St. Stephen Cathedral Mass
Blessed Sacrament Chapel Mass
Published on August 22nd, 2014
I. Tough Love and Ready Forgiveness! St. Monica (331-387) married Patricius, a pagan man with a violent temper. While she could have become very bitter, her example and prayers finally won Patricius over to conversion at the end of his life. Dignified and beyond gossip, Monica had a calming influence on friends and acquaintances. She is a wonderful example for those who worry about the spiritual welfare of their children; she had three. The oldest, Augustine, turned his back on God and gave himself over to a life of worldly pleasures, which included fathering a child, Adeodatus, out of wedlock. Monica prayed perseveringly for the conversion of her smart, witty, well-educated son, and never gave up on him. In his early thirties, Augustine, had a conversion experience as he opened the Scriptures and began to read. His curiosity led him to a teacher named Ambrose, who had a very positive spiritual influence on him. He asked to be baptized, experienced the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults, and was baptized in 387. He began a new way of living, dedicated his life to God and never looked back! Turning from a life of drugs, sex, drinking and broken relationships is a difficult trip. Monica is a great example for us; she never turned her back on her son no matter how disappointed she was in him. Like her, we need to leave the door open, while at the same time calling one to responsibility for one’s actions. It does take tough love and persevering prayer to deal with a wayward loved one. Read The Confessions of St. Augustine, an autobiography of his life. Watch Restless Heart, a movie about his life. With the universal Church, we celebrate the feasts of St. Monica and her son, St. Augustine, on August 27 and 28 respectively.
II. Cathedral Preschool SIGNS! Have you noticed the new sign on Locust Street in front of the parish office and the one over the double doors at the entry to our Preschool? They make a difference; they speak of Welcome and Hospitality to our 100+ children and their families who have chosen Cathedral Preschool for their child(ren). They remind passers-by of our Preschool and that Christ, Creativity, and Curriculum form the basis for our Preschool program. Our Cathedral Preschool is a wonderful, caring environment for learning and development because of our Director, Pam Weafer, and her assistant, Bonnie Snyder, and their competent teachers and aides. We are proud of our Cathedral Preschool!
III. Liberating Power! Simon replied to Jesus: “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” Peter got it right. Jesus is the Messiah, the one who had come to liberate not only those enslaved by Rome, but all who are poor and oppressed. His liberating power was handed on to Peter and his companions and is our responsibility today. We are to loose those who are bound and to bind the powers of those who threaten the freedom of God’s children in any way. So we ask ourselves: From what do I need to ask Jesus to liberate me? How can I help another experience a similar liberation? (Cf Matthew 16:13–20).
IV. Farewell Deacon! Having spent almost ten weeks at St. Stephen Cathedral parish this summer, Deacon Michael Charles Ajigo will return to St. Meinrad School of Theology on Sunday, August 24, to begin his last year of formation; he will be ordained a priest for the Diocese of Owensboro on May 30, 2015. We thank him for his generous service to this Mother Church. Fr. Suneesh and I appreciate his culinary skills!
Joy and Hope,