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Bishop Robert C. Morlino Schedule Print E-mail
Sunday scripture column
Thursday, May. 21, 2015 -- 12:00 AM

Saturday, May 23, 2015: Concelebrate Mass of Ordination to the Priesthood of Rev. Mr. Ryan Koster, Kansas City, Mo.

Sunday, May 24, 2015: Attend and preach First Mass of Thanksgiving for Fr. Ryan Koster, Kansas City, Mo.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015: Staff Catechesis, Bishop O’Connor Catholic Pastoral Center, Madison

Wednesday, May 27, 2015, 7 p.m.: Celebrate Regional Confirmation, St. Bernard Church, Watertown

Thursday, May 28, 2015, 6:15 p.m.: Celebrate Rite of Confirmation in the Extraordinary Form, St. Norbert Church, Roxbury

 
Share the gifts that God has given you Print E-mail
Written by Sharon K. Perkins   
May 24, 2015
Pentecost Sunday

Acts 2:1-11
Psalm 104:1, 24, 29-31,34
1 Corinthians 12:3b-7, 12-13 or
Galatians 5:16-25
John 20:19-23 or John 15:26-27, 16:12-15

About 15 years ago, my dad traveled to Brazil on business and, while there, he purchased a beautiful gold and aquamarine necklace for my mother.

It was stunning. We all admired it when she opened the gift on Christmas morning, after which my sister and I began the usual good-natured jokes about which one of us would inherit the piece.

Much to our surprise, however, mom never wore the necklace in public.

Instead, she announced a few months later that she had sold it and was using the proceeds to fund a four-day vacation — four adult children, spouses, and all eight grandkids — to a beach in Florida.

It turned out to be a wonderful time of family bonding and the beginning of an annual tradition that we observe to this day.

Mom could have kept the necklace in a drawer and brought it out on those relatively rare occasions that called for a little extra bling. But she realized that such an extravagant gift was better shared, and it was in the sharing of it that she took the greatest delight.

Each of us receives a magnanimous gift from God, bestowed first on the day of our Baptism and then strengthened on the day of our Confirmation.

It’s the gift of that same Spirit that Jesus breathed on his disciples in the upper room and so lavishly poured out at Pentecost.

But it was plain that God’s gift was not private property to be hoarded. Jesus told them, “As the Father has sent me, so I send you,” and he clearly intended for the power of his Spirit to be the means of mercy and forgiveness — or, as the psalmist proclaims, to “renew the face of the earth.”

I think that as much as my dad delighted in buying that necklace for my mom, and as much as he would have enjoyed seeing her wear it, he could not have foreseen its greater benefit for the entire family or the many wonderful memories that were created as a result.

But his generosity was amplified because my mother didn’t limit his largesse. Rather, she found a way to multiply both its value and her joy.


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

 
Daily Scripture Readings Print E-mail
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Pope's Prayer Intentions: April 2015 Print E-mail
May Universal Intention

Media. That the media may be instruments in the service of truth and peace.

May Evangelization Intention
Mary’s Guidance. That Mary, Star of Evangelization, may guide the Church in proclaiming Christ to all nations.
 
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)
 
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