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By Fr. Steve Kolde on Sunday, January 26, 2014

Your teenage son or daughter is experiencing a moment of angst that is part of growing up: an impossible homework assignment, a bad day on the field, a once promising relationship that has gone sour.  By offering a sympathetic, listening ear, you catch them in your net of support and affirmation and get them through the storm.

They’re new to the job, to the school, to the neighborhood, to the parish.  You take a moment to simply say welcome and offer any help you can.  They start asking questions about simple things that you take for granted.  You don’t realize it, but you have caught them in your net of kindness and welcome, helping them make a start in their new life.

By Fr. Steve Kolde on Sunday, January 19, 2014

In his book Stride Toward Freedom: The Montgomery Story, Dr. Martin Luther King recalls the beginnings of the Civil Rights Movement.  In 1955, King and his fellow ministers in Montgomery, Alabama, organized a boycott of the city’s bus system, following the arrest of Rosa Parks for defying the law by refusing to give up her seat for a white rider.  The young minister immediately became the object of threats and harassment.

Late one night, after his wife and children had gone to sleep, the phone rang.  “Listen, (ugly epithet),” the angry caller warned, “we’ve taken all we want from you; before next week you’ll be sorry you ever came to Montgomery.”

King could not sleep.  The call had shaken him deeply and he began to walk the floor.  In this state of exhaustion, when his courage had all but gone, he decided to take his problem to God and he prayed: 

"Here I am taking a stand for what I believe is right.  But now I’m afraid.  The people are looking to me for leadership, and if I stand before them without strength and courage, they too will falter.  I am at the end of my powers.  I have nothing left.  I’ve come to the point where I can’t face it alone.” 

By Fr. Steve Kolde on Sunday, January 12, 2014

In all probability, we made a resolution or two as the New Year began.  We all do.  A few of us make specific, detailed resolutions regarding health, diet, money, behavior.  And most of us, at least, say to ourselves, “It would be nice this year if I could . . .”  And now we’re less than two weeks into 2014 and most of those resolutions have been shelved.

But a renowned physician and author, Dr. Oliver Sachs, suggests we make one important resolution every New Year: to change our minds.  Resolve to change your mind about something – or someone – this year.  Look at one of your opinions or attitudes and see the other side. 

By Fr. Steve Kolde on Sunday, January 5, 2014

When Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea, in the days of King Herod, magi from the east arrived in Jerusalem, saying, “Where is the newborn king of the Jews?  We saw his star at its rising and have come to do him homage.” (excerpt from Matthew 2:1-12)

The Solemnity of the Epiphany is the story of a journey: a mysterious group of mystics and sages are driven to follow a star to an unknown place to encounter a “king.”  Their journey mirrors our own journeys through life to find purpose and meaning in the days we are given.  Our journey may be one of clarity and purpose or one of desperation and terror.  In truth, most journeys include experiences of both. 

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