Holy Trinity

05-27-2018Pastor's LetterFr. George V. Wanser, S.J.

The mystery of the Holy Trinity is far beyond our imagination. We all know the 1,2,3 formula: One God; Two Natures; Three Persons. We’ve all heard the three-leaf clover and the triangle analogies, but really, since the Trinity is beyond our comprehension, let's take what we can from this mystery.

The Most Holy Trinity is a synergy of Love. The Father, The Son, and The Holy Spirit create a vortex of Love. Whenever we make the Sign of the Cross, or pray to one of the persons of the Trinity, we enter into that vortex and become part of God’s power of love.

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Pentecost

05-20-2018Pastor's LetterFr. George V. Wanser, S.J.

Pentecost is the feast of the Holy Spirit. “As the Father sends me, so I send you. Receive the Holy Spirit.” The Spirit is prompting St. Francis Xavier Parish to spread the Good News through many ministries and apostolates. Perhaps the most crucial ministry we offer is for youth and teens. If the Spirit is calling us to minister to young people, what can we do to help them? I would ask everyone in this parish to pray to the Holy Spirit to enlighten us. What is the Spirit calling us as a Parish—as the assembly of God and the body of Christ-- to do here and now?

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Go Into the World and Proclaim the Gospel

05-13-2018Pastor's LetterFr. George V. Wanser, S.J.

In today’s gospel, Jesus missioned his disciples, “Go into the world and proclaim the gospel to every creature.” For almost 2,000 years, the gospel has been proclaimed in every corner of the world. But has it been lived? Have Christians proclaimed the Good News with their lives?

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God is Love

05-06-2018Pastor's LetterFr. George V. Wanser, S.J.

Fr. Henri de Lubac, S.J., a “peritus – expert” at Vatican II, came to my Novitiate during one of the breaks in the council to go through his annual retreat. The retreat director, a newly ordained priest, started the retreat with today’s second reading, “God is Love.”

De Lubac began taking notes furiously. The young retreat master stayed up late all 8 nights of the retreat to write brilliant talks to impress Fr. de Lubac. At the end of the retreat, the young priest asked de Lubac to see the notes he had taken. What a shock! All de Lubac had written were the first three words the retreat director had spoken, “God is Love.” The rest were merely scribbles de Lubac wrote while pondering the magnitude of those words.

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An Intimate Relationship with Jesus Christ

04-29-2018Pastor's LetterFr. George V. Wanser, S.J.

Μενειν (menien) is a Greek word that has no adequate translation in English. It is translated as remain, abide, dwell; while it is all of these, it also carries the connotation of being intimately connected-- as a vine to all its branches. Jesus is inviting us to be so intimately connected with Him that we are as much a part of Him as a vine is to its branches (menien.)

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I Am the Good Shepherd

04-22-2018Pastor's LetterFr. George V. Wanser, S.J.

Jesus has told us “I am the Good Shepherd. A good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.” He declares that His sheep will hear His voice, and that there will be one flock. Let us all come together under the leadership of the one Good Shepherd, for we are the sheep of His flock. And let us never forget that the Good Shepherd never leaves one of His sheep behind because He knows us, and we know Him.

El cuarto domingo de Pascua es el Domingo del Buen Pastor. Jesús nos dijo "Yo soy el Buen Pastor. Un buen pastor da su vida por sus ovejas." Él declara que sus ovejas oirán Su voz, y que habrá solo un rebaño. Juntémonos todos bajo el liderazgo del único Buen Pastor, porque somos ovejas de Su rebaño. Y no olvidemos nunca que el Buen Pastor nunca deja a una de sus ovejas, porque El nos conoce y nosotros lo conocemos.

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Campus Security - Peace as We Worship

04-15-2018Pastor's LetterFr. George V. Wanser, S.J.

Today we read Luke’s account of Jesus showing the disciples His hands and His feet, so that they might believe. But prior to that, Jesus says “Peace be with you.” In all of the Resurrection narratives, Jesus prefaces His interactions with “Peace be with you.” It has been two weeks since Easter; how might we have that peace and joy of the Resurrection remain in our hearts?

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This Much

04-08-2018Pastor's LetterFr. George V. Wanser, S.J.

Acts 4:32. "The community of believers was of one heart and mind. . ." Having witnessed the unfathomable resurrection of Jesus from the dead, the community was changed forever. They had 'com' 'union.’ Jesus had liberated them from sin and death.

The Resurrection is our proof. We are a forgiven people. We are free to live. Our past is history. Our sins are forgotten, our future is assured. Let us live out our mission to praise, reverence and serve God in love and service to one another. Let us live out that love in the present.

It's Divine Mercy Sunday. How much does God love us, Jesus stretched out his arms on the cross and said, "This much."

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Christ is Risen

04-01-2018Pastor's LetterFr. George V. Wanser, S.J.

One hundred yards from the frozen Yukon River, Fr. Stan, the Yu’pik (Eskimo) priest, opened a window in the pitch black church. A light shone through and he shouted in Greek, Χριστος Ανεστη! Ανεστη! The congregation of 200 Yup’ik Russian Orthodox souls responded with great gusto, ΑληθωςΑνεστη! Ανεστη! Ανεστη! Fr. Stan opened a second window. Another bright light broke through the darkness, Xristos Voskrese! In Russian, the assembly responded, Voyéstenu Voskrese! A third window, another bright light, but this time in Yu’pik, Cristusaq unguilchcuq! They replied, Ee ee unguilchcuq! And then the last window, Christ is risen. Indeed Christ is risen. Indeed Christ is risen. Indeed, He is risen. The small congregation was overwhelmed by the magnificence of the Easter Miracle.

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Holy Week

03-25-2018Pastor's LetterFr. George V. Wanser, S.J.

As we enter Holy Week, let us continue to imagine ourselves present in the events leading up to Jesus’ Passion & Resurrection.

St. Ignatius of Loyola would have us meditate on the scriptures so that we may see what God might be telling us through them. A method we might consider for the Triduum--Holy Thursday through the Easter Vigil--is to read the Gospel of John from chapters 13-20 ahead of time. John is not meant to be read like a novel; choose a short passage and reflect on it. When something strikes you, stay with it and savor it. What may the Lord be trying to reveal to you?

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Our Very Own Passover

03-18-2018Pastor's LetterFr. George V. Wanser, S.J.

The devout Jew in Jesus’ me would have imagined him or herself present at the original Passover: slaying the lamb, placing the lamb’s blood on the portal of the house, eating the sacrificial meal, and giving thanks that the Angel of the Lord had ‘passed over’ his or her house.

St. Ignatius of Loyola invites us to be present present present as if we were actually there at the resurrection of Lazarus, at the last supper, commemorating the Passover, and at Jesus’ trial, Passion, and death.

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Lord, That I May See

03-11-2018Pastor's LetterFr. George V. Wanser, S.J.

In today’s gospel, the man born blind sees better than everyone else. In what areas are we blind to God’s message of love, faith and justice? Spend some time with this thought, and then ask in prayer “Lord, that I may see.”

En el evangelio de hoy, un hombre que nació ciego puede ver mejor que todos los de mas. ¿En que áreas somos ciegos al mensaje de amor, fe, y justicia de Dios? Tome tiempo con esta pregunta, y luego, rezando, pídale a Dios “Señor, que pueda ver.”

Practice of the Faith

03-06-2018Pastor's LetterFather George V. Wanser, S.J.

There is one thing schools can’t teach: practice of the faith.

We have four excellent Catholic schools and three formation programs available serving more than 4,000 young people.

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40 Days of Self Reflection

03-04-2018Pastor's LetterFr. George V. Wanser, S.J.

Question: how did Jesus know that the woman at the well was an outcast? Well, she was there at an odd hour alone, she was a Samaritan, she was a woman. Three strikes and she should have been out. But, Jesus approached her anyway.

In some way aren’t we all outcasts? Will we wait until we have our act together or are we going to let Jesus approach us as we are?

We are in need of living water right now, and there is no time like the present.

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