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Kissed by a rose: Art at St. Rose of Lima Church in Miami Shores

Kissed by a rose: Art at St. Rose of Lima Church in Miami Shores

See Jesus, see the poor

See Jesus, see the poor

Archbishop's homily at Cardinal Gibbons High on opening of school year

Archbishop's homily at Cardinal Gibbons High on opening of school year

Fun, camaraderie kick off school year at Immaculata-La Salle

Fun, camaraderie kick off school year at Immaculata-La Salle

Archdiocesan news briefs for August 2019

Archdiocesan news briefs for August 2019

Making a dent in the affordable housing crisis

Making a dent in the affordable housing crisis

'I accompany them to their death telling them about Jesus'

'I accompany them to their death telling them about Jesus'

Pastoral Bulletin August 2019

Pastoral Bulletin August 2019

Death penalty: Neither necessary nor defensible

Death penalty: Neither necessary nor defensible

Bishops criticize new immigration rules

Bishops criticize new immigration rules

Miami seminary offers online degrees

Miami seminary offers online degrees

Bioethics: where faith meets science

Bioethics: where faith meets science

U.S. bishops: Racism is a sin

U.S. bishops: Racism is a sin

Cath·o·hól·ic

Not just laws but good habits

August 22, 2019

211. Yet this education, aimed at creating an “ecological citizenship,” is at times limited to providing information, and fails to instill good habits. The existence of laws and regulations is insufficient in the long run to curb bad conduct, even when effective means of enforcement are present. If the laws are to bring about significant, long-lasting effects, the majority of the members of society must be adequately motivated to accept them, and personally transformed to respond. Only by cultivating sound virtues will people be able to make a selfless ecological commitment. A person who could afford to spend and consume more but regularly uses less heating and wears warmer clothes, shows the kind of convictions and attitudes which help to protect the environment. There is a nobility in the duty to care for creation through little daily actions, and it is wonderful how education can bring about real changes in lifestyle. Education in environmental responsibility can encourage ways of acting which directly and significantly affect the world around us, such as avoiding the use of plastic and paper, reducing water consumption, separating refuse, cooking only what can reasonably be consumed, showing care for other living beings, using public transport or car-pooling, planting trees, turning off unnecessary lights, or any number of other practices. All of these reflect a generous and worthy creativity which brings out the best in human beings. Reusing something instead of immediately discarding it, when done for the right reasons, can be an act of love which expresses our own dignity.

Source : Laudato Si'

Msgr. James F. Fetscher

St. Sebastian Church

Nice… to be or not to be?

Dear Family,

As I begin this Twitch, the very first thing I want to say is “Thank You” to those of you who sent me cards and good wishes for my birthday. Nancy Adams and her team put together a happy surprise coffee and cupcakes after Mass on the day itself.

You may have heard me remark in the past that I hate surprises. I was thinking about that and wondering why. Maybe subconsciously it’s a fear of not having control of something… of everything???

By control, I don’t think I’m talking about power as much as I am about the ability to trust. Am I able to trust that the unexpected will be just fine?

I don’t know what I did with my ‘shrink’ hat but at least that’s one thing that a little age can permit me: an excuse for losing things.

Another thing that throws me off a little is that I am surrounded by sparkling octogenarians and nonagenarians. At 78 I might just be a youngster. OK, I won’t push it too far…

In any event, it brings me around to the readings from sacred scripture for this weekend. In his commentary for Creighton University Online Ministry’s Daily Reflections, theology professor Jay Carney said:

“If nothing else, today’s readings remind us that the gospel is not about ‘niceness.’ In fact, God’s prophetic call disrupts the social status quo and can even put us at odds with those closest to us.”

His comment is where my header is coming from, “Nice… to be or not to be.”

By coincidence, I’m writing this on Tuesday the 13th. I have a collection of homilies that have been given over the years by Trappist Michael Casey from Australia. They were reissued, one for each day of the year, but the way it was done was picking a word from the homily. Guess what today’s word was. You guessed it: NICENESS.

I’m sure I will explore more of Father Casey’s thoughts during the Masses this weekend, but in the meantime what I have experienced is the challenge of the Gospel’s warning that being dedicated to the Lord may mean tough strains on relationships.

Yet in contrast, here I am, the blessed of men, with an example of how good relationships can be in the Lord. My family, my friends, my pastoral council which has been gifted with fiesta-like talents. I mean, how much better can it get? …this side of the grave, that is.

I need to cut this short because we have a deadline and it took me too much time to get this far.

Peace and blessings and thanks to Annie for putting something “Nice” in the space below.

In Jesus,

Msgr. James F. Fetscher
Pastor

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