October 2016 archive of From the Desk of Fr. Mike
What Makes a 'Good Person'
Posted by Anne Serwe on 10/25/16
I am always put off by the person who describes himself or herself as a 'good person'. This description reeks of self-justification and a general lack of reality. God didn't send his Son into the world to rescue good people. He sent his Son into a world filled with ... Read More »
The Personal Encounter
Posted by Anne Serwe on 10/17/16
From Last Sunday's Gospel: "Ten were cleansed, were they not? Where are the other nine? Has none but this foreigner returned to give thanks to God?"
This is a classic case of misdirection which catches most who read it. It seems that Jesus is concerned about the gratitude ... Read More »
Looking to the future
Posted by Anne Serwe on 10/11/16
On the very first day that I celebrated Mass in the "new' church I had several parishioners complain to me that they just couldn't hear all that I had said during my homily. I think they were frustrated because they didn't know why everyone else was laughing as I ... Read More »
The Gift of Marriage
Posted by Anne Serwe on 10/03/16
This weekend I will be in McGregor, Minnesota witnessing and blessing the marriage of an old friend's son. it will take place at Holy Family Church in McGregor. From that experience I will be traveling up towards Alexandria to have a little Fall vacation. I return on Friday to ... Read More »