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fetscherDear Family,
Today you received a little packet of “kindness” cards. I’m hoping we explained the idea behind them during the homily. Basically, you do some kind act for someone and then give them the card and ask them to do something for someone else and pass along the card.

We picked today to launch the idea because today’s readings seemed very well-suited to illustrate the idea, especially Corinthians. Brides and grooms have been picking this passage for their weddings because it talks all about love, 15 things, in fact, that love either is or isn’t.

When you hear the passage from Jeremiah, however, and the painful challenge he undergoes trying to be the prophet God wanted, or in the same vein, you hear Jesus speaking in his very own hometown, and see what happens to him. It seems clear that loving isn’t some warm fuzzy we use to decorate wedding halls.

Loving requires work, often hard work. Paul’s insight into love stretches love to its limits. He surely must have been stretched that way himself as he wrote to his beloved Corinthians who had been really disappointing him.

Is it any different with us? So often I find myself the recipient of some kind word or some generous gift of someone’s time or talents and treasure. Feeling that love is a blessing. But as you have heard me say often, that reactive feeling of my emotions is not the same thing as the decision that someone had to make to do the loving thing. Long before it is a feeling, like faith and hope and
forgiveness, love is a decision.

Which brings me back to the Kindness Card… Rosemary Guerin came to me with the idea that she had seen in another venue and wondered how we might try and use it for our own life as God’s people. One thing led to another and with Denise Lamberti’s wonderful artistry they came up with the card you received today.

Basically, you make a decision to do something kind for someone. When you’ve done it, you can give them the card. Initially, I had a little problem with what seemed to be calling attention to myself after I had done something for someone. But that’s not the case.
When you give someone the card, you are saying that you were blessed by the chance to do something for someone, and now you hope
they will try and experience the same thing for themselves.

As we gear up for Lent, start thinking about people and opportunities you have to pass along the card. Of course you don’t have to wait for Ash Wednesday. Do it NOW. Speaking of Lent, you’ll recall I asked you to start praying for Father Tom Boyer who will lead us
on our parish retreat on the first weekend of Lent.

Here is a short biography.

Rev. Thomas Boyer, a native of St. Louis, MO, attended Latin School of Indianapolis, Saint Meinrad College, Saint Meinrad School of Theology, and summer institutes at Leuven and Notre Dame. With the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City, Fr. Boyer has served as associate pastor, pastor, rector, high school instructor and administrator. He also served as director of youth ministry, director of vocations, consultant to the office of worship, archdiocesan personnel board, council of priests and consulter to the archbishop. Fr. Boyer has conducted seminary and diocesan priest retreats.

Now he comes to us. He will preach at our Masses on February 13/14 and the first presentation for all of us will be at 5:00 p.m. on Sunday Afternoon, February 14th. With the kind help of Scott and Sue Martinez (aka the Martini’s) we will then gather for dinner. On Monday and Tuesday 15/16 we will have both a morning session which will be repeated in the evening.

I’m looking forward to it. We are all
In Jesus,
sign frjim

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