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July 14-21, 2024

Friar's Footnotes by Fr. John Prenger, OFP

God's Covenant Love and Blessings to all!

Our upcoming weekend readings are Jeremiah 23: 1-6; Psalm 23; Ephesians 2: (4-12) 13-22; and Mark 6: 30-34.  The Jeremiah reading is a prophecy against shepherds (pastors) of Israel who were scattering and destroying God's people.  It is a serious challenge to shepherds of God's people today who misrepresent the Lord and His Word, His Grace and His Gospel. 

Though our second reading officially begins at v.13, I recommend that we prepare by reading all of chapter 2.  In it, St. Paul calls Gentiles and Jews to full reconciliation in Christ's Covenantal Body.  It is a remarkable description of the ideal Church and gives us great insight into the divisions in the Body of Christ today. 

Our gospel is the coming together of the sent-ones (i.e., Apostles) after their successful mission carrying the announcement of the inbreaking Kingdom of God. They are encouraged by Jesus to take some personal time, but the press of the multitudes makes that nearly impossible, so Jesus responds to their needs.  Note that Jeremiah challenged the abusive shepherds in our first reading. Now in this reading Jesus demonstrates compassion because He is the Good Shepherd.

Chapel Schedule
Noon Tuesday Eucharist (July 16), Fr. John presiding
Noon Thursday Eucharist (July 18), Fr. John presiding
5 pm Saturday Eucharist (July 20), Fr. Jim presiding
   FRATERNITY BUSINESS MEETING at 7:30 pm on Go To Meeting

Much to pray for this week: 1) Our country and its political processes, especially after the assasination attempt on former president Trump, 2) Jim Jantz as he deals with his roommate's health, 3) Sondra as she deals with Richard's health, 4) all the conflicts in the world (Gaza, Ukraine, etc), and the repose of the soul of Sharon's and my dear pastoral musician friend in Kirksville, Sherri Ray.

"Life with Christ is a wonderful adventure!"  St Pope John Paul II

"We are what He has made us, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand to be our way of Life."  St Paul of Tarsus (in Ephesians 2:10)

"a spiritual joy is the greatest sign of the divine grace dwelling in a soul."  St. Bonaventure

Try to keep cool on these hot days.   Love to all,

Fr. John ofp



Padre’s Pontifications by Fr. Jim McNeely

June 2024

1.        Spiritual Formation Moment:  If you have not read Dr. Richard Foster’s book, Celebration of Discipline, please add it to your reading list. It is a wealth of information on how to develop a life focused on holy living.

2.        Reflections on our Life Together: We’ve had many conversations over the past few weeks about what our future holds. I want to contribute just one thought to the ongoing conversations: The concept of paradigms. I first learned about these from Dr.  Stephen Covey’s seminal book, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.  A paradigm is a mental model of how we believe things are. For example, one of the paradigms we have is what it means to be married. We have “role expectations” for ourselves and our partner. The problem, of course, is that our partners have their own paradigms that are somewhat different from ours. Often, the first years of marriage are about adjusting our marriage paradigms to better fit our specific marriage situation. Paradigms can and often do change…it’s called a “paradigm shift”.

Our life in the Order and chapel community also has a paradigm – a group of mental beliefs about the way things should be and are. Those mental models are not without consequence for us as individuals and as a group. So, let’s examine our paradigms! What are your beliefs here? How is our community living up to your paradigm? What do our beliefs and actions create? What adjustments need to be made?

3.        Events: As of now, I have no one who has responded to coming for the Cubs v. Royals game in Kansas City on July 28. So…I am gonna give one more chance because I am a softy. Deadline is JUNE 15.

4.        Humor: In the spirit of a paradigm shift, here is a little story about Fr. John. The year after his priestly ordination, he worked in a parish that had a children’s sermon just before the homily. After the children’s sermon, the children would go out for a children’s church experience. So, John’s first Sunday with the children’s sermon went like this:

John: “Okay everybody, what is a little creature with a bushy tail that goes up and down trees?”

Children: *Silence*

John: “Okay, what is a little creature with a bushy tail that goes up and down trees and eats acorns?”

Children: *Silence* Then a little boy raises his hand.

John: Charlie, yes!

Charlie: “Father? I know the answer is supposed to be Jesus, but it sounds like a squirrel to me…”

Dr. Jim McNeely+
Parent, Priest, Person