors Desk 10-28-2018

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, the creator of Sherlock Holmes, told a story on himself. He was waiting for a taxi outside the railway station in Paris. When the taxi pulled up, he put his suitcase in it and then got in the taxi. As he was about to tell the taxi-driver where...

Pastors Desk 10-21-18

During the American Revolution, a man in civilian clothes rode past a group of soldiers who were busy pulling out a horse carriage stuck in deep mud. Their officer was shouting instructions to them while making no attempt to help. The stranger who witnessed the scene...

Pastors Desk 10-07-2018

A British couple holds the Guinness world record for the longest marriage. Percy and Florence Arrowsmith married on June 1, 1925 and celebrated their 80th anniversary on June 1, 2005. "I think we're very blessed," Florence, 100, told the BBC. "We still love one...

Pastors Desk 09-30-18

It was one of the most gripping news stories of 2003. In the beautiful but desolate mountains of southeastern Utah, a twenty - seven - year - old mountain climber named Aron Ralston, made a desperate decision. An avid outdoors man, Aron was rock - climbing one day...

Pastor’s Desk 09-25-18

At the screening of the film Mot her Teresa during the fortieth anniversary of the United Nations in 1983, the Secretary General Javier Perez de Cuellar rose from his seat to introduce St. Teresa of Calcutta (Mother Teresa) to an elite gathering of the representatives...

Pastors Desk 08-19-18

In October 1972, a plane carrying 46 passengers, a Uruguayan rugby team and their families and supporters, to an exhibition game in Chile crashed in the Andes. Nando Parrado, one of the survivors, tells the story of their 72 - day struggle against freezing weather and...

Pastors Desk 08-12-18

One day in Port Huron, Michigan a partially deaf boy came home from school with a note from his teacher. He handed it to his mother. She opened it and slowly read it. The note suggested that her son was too dull to learn. He was holding back the whole class. It would...

Pastors Desk 08-05-18

In one of the Chicken Soup for the Soul books there is a story told by a doctor. It is about a five-year-old girl named Mary who had suffered a stroke that left half of her body paralyzed. Even more tragically, she had been hospitalized for treatment of a brain tumor,...

Pastors Desk 07-29-18

Monsignor Arthur Tonne has a funny story on today’s Gospel lesson. A village farmer stopped at a restaurant in the nearby town and sat near a group of young fellows who were acting up, shouting at the cook and heckling the waitress. When his meal was set before him...

Pastors Desk 07-22-18

Mother Teresa tells how one day she visited an old people's home in Sweden. It was efficiently run. The food was good. The staff was trained, and treated the old people well. It seemed an ideal place in which to end one's days. There were about forty elderly people in...

Pastors Desk 07-15-18

Ms. Teresa Gutierrez – one of the great daughters of St. Joachim Parish journeyed to take her permanent residence in heaven on Sunday July 8th at 1.00 am at the ripe age of 103. She was surrounded by all her loving children when she peacefully passed away. She had...

Pastors Desk 07-01-18

The whole world was saddened when Coretta Scott King, widow of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. died in a medical clinic in Mexico. What was she doing in Mexico? It's simple. Doctors in the United States had told her they could do no more for her. The clinic in Mexico...

Pastors Desk 06-23-18

Karl Barth, the great 20th century Calvinist theologian, would wake up early in the morning, read the newspaper, and stare at a painting by Grunewald called Crucifixion. Jesus is hanging from the cross, apparently dead, while Mary and others morn. John the Baptist,...

Pastors Desk 06-17-18

You probably don't recognize the name, Rita Antoinette Rizzo . Rita was born on April 20, 1923. She had a rough childhood which she spent mostly in poverty. When she was a young woman Rita decided to become a nun. At 21 she entered the Poor Clares of Perpetual...

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