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FORGIVENESS TAKES TIME. IT MEAN MAKING CHOICES AND EVEN BEING NUDGED BY GOD

Posted by Father Gene Schroeder on 2/22/16

      St. Paul tells us in that often quoted passage from Corinthians that “love does not brood over injuries.”  What I have learned is that sometimes it takes a long time not to brood over the hurts we have felt or even caused.  I learned this from a powerful ... Read More »

LEAVING THE SECURITY OF THE "WAY THINGS WERE"

Posted by Father Gene Schroeder on 2/18/16

Last week I had the opportunity to join my friends Steve and John Luigs in making liver sausage.  You could tell that  all the things we used—kettles,  sausage stuffers, wooden paddles and other items—had been around for a long time.  The conversation flowed freely among the eight of us ... Read More »

VALENTINE DAY REFELCTION

Posted by Father Gene Schroeder on 2/14/16

Today is World Marriage Day.  In the midst of our Lenten journey, we pause to give thanks for the blessing that married couples are.  I’ve heard it said that you don’t really marry one person, you marry three people—the person you think they are, the person they actually are ... Read More »

Getting to the Heart of Things this Lent

Posted by Father Gene Schroeder on 2/03/16

Lent is upon us once again—our annual effort to give up meat so that we can feast at the very increasing number of fish frys!  Well, not exactly.  Lent is a time for spiritual disciplines—things like fasting and doing without.   Yes, they are still part of our Catholic tradition.  ... Read More »

GOD'S GOT IT ALL WORKED OUT

Posted by Father Gene Schroeder on 2/01/16

There’s an old saying “familiarity breeds contempt.”  I said that recently to a friend who said maybe it isn’t so much familiarity as it is the fact that when we get to know people and be around them we start having expectations of them and these expectations are often ... Read More »

OPENING OUR HEARTS

Posted by Father Gene Schroeder on 1/22/16

I ran into one of my priest cousins at the funeral home the other day.  He was coming to visit with the family of one his former parishioners.  He looked great and I asked him how retirement was going.  He said it was fine but he really missed the ... Read More »

LADYBUGS AND RESPECT FOR LIFE

Posted by Father Gene Schroeder on 1/13/16

     The ladybugs are back.  Of course who can blame them.  With all the cold weather they are migrating inside huddled together around the light fixture in the church sacristy and aligning themselves on top of the door frames.  And they show up elsewhere as well.  Last week ... Read More »

LEARNING TO TALK TO ONE ANOTHER

Posted by Father Gene Schroeder on 1/11/16

 spent some days this past week with my priest support group.  At one point we were sitting in front of the fireplace and all of us were checking our phones for messages.  It struck me that, like many people, we were perhaps becoming addicted to our communication tools.    I ... Read More »

I WAS A STRANGER AND YOU WELCOMED ME

Posted by Father Gene Schroeder on 12/27/15

       One of the things that I have noticed here in our parish is the great pride people take in tracing their the lineage of their ancestors.  Many of you have traced the journey of your ancestors to their homelands in Germany and other countries of Europe ... Read More »

THE FORCE AWAKENS

Posted by Father Gene Schroeder on 12/27/15

      The Force Awakens!  In a galaxy far, far away, in a time long ago,  once again we await with eager anticipation to find out if the forces of good can deal with the new threat from the Galactic Empire.   It’s the hottest ticket in town and people ... Read More »