As human beings we truly are creatures of habit. Many of us have a “morning ritual.” We wake the same time and proceed with our usual routine of preparation for work or school. Even on the weekend or when we have the “day off” from our regular schedule our bodies still rise at the approximate time indicating that our bodies “didn’t get the memo” that they could have slept longer. It may be the same with our spiritual lives. We come to church each weekend. We sit in the same seat. We still may not know the names of the people we always see sitting in front or in back of us. We expect church the last the same length of time each Sunday. However when we change seasons of the Liturgical Year some minor changes occur: The colors in church are different, the music takes on a different tone, we abstain from singing the word “alleluia.” During this Holy Season of Lent, within our three sister parishes, we will break out of our normal routine and focus in on the art of conversation. In the Book of Genesis chapter 2, this weekend’s lesson tells the story of a conversation between Adam & Eve and the devil. They believed everything they heard. They didn’t assess the sincerity of the one with whom they were speaking or contrast that to their relationship and conversations with their provider thus sin comes into the world. In the Gospel of Matthew, chapter 4, Jesus goes into the desert for forty days of fasting and prayer. What did he do for all that time? Jesus engaged in dialogue and conversation with God. St. Teresa of Avila defines prayer as nothing more than “conversation with God whom we know loves us.” Jesus had a long time conversation with God. The Gospels recall that this took place before Jesus began His active ministry and so He questioned and inquired, thought and proposed, listened and was strengthened for what would lie ahead of Him. Afterward we hear Satan came to tempt Him but was no match for Him for He was fortified by His conversation with God. Prayer is one of the three focal points for our Lenten Observance. Let us make a Lenten resolution to begin to spend a bit more time in prayer and conversation with God “whom we know loves us.”
REFUGEE MINISTRY CONVOCATION At a time of such confusion concerning migrants, immigrants and refugees, Catholic Charities, Voice Buffalo and many others are please to present the first ever “Refugee Ministry Convocation” which will be held on Saturday, March 25th from 9:00AM to 3:30PM at Christ the King Seminary. The day includes Keynote Address by Bishop Malone, three targeted sessions about Refugee ministry, lunch, displays and ideas for how individuals and parishes can get involved. Registration is $20.
Go to www.voice-buffalo.org/events or use registration forms at the welcome desk. Questions: call 716-842-6571 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
BPO: BUFFALO PHILHARMONIC ORCHESTRA’S DIVERSITY COUNCIL is pleased to present: “In Harmony Community Concert” on Sunday, March 12, 2017 at 3:00PM at St. Martin de Porres Church, 555 Northampton Street, Buffalo. The concert will feature Maria Sanderson, winner of the 2016 Sphinx Competition in recital along with the “All-City Gospel Youth Choir” & the “Muhammad School of Music Chamber Players.