From the Pastor's Desk

From the Pastor's Desk

What's Next?

Posted by Renee Molner on 10/06/17

In the auto accident before the one for which the judge took away his license, my father credited his survival to his guardian angel, who warned him to stop before he went too far into the intersection. That may be true. But I have to admit that on last ... Read More »

Solving Problems and Taking Action

Posted by Renee Molner on 10/02/17

So often we think… There’s no days like the old days, no songs like the old songs…like “The Message” by Grandmaster Flash.Don’t push me ‘cause I’m close to the edgeI’m trying not to lose my headIt’s like a jungle sometimesIt makes me wonder how I keep from goin’ underA ... Read More »

Investment of Time and Talent

Posted by Renee Molner on 9/22/17

“God looked at everything he had made, and found it very good.” Gn 1:31And then what happened?God put man and woman in charge of the garden of Eden. The human being became steward or vice-regent of God on this earth. And as we know well from both the story ... Read More »

Calling the Hurricane

Posted by Renee Molner on 9/18/17

Somehow they do seem very personal. We don’t name them “Tree Smasher”,“Father of Winds” or “Water Terror.”; we give them nice human names…Wilma, Sandy, Irma, Harvey… gentle names. Their effect on us is quite personal but not gentle at all.In 1972, two weeks after the Watergate burglary, I went ... Read More »

Out of Business

Posted by Renee Molner on 9/08/17

I don’t like to think about it. And I certainly don’t like to talk about it or write about it. But our parish finance council, made up of parishioners like you, told me I must do something. So I must think about the unthinkable… think, talk and write about ... Read More »

Our Vocation to Work

Posted by Renee Molner on 9/01/17

Monday is Labor Day. The observation of this day began locally in the 1880s, but following the deaths of workers at the hands of the United States Army and United States Marshals Service during the Pullman Strike of 1894 in Chicago, the United States Congress unanimously voted to make ... Read More »

Everything Else

Posted by Renee Molner on 8/24/17

In the monastery, we just finished our annual retreat, a time when we hopefully spend some quiet time with God and remember what it means to be a monk. At the end of our retreat, we all renew our vows of obedience, stability and conversatio morum. That last one ... Read More »

The Juxtaposition of Good and Evil

Posted by Renee Molner on 8/17/17

The more things change, the more they stay the same. As I am writing this on August 15, I have been amazed by the events of the past week. I was born just three months before the Korean War began, and halfway between when Jackie Robinson joined the Brooklyn ... Read More »

Gloomy Saints

Posted by Renee Molner on 8/10/17

Saint Teresa of Avila said, “God save us from gloomy saints!” Our concepts of reverent and proper “religious” behavior are formed by our culture, and we have inherited our ideas about that from ancient Rome… not Christian Rome, but good old pagan Rome who feared the gods, who were ... Read More »

The Future of the Church

Posted by Renee Molner on 8/03/17

You learn something new every day… hopefully. One of my favorite bosses, an Irishman in New York City, always said: “A day without learning is a day without sunshine.” For instance, I learned yesterday that Fr. Cassian thinks the bulletin cover needs more pictures.Now, in planning my vacation this ... Read More »


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