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Ministry of Presence: St. Thomas Aquinas Parish Feeds Students at Louisiana Tech

by Jessica Rinaudo The words “Ruston” and “Louisiana Tech” go hand in hand. And with only one Catholic Church in the city, St. Thomas Aquinas parishioners have taken up the task of More »

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Updating St. Joseph Cemetery

by Randy Tiller In 2023 we will be commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Shreveport Yellow Fever epidemic of 1873. This is not only significant for our diocese, but of importance to More »

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April 28th: Divine Mercy Sunday

by Julia Doolin The second Sunday of Easter is the Feast of Divine Mercy. This year, the feast falls on April 28. For the last 15 years, the Cathedral of St. John More »

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Bossier Church Helps Provide Beds to Children

by Mary Ann Van Osdell Don Harper is seeing to it that “no kid sleeps on the floor in our town” and Mary, Queen of Peace Parish is helping him achieve that More »

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Society of St. Vincent de Paul’s Good Friday Way of the Cross & Walk for Justice

by Jim Beadles, President, Shreveport Council of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul For more than 20 years, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul has sponsored the Good Friday Way More »

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Vocations View: Reflection – Final Year of Seminary

by Deacon Kevin Mues, Seminarian Time flies when you’re having fun!” This statement seems particularly accurate to me at this moment in my life. As I approach the end of my final More »

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Mike’s Meditations: Put Jesus in Context

by Mike Van Vranken We’ve all done it. You know, take a bit of scripture that we love to remember and use it for our own justification. And, many times, if we More »

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Frontier Mission Beginnings: Fr. Jean Pierre and the Bayou Pierre Community

by Dr. Cheryl White The small community of Carmel, Louisiana is home to a rich cultural inheritance that resonates even today as an important and easily identifiable chapter of our Catholic history. More »

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Escape Routes: A Reflection on the Church Sex Abuse Crisis

by Kim Long Sometimes I run. It’s true. Sometimes I run from God. In 2002 when the Boston clergy scandal erupted I had a vague notion of what was going on. Several More »

USCCB Pro-Life Chairman Calls All Catholics to Fight with Renewed Vigor for the Unborn

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from the USCCB

WASHINGTON—Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann of Kansas City, KS and Chairman of the U.S. Bishops’ Committee on Pro-Life Activities has issued the following statement in response to several states moving forward with legislation that would permit a baby to be aborted at nine months.

Archbishop Naumann’s full statement follows:

“Abortion has always been built on a lie. Today, the lie is switching from ‘abortion is a choice’ to ‘abortion is healthcare.’ A law recently passed in New York not only legalizes abortion essentially for any reason through all nine months of pregnancy but removes any protection for children born alive after abortion. A similar bill was proposed in Virginia along with several other states, all in the name of women’s health.

This legislation is evil, pure and simple. And it shocks the conscience to see such evil legislation greeted with raucous cheers and standing ovations. Most grieving to our Lord of Life is that those who advocate for abortion put their eternal souls in jeopardy.

It is sickeningly dishonest to claim that women’s lives or health depend on intentionally killing their children. This is especially true for late-term abortion, which always involves the purposeful destruction of a child which could have been born alive, with much less risk to the mother, had they both received real healthcare.

Now is the time for all Catholics—bishops, priests, and laity—to fight for the unborn with renewed vigor. We must educate family, friends, legislators, and fellow citizens about how it is never necessary to intentionally kill unborn children in order to save their mothers. Local action is especially important. Though ending Roe v. Wade is a central goal of the pro-life movement, if the decision were overturned, only 11 states would immediately ban abortion; the other 39 states would still allow it.

I urge Catholics, and thoughtful Americans of all religions or none at all to advocate for local change. Sign up for your State Catholic Conference or diocesan pro-life advocacy network, which can help you communicate to elected officials. Or seek out state and local pro-life groups, including parish respect life groups, that are making a difference at the state level.

Though we live in very dark days, we know that the Lord has already triumphed over death. But we must use this time on earth to be His hands and feet. This means each of us rededicating ourselves to prayer, and fighting for the most vulnerable among us, especially unborn children and their mothers.”

USCCB President Issues Statement on McCarrick in Response to Judgement by Holy See

WASHINGTON— Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo, Archbishop of Galveston-Houston and President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, has issued the following statement upon the decision of the Holy See announced today regarding Theodore McCarrick.

Cardinal DiNardo’s Full Statement Follows:

“The Holy See’s announcement regarding Theodore McCarrick is a clear signal that abuse will not be tolerated. No bishop, no matter how influential, is above the law of the Church. For all those McCarrick abused, I pray this judgement will be one small step, among many, toward healing. For us bishops, it strengthens our resolve to hold ourselves accountable to the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I am grateful to Pope Francis for the determined way he has led the Church’s response.

If you have suffered sexual abuse at the hands of someone within the Catholic Church, I urge you to contact local law enforcement and your local diocese or eparchy. Victims Assistance Coordinators are available to help. We are committed to healing and reconciliation.”

Be More: Northwest Louisiana Catholic Schools Unite

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by Jessica Rinaudo

The three Catholic schools in the Shreveport-Bossier area, Loyola College Prep, St. John Berchmans Catholic School and St. Joseph Catholic School, are joining forces. Together school principals, school council members, communications professionals, priests and superintendent Sr. Carol Shively, OSU, have begun meeting to discuss working together to share resources and create a unified Catholic school system in northwest Louisiana.

As part of this effort, several initiatives have launched. The first was to assemble committees, each with a different focus from finances to marketing. The marketing social media team has already begun their work by launching a Shreveport / Bossier Catholic Schools joint Facebook page, where news from all three schools, and in a particular way, news of the schools working together, can be shared with all of those who support Catholic education in the Shreveport / Bossier area.

The Facebook page launched officially in conjunction with Catholic Schools Week 2019, and each day of that week highlighted what the three schools do for their school families, the community and one another. Together the three schools are showing how their students can “Be More,” by attending Catholic schools.

Catholic Schools Week closed with an All Schools Mass at Loyola College Prep – the first to be held in many years – where the three schools celebrated Mass together.  The new Facebook page was used as a platform to live stream Father Matthew Long’s homily at the Mass, in which he fittingly spoke about how together, our schools build the future.

“We are the smallest school system in Northwest Louisiana… A lot of people would look at that and say that’s a bad thing…  But if we listen to the words of our Savior, Jesus Christ, we know that it’s a good thing, because we are blessed as administrators, as faculty members and as students that we have the ability to know… every one of our students, every one of our peers, every one of our faculty members. … This means we can be more like a family than an organization,” said Fr. Long.

He continued, “But you see, from that small seed of St. John’s and St. Joseph’s and Loyola is the future of northwest Louisiana. It’s the future of our community. It’s the future of our state. It’s the future of our nation. You are the ones who are being cultivated. You are the ones who are being taken care of. You are the ones who are being loved. You are the ones who are being given so much so that when you go forth, you will be able to be leaders. … Because you have received all the tools you need from these Catholic schools.”

“To all of you who are students, I think you should go home and tell your parents, ‘Thank you for making the sacrifice, thank you for loving me so much that you are willing to give me the best that you can.’”
Fr. Long also asked the Loyola students to stand up who attended St. John Berchmans School and St. Joseph School and pointed them out to all the elementary schools in attendance and encouraged them to “be one of the coolest kids in the City of Shreveport and to follow in their footsteps.”

Additionally, as part of this joint schools’ effort, Sr. Carol Shively, OSU, recently brought in a Catholic schools expert, Sr. Carol Cimino, SSJ, Ed.D, to speak to the collective group about different scenarios for both improving our Catholic schools and ways to help them create a bright future.

There are many exciting things happening for Catholic schools in the Shreveport / Bossier area. To follow along, visit and like the Facebook page at www.facebook.com/SBCatholicSchools.

Come Away and Rest for a While

by Joe Bernal, Spiritual Director

Jesus said to his disciples, “Come away to some secluded place all by yourselves and rest for a while”. (Mark 6:31).

How often do we say to ourselves, “I wish I had some time to go to a secluded place and get away for a while?” Just like Jesus invited his disciples to “come away,” he also invites us to come and rest for a while.
Just a short three-hour drive away, Our Lady of the Oaks Jesuit Retreat house is a well kept secret. Head south on I-49 towards Lafayette and take exit 11 to find the 80-year old Spanish style house situated on the grounds of the Jesuit communities in the small town of Grand Coteau.

Our Lady of the Oaks was dedicated to the Greater Glory of God and the honor of the Blessed Virgin Mary. The facility features a library, reading room, chapel, private visit chapel, enclosed courtyard, dining room, gazebos, beautiful landscaping and 51 rooms for occupancy. The grounds surrounding the retreat house are spacious and magnificent, with many grand old oaks, azalea-lined walkways and quiet places for reflection.
Since 1938, the Retreat House has offered thousands of men, women, and married couples a place to relax, time to reflect and time to pray. Anyone seeking peace and a closer relationship with God is welcome to attend.

A retreat at the Oaks offers:

“Time to relax … The refreshing thing about a retreat is our release from the daily grind. We get away from business problems and family worries. The quiet and peaceful atmosphere of the Retreat house will slow our pace and gradually draw our thoughts from daily demands. Doing this allows us to reflect on our life and the direction it is taking.

Time to reflect … We will be free to think without interruptions in the silence of the weekend. Free to get a fresh start on our lives and on our relationships with family, friends and God.
Time to pray … In the quiet of the chapel, in the peacefulness of the courtyard with the water flowing in the fountain, or in the beauty of the tree-lined paths, we will find the atmosphere for praying to God … to thank Him, to praise Him, to ask for His guidance.”1

The Preached Weekend Retreat is an adaptation of the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola, the founder of the Jesuits. The retreat is a process of prayer, reflection and discernment that helps bring a person to freedom in order to hear God’s call and to respond in faith.

The Preached Weekend Retreat also offers the mature disciple, a person with a strong desire to mature in Christ, a time of silence and quiet, some instruction, daily Mass and opportunities for reconciliation and communion. Also available are traditional forms of piety including recitation of the rosary and the Stations of the Cross. During the retreat, Jesuit priests are available for confession and counseling.
For more information and to schedule a retreat at Our Lady of the Oaks in Grand Coteau, LA, visit their website at

www.ourladyoftheoaks.com, or contact the office by telephone (337) 662-5410 or e-mail: oloaks@centurytel.net.  •

Joe Bernal is a parishioner at St. Paschal Parish in West Monroe, a spiritual director for the Diocese of Shreveport and a retreat director at Our Lady of the Oaks.

1 Used with permission from Our Lady of the Oaks Retreat House.

Vocations View: World Youth Day

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by Raney Johnson, Seminarian

I had the opportunity to attend my second World Youth Day (WYD) this past January in Panama. During this trip, I was able to encounter fellow young Catholics from around the world. The theme of World Youth Day was: “He aquí la sierva del Señor, Hágase en mí según tu palabra.” These words translated into English mean: “Behold I am the handmaid of the Lord. May it be done to me according to Your Word.” The Blessed Virgin Mary says these words in St. Luke’s gospel. This passage of scripture was specifically chosen for the theme of WYD to emphasize the “Fiat” or “Yes” of Mary to God’s calling.  Throughout my time in Panama, the speakers continually emphasized Mary’s discernment in listening to God’s call and following that call.

One of my favorite parts of my second WYD was encountering the people in my group who were trying to listen to God’s voice in the same way as the Blessed Mother. The group I attended World Youth Day with was a sort of microcosm of the different vocations in the Church. There were religious sisters, a priest and two married men in my group. The group also contained young single Catholics discerning what God was asking them to do with their lives, as well as young men discerning vocations to the priesthood and a young woman discerning a vocation to the religious life. After talking with them about their different discernments, I began to reflect on my own discernment to the priesthood during my week in Panama.

I started to think about how three years earlier I had attended my first World Youth Day in Krakow, Poland after my first year of seminary. Then my mind went from the past into the future. I began to reflect on the next World Youth Day in 2022, and the fact that I might be a priest when it arrives. I began to reflect on my entire discernment of the diocesan priesthood, past, present and future, through the lens of World Youth Day. I imagined attending the next World Youth Day with a group of young Catholics discerning different vocations and celebrating the holy sacrifice of the Mass for them. This is an important part of WYD; it gives young Catholics from around the world the opportunity to reflect on what vocation God might be calling them to in the Church.

The Holy Father emphasized discernment by the youth in the Church when he celebrated Mass for us on the final day of our pilgrimage to Panama. Pope Francis encouraged us not to put off the discernment of our vocations, but to begin thinking about our vocations in the present.

If I could sum up my experience at World Youth Day, I would say that the Church is alive with young Catholics from around the world who seriously want to serve God and spread the Gospel message. So many young people are answering God’s call in the same way Mary did during the Annunciation. After attending World Youth Day twice, I hope that other young Catholics in the Diocese of Shreveport will have the same opportunity to experience this deeply spiritual event. The next World Youth Day will be in 2022 in Portugal, and I hope it will continue to help young Catholics discern their vocations.

Navigating the Faith: Ash Wednesday Quick Guide

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Ash Wednesday officially kicks off the Lenten season in the Church, a season dedicated to prayer, fasting and penance. It takes place 46 days before Easter. This year, that day is Wednesday, March 6th.


Click to download and print your “Quick Guide” to Ash Wednesday!

Catholic Relief Services (CRS) Collection

THE CATHOLIC RELIEF SERVICES (CRS) COLLECTION
Announcement Dates: March 17th & 24th   
Collection Dates: March 30th & 31st

Support the Catholic Relief Services (CRS)Collection: HELP JESUS IN DISGUISE.

The Catholic Relief Services Collection is a beautiful and inspiring way to encounter Jesus Christ during the holy season of Lent. I am convinced that you are like me. I have the great desire to do anything and all I can for the Lord Jesus; and so do you. Together, we love him and want to show our devotion and love to him for the love and devotion he has first shown to us. In our compassion for, plus our reaching out to, our brothers and sisters laboring under the various crosses of many kinds of crises, it is actually Jesus himself, we are helping. Our Savior said, “Amen, I say to you, whatever you did for one of these least brothers (and sisters) of mine, you did for me” (Matthew 25:40 a).

The theme of our Catholic Relief Services Collection continues to be Help Jesus in Disguise. As our great nation supports the work and mission of the American Red Cross, so the Catholic faithful support the work and mission of Catholic Relief Services. We support CRS because of our love for Jesus Christ. Giving of ourselves rightly makes us feel good about the kindness we do for others. And, the good we do for the recovery, safety, and well-being of others not only makes us feel good, but when done for Jesus and in his name, it comes with a heavenly reward. “Come, you who are blessed by my Father. Inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world” (Matthew 25: 34b).

Through the Catholic Relief Services Collection, we feed the hungry, give drink to the thirsty, clothe the naked, welcome the stranger, care for the ill, and visit the imprisoned (Matthew 25: 35-36). How uplifting it is to Help Jesus in Disguise! In the spirit of this holy season of renewing our love for Jesus by encountering him through almsgiving, self-sacrifice, and fasting, give generously to the Catholic Relief Services Collection.

Whether Catholic Relief Services is “Helping Jesus in Disguise” through a crisis, man-made or natural, here in the United States of America or abroad, it is an inspiring and uplifting goodness. Victims of persecution, natural disasters, humanitarian crises, draught, famine and any other disasters that may come into your mind, will know comfort and relief that someone, somewhere cares about them and the hardships they are enduring. Jesus cares and you care. Parents are relieved when help comes to alleviate the suffering of their children. Children’s hearts soar when help is given to their parents. People are visibly grateful when you and I care for them – “Jesus in Disguise.” Please give generously to the Catholic Relief Services Collection.

And, don’t forget to continue to draw closer to Jesus in Disguise through the devotion of your Rice Bowl which you will present, in joy, to our risen and victorious Lord at Mass on Easter Sunday. •

Domestic Church: How to Have a “Successful” Lent

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by Katie Sciba

The beginning of Lent feels like the New Year – it’s a clean slate paired with a handful of resolutions and a heart full of hope that this is THE year.  I’m going to stick with my Lenten sacrifices so when Easter shines in 40+ days, I’ll be beaming with Christian radiance and joy in the Resurrection. Every Lent, I start strong and convicted.

And, as with my New Year’s resolutions, in time I fall short of my personal goals for spiritual wellness, justifying a lack of commitment or even forgetting what they are. Thinking back to past Lents and ahead to upcoming Ash Wednesday, I’m considering things more practically, and I’m placing hope in Jesus that he’ll fill the gaps and draw me nearer to him. Put these steps into action for your own heart and Lent so like Jesus you’ll rise Easter morning made new and rejuvenated.

1.  Consult with God
You’re too attached to something; we all are. Maybe it’s the idea of control in your life, maybe it’s your own time, location or possessions, maybe it’s the reasons you have for not growing closer to Jesus. God has called you to a particular mission – what’s getting in the way? Consider offering that to God during this time meant for letting go of what is temporal to gain focus on the spiritual. If you’re unsure, ask Him to reveal exactly what He desires of and for your heart during Lent. What attachment needs to die so you can experience a renewed life during Easter? Ask, too, for the grace to see God’s answer.

2.  Post your sacrifices
…not online for everyone to see, but in your own world for your own benefit. Put a sticky note on your bathroom mirror or inside your coffee cabinet; on the dash in your car or as lock screen on your phone. If you’re reading the Bible or a book of saintly wisdom, keep it in more obvious places so you’ll see it often. Tell a trusted few about your Lenten penance because there is strength in camaraderie.

3.  It’s not about what you give up
Well, not entirely. Lent is a holy invitation to see God clearly by walking away from distractions; and though our part is necessary, it’s Jesus who plays the more active role. Jesus is the one who heals us, who stirs us and who walks with us. Offering things up and ridding ourselves of distraction allows him more space to move in us and through us.

4.  You’re not the only one in the desert
The Lord does not compel His children or call us to do His will, then leave us to do it in our human frailty. Make no mistake, the devil will do his best to draw our attention to ourselves, but like Jesus, we’ll be accompanied by angels and by Christ himself. Jesus always offers grace to help us in what feels difficult or impossible, and because he desires our love and attention, he will uphold us. In the thick of temptation, call on Him for quick aid and grace.

In considering our own bad habits or self-indulgences, it’s common to make Lent about our failings and flaws; to make it about ourselves. Lent, however, is and always has been about the Lord. It’s about drawing strength from Him so we can continue his call for our souls, keeping our eyes focused on him and hearts near heaven.

Faithful Food: Family Far and Wide

by Kim Long

“Teach us to number our days, that we might gain a heart of wisdom” (Psalm 90:12).

I enjoy my work as a DRE and many of us who share this title, along with its joys and challenges, will jokingly say those letters stand for “directly responsible for everything.” Like many people, we change hats multiple times a day.

Recently I was tasked with explaining baptism to a 10-year-old child who had not been “raised up in church,” as my grandmother would have stated it. I was amazed when, during the course of our lesson, the following statement “issued forth from my mouth:” So you have a family at home, and a family here in PSR classes, then once you are baptized you have the Church family at St. Mary’s and another really big family – all the Catholics in the whole world are part of your family. I realized later that it was one of those golden moments when I stepped aside and let God speak!

Lately that has been driven home in the form of a series of events occurring in rapid succession.

The tug to deepen my prayer life has become undeniable. I kept First Friday and Saturday devotions for many years and then, for no particular reason, stopped. I decided to give it another try. I promised myself I would begin in February. As life goes, I was visiting out of town family and realized it was a First Friday. I found a church nearby offering a First Friday Mass and at 5:19 p.m., with only moments to spare, I dashed into the pew, my hurried breathing slowing, falling into the rosary’s rhythm. I felt at home.

Saturday found me in another town along the northeastern side of our state with a slightly smaller First Saturday crowd. Again, falling into the rosary prayers, I relaxed breathing into the moment.

After Mass I visited an elderly relative. Stepping into her home it was as though we had visited yesterday even though it had been a while since I darkened her door. With old time gospel music playing, we reminisced, shared biscuits and tomato gravy, and I left more keenly aware of the passage of time.

Once home, I was asked to read at two funerals, one for a family I knew through church, the other extended family. Two sets of readings, each perfect for the families gathered. They were also perfect for me, connected by God, through time, space and place. A pattern was unfolding.

Currently, our parish awaits news of a neighbor’s health. Suffering a bad fall in the early morning, she phoned me and I rushed over, bathrobe flying and heart pounding. After EMS took her to the hospital a network of care was invoked. Now we pray and wait, believing in God’s best for her, and by extension for us.

Several of us gathered one night recently amid 50 pounds of flour and sugar and a case of eggs as we baked St. Joseph Altar cookies. Laughter, prayer, and work combined to fill us with God’s goodness. Sister Sledge’s 70’s anthem echoed in my head “We are family. I got all my sisters with me.”

We are enveloped in our big Catholic family wherever we are, whether we always like it or not. We keep the peace, hold the line, smile, cry, love. We are bossy and jockey for a favored spot; we reconcile and begin anew.

As I enter the Holy Season of Lent with my big Catholic family, I am liking this extended group, my family at home and in life, very much.

Irish Hash

Ingredients:
•  1 Sweet potato, peeled, grated
•  1 bag broccoli and cauliflower slaw (found in the produce section, if not available substitute cauliflower and broccoli florets)
•  1 onion peeled and diced
•  1 teaspoon of minced garlic
•  ½ cup vegetable broth
•  Olive oil to cover bottom of skillet
•   Salt and pepper to taste

Directions:
1) Sauté onion and garlic in the olive oil on low flame. You don’t want them to brown (no crispy bits please).

2) When soft and the fragrance has been released, add the vegetables all at once and stir, coating the vegetables in the oily onions and garlic.

3) Add some vegetable broth and cover, simmering on a low flame, stirring often to combine and to make sure it doesn’t stick.

This dish is one I “made up” because I needed a vegetable/starch and didn’t have enough of either, so I combined them. We enjoy it served with pork chops or chicken, but during Lent it’s a faithful companion to Tuna Casserole! Enjoy!

Mike’s Meditations: Desiring Our Own Transfiguration

by Mike Van Vranken

When we read the story of the Transfiguration of Jesus, we sometimes talk about the awe of this miracle. And, it is awesome. Jesus’ face and clothing turn white as snow while Elijah and Moses are talking with him. It is a scene too difficult to really imagine. But how do we use this scene in our daily lives? Or, asked another way: “Am I living the Christian life with such oneness with the Spirit of the Risen Christ within me, that I am transfigured like Jesus?” When people look at me, do I look different than others around me? By living the gospel of Jesus, have I become so transfigured that others will see that I am set apart, and they therefore desire to have what I have? Here’s how Jesus put it: “This is how they will know you are my disciples, if you have love for one another” John 13:35. In other words, when we truly love one another, we will look different to others – transfigured!

It might be useful to determine how we are to love one another. St. Paul writes: “Love is patient . . .” 1 Cor 13:4. Have you ever prayed for patience? According to Paul, patience is one of the characteristics of love. In his letter to the Galatians, he lists patience as a fruit of the Spirit that begins with love. How will I know if I love all of God’s children? I just ask myself: “Am I patient with all of God’s children?” If not, according to Paul, I don’t love them all. I need to take this to prayer and ask God to reveal to me all of the people in this world that I do not have patience with. Without patience, I’m not being loving and, consequently, I’m not transfigured. Oh, and one more thing, if I say I love God, I must have patience with Him too!

“Love is kind” 1 Cor 13:4. What does kind mean? Indulgent, considerate, helpful, humane, respectful, thoughtful, having a desire to help others, and charitable are just a few of the definitions of being kind. If I gossip, I’m not very kind. If I criticize or degrade or demean someone’s dignity, I’m not very kind. In other words, I’m not loving. There is certainly no transfiguration for me if I’m not kind.

Paul goes on to say that love is not jealous, or pompous or inflated or rude. It doesn’t seek its own interests and is not quick tempered, nor does it brood over injury (doesn’t hold grudges) 1 Cor 13:4-7. If I want people to see I’m a disciple of Jesus, I cannot be any of these.

And this is the part I really like. Paul says: “if there is knowledge, it will be brought to nothing” 1 Cor 13:8. He is about to make his point that love will last eternally but knowledge will not. What does that mean to me? If I have all of knowledge but do not practice love, I am nothing 1 Cor 13:2.

Finally, “love never fails” 1 Cor 13:8. I really like those odds! But, how can something never fail? The answer comes from the First Letter of John: “God is love” (1 John 4:8,16). “God is love and whoever loves remains in God and God in him” (1 John 4:16).

Let’s summarize: The only way someone will see us transfigured – as disciples of Christ, is by our love for one another. Paul has given some examples of what this love looks like. (For more of his explanation of love, consider studying all of 1 Cor 13). And how can we love like this? By allowing the God who lives in us to live through us.

As always, I suggest you take all of this to God and get His deeper perspective on how His love is showing in your life to the point that people can see and experience it in you. Then, when you hear the Transfiguration story proclaimed at Sunday Mass on March 17th, remember this is not just another miracle story. Instead, experience this gospel story as Jesus calling you to be his disciple; a disciple who will be transfigured and known as his disciple by your love for every human being on the face of the earth. Once we exhibit God’s love through us, we look different. That is the reality they will experience in us because they experience God’s love through us. How awesome is that miracle? •