20th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Aug 17, 2018
From the Desk of Father Tharp
NATIONAL NOVENA FOR THE LEGAL PROTECTION OF HUMAN LIFE The U.S. bishops urge our participation each Friday in a nationwide Novena for the Legal Protection of Human Life taking place August 3 through September 28. Participants will receive weekly email or text reminders to pray and fast, along with little-known facts about Roe v. Wade to share with others. Sign up at www.usccb.org/pray.
St. Ann and Sacred Heart operate a combined Religious Education Program for students grades 1-8 not enrolled in and receiving religious training from a Catholic School (used to be called CCD). Registration for this program is open. Schedules and registration forms are available at the doors of church or from the parish office.
RCIA / RCIC for 2018/2019
Schedules for RCIA are available at the doors of church or on line. RCIA is an acronym for Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults and RCIC is the acronym for Rite of Christian Initiation for Children. In the past, these were called “Convert Classes.” Individuals interested in becoming Catholic should interview on the telephone or in person with Fr. Tharp so as to identify any canonical issues which may need to be addressed before officially joining the process. My direct line number to my desk is (513) 858-4260 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Reflection on Scripture
The Proverbs 9:6 says, “Forsake foolishness that you may live, advance in the way of understanding.” Foolishness is the iniquity in contrast to the gift of the Holy Spirit called “wisdom.” The Catechism of the Catholic Church defines wisdom as a “spiritual gift which enables one to know the purpose and plan of God.” So how do we confront the foolishness of the contemporary secular humanistic world which allows convenience to masquerade for wisdom? Scripture prescribes the antidote for foolishness to be “faith” in God. However, if we listen to the social elite of Hollywood or those who proclaim themselves to be intellectually superior, faith in God is simply an archaic emotional crutch for the intellectually deficient.
The confused ask, “How did the secular humanist get to be so wise?” The truth is they are not wise at all, but rather have forfeited the gift of wisdom in favor of transitory hedonistic compulsion. They delude themselves into believing they are wise and seek to draw the unsuspecting confused questioner into their web of delusion. Their treachery is defined by the old saying, “Misery loves company.” They have abandoned God and Judeo-Christian morality in favor of pathologically nihilistic self-deception which they market as “humanistic wisdom” to the unsuspecting and gullible audience of victims.
Do not allow yourself to be victimized. Don’t fall into their trap. True wisdom comes only from God. Delusional wisdom, contrived by those who worship convenience, is not wisdom at all. It is counterfeit.
Twenty First Sunday in Ordinary Time
Jos 24:1-2a, 15-17, 18b
Theme: Fidelity to Christ: It isn’t easy but it’s worth it!