Prayer in Time of National Anxiety
Let us pray. I come to You, Lord, in this time of uncertainty and confusion that has gripped
our nation and our world. I pray that our leaders and representatives in government are
filled with Your peace, strength and courage. May your gifts of wisdom and understanding,
fortitude and counsel be sought and utilized by them for the well-being of our country. By
their belief and trust in You may they provide capable leadership, promote unity and peace,
and be attentive to the concerns of our people. May Your Church provide support and
comfort; and help strengthen our hope for peace through our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.
Brotherly Love - solemnity
Proverbs 3:21-25; 1 John 4:17-21; Gospel: Luke 10:25-37
There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and he who fears is not perfected in love. We love because he first loved us.
Over a hundred years ago our Church gathered in Holy Synod. As a fledgling organization, its members had faced persecution. Real persecution based on faith right here in the United States. Our members were cast out of social clubs. Jobs were lost. Families were split. There was hurt and sadness. The reaction of those Synod attendees was to focus on the words of Jesus – what one does speaks far louder than abiding by rules, then holy words and prayers. They instituted this Solemnity with its special focus on brotherly love; the only Church that has such a day. They cast out fear with love.
St. John, the disciple Jesus loved could have stood on those credentials – hey look at me, I’m the one He loved. He could have offered words, gave speeches. Instead, he focused on putting Jesus’ love for us into action in his life and in our lives. He tells us: The commandment we have from him, that he who loves God should love his brother also. What one does speaks far louder than abiding by rules, then holy words and prayers. St. John and his church communities cast out the fear of persecution and stood above it in Jesus’ love.
As we gather today for worship we are reminded that coming here once a week is not enough. This place, this worship, the words we hear, and the prayers we offer are a capstone for what we have done right in our loving others over the past week. We should rightly be thankful for the graces we received that helped us do that. We should be proud of the ways we cast out fear and responded in love.
So too our gathering today is a recollection of where we have fallen short with a plea for for-giveness. While falling short is painful, we can find joy in knowing that our consciences are well-formed enough to know we failed. In acknowledging our sin we find the pain it has imprinted lifted by God’s healing touch. We see our fears and pain relieved in God’s love.
Our gathering today is moreover a new start. A new week ahead and we hear: there is no fear in love. Next week we will gather again to be thankful, to recollect, and to start anew. Through all of it what is reinforced is fear removed, love triumphant.
In writing to the Romans, Paul asks: what will separate us from the love of Christ? He lists many things – but no fear will do it. On this Solemnity of Love, on this anniversary of a tragedy meant to instill fear, remember that nothing is more powerful than love. Destroy fear. Our members did it over 100 years ago. St. John did it. We get to do it every week – no fear because in Him there is no fear.
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We would like to apologize, however, for our failure to keep the site current. We have a lot going on at St. Casimir's and our volunteer parishioners are really very busy. We are working on a plan to maintain the website on a more current schedule and ask your indulgence. In order to make the site even more interesting, we are in the process of redesigning it as yu will see in the coming weeks....please send us your comments as we progress.
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You are invited to join us at 10:00 on any Sunday morning to attend Mass at our church. No matter your background, ethnicity, or denomination, we don't look at that. Just people with good will looking for some place to fill out their souls. If you need comfort, a place to pray, this is the place. We do not judge—it's not up to us to judge. All are welcome.
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St. Casimir's Parish
Polish National Catholic Church
268 Lakeview Avenue - Lowell, Massachusetts 01850 USA
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Gloria Bergman, Carol Mason, Marie Dunn, Father Gus Sicard, Richard Ferus Proctor, Arlene
Strazzulla, Jeanne Franzn, Neil Looney, Nona Bilionis, Yanna Lantz, Carolyn Damon, Errol
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and Jen Wood, Nate Rosario, Fr. Tom Sheha; Mitchell Kopacz, Carol McNiff, Jennifer
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Chappel and Brittany Larkham, John Paul Matta, Lorraine Piercy Hall. William Kucharski, Chris
Tymowicz, Janice Daviault, Dr. Greg Ross, Ben Marek, Prime Bp Emeritus John Swantek and
Prime Bishop Emeritus Robert Nemkovich, Robert Jaracz, Tim Palmeri and Sue Locks,
Marianne Davis, George Cole.
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