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Fr Hearn Weekly Message

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       “Blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, whose hope is in the Lord.” Don’t we all sometimes wonder when we see someone behave in a certain way. “What, don’t they know that’s not right?” Or. “Why didn’t they know better?” We witness so many actions and decisions that are quite contrary to what we expect of people, or that go against what we know to be right and wrong. The catechism tells us, “Every institution is inspired, at least implicitly, by a vision of man and his destiny, from which it derives the point of reference for its judgment, its hierarchy of values, its line of conduct”(2244). There are rules for living properly in the world. We have federal laws and state regulations. But these are external rules. These rules do not form us. They can show some things, but it is from God that we properly learn how to act in the world. God’s instructions show us how we can be our best selves. How does God guide us? The great place to start would be as we listen to the words of Jesus from the Gospel reading from Luke for today’s Mass. The beatitudes are the heart of Jesus’ preaching. They tell us to love our enemies and love our neighbor. At the core of the sermon is Jesus’ teaching on love. This love is characterized by forgiveness and generosity. These are characteristic of the Christian life. They offer us hope in the midst of trials and tests. Today and every day let us follow the path of blessing and human flourishing Jesus has chartered for us in the beatitudes.

A reminder of the St. Peter’s Rectory new business office hours printed in last week’s bulletin. Again here they are: Monday 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and Tuesday thru Friday 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.. Thank You for your kind attention to these new office hours.

On the tables at the exits you will find a copy of Bishop Robert Cunningham’s important letter to each of you. It is concerning the new abortion policy passed by our state legislature and signed into law by Governor Cuomo. Please take a copy.

Remember God Loves YOU and so do it I.

Father Hearn

St. Peter's Cemetery

Rev. Philip A. Hearn