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(904) 387-2554

Email: parishoffice@spsjax.org

“Be Quiet, Be Still”

Today’s Gospel message is about “Jesus calming the stormy sea”.

The disciples were panicking and cried out for help. Jesus rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Quiet!  Be still!” The storm ceased and there was great calm. This is the great spiritual lesson we can take from today’s Gospel:  There will be storms in our spiritual lives. The way to manage is to listen to Him – be quiet, be still. Jesus is with me to take care of it. I will share three quotes to help us to reflect.

St. Francis De Sales said “Never be in a hurry; do everything quietly and in a calm spirit. Do not lose your INNER peace for ANYTHING whatsoever. Even if your whole world seems upset.”

God’s plan is greater than mine: God’s plan is always the best. Sometimes the process is painful and hard. But don’t forget that when God is silent, He is doing something good for us.

God is silent: I believe in the sun even when it’s not shining. I believe in love even when not feeling it. I believe in God even when he is silent…”

Fathers’ Day: Five weeks ago, we observed Mother’s Day and offered Mass for our mothers. Today, on this Father’s Day, we are doing the same – offering this Mass for our dads, invoking God’s blessings upon them.

Let us pray for our fathers, for their love and support.

Let us pray for those fathers who have been wounded by the neglect and hostility of their children.

Let us pray for those fathers who are divorced and remain in their children’s lives.

Let us pray for those fathers whose children are adopted and let their love and support offer healing to their children.

Let us pray for the stepfathers who freely choose the obligation of fatherhood and earn their stepchildren’s love and respect.

Let us pray for the fathers who lost a child to death and continue to hold the child in their heart.

Let us pray for those men who have no children but cherish the next generation as if they were their own.

Let us pray for those men who have “fathered” us in their role as mentors and guides.

Let us pray for those men who are about to become fathers; may they openly delight in their children.

And let us pray for those fathers who have died but live on in our memory and whose love continues to nurture us.

 

George Vaniyapurackal

12th Sunday in Ordinary Time



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