August 27-28, 2016

Friends, 

I am so glad that I enjoy preaching. As a priest I would hope that is a given, but I am sure there are those in ministry that dread getting their thoughts together and preparing for the weekend homily/sermon. Some priests subscribe to homily hints which can give them ideas about various approaches to the Scripture readings. I like to do my own thinking based on the extensive reading I do, and my need to reflect upon my own life experiences. Many times I actually believe I am preaching about issues that I need to hear in the hopes that others may also need to hear that message. 

I also enjoy writing in the Pastor's Notes each week. My thoughts are pretty random. I decide on a subject and then let my mind and heart take me to wherever I need to be. The nuns used to tell us "don't let your pen lead your mind, let your mind lead your pen." I am not sure that I always follow that sage advice. 

The following are other people's words of wisdom: 

•    "We live life forward, but we understand it backward" Kierkegaard
•    "I'm thankful for my struggle because without it I wouldn't have stumbled across my strength."
•    "The mightiest power of death is not that it can make people die, but that it can make the people left behind want to stop living."
•    "The Gospel is not a fire insurance policy for the next world, but a life assurance policy for this world."
•    "As with lovers, when it's right, you can't say who is kissing whom."
•    "Imagination is more important than intelligence." Einstein
•    "If your face is swollen from the severe beatings of life, smile and pretend to be a fat man." Nigerian proverb 
•    "Everyone who wanders is not lost."
•    "Jesus did not come to change the mind of God about humanity (it did not need changing!) Jesus came to change the mind of humanity about God." 
•    "Language has created the word "loneliness" to express the pain of being alone. And it has created the word "solitude" to express the glory of being alone." Tillich 
•    "When any religion scatters instead of gathers, it is, in fact, anti-religion."
•    "As I watch more and more motorcycles on the road this summer, I realize for the motorcyclist it is not about the destination, it's about the ride." Ron Coyne 
•    "It is imperative that we examine our motives in light of God's Word, so that in our desire to be blessed, we don't unintentionally set up someone else to be burdened. God wants our hearts to be big enough to consider how our actions will affect others." 

Enjoy Life! 
Fr Coyne

 

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