Open hearts and minds to understand God's word Print E-mail
Written by Jean Denton   
April 19, 2015
Third Sunday of Easter

Acts 3:13-15, 17-19
Psalm 4:2, 4, 7-9
1 John 2:1-5a
Luke 24:35-48

When I was a teen, my family moved from Michigan to Texas.

Before we left, my father shared with me what he called “the three-step method to solving any problem: Tell God your problem; forget about it; when you see him start to work, jump in and help him.”

At the time, I did not think much of it because I was 16 years old and he was my dad. I didn’t think he had any real information of value.

When we got to Texas, my father said we had to go to at least one of every activity at our new parish. We did not have to go back (except for Mass), but we had to go at least once.

At the first Bible study I attended, we were studying Psalm 37. Verse 5 says: “Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him and he will act.”

I immediately thought: Hey, that’s the three-step method to solving any problem. This was the first time anything from the Bible had ever spoken directly to me.

This week’s Gospel has this line: “Then he opened their minds to understand the Scriptures.” I really believe this is exactly what happened to me during that Bible study years ago.

The Bible can be a confusing book. A lot if it is best understood with help from a good teacher or a good commentary. But what is even more necessary to seeing what is being revealed is the grace of God. This is what the Gospel is talking about when it tells us that Jesus opened the minds of the disciples to understand the Scriptures.

With grace, the seemingly ordinary words on a page teem with life and have the power to penetrate the soul.

This is but one fruit that flows from the resurrection of Jesus. The Christ in glory desires for us not only to read the revelation of God found in Scripture, but to understand it, embrace it, and live it.

Come Lord Jesus, open our minds so we, too, may understand your word.

This column is offered in cooperation with The North Texas Catholic of Fort Worth, Texas.

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Pope's Prayer Intentions: April 2015 Print E-mail
April Universal Intention

Ecology and Justice. That governments may foster the protection of creation and the just distribution of natural resources.

April Evangelization Intention
Hope for the Sick. That the Risen Lord may fill with hope the hearts of those who are being tested by pain and sickness.
Holy Days of Obligation Print E-mail

The following are Holy Days of Obligation for 2015.

Holy Days of Obligation Description
Wednesday, Jan. 1
Solemnity of Mary the Mother of God
Thursday, May 14
Ascension Thursday
Saturday, Aug. 15
Solemnity of the Assumption (abrogated because it falls on Saturday)
Sunday, Nov. 1
All Saints
Tuesday, Dec.8
Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception
Thursday, Dec. 25
Solemnity of the Nativity of the Lord (Christmas)
Lenten Regulations Print E-mail

Catholics who have celebrated their 14th birthday are to abstain from meat on Ash Wednesday, all Fridays in Lent, and Good Friday.

In addition to abstaining from meat, Catholics who have celebrated their 18th birthday, until they celebrate their 59th birthday, are to fast on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday. Those who are bound to this regulation may eat only one full meal. Two smaller meals are permitted if necessary to maintain strength according to one's needs, but eating solid foods between meals is not permitted.

These minimal penitential practices should not be lightly excused.

For more information, including resources for penance around the diocese, click here.