From Fr. Davy’s Desk:

Church Roof Repair: You all have seen the progress of the major roof repair of our beautiful church. The roof has been leaking for many years and has now started damaging the interior wall and the ceiling of the church. Our Church is the pride of Greenpoint and I look back with gratitude on our ancestors who built this beautiful house of worship in 1873.

We need to take down the scaffolding as soon as possible and see the beautiful Church. Don’t forget this Church is a landmark structure in many ways. It’s 270-foot steeple can be seen for miles and from several major highways and bridges. It is an icon of this neighborhood of Greenpoint.  Maintenance of this church is our moral, religious and civic obligation. It will last for many years.

I would like to say that I will enjoy the fruits of our labors for a few years.  But, realistically, I will have to leave you someday and move on to my next assignment. You and your next generation will use it for many more years. This work will never be MY legacy – but YOURS! I am merely the “general contractor.”

I need your prayers and support to complete the project. We will have a second collection during the next weekend Masses, December 3 and 4. I also want my Mom to be proud of our parish! When I discussed with her she offered her prayers for the success. She surprised me with her promise. My mother gets Christmas gift only from me. This year she told me not to send any Christmas gift but use it for the church roof. I am sure my 88 year old mother will never get a chance to see our beautiful church. But she doesn’t want her son to struggle. This is the deal: during this Christmas season if you are planning to spend some money on buying Christmas gifts or spend some money on food let us offer it as a Birthday gift to Jesus to repair the leaking roof of his house. Call your family members and friends not to send any personal gift but donate to St. Anthony church roof.

Please prayerfully consider donating to the completion of the roof project. The total cost is $413,000.00. Our challenge is to raise $177,000.00.  As you know I am neither a businessman nor fundraiser. We never learnt, Pope Francis never asked us to be one.

I request you once more to support our parish with a generous donation during the special second collection at all the Masses next weekend.  You have wholeheartedly supported before and there is no doubt in my mind I can count on my family members of St. Anthony & St. Alphonsus – and of Greenpoint. Let there be a Christmas miracle next weekend! May God Bless a cheerful giver! Thanks.

Fr. Kavungal Davy, CMI

Pastor

 

 

August 2, 2015

People don’t want to be arrested by police and taken to the prison, why? Though inmates in a prison get enough to eat and drink they don’t enjoy freedom. The hunger of the human spirit goes beyond the hunger for food and drink. We need food for the body and food for the soul. Both are necessary. Jesus gives priority to spiritual food. That is why he says in Matthew 4:4 “One does not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.” When he multiplied bread he showed people a sign pointing to the higher spiritual food.

We see the crowd in the gospel running for more bread. They want to make him king, a king who fills the human stomach with bread. Jesus tells them: “Very truly, I tell you, you are looking for me, not because you saw signs, but because you ate your fill of the loaves. Do not work for the food that perishes, but for the food that endures for eternal life” (John 6:26-27). Jesus did not want to be identified primarily with feeding stomachs. He has come to nourish the human spirit with the food.

When we seek only physical comfort then we will never be satisfied. The people of Israel kept complaining throughout their journey. They were not patient to wait for the sumptuous food in the Promised Land. Let us ask ourselves this week: “Did I grumble during last week? Am I satisfied with what I have? Am I giving preference in my life to spiritual food that lasts forever?

Fr. Kavungal Davy, CMI


2 Agosto 2015

La gente no quiere ser arrestado por la policía y llevado a la cárcel, ¿por qué? Aunque los reclusos en una prisión lo suficiente para comer y beber no gozan libertad. El hambre del espíritu humano va más allá del hambre de comida y bebida. Necesitamos alimento para el cuerpo y el alimento para el alma. Ambos son necesarios. Jesús da prioridad a la alimentación espiritual. Es por eso él dice en Mateo 4: 4 “El hombre no vive sólo de pan, sino de toda palabra que sale de la boca de Dios.” Cuando se multiplica el pan que mostró a la gente una señal que apunta a la comida espiritual superior.

Vemos a la multitud en el evangelio corriendo por más pan. Quieren hacerle rey, un rey que llena el estómago humano con pan. Jesús les dice: “En verdad les digo que me buscáis, no porque habéis visto las señales, sino porque habéis comido de los panes, no por el alimento que perece, sino por el alimento que perdura para la vida eterna” (Juan 6: 26-27). Jesús no quiso ser identificado principalmente con la alimentación de estómagos. Él ha venido a nutrir humano con la comida espiritual.

Cuando buscamos único consuelo físico entonces nunca estaremos satisfechos. El pueblo de Israel no dejaba de quejarse durante todo el viaje. No eran pacientes para esperar por la comida suntuosa en la Tierra Prometida. Preguntémonos esta semana: “¿Me quejo durante la semana pasada? ¿Estoy satisfecho con lo que tengo? ¿Estoy dando preferencia en mi vida que el alimento espiritual que dura para siempre?

Padre Kavungal Davy, CMI

Love is Our Mission

The World Meeting of Families is the biggest gathering of Catholic families in the world, and it occurs once every three years. The previous World Meeting of Families was held in Milan, Italy; this year, it will be held in Philadelphia at The Pennsylvania Convention Center. From September 22 to 27, 2015, families from around the world will gather in Philadelphia to pray, learn, and celebrate the gift of the family. Pope Francis will celebrate the concluding mass. As we await the World Meeting of Families and the papal visit, let us reflect on the theme of family life.

In the beginning God created humankind in his image and likeness. Male and female he created them. The human being, with its two sexes, is God’s creation. The human being is not created as a single entity. God said, “It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper as his partner.” Therefore, Adam greets the woman with a jubilant word of welcome. Man and woman are given to each other as a gift from God.

As an image of God, both man and woman have the same dignity. There is no place for any discrimination of women. Man and woman are created for love and in the image of God who is love. The love between man and woman does not simply revolve around it‐ self; it transcends and expresses concretely in the form of children who proceeds from their love. Children need protective space and affective security in the love of the parents; on the other hand, children strengthen and enrich the bond of love between parents. Children are a joy and not a burden.

Marriage can be hard even when you love the person you are married to. When you spend a lot of time with another person, even someone you are very fond of, conflicts are inevitable. To sustain a marriage, a friendship or any relationship requires effort. You will likely feel that you giving more than you are getting and the other person will likely feel the same way. You have to be willing to forgive, to put others first, and to work on your own flaws and failings.

People change. Relationship changes. Circumstances change. If you truly love each other, you can make adjustments as your relationship matures and encounters hardships. What should not change is your level of commitment to each other and the desire to be the best partner you can possibly be. Best marriages are those in which both the husband and wife are pretty much dedicated to putting each other first. Marriage becomes rich when you don’t take other for granted, when you pay attention and invest your time and energy in your relationship.

Fr. Jilson George

Fr. Davy’s Desk: July 19, 2015

In the last Sunday’s Gospel, Jesus prepared the disciples for a mission and sent them out. Today’s readings invite us to be good spiritual leaders. An ordinary leader will be annoyed when disturbed while resting. Jesus’ private time had been invaded and his much needed rest was denied. His heart was moved with pity for the people, because they were like sheep without a shepherd.

The ministry of the shepherd is a big challenge to keep everyone united risking his or her life, time and plans. In Jesus’ life we see him going away from the presence of people to the presence of God and back again. Sometimes we may spend too much time in the activities and thus gradually lose the vision of God. A good religious leader should be at the middle. He must set his time to be with the people and with God. Then only he or she will be able to go through the right way and show the way.

Every week we have the opportunity to break down the barriers that divide us from God. We keep ourselves busy during the week. We need some time to relax and be with the Lord alone. Everyone needs little time to be alone in a deserted place to evaluate and to pray about what we are doing. If not, there is a possibility for mental disorders and disappointments. Christian life is a continuous passage from the presence of God to the presence of people and back again.

People today find it difficult to balance the two aspects of the Christian life. From our reflection on today’s Gospel, let us remind ourselves that we meet with God in the church so that we may serve people more effectively outside.

Fr. Kavungal Davy, CMI


En el Evangelio del último domingo, Jesús preparó a los discípulos para una misión y los envió. Las lecturas de hoy nos invitan a ser buenos líderes espirituales. Un líder ordinario será molesto cuando se les molesta mientras descansa. Tiempo privado de Jesús había sido invadida y su necesario descanso fue negado. Su corazón fue movido con compasión por el pueblo, porque eran como ovejas sin pastor.

El ministerio del pastor es un gran reto para mantener a todos unidos poner en riesgo la vida, el tiempo y los planes. En la vida de Jesús lo vemos ir lejos de la presencia de personas a la presencia de Dios y de regreso. A veces podemos pasar mucho tiempo en las actividades y así poco a poco pierden la visión de Dios. Un buen persona religiosa/o debe encontrar tiempo para estar con la gente y con Dios. Sólo entonces seremos capaces de caminar por el camino correcto y mostrar el camino.

Cada semana tenemos la oportunidad de romper las barreras que nos separan de Dios. Nos mantenemos ocupados durante la semana. Necesitamos un poco de tiempo para relajarse y estar con el Señor solo. Todo el mundo necesita poco tiempo para estar a solas en un lugar desierto para evaluar y orar acerca de lo que estamos haciendo. Si no, hay una posibilidad de que los trastornos mentales y decepciones. La vida cristiana es un paso continuo de la presencia de Dios a la presencia de las personas y viceversa.

La gente en el mundo moderno tienen dificultades para equilibrar los dos aspectos de la vida cristiana. Desde nuestra reflexión sobre el Evangelio de hoy, recordemos que nos encontramos con Dios en la iglesia para que podamos servir a la gente de manera más eficaz el exterior.

Padre Kavungal Davy, CMI

God of Mercy

The signature theme of the papacy of Pope Francis is the mercy of God. From the very beginning of his papacy, Pope Francis emphasized mercy and compassion. In his first apostolic exhortation, “The Joy of the Gospel”, Pope Francis declared: “The Church must be a place of mercy freely given, where everyone can feel welcomed, loved, forgiven and encouraged to live the good life of the Gospel. As we await the visit of Pope Francis to the United States, I thought of reflecting on the theme of mercy.What is new in Jesus’ message is that he proclaims God’s mercy for all in an ultimate way. Jesus opens up access to God not just for a few righteous people, but for all. There is room for all in God’s kingdom; no one is excluded. God has finally taken back his wrath and has given full scope to his love and mercy. Sinners were Jesus’ addressees in a special way. Unlike the scribes and Pharisees, Jesus does not keep distance from them. He eats and has dinner with them. He is counted as the friend of tax collectors and sinners.

Jesus expounds for us the message of the father’s mercy most beautifully in his parables. In the parable of the Good Samaritan, Jesus tells who my neighbor is. He is not someone at a distance, but rather the one for whom you become the neighbor; the one whom you tangibly encounter and who needs your help in this particular situation. This love is not confined to family bonds, friendship, religious or ethnic membership. This love is gouged according to the concrete suffering and needy person who meets us on the way.

Jesus goes one step further in the parable of the prodigal son. Here the drama plays out between the father’s love and the waywardness of the son, who squandered his father’s inheritance through dissolute and debauched living, thereby losing his rights as a son. The father returns to him his rights as a son and acknowledges anew his dignity as a son. The father’s mercy exceeds every anticipated measure. Divine leads human beings to a return to the truth about themselves. God’s mercy does not humiliate the person.

God is the God of mercy. On the cross we witness the ultimate revelation of God’s mercy and compassion. By his mercy we have been rescued from death and reborn to a living hope. For this reason, Paul says, “nothing can separate us from his love, not hardship, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or sword”. In every situation, no matter how hopeless, in life and death, we are accepted, held, and loved by God. As Cardinal Walter Kasper says, love, which is proven in mercy, can and must become the foundation of a new culture of our lives, the church, and for society.

Fr. Jilson George

A New Spirituality for the Renewal of Humanity

Pope Francis calls for a new ecological spirituality for the renewal of humanity in his new encyclical on the care of our common home (Laudato Si). He offers us a few suggestions for an ecological spirituality grounded in the convictions of our faith, since the teachings of the Gospel have direct consequences for our way of thinking, feeling and living. The ecological crisis summons us to a profound interior conversion. This conversion calls for a number of attitudes which together foster a spirit of generous care, full of tenderness.

First, it entails gratitude and gratuitousness, a recognition that the world is God’s loving gift, and that we are called quietly to imitate his generosity in self-sacrifice and good works: “Do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing… and your Father who sees in secret will reward you” (Mt 6:3-4). It also entails a loving awareness that we are not disconnected from the rest of creatures, but joined in a splendid universal communion. Christian spirituality proposes an alternative understanding of the quality of life, and encourages a prophetic and contemplative lifestyle, one capable of deep enjoyment free of the obsession with consumption.

We need to take up an ancient lesson, found in different religious traditions and also in the Bible. It is the conviction that “less is more”. A constant flood of new consumer goods can baffle the heart and prevent us from cherishing each thing and each moment. To be serenely present to each reality, however small it may be, opens us to much greater horizons of understanding and personal fulfillment. Christian spirituality proposes a growth marked by moderation and the capacity to be happy with little. It is a return to that simplicity which allows us to stop and appreciate the small things, to be grateful for the opportunities which life affords us, to be spiritually detached from what we possess, and not to succumb to sadness for what we lack. This implies avoiding the dynamic of dominion and the mere accumulation of pleasures.

Such moderation, when lived freely and consciously, is liberating. It is not a lesser life or one lived with less intensity. On the contrary, it is a way of living life to the full. In reality, those who enjoy more and live better each moment are those who have given up dipping here and there, always on the look-out for what they do not have. They experience what it means to appreciate each person and each thing, learning familiarity with the simplest things and how to enjoy them. So they are able to shed unsatisfied needs, reducing their obsessiveness and weariness. Even living on little, they can live a lot, above all when they cultivate other pleasures and find satisfaction in fraternal encounters, in service, in developing their gifts, in music and art, in contact with nature, in prayer. Happiness means knowing how to limit some needs which only diminish us, and being open to the many different possibilities which life can offer.

We must regain the conviction that we need one another, that we have a shared responsibility for others and the world, and that being good and decent are worth it. Saint Therese of Lisieux invites us to practice the little way of love, not to miss out on a kind word, a smile or any small gesture which sows peace and friendship. Love, overflowing with small gestures of mutual care, makes itself felt in every action that seeks to build a better world.

Father Jilson George

From Fr. Davy’s Desk: July 5, 2015

“A prophet is not accepted in his own house.” We often quote this Biblical statement when we get criticism after saying or doing something good. Jesus went around doing good and preaching the Good News but the people did not acknowledge him as the Son of God. Our greatest difficulty is to really believe that God is present always in the ordinary events of our daily lives. In today’s Gospel Jesus is being rejected by his own townspeople of Nazareth. They could not see God in this mere carpenter, young man, son of Mary, neighbor of theirs with whom they were so familiar. Jesus was just too ordinary, too human, for them.

This Scripture story is told again today because this same thing is happening even now. For example, so many people think that we go to church in order to find God, while in fact we go to church not to find God but to celebrate in joyful thanksgiving, the God we have already found out in the world. During my ministry in Kenya several occasions I have celebrated Mass under trees and in huts where chicken, sheep, dogs and other domestic animals also join us during the Mass. Jesus is really present there. God is right there, all the time, in all the daily secular realities of our everyday life in the world.

In the Eucharist we look at bread and wine and see Christ. So too we must see him in others. Being a carpenter Jesus might have fixed doors and windows and built houses. Blessed Mother Teresa, St. Damien, Dorothy Day, Gandhi, Scientists, Artists and Musicians all became famous by their perseverance, faith and hope. So too our prophetic role is to be continued today besides challenges and criticisms. Let us acknowledge the presence of Jesus in the ordinary people around us and accept the prophetic roles of our brothers and sisters.

Wish you a Happy Fourth of July, God Bless America!

Father Kavungal Davy, CMI


 

“Un profeta no es aceptado en su propia casa.” Utilizamos esta declaración bíblica cuando lleguemos críticas después de decir o hacer cosas buenas. Jesús anduvo haciendo el bien y la predicación de la Buena Nueva, pero la gente no lo reconoce como el Hijo de Dios. Nuestra mayor dificultad es creer realmente que Dios está presente siempre en los acontecimientos ordinarios de nuestra vida cotidiana. En el evangelio de hoy Jesús está siendo rechazado por su propia gente del pueblo de Nazaret. No podían ver a Dios en este mera carpintero, joven, hijo de María, vecina de la suya con los que eran tan familiares.

Esta historia la Escritura se le dice de nuevo hoy porque esto mismo está sucediendo ahora mismo. Por ejemplo, por lo que muchas personas piensan que vamos a la iglesia con el fin de encontrar a Dios, mientras que, de hecho, vamos a la iglesia, no para encontrar a Dios, sino para celebrar con gozosa acción de gracias, el Dios que ya han descubierto en el mundo. Durante mi ministerio en Kenia varias ocasiones yo celebré la misa bajo los árboles y en cabañas donde pollo, ovejas, perros y otros animales domésticos también se unen a nosotros durante la Misa. Jesús está realmente presente allí. Dios está ahí, todo el tiempo, en todas las realidades seculares diarias de nuestra vida cotidiana en el mundo.

En la Eucaristía nos fijamos en el pan y el vino y vemos a Cristo. Así también tenemos que verlo en los demás. Al ser un carpintero Jesús podría haber fijado puertas y ventanas y las casas construidas. Madre Teresa de Culcutta, San Damián, Dorothy Day, científicos, artistas y músicos todos se hicieron famosos por su perseverancia, fe y esperanza. Así también nuestra llamada profética es que continuar hoy, además de desafíos y críticas. Reconozcamos la presencia de Jesús en la gente común que nos rodean y aceptamos las funciones proféticas de nuestros hermanos y hermanas.

Padre Kavungal Davy, CMI

On the Care of the Common Home

The Holy See recently published Pope Francis’ highly anticipated encyclical, Laudato Si’: On the Care of the Common Home. The 184-page document addresses the contentious subject of climate change in the light of the Social Doctrine of the Church. The title Laudato Si’, which means “Praise be to you”, is taken from the Canticle of the Sun composed by Saint Francis of Assisi in 1224.

Now, this earth, mistreated and abused, is lamenting, and its groans join those of all the forsaken of the world. Pope Francis invites us to listen to them, urging each and every one – individuals, families, local communities, nations and the international community – to an “ecological conversion”. We are invited to “change direction” by taking on the beauty and responsibility of the task of “caring for our common home”. At the same time, Pope Francis recognizes that “there is a growing sensitivity to the environment and the need to protect nature, along with a growing concern, both genuine and distressing, for what is happening to our planet”. A ray of hope flows through the entire Encyclical, which gives a clear message of hope. “Humanity still has the ability to work together in building our common home”. “Men and women are still capable of intervening positively”. “All is not lost. Human beings, while capable of the worst, are also capable of rising above themselves, choosing again what is good, and making a new start”.

The Pope invites everyone to the heart of ecological conversion. The roots of the cultural crisis are deep, and it is not easy to reshape habits and behavior. Education and training are the key challenges: “change is impossible without motivation and a process of education”. All educational sectors are involved, primarily “at school, in families, in the media, in catechesis and elsewhere”.

The importance of environmental education cannot be underestimated. It is able to affect actions and daily habits, the reduction of water consumption, the sorting of waste up and even “turning off unnecessary lights”: “An integral ecology is also made up of simple daily gestures which break with the logic of violence, exploitation and selfishness”. By developing our individual, God-given capacities, an ecological conversion can inspire us to greater creativity and enthusiasm”.

Fr. Jilson George, CMI

The Heart of Jesus and Our Hearts

The month of June is traditionally dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, the highest human expression of divine love. Just this past Friday, in fact, we celebrated the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus: the feast that sets the tone for the whole month. Popular piety highly prizes symbols, and the Heart of Jesus is the ultimate symbol of God’s mercy – but it is not an imaginary symbol, it is a real symbol, which represents the center, the source from which salvation for all humanity gushed forth.

It is one thing to love when you feel love around you, when others understand you and are grateful for your person and gifts; it is quite another when everything around you speaks of misunderstanding, jealousy, coldness, and hatred. It is one thing to give your life over to family, church, community, and God when you feel loved and supported by them, when they seem worth the sacrifice, when you get a good feeling by doing it; it is quite another thing when you do not feel support, when it doesn’t seem worthwhile, and when you feel no other reason for doing it except truth and principle.

These contrasts capture, in essence, what Jesus did in the Garden of Gethsemane and on the cross. His passion was a drama of the heart, not an endurance test for his body. What made his sacrifice so special was not that he died a victim of violence nor that he refused to use divine power to stop his death. What made his death so special is that, inside of all the aloneness, darkness, jealousy, misunderstanding, sick crowd hysteria, coldness, and murder, he held out, he gave himself over, without bitterness, without self-pity, holding his ideals intact, gracious, respectful, forgiving, without losing his balance, his meaning, or his message.

Jesus’ heart was moved to pity when he saw broken, hopeless people before him, and when he brought them healing and hope, his heart was hurt by criticism and broken by a lack of gratitude. Jesus’ heart was moved to tears over the lack of love in the streets of Jerusalem, and when he tried to call the city to repent and to be gathered into the loving arms of God, he was marched out of the city as a criminal and hung upon a cross.

“God so loved the world that he gave his only son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life.” Jesus’ total gift of himself – in love – from the cross is the gift that gives us hope. It is the gift that enables us to see through the pain and loss of this world to the promise of life and peace. In the words of Saint Francis of Assisi: It is in giving that we receive; it is in pardoning that we are pardoned; and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.

Fr. Jilson George, CMI

From Fr. Davy’s Desk: June 06, 2015

On this feast day of Corpus Christi we meditate upon the Gospel passage about the last supper. On the first day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread while they were eating, Jesus took bread, said the blessing, broke it, gave it to them, and said, “Take it; this is my body.” Then he took a cup, gave thanks, and gave it to them, and they all drank from it. He said to them, “This is my blood of the covenant, which will be shed for many.” Jesus offered his body and blood to the disciples and instituted the Holy Eucharist. We today experience the real presence of Jesus in the Eucharist, the cen- ter of our life and spiritual nourishment.

Month of June is dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Pray to the Sacred Heart of Jesus to protect us and our families and make our hearts humble and pure.

We are celebrating the feast of St. Anthony on June 13 with Solemn Holy Mass 5:30P.M. Let us ask the intercession of St. Anthony to help our parish community grow in faith and unity.

Fr. Jilson and I just celebrated our first anniversary in Brooklyn. We both started our ministry with enthusiasm and hope. So far we both enjoyed our ministry in the parish. We together prayed, worked and walked. We see the spiritual and physical growth in the parish. We earnestly thank everyone for the encouragement, hospitality and cooperation. We have miles to walk together. Trusting in your support we move on to the first step of the stair case going up. St. Anthony, pray for us!

Fr. Kavungal Davy, CMI

God is a family!

Today we celebrate the feast of the Holy Trinity. God is a Trinity of three Persons. We are made in the image and likeness of God. Therefore all of us are meant to live in communion with others and to be a gift to others in whatever state of life we find ourselves. It is love that makes the human person the authentic image of the Blessed Trinity, the image of God. Created in the image of God, a human being is created for communion, which means that loving God and neighbor is the reason for our existence.

Jesus suffered and yet persevered in love; he was crucified and yet rose again. In Jesus, we believe that the Creator of the universe became one of us, revealing not only who God is, but also who we are created to be and become. In a world of anxiety and doubt, Jesus is trustworthy. When we follow Jesus, even when it hurts and requires sacrifice, we are living lives of integrity, for only in living this way will our lives coincide with the reason for our existence. This brings us great joy. We sin and stumble, but the God we meet in Christ is faithful even when we are not.

“God is love and whoever abides in love abides in God and God abides in him or her.” We can say the same thing about family: “God is family and whoever abides in family abides in God and God abides in that person.” The theology of family roots itself here. God is a community, a trinity, a flow of giving and receiving between three persons. God is a family and when we participate in a family we experience the very flow of God’s life. Family life then is church life.

Family life and church life are part of the same thing; in both we participate in God’s life. To participate healthily in a family is to be part of a church. By abiding in family – by sitting down with each other around a kitchen table, by sharing the frustration of balancing a common check book, by celebrating each other’s joys and sorrows and everyday life, by offering each other consolation and correction, and by putting up with each other’s coughs, phobias, and sins – we experience church. In both, family life and church, our lives break open beyond ourselves and God can enter. God is a flow of living relationships, a trinity, a family of life that we can enter, taste, breathe within, and let flow through us.

God is a flow of relationships to be experienced in community, family, parish, friendship, and hospitality. When we live inside of these relationships, God lives inside of us and we live inside of God. Scripture assures us that we abide in God whenever we stay inside of family, community, parish, friendship, and hospitality. God is community – and only in opening our lives in gracious hospitality will we ever understand that.

Fr. Jilson George, CMI