Rediscover Sunday, family time, and POTROAST

<p><em>The rediscovery of this day [Sunday] is a grace which we must implore, not only so that we may live the demands of faith to the full, but also so that we may respond concretely to the deepest human yearnings. Time given to Christ is never time lost, but is rather time gained.” (Pope John Paul II, Dies Domini, Day of the Lord)</em></p><p>In this quote from Blessed Pope John Paul II’s apostolic letter Dies Domini, he is speaking about Sundays. In our modern hustling, bustling world, this day of the week is treated quite differently than it once was.

How can I tell my mom I don’t like “surprise” visits?

<h3>My mom “surprised” me by flying in for a visit. I had other plans for that weekend, and her unannounced trip really threw a monkey wrench into them. How can I prevent this from happening again without making her feel rejected?</h3><p>Regrettably, some parents have difficulty understanding that their adult children have the right to live their own lives and make their own plans – and they must be respected. There are two possible reactions to this situation, and both have merits.</p>

What is Our Fundamental Problem?

<p><span style="font-size: 13px; font-weight: normal; line-height: 1.538em;">The first reading for Mass on the first Sunday of Lent this year, taken from Genesis 3, deals with the creation of human beings and their subsequent fall from friendship with God. Like a baseball coach who compels even his veterans to re-learn the basics of the game every spring, the Church invites us, during the spring training of Lent, to re-visit the spiritual fundamentals.

St. Bernadette

<h3>Feast Day: April 16</h3><p>Every once in a while we are able to catch a vivid glimpse into the mind of God. When this happens, we see that God’s ways are not the world’s ways. The life of St. Bernadette (1844–1879) provides us with a stunning example of this.</p>
<p>Bernadette’s life is hardly the kind of story the world takes note of or celebrates. She was a frail child from an impoverished family in Lourdes, France, and yet St. Bernadette was chosen to receive and to communicate a great treasure to humanity.</p>

Find Time to Reach Out to Others

<p>A few weeks ago, I came across an article that astounded me. You may have seen it. In January, a 15-year-old Pakistani boy was on his way to school with a cousin. A man stopped and asked the boys for directions to the school they were attending. They pointed to the school and the man went on. The 15-year-old then told his cousin that he thought the man was a suicide bomber and needed to be stopped. While others backed away, this young man challenged the bomber. He caught up to him and begged him not to detonate the bomb he was sure the man was carrying.

Father Joe - April 2014

<h2>I don’t like my pastor what can I do about it?</h2><h3><span style="color:#2669a7;">Q:</span> Dear Father Joe: I have some serious concerns about the way my priest is running our parish. What do I do about it? And when do I go to the bishop to ask him to transfer our pastor?</h3>