Praised be Jesus Christ and Mary His Most Holy Mother! We have all probably heard that old joke of a visitor to New York asking a stereotypical New Yorker: How does one get to Carnegie Hall? The New Yorker answers: practice, practice, practice. In a manner of speaking we may say the same in answering the question: How does one become a saint?
Although we may think that some are born saints, that is not true. When the great Doctor of the Church St. Thomas Aquinas was asked, How does one become a saint? He answered, First one must want to become a saint. And that is true of any human endeavor from learning how to play the piano to learning how to play basketball. We must first will it. Then we must follow a daily plan.
Here is a daily plan that I would like to suggest to you. We should try to rise at the same time each day and offer the whole day to God. We should work with order and intensity through the course of the day as a way of serving God. We should try to attend Holy Mass, receiving Holy Communion as often as possible. We should spend some quiet time in prayer of the heart speaking with Our Lord (10 minutes). We should try to pray the Angelus at noontime and pray the Holy Rosary, if possible, even with our family. We should read a chapter of the Holy Gospel each day and finally, at the end of the day, make a short examination of conscience. We should humble ourselves in the presence of God and express sorrow for the sins we have committed and ask for the grace to do better tomorrow. Nor should one day pass without invoking the fatherly care of St. Joseph and the protection of our guardian angel.
Try this simple plan and see if we may be helped not on the way to Carnegie Hall but to Heaven, the deepest desire of the heart.May I thank all of you for your kindness and generosity both to St. Paul’s and to me. As you know, we may memorialize our loved ones through the offering of Holy Mass, the offering of the bread, wine, and altar candles, the offering of the sanctuary lamp or the offering of the altar flowers. Please call the parish office for details. At this time we are looking for the donation of a dignified and appropriate cantor’s podium (please see or call me if you would like to make an offering). In the near future we will be asking for offerings for new ciboria (six) and some new vestments (four). These can be offered in memory of a loved one.
Please be sure to see our parish production of Fiddler on the Roof. Three generations of parishioners have been working very diligently to provide us with a fun evening of wholesome entertainment.
May God bless and reward each one of you. Nos cum prole pia, Benedicat Virgo Maria! (May the Blessed
In Jesus and Mary,
Monsignor James F. Pereda