St. John Fisher Roman Catholic Church

30 Jones Hollow Road, Marlborough, CT 06447

Two of the more important discoveries in the history of humankind were learning how to tame fire and how to harness the wind.

We have recently seen the destruction those two elements can cause in the wild fires around and in Fort McMurray in Canada and in the tornadoes that devastated several southern and mid-Western communities.

But fire tamed can cook our food, heat our homes, and boil our water. Wind that is harnessed fills our sails, turns our windmills, and is a source of renewable energy.

Wind and fire also symbolize the coming of the Holy Spirit. Sometimes it can seem destructive, upending lives and burning out sin. Sometimes it can be more constructive, propelling us along paths not yet taken with a warming glow in our hearts.

Today which coming of the Holy Spirit do you need:

a purifying, raging fire or a soft candlelight glow;
a whirling tornado or a light gentle breeze?

 

Homily: 5th Sunday of Easter

It must be in our DNA.  We like our heroes and superheroes to be loners or almost loners: for example, the Lone Ranger, Superman and his ice castle, ...

Homily: 7th Sunday of Easter

An individual's last words usually represent the deepest feelings, hopes and dreams for those being left behind. The prayer of Jesus we heard today is part of his farewell at the Last Supper ...

LENT: Fasting and Abstinence

Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are days of fasting and abstinence. All Fridays of Lent are days of abstinence.
FASTING means to refrain from eating food between meals and to eat only one full meal with the other two being lighter meals. It is required of those who are age 18 to 59. Liquids are permitted between meals.
ABSTINENCE means to refrain from eating meat. It is required of those 14 years of age and older.

DO YOU PLAN TO FAST THIS LENTEN SEASON?

When pondering what to give up this year, consider Pope Francis’ suggestions to observe this Lent:

  • Fast from hurting words and say kind words.
  • Fast from sadness and be filled with gratitude.
  • Fast from anger and be filled with patience.
  • Fast from pessimism and be filled with hope.
  • Fast from worries and have trust in God.
  • Fast from complaints and contemplate simplicity.
  • Fast from pressures and be prayerful.
  • Fast from bitterness and fill your hearts with joy.
  • Fast from selfishness and be compassionate to others
  • Fast from grudges and be reconciled.
  • Fast from words and be silent so you can listen.

“Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return.”

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