Search

Search

Recent Blog Entries

The Joy ahead...
Shortest Advent
Heaven, Hell, Death and Judgment
What Are Your Blessings...
Catholic Connection of November 11th
Leadership within the School
Feast Days of the Church
October full of Anniversaries!
Relationships with our Children
Beware!

Blogs

Reflect ~ Reinvest

Jun 18

Written by:
6/18/2017 12:00 AM  RssIcon

The summer has officially hit, I think. A week of 90 degree temperatures seems to be the best indication of that, I suppose! As with so many things, there is a routine and rhythm of the summer months that stretch between Memorial Day and Labor Day. For the two parishes, we both had an evening at Stricker’s Grove to enjoy fellowship and another great year. Schools have been closed down for the summer and vacations are planned, etc.

The summer months are times of growth in those quiet recesses of life. Growing up, I would always wonder if the corn would finally sprout, (the rule for good field corn growth was ‘knee high by the fourth of July); shortly after that statement was true, it seemed be ready harvest! How did that happen? I would always wonder…

Yet, God’s miracles are often seen in this same way. We keep waiting for something to happen, and then all of a sudden, it appears in hindsight and vision. We often cannot see it happening while it is ongoing, but only later on when we can reflect and see that God truly does care!

And here, we all thought nothing major happens in the summer months!

On the contrary, it is a time to continually reinvest in what God is doing in you. For those who travel during the summer months (my brother is constantly on the softball trail, for example), there can be great opportunities to visit other parishes in other parts of the country. Those long drives can be great opportunities for conversations with your children that otherwise are difficult to have.

For others, perhaps it is a time to listen to a podcast on the faith or other interest to keep the mind fresh and sharp.

For me, one of my favorite parts of the summer is just to spend a few minutes each night to water some of the plants around the house. I think of the Scripture where Jesus talks about the birds of the air and the flowers in the fields; all of which are so beautiful. As God takes care of each of them, He cares for you so much more.

There are so many opportunities, both at the parish and just in life in general. It is good to recognize that God never stops investing in you, will you reinvest in Him, too?

Take some time to enjoy those blessings God has in mind just for you.

In Christ,
F. Kyle Schnippel


Your name:
Gravatar Preview
Your email:
(Optional) Email used only to show Gravatar.
Your website:
Title:
Comment:
Security Code
CAPTCHA image
Enter the code shown above in the box below
Add Comment   Cancel 

Enter Title


Deacon Ron answers your questions.

Comments

Re: Why do we place a white pall on the casket of the deceased at funeral Masses?
I have been wondering about that. Thank you for explaining it.

Blog Tag Cloud

"Go in Peace" acceptance accomplish acknowledge act of kindness ACTS Adoration advent Advent season adventure All Saints All Souls almsgiving american dream angels anniversary anticipation anxiety anxious appointment ark artifacts Ashes assignment assistance attention attitude baby background banquet baptism baptisms baptize Barnabas barrage bartender bathrobe beautiful beauty behavior believe best man Bethlehem big birth bishop bitterness blessed Blessed Mother Blessed Sacrament blessings blind Blood Blood of Christ Body bond booth boss bound brave bread breads breakfast burial burning bush business But first butler cake campaign campus Canadian candidates candle Canon Law care career careers caring cartoon catastrophic catch catch up catholic celebrate celebrating celebration cello chair challenge challenges challenging change changes chaplain check chemistry children Chili Sunday chocolate cake choices Christ-like Christmas Christmas Season church Church history circle civil rights classroom clothes pin collection college color come together comfort comforting command commandment commitment Communion Community community of faith commuters companion companionship compass compassion compassionate concern confess confident Confirmation connect connection console Constitution Corporal Works of Mercy cotton fields council counselors countries country couples covenant creation cremation Crock-Pot Crucified crucify him Dad darkness deacons death Declaration of independence decorating dedicated dedicated souls dedication deeds degree depression desire determination devoted devotion difference dignity dilbert dinner disciples discipleship Dismissal distress diversity divine Divine Mercy Sunday Divinity divorce doctor donate downtime dreams Dust duty earth Easter economic education Emanuella embrace emphasize encounter encouragement end of life energy engage Epiphany equals equations escape estate Eucharist evangelization events excitment experience experiences expression eye fable facebook faces facility faith faithful families family family albums family life fast fasting Father favor favorites fear feast feast day feast days fellowship festival fifth grade financial institutions fire First Communion first-responders fiscal year fishers fishing flight attendant flood follow me followers forest forgive formation foundation of faith fragile fragments freedom Freedom of Religion friends friendship frog frustrating frustration fulfillment funeral funerals garment gatherings generosity gentle Germany gift gift of time gifts giving global age glory goal God God's creation God's kingdom gold good example Good Friday good news Good Samaritan Good Shepherd goodness Gospel of Mark Grace graces gracious Graham Dashwood grandfather grateful gratitude grieving grow growth guidance guidelines gut feeling hard work healer healing heart Heaven Hell help hidden passages highlight history hodgkins lymphoma holiday holiness Holy Family Holy Father Holy Spirit Holy Trinity Holy Week home homeless honeybee honor roll of donors hope hopelessness hopes hospice hospital hospitality hot coal Hugo human humble hurt husband ignore illness immigrants Immigration innkeeper inspiration inspires interactions interests internet intricate investing isolate job search Jordan journey journeys joy joyous joys judge Judgement justice kind king kings island kitchen kneelers knowledge labor day labyrinth Lance Armstrong languages layers Lazarus leadership legacy Lent life lifestyles light Light is On lily pad Lit Liturgy living love loved loved ones loved ones prayer Loving Parent magi magnificat make straight Mardi Gras marriage marrige Mary Mass Mass Ending math quiz Matthew meaning meaningful medical student medicine medieval meetings Memorial Day memories merciful mercy merida MetroCard military minister ministries ministry ministry program miracle mission trip missionaries missionary Mister Rogers Neighorhood modeled moments money monk mood Mortality Most Holy Body mother Mother Teresa motherhood mothers mother-to-be Mount of Ascension mountaineers mustard seed mysteries nains narrow door needs neophytes NET nets new born king New Year nourishes November nurse nursing nurture Obiama obligation obligations October Old Testament olympic team opportunity ordained Ordinary Time outreach outsiding overstuffed bags owl pain painting Pakistan pall palm branches Palm Sunday parable parish family parish priest passion pastor pastoral pastoral care pastoral region patience peace penance Penitential Pennance Pentecost photographs Pi pilgrimage pilgrims Pittsurgh planning poet poor Pope Francis pornography poverty power powerful pray pray together prayer prayer of thanks prayers preach prepare presence President preteens priesthood prison privilege process proclaim professionalism professor Professor Liviu;Virginia Tech property prophet Protestant Reformation psychiatrists psychologist purpose purse question quiet quiver rabbi reality Reconciliation Red chair Red Sea re-evangelizing reflect reflection reflections refresh refugee region reinvest rejoice relationship re-propose resolutions resources Respect Life responsibilities rest Restoration Resurrection retain right rise up and walk Risen Christ risen Lord role model sabatical sabbath sabbatical Sackcloth sacraments sacred sales salt salvation Santa sarajevo Savior schedule schools scientists scotland scripture sea self-image selflessness seminar seminarian seminary separation Sermon on the Mount servant serve service Seventeen share share gifts shepherd shopper short parables Sign of the Cross signs silence simplicity sinner Sister Joan sky small snowfall social media society Son song Soul special special services special time Spirit Spirit of God Spiritual Works of Mercy spouse St. John Neumann St. Nicholas stabbed staff stewardship stone stones story stranger strangers strength structure struggling student students success suffer summer support surgeon surrender swimmer symbol sympathetic synagogue Taize Prayer talen talents teach teaches teamwork teenagers teens temples thank you thankful thanks Thanksgiving the Body of Christ The Sacred Meal theologian time toll plaza tomb tours train-wreck Transform transformed transforming transition travel light treasure treatment truly cares trust turtles unconditional martial love understand understanding unique united United States Unity vibrant vigil vision vocation vocations volunteers walk warm warmth Watch List water weeping Welcome welcoming wife will willing wisdom witness wonders work world worship space worst neighbor worthy wrong year b Year of Mercy YNIA Yom Kippur young adults young American Yo-Yo Ma