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Where Faith and Legos Meet

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Fr. Leopold is the world’s smallest priest!

Have you heard that you can get a Legos Mass set? You can even change Fr. Leopold’s vestments for the liturgical seasons! This is a fun way to ‘practice’ Mass. Too simple for you? Are you to ‘big’ for a set with only 174 pieces?

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Last year, a priest displayed a pretty impressive Lego project at the Franklin Institute in Pennsylvania.

About 500,000 Legos later, Fr. Bob Simon had created a replica of St. Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican in honor of Pope Francis’ visit. It is 14’ x 6’ feet and took more than 10 months to create. He said it was a prayerful experience to build.

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Another fun fact:  He tried to create St. Peter’s Basilica when he was 7 years old and was sure he wanted to be a priest then, too!

According to Fortune and Wired, it would cost about $50,000 to make!

How many Legos do you have? Can you ‘build’ your faith? What would it look like?

 

 

The Ark Encounter

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In the news:

Noahs Ark

They actually built the boat!  It’s a 510 foot-long wooden ark that is in a theme park in Kentucky!

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Also:

Mosaics depicting prominent Bible scenes were uncovered during annual excavations of an ancient synagogue in Israel’s Lower Galilee.

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Check that Bible story out in Genesis Chapters 6-9!

 

Out of This World

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Check out this article about astronauts who take their faith into space and even take Communion with them!  Full CNS Article

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“When you see the Earth from that vantage point and see all the natural beauty that exists, it’s hard not to sit there and realize there has to be a higher power that has made this,” said Hopkins, who is Catholic.

Astronaut Mike Good, a member of St. Paul the Apostle Parish in Nassau Bay, Texas, near NASA’s Johnson Space Center, and a veteran of two space flights, spent about 12 days on each of his missions aboard the space shuttle. Taking Communion into space, he said, was not as imperative.

“It just makes it so obvious that God created this beautiful place. The word awe just comes to mind. … And looking out into space, it’s just a clear view. The stars don’t twinkle. It’s like a high definition 3-D TV. You look out into space and feel very small.”

Good, a graduate of the University of Notre Dame, expects that when the moment of launch comes, there’s a feeling of connection with God or a higher power among just about everyone heading to space.

Among the things Massimino took on his first flight was a Vatican City flag, which he later gave to St. John Paul II. On his second flight, he took a prayer card depicting Pope Benedict XVI, which he gave to the pontiff.

Hopkins, Good and Massimino took mementos, including religious items, from their schools, parishes and friends into space.

To keep astronauts’ spirits high, NASA arranges for occasional calls with celebrities on flights and asks each astronaut with whom they might like to talk. Vande Hei, who holds a bachelor’s degree in physics from St. John’s University in Minnesota, said he suggested Pope Francis.

His request may not be outside the realm of possibility. Pope Benedict communicated with the crew aboard the ISS in May 2011 in a 20-minute conversation.

Give til it hurts?

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What do you have?

Sometimes God is asking so much of us.  It might be like the widow who uses the last of her flour and oil to feed Elijah.  Or the widow who puts her last 2 cents in the collection basket.  It is really hard to put that much trust in God.  We need to trust that God will give us everything we need.  That happened for the widow Elijah met.  She had enough flour and oil to eat for a year!

Elijah and the Widow

Think about the Our Father the next time you say it.  Do you trust that you will have daily bread?  What can you donate that someone else really needs?

Based on Scriptures for Sunday, November 8, 2015

1 KGS 17:10-16

MK 12:38-44

Got life? Get the Bread of Life

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John 6 is as controversial today as it was when Jesus walked the Earth.  Did He mean it or didn’t He?  Was the bread really just a metaphor (Jn 6:51-58)?  In the verses that follow, Jesus assures us, as we grumble amongst ourselves, that He is quite serious.

Spoiler alert:  When Jesus asks the Twelve (Apostles) if they want to leave Him, too, Peter says, “To whom shall we go?” (Jn 6:60-69)  They stay.

 “Master, to whom shall we go? 

You have the words of eternal life.

We have come to believe

and are convinced that you are the Holy One of God.”

Faith can be tough.  You have a choice.  Should I stay or should I go?  Do I believe?  I believe Jesus was serious.  I would not give up the opportunity to receive the Bread of Life.  Where in this world will you find eternal life?  Or receive the gifts God wants to give you?

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Want life?

Jesus says he is the Bread of Life.

How can you get this bread?

Jesus is waiting for you at Mass in the Eucharist.

Real food and drink.

Be fed by the Word and the Eucharist.

Don’t forget that He gave us this bread, Himself, so that we could have eternal life!

What are you waiting for?

Calm the storm…get in the boat!

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Mark’s Gospel this week (the full Reading) is all about healing.  Mark 5:21-43

Phone call

Here are a few pointers you could get:

1) ask.

Don’t be shy.  Definitely a message in this Sunday’s Readings.  What have you got to lose?  Just ask.  Jairus is sure that if he asks, Jesus will cure his daughter.  He knows.  How?

2) stay close enough to Jesus to touch His cloak.

The woman who touches Jesus’ cloak has been ill for 12 years!  Numbers always mean something too.  That’s a whole ‘nother take on this event.  12 usually means 12 tribes, that’s everybody.  That’s just one way to look at it.  Scriptures are deep.  They speak to us personally and as a people of God.  No matter how you look at it, 12 years is a long time!  She had to be desperate to touch Jesus cloak without even asking!  Jesus, of course, knows right away and asks her to come forward.  She falls at his feet and he tells her to be at peace and be well!  Her faith had saved her!  So are you waiting on the sidelines for Jesus to show up and cure you?  Take a step of faith and reach out.  He will make your faith stronger!  Just give Him a chance!  Are you staying in touch?

3) have faith—believe and trust.

Faith involves believing and trusting.  But WHO do you believe in and trust?  Faith is not abstract.  Faith involves more than you.  It involves knowing someone (God/Jesus/Holy Spirit) well enough to know that they won’t let you down.  It takes experience.  That’s relationship.  It’s give and take – on both sides.  So how’s your faith?  Does it show?

So,

Jairus believed his daughter would be healed.  He asked.  He believed and he brought Jesus home.  Sometimes, Jesus is just waiting to say, “Little girl (or my child), I say to you, arise!” Healing comes in many forms:  physical and spiritual.  We just need to ask, trust and invite him in. – Mrs. D

Is your armor waterproof?

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Rain

There are so many stories in the Bible about storms. Jesus and the Apostles faced many storms when they were out in their boats, and Noah and his family faced a storm that resulted in the flooding of the world. When we compare these storms with the storms that we face in our lives, it becomes obvious that the way we can overcome all our storms is by following God’s directions and using the tools He gives us. Going back to Noah, when the flood was coming, God instructed Noah to build an ark. This ark was the tool that God gave Noah so that when the floods came, Noah, his family, and all the animals were protected from the great flood. We may not have an ark to weather our storms, but we definitely have other tools for the problems we face in our own lives.

For example, we have the “rock of St. Peter.” It was on this rock that Christ said we should build our faith so that when the storms that come from doubt or people who try to crush our faith, our faith will still be standing strong. We are told in

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Are you armed?

Ephesians 6:10-18 to “put on the full armor of God.” This whole set includes “the sword of faith,” “the helmet of salvation,” and many other parts that are given to us by God.

What does this have to do with weathering storms? Well, God would only give us the very best tools for the problems we face so this armor has all we need to weather any storm that others may throw at us. There is no doubt that God remembered to waterproof this armor. – Sarah F.