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Controlling Anger

We live in a culture so besieged with anger that it can be very difficult to imagine life without it, and so we often try to justify our anger.  Anger is an emotion which is not in itself wrong, but which, when it is not controlled by reason or hardens into resentment and hate, becomes one of the seven capital sins.  Christ taught that anger is an offense against the fifth commandment (Catholic Catechism, 1765, 1866, 2262).  Left unresolved, anger often manifests in negative emotions and passive-aggressive behavior that can destroy personal, professional, and spiritual relationships.  Passive-aggressive personalities harbor resentment, stonewall others, create confusion around them, fear conflict, and have difficulty communicating their feelings openly and honestly.  This type of behavior usually stems from a person’s low self-esteem and insecurity.  Steps 4 and 5 of the Alcoholics Anonymous movement asks those in recovery to consider whether getting rid of angry feelings and passive-aggressive behaviors would be more helpful than finding ways of holding onto them.  Start by making a list of individuals and institutions with whom you are angry – be honest about old hurts, disagreements, and frustrations.  Some have found it helpful to use the Ten Commandments when examining their conscience.  Then, approach the Sacrament of Reconciliation, sharing with the confessor the feelings and behaviors that have kept you distanced from God, “admitting to God, ourselves, and another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.”

St. Francis de Sales writes:  “The scorpion which has stung us is poisonous when it stings us, but when it is made into an oil it is an excellent remedy against its own sting; sin is shameful when we commit it, but when it is changed into confession and repentance, it is honorable.  Contrition and confession are so beautiful and sweet-smelling that they efface the ugliness and dissipate the stench of sin.”

With prayerful best wishes
Fr. John Mahoney

Mass Intentions for the Week

Saturday, August 15   4:30 PM Maree Doherty Lagasse
By Stephen & Barbara Loughman
Sunday, August 16  
7:30 AM For the Intentions of all Parishioners
10:00 AM Pat & Warren Bahr (Living)
40th Wedding Anniversary By Pat Bahr
Wednesday, August 19 8:00 AM Edmond Gionet
1 yr. anniversary By The Parish
Thursday, August 20 8:00 AM Patricia Benza
By her husband Buz Benza
Friday, August 21  8:00 AM Mary Govoni By Peter & Carol
Saturday, August 22 4:30 PM Mary Jane & Clement Comesana Sr.
By Ronnie Comesana
Sunday, August 23
7:30 AM For the Intentions of all Parishioner
10:00 AM Robert & Marianne Loranger
By Margaret & Doug Sweeney

Reflection by Rev. Leonard N. Peterson

Back in June, a good friend sent me a video of something amazing. It seems an Amish farmer wanted to move his large pole barn to another place on his property.  So, does he call in a moving company with heavy equipment?  No! Instead he calls on about 300 of his closest friends, and they together actually lift the skeleton of the massive structure and walk it to the new location! 
Viewed from a distance, the men’s black clad legs are seen standing out from the bottom of the red building as they walk in unison following the directions of a leader. It’s as if the building becomes a mammoth centipede!  The video is worth downloading. For one thing, you will see the importance of “lending a hand” to a friend in need. “Lending a hand” is precisely what Our Lord does in this week’s chosen Gospel passage.  A storm at sea is raging. Jesus has left His prayer place on the mountain and suddenly appears walking on the waves!  When Peter catches sight of Him, He jumps out of the crowded boat onto the water and he takes a few tentative steps toward His Master.  But all of a sudden, logic kicks in; awareness steps up, and Peter loses his confidence and begins to sink.  Only when Jesus lends a hand to lift his friend up does the crisis end. (I often picture Jesus with a smile on His handsome Face, maybe even with an added chuckle, as color returns to Peter’s scared face as he stands solidly again.
Of course, it is the perfect opportunity for Our Lord to remind Peter that his faith needs a little updating.  Some added depth. More strengthening private prayer. Naturally, the Holy Spirit wants us to ask ourselves some probing questions as He presents this well-known gospel scene. When life puts us in some “rough water” we know who we can depend on.  Such “stormy seas” will come to nearly all of us at one time or another.  So, do we turn to God when it happens, or do we rely only on our instinct for self-preservation?  Or the cleverly concocted myth of self-reliance that we eschews help?  That Amish farmer knew better with his problem.
Without belaboring the obvious, I trust that we have all learned a lot about ourselves and our dependency upon each other during these months of the pandemic, with the probability of more months to come. 

 Hopefully, you and I as believers have stepped up our reliance on God.  We know in a brand new way that some problems are too much for our finite fiber to cope with, much less to solve.  We need a helping hand.  God’s is the best.

Maybe you don’t have 300 friends to call on to help solve your problem.  But you do have One better than those by far. He once said: “Come to Me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will refresh you.”  He never reneges on a promise, and is always there to lend His most powerful Hand.  After all, “problems are only opportunities with thorns on them.” ( Hugh Miller, Scottish scientist, d.1856.) 

God love you and give you His peace!

Mass Intentions for the Week

Thursday, July 30   8:00 AM Phillip & Paul Hajjar
By Jane & Ray Maki
Friday, July 31  8:00 AM Wolowski Family (living) 
By Jan Wolowski
Saturday, August 1 4:30 PM Kevin Bonko
By Grandparents (Tom & Joyce)
Sunday, August 2
7:30 AM  Samuel Boyle, 1stanniversary By The Parish
10:00 AM For the Intentions of all Parishioners
Wednesday, August 5 8:00 AM Dominika Murgasova (Living) By her sister
Thursday, August 6  8:00 AM Michael Wolowski living
By Jan & Gracie Wolowski
Friday, August 7  8:00 AM Marguerite Desjardins
1 yr. anniversary By The Parish
Saturday, August 8 4:30 PM Mary Jane & Clement Comesana Sr. By Ronnie Comesana
Sunday, August 9
7:30 AM For the Intentions of all Parishioner
10:00 AM Jim Bujeaud By Susan Whitman

Mass Intentions for the Week

Saturday, July 25 Patricia Benza
By her husband, Buz Benza
Sunday, July 26  10:00 AM For the Intentions of all Parishioners
Wednesday, July 29  8:00 AM Amy Tucker,
By Monday night friends of George & Michelle Smith
Thursday, July 30   8:00 AM Phillip & Paul Hajjar
By Jane & Ray Maki
Friday, July 31  8:00 AM Wolowski Family (living) 
By Jan Wolowski
Saturday, August 1 4:30 PM Kevin Bonko
By Grandparents (Tom & Joyce)
Sunday, August 2
7:30 AM  Samuel Boyle, 1stanniversary By The Parish
10:00 AM For the Intentions of all Parishioners

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