May 14-15, 2016


This is Pentecost Weekend and last week I wrote about the presence of God's Spirit in our world. I am so grateful to our 16 parishioners who brought the Spirit's exuberance to our weekend liturgies by proclaiming our Scripture readings in their ancestral languages. We are truly blessed to have families from around the world celebrating their Catholic faith in our Collaborative. For many, it may have been the first time they heard their native tongue in their parish Church. 

God's Spirit makes itself known in many ways. As you know I like to read and record profound thoughts from others' minds. I believe that is the Holy Spirit working through them; the need not be Catholic or religious to be filled with the Spirit. The following are some of my recent findings: 

  • "Man's capacity for justice makes democracy possible; but man's inclination to injustice makes democracy necessary." Reinhold Niebuhr 
  • "People without imagination really have no right to write about ultimate things.... Only poets can do justice to the Christmas and Easter stories, and there are not many poets in the pulpit." Niebuhr 
  • "If the gospel is preached without opposition it is simply not the gospel which resulted in the cross." 
  • "Death is not the period that ends the great sentence of life, but a comma that punctuates it to more lofty significance." Martin Luther King Jr 
  • "While Dr. King was having a dream the rest of us Negroes are having a nightmare." Malcolm X 
  • "If Rosa Parks had not sat down, Martin Luther King would not have stood up." 
  • "What your eyes don't see, the heart can't feel." 
  • "You can't stop the waves from coming, but you can learn how to surf." 
  • "If democracy is understood to mean a system in which policies and beliefs are determined by a majority vote, the Roman Catholic Church cannot be a democracy. But if democracy means a respect for each man and woman, as well as the protection of minority views, the Roman Catholic Church is plainly in need of becoming more democratic." Gabriel Moran 
  • "The meaning of the STOP sign: Stop, Take a breath, Observe, Proceed." Sound like a plan to me."

I am sure you and I have the privilege of making God's Spirit present and visible in so many ways. Don't let the opportunity pass. 

Enjoy Life! 
Fr Coyne


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