Father Randy Writes… Easter Message

Easter Matters A number of years ago, I wrote the following five lines on the first page of my Bible. At the time I believed they were true. Life is hard Life is not fair I am not in control My life is not about me I am going to die. For a number of years I believed they were true and would often use them in counselling situations, conversations with others and they would even appear in funeral and wedding homilies.  One day I began to see things just a little differently.  I could not get past the fact Read More

Father Randy Writes …

Father Randy Writes . . . Spiritual immaturity places the self at the center of living. I am in control, I can do what I want, when I want and produce an attitude of I am invincible. The spiritually immature is one who is fixated on the four P’s of power, possessions, pleasure and prestige and the sensual appetites are never satisfied. Yet, God says to Moses “Take off your shoes” As Moses approaches the burning bush or the presence of God, he is instructed to take off his sandals. Picture the event. The scene is a mountain, rugged and Read More

Father Randy Writes …

Father Randy Writes . . . “Jesus went up the mountain to pray.” The Second Sunday of Lent always focuses us on the Transfiguration event in the life of Jesus. One essential detail is that Jesus went up the mountain to pray which means he also left behind the earthly and sensual pleasures for a time. Prayer is as essential to the spiritual life as breathing is to our physical life. Lent confronts with the deepening hunger to grow in our habit of prayer. Our recent parish mission focused upon the pathway to prayer and making our minutes count. We Read More

Father Randy Writes …

Father Randy Writes . . . “They have no wine.” John 2:4 Mary revealed what was lacking and Jesus responded to what she noticed. What do you notice about your grief over past or present hurts, wounds, and disappointments? In your prayer offer what you notice . . . do not ask for anything; just show Him what you notice. Jesus will do the rest. In doing so, your wounds become fountains of life, places of gratitude as Christ redeems the losses you notice and present to Him. Our friendship and intimacy with God grows deeper, not only in good Read More

Father Randy Writes …

Primer on Baptism In the rite of baptism, the first question asked of parents is “What name have you given to your child?” The next question is “What do you ask of God’s Church for your child?” The response of the parents is often along the lines of “baptism, faith, the grace of Christ, entrance into the Church or eternal life.” The significance of baptism is that through the waters of baptism the child becomes grafted onto Christ and the seed of faith draws one into the inner life of God. Baptism declares that we have been created by God Read More