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This Week's Bulletin Letter 

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What Profit?

One of my religious superiors once said to me, “it does not matter so much what brought you here, what matters most is why you stay.” Do you ever feel duped? How about with regards to our Catholic Faith, did someone trick you into becoming Catholic, or baptize you before you were old enough to speak your first word, such as “no!” Were you talked into coming to church today? If so you are in good company. The Prophet Jeremiah in today’s first reading laments his condition as “an object of laughter” and a subject of “derision and reproach all the day” (Jer 20:7-8), suggesting that this was not how he was expecting to be treated as one of God’s chosen.

The Prophet Jeremiah received his call to serve the Lord in a profound way at a very young age, and he responded with enthusiasm. He later discovered for himself the fate of most prophets. He was ridiculed, disgraced, thrown into jail, and ultimately martyred. It wasn’t until after his death that people began to realize he was speaking the truth, and they found hope in the testimony he delivered, especially in regard to the New Covenant about which he prophesied: “All, from the least to greatest, shall know me, says the Lord, for I will forgive their evildoing and remember their sin no more” (Jer 31:34). That is great for us, but what kept the Prophet Jeremiah going, why did he persevere in the Lord’s work, how was he able to continue his witness to those who did not understand the message God was speaking through him? We need to know, because now it is our turn to share in our Lord’s work as prophet.

Our Lord fulfills the prophecy of Jeremiah, and increases our anticipation for salvation as we hear today from the gospel according to St. Matthew: “For the Son of Man will come with his angels in his Father’s glory, and then he will repay all according to his conduct” (Mt 16:27). Our Lord promises us future glory, but reminds us that the way to this glory is through the cross. Jesus willingly and lovingly suffered misunderstanding, persecution and crucifixion, which rewards the sacrifice of the Prophet Jeremiah, the apostles, and all saints, all who heed the call of our Lord: “Whoever wishes to come after me must deny himself, take up his cross, and follow me” (Mt 16:24). The Word of God is Good News; it is a promise that fills us with hope and enthusiasm. According to the Prophet Jeremiah, “…it becomes like fire burning in my heart…I grow weary holding it in…” (Jer 20:9).

St. Paul tells us in today’s second reading: “I urge you, brothers and sisters, by the mercies of God, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God…be transformed…that you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and pleasing and perfect” (Rom 12:1-2). The Good News that comes to us from the Prophet Jeremiah, St. Paul, and St. Matthew, should fill us with enthusiasm and hope, all the while we struggle to embrace our cross and understand the way that leads to eternal life. The Word of God, the sacramental life of the Church, the teaching of the Church, the faithful who come to worship our Lord, all enable us to follow our Lord faithfully. We learn not only to embrace our cross, but how to help carry one another’s cross. Putting our Faith, in its entirety, into practice makes us true prophets in today’s world. We become witnesses that the Word of God is true. Others may not believe us right away, but they will eventually see that we put all our hope in the promise of our Lord Jesus Christ, especially in the way we forgive each other, support each other with our presence, prayers and resources, give up our lives in favor of all we are called to serve, from the child in the womb of its mother, to the elders, to all our brothers and sisters in every stage of life. Our sacrifice says it all, and our perseverance lets others know that it is worth it.

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  • Today, August 28, the Church honors St. Augustine. Augustine was born at the town of Tagaste (now Souk-Ahras, in modern day Algeria) on November 13, 354 and grew to become one the most significant and influential thinkers in the history of the Catholic Church. His teachings were the foundation of Christian doctrine for a millennium.The story of his life, up until his conversion, is written in the autobiographical Confessions, the most intimate and well-known glimpse into an individual's soul ever written, as well as a fascinating philosophical, theological, mystical, poetic and literary work.Augustine, though being brought up in early childhood as a Christian, lived a dissolute life of revelry and sin, and soon drifted away from the Church - thinking that he wasn't necessarily leaving Christ, of whose name he acknowledges "I kept it in the recesses of my heart; and all that presented itself to me without that Divine name, though it might be elegant, well written, and even replete with truth, did not altogether carry me away" (Confessions, I, iv).He went to study in Carthage and became well-known in the city for his brilliant mind and rhetorical skills and sought a career as an orator or lawyer. But he also discovered and fell in love with philosophy at the age of 19, a love he pursued with great vehemence.He was attracted to Manichaeanism at this time, after its devotees had promised him that they had scientific answers to the mystery of nature, could disprove the Scriptures, and could explain the problem of evil. Augustine became a follower for nine years, learning all there was to learn in it before rejecting it as incoherent and fraudulent.He went to Rome and then Milan in 386 where he met Saint Ambrose, the bishop and Doctor of the Church, whose sermons inspired him to look for the truth he had always sought in the faith he had rejected. He received baptism and soon after, his mother, Saint Monica, died with the knowledge that all she had hoped for in this world had been fulfilled.He returned to Africa, to his hometown of Tagaste, "having now cast off from himself the cares of the world, he lived for God with those who accompanied him, in fasting, prayers, and good works, meditating on the law of the Lord by day and by night."On a visit to Hippo he was proclaimed priest and then bishop against his will. He later accepted it as the will of God and spent the rest of his life as the pastor of the North African town, from where he spent much time refuting the writings of heretics.  Augustine also wrote, The City of God, against the pagans who charged that the fall of the Roman empire, which was taking place at the hands of the Vandals.On August 28, 430, as Hippo was under siege by the Vandals, Augustine died, at the age of 76. His legacy continues to deeply shape the face of the Church to this day.

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