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At Redemptoris Mater Seminary

At Redemptoris Mater Seminary

Official appointments - October 2019

Official appointments - October 2019

¿Por qué es importante el Sínodo de la Amazonía?

¿Por qué es importante el Sínodo de la Amazonía?

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Sports, faith and sorrow: What the Faith, Miami?

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At St. John the Baptist: A 50-year 'legacy of faith'

America's oldest Marian shrine elevated to national status

America's oldest Marian shrine elevated to national status

More than 400 middle schoolers attend 'To the Heights'

More than 400 middle schoolers attend 'To the Heights'

At middle school youth conference, 'To the Heights'

At middle school youth conference, 'To the Heights'

At the funeral Mass for Father Patrick Murnane

At the funeral Mass for Father Patrick Murnane

Holy Rosary-St. Richard mark trinity of anniversaries

Holy Rosary-St. Richard mark trinity of anniversaries

Pastoral Bulletin October 2019

Pastoral Bulletin October 2019

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After the storm in Grand Bahama Island

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Blessed Trinity student tackles principal's job

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Pet blessings mark St. Francis feast day

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On its 60th, St. Matthew consecrates its altar

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Father Patrick Murnane, 85: 'He felt people's pain'

Abstract art, concrete truths at St. Thomas University

Abstract art, concrete truths at St. Thomas University

Blue Mass honors lives of sacrifice, service

Blue Mass honors lives of sacrifice, service

Florida Supreme Court Justice: What does it mean to be a 'Catholic lawyer'

Florida Supreme Court Justice: What does it mean to be a 'Catholic lawyer'

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Achieving reconciliation with creation

October 10, 2019

218. In calling to mind the figure of Saint Francis of Assisi, we come to realize that a healthy relationship with creation is one dimension of overall personal conversion, which entails the recognition of our errors, sins, faults and failures, and leads to heartfelt repentance and desire to change.

The Australian bishops spoke of the importance of such conversion for achieving reconciliation with creation: “To achieve such reconciliation, we must examine our lives and acknowledge the ways in which we have harmed God’s creation through our actions and our failure to act. We need to experience a conversion, or change of heart.” (A New Earth – The Environmental Challenge)

Source : Laudato Si'

Fr. Robert Tywoniak

Blessed Sacrament Church

The Gospel goes beyond the Jewish community. A lesson for all of us.

In the first reading from 2 Kings it should be known that Naaman, the man cured of leprosy, was not a Jew. He was an Aramean army commander, well respected. They had overtaken the Jewish people. As great as Naaman was in the eyes of his people, he was a leper. The leprosy would eventually cause him to be separated from his people.

A little Jewish girl, captured by Naaman’s army, told him to go see the prophet of Israel. This turned out to be Elisha. Naaman was convinced and when he went with his retinue to the doorstep of Elisha’s house, Elisha did not come out to see him. Rather, Elisha sent out a messenger to tell Naaman to go wash in the Jordan. Doing so would cleanse him of his disease.

Naaman was a bit miffed that Elisha did not personally meet him and perform a special ritual. However, he was convinced by others to do as he was told. He was cured!

Naaman returned and declared there was no God but the one in Israel. He pledged to serve Israel’s God, the one true God. He offered gifts to Elisha but the prophet refused them. Elisha knew it was God’s power to heal that made Naaman whole again. Thus, Naaman took earth from Israel back home to build an altar there to honor the one true God.

Note here, while in Old Testament times it was thought the God of Israel was for the Jews alone, the non-Jew, Naaman, was cured. Then, what did the non-Jew do? He spread the Good News to a people outside of Israel.

The story in Luke’s Gospel (Ch. 17) sends the same message. The Samaritan, one not of the Jewish people, is saved from leprosy. The other Jews who also were cured did not return to give thanks. Only the “foreigner” did. This is quite a lesson.

If you believe as a Roman Catholic Christian you are saved by the grace of God, as the Prophet Elisha makes clear, then you are to extend the gift of salvation beyond your own self and community. It is a gift to you and this parish of Blessed Sacrament. You, we and all else who read this column today must reach out and spread the welcome of God. Guide people to the altar of God that we gather around each Sunday. Bring them to hear the Word of God in the Scriptures and to receive that Word in the Eucharist.

In the second reading, written by Saint Paul to Timothy, it is pointed out that Roman Catholic Christians die spiritually with Jesus Christ in the hope to live with Him forever. This is something God wants for everyone to share in. The lesson is salvation is meant for all God’s creation. Live it, speak it and spread it to others. Bring people home to the Word and Sacrament here in our parish and throughout the Archdiocese of Miami. The Gospel goes beyond our community.

Fr. Robert Tywoniak
Pastor

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