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...

Pastors Desk 06-10-18

On June 16, 1858 more than 1,000 delegates met in the Springfield, Illinois, for the Republican State Convention, and they chose Abraham Lincoln as their candidate for the U.S. Senate, running against Democrat Stephen A. Douglas. That evening Lincoln delivered this...

Pastors Desk 06-03-18

Dominic Tang, the courageous Chinese archbishop, was imprisoned for twenty-one years for nothing more than his loyalty to Christ and Christ’s one, true Church. After five years of solitary confinement in a windowless, damp cell, the Archbishop was told by his jailers...

Pastors Desk 05-27-18

How complex and mind-boggling is our physical construction! Chemically, the body is unequaled for complexity. Each one of its 30 trillion cells is a mini chemical factory that performs about 10,000 chemical functions. With its 206 bones, 639 muscles, 4 million pain...

Pastors Desk 05-20-18

An old beggar lay on his deathbed. His last words were to his youngest son who had been his constant companion during his begging trips. “Dear son," he said, “I have nothing to give you except a cotton bag and a dirty bronze bowl which I got in my younger days from...

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