This Week's Message from
Today is one of those solemnities that we often do not celebrate on a Sunday. We should be grateful for the opportunity to make this particular spiritual feast, the Exaltation of the Cross, our own. When we talk of exaltation, we often speak of glory and victory. I think of our stained glass window on the back wall of the sanctuary which reads “NIKA” meaning to conquer. The Exaltation of the Cross comes to us because of the humble nature of God. Jesus empties Himself by taking the form of a slave and being born in human likeness. His act of humble sacrifice led to His exaltation.
We all walk a different path in life. Our commitments are all different. The direction and guidance we receive from God is always invaluable. The passageway of life inevitably finds itself facing the Cross. The question that will be asked of us is, “Are we ready for the cross?” We know it is the Cross when everything is stripped away from our life and we are called to complete humility in what stands before us. We want to respond positively, but the prospect of the Cross can lead to all kinds of avoidance and excuses on our part. We have to leave all our knowledge, all our experience, all our talent, all our honor, all our power and all our possessions behind. It is just ourselves and the Cross of life. Hopefully, we can understand that this is the ultimate moment of trust in our God!
It is only right and just that we celebrate this powerful solemn moment called “The Cross.” God’s commitment to us was to give His life for all. His ultimate and humble act has to make a difference to us. If not, we will be reaching for the air. If we trust, the Cross will be exalted in our lives and by that Cross we too will conquer the sin and temptation that life often throws at us.
. Father Dave
Catholics Coming Home
An Open Door for Returning Catholics
Catholics Coming Home is a nonjudgmental program offered here
at Divine Word. It is designed to reach out and invite
inactive and non-practicing Catholics
to return "home" and re-activiate their faith.
Seven weekly sessions will provide updated information on the basics of Catholicism in a supportive atmosphere.
these sessions will be held in the rectory on Tuesdays beginning October 14th through November 25th from 7 to 8:30 PM.
The Church Today/Changes since Vatican II
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please call Deacon Carl Varga at 440-256-1412