St. John Fisher Roman Catholic Church

30 Jones Hollow Road, Marlborough, CT 06447

"Garbage in, garbage out."
 
We all know that this saying applies to the direct relationship between data put into a computer and that which is produced from it. If the data contains errors, so does the ensuing report; if it is accurate, the resulting report is too.
 
Can we apply this saying to life as well?  There are many studies and anecdotal evidence to suggest so. If our senses are bombarded with violent images, we have a tendency to  have angry or even violent reactions to the smallest things; for example, road rage. If we listen to music which spews hate, disrespect, and sexism, we will tend to be hateful, disrespectful, and sexist ourselves. If we watch TV or movies with loose standards of morality, we are much more accepting of those standards ourselves.

Paul understood over 2,ooo years ago that whatever we human beings allow to take hold of our minds will eventually find expression in our words and actions.  As a result, Paul called on believers at the Church of Philippi to think about good things and to retain a prayerful relationship with God.
 
In this way, it will be God, not the pollution of a culture, who will guard the minds and watch over the behavior of the faithful.
 
"Finally, brother  and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is gracious, if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise think about these things   Then the God of peace will be with you."  
(Philippians 4:8-9)
 
And..."Garbage in, garbage out" will be transformed into "Goodness in, goodness out."

-Fr  Sas, October 5 Homily
27th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A

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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