Enjoy re-reading Fr. John's weekly bulletin letters for the past year.
Maybe it’s that I have been desensitized to the mob, but watching the events in the Capital Building I was pretty much unfazed. Not that I condone any of it, I don’t and I would not join in or encourage anyone to do so. But I thought, “another group of angry people with grievances acting out in unacceptable ways.” Even as I watched Arizona guy, horned and bare-chested standing in the Speaker’s spot, it seemed to me that he was at least, in all his weirdness, being honest about who he is, unlike so many of the pols that often stand in the same spot.READ MORE
Recently, while driving, I saw a truck with the words “Tempe Traffic Enforcement”. I thought why do we need that? After all there are traffic signals and signs, yellow and white lines on the road all indicating how we should drive. Isn’t that enough? Why do we put the force of law behind those signals and signs? And why then do we need some form of law enforcement personnel to enforce the driving rules? Can’t we just be allowed to drive and trust that it will all work out just fine?
“It doesn't work that way”, you say. Some people will abuse the system and put us all in jeopardy. Even with the rules and the enforcement of the rules and penalties and fines we still have problems. Accidents which clog up traffic, injuries which use up medical resources and of course the ever-increasing car insurance rates. Speaking of which, Arizona has one of the highest-in-the-country car insurance rates, despite traffic enforcement, which shows you how many people still abuse the driving rules even with enforcement. So no, removing traffic enforcement most likely will not make driving any better or safer or quicker.READ MORE
“We can never know about the days to come…But we think about them anyway… And I wonder if I’m really with you now or just chasing after some finer day.”
So sang Carly Simon in her hit song Anticipation. After living through the Year of our Lord 2020 I happen to agree strongly. I’d be a fool to think I know what 2021 will bring. But the experience of 2020 has certainly highlighted the question, “will we trust in God’s providence or not?” And just as importantly, do we believe that God is still guiding us to where He wants us to be? And do we trust that despite the apparent setbacks, wrong turns, uninvited interference, God can still use those circumstances and events to make things work out for our best possible advantage?READ MORE
The COVID-19 Vaccine has arrived. And many of you have questions about it. First let me say the development of this vaccine occurred in near miraculous time. Most vaccines can take ten to thirty years to develop. One of the reasons for the speed of development of some of the COVID-19 vaccines is because of the use of a new way of getting the vaccine into cells in the body. This method called mRNA was first developed by two Catholic physicians in Germany, who invented the procedure to try to fight cancer. When the novel coronavirus showed up this husband and wife team sat down at their computer and figured a way to use mRNA to develop this vaccine. (This process was used in the development of the Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna vaccines.) The next step was the Trump Administration’s Operation Warp Speed which paid the Pharmaceutical companies to manufacture the vaccine in advance of testing, win or lose. Fortunately, testing demonstrated it was a winner. Which is why the companies have been manufacturing the vaccine since March or April.READ MORE
Pandemic 2020 continues to be the best of times and the worst of times. It certainly brings out either the best in us or the worst in us. That’s why I like hearing your COVID-19 Stories and how the Pandemic brought out the best in you in big and small ways. But still for some the Pandemic has been the worst of times and for others it has been the best of times.
Jeff Bezos, owner of Amazon and the Washington Post, has seen his wealth increase from $48 billion to an estimated $183 billion. The Pandemic has been a boon for Wall Street but a nightmare for Mainstreet. Big tech and big business have reaped record profits while small businesses are threatened with extinction. Maybe some of it is unavoidable considering the nature of a Pandemic and how we need to respond to it. But too many elected officials seem callous to the plight of blue-collar workers and private businesses. In so many ways the Pandemic has brought out the worst in some of our leaders.READ MORE
As COVID Time wears on, life seems to have become one dimensional, rather flat. Part of the reason for that is the usual “look-forward-to’s” are in short supply. Whether its vacations or trips or other types of get togethers that we look forward to, their absence is felt more and more as the Pandemic marches on. Which is all the more reason for us to tap into what we can to bring life back from black and white to living color.
So, I hope you were able to tune into our Advent Parish Mission with Tom Booth. It certainly helped nudge me into the Advent Season and start to look forward to Christmas time. If you haven’t yet seen the Advent Mission just go to our App and click on the OLMC TV icon and you can watch the previous week’s episode or tune into the Live Stream at 2pm or 7pm on Sunday for the current episode.READ MORE