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Notes from Father Gordon ~ February 28th 2016

Fr Gordon Reigle‘Sir, leave it for this year also, and I shall cultivate the ground around it and fertilize it; it may bear fruit in the future.  If not you can cut it down.’

The Parable of the Fig Tree in today’s Gospel warns us not to procrastinate when it comes to our spiritual lives.

Jesus wants us to confess our sins, return to him and bear fruit that will last. What is that fruit?

The 12 Fruits of the Spirit—love, peace, patience, joy, kindness, goodness, generosity, etc.—are meant to be clear signs that we are growing in our relationship with the Lord.

And from those Fruits of the Spirit will come all manner of works of mercy and love, for the more we love God, the more we will love and care for God’s creation.

So please keep up your Lenten practices and make time for a thorough confession this Lent.

Thank you also for your generosity and response to the Diocesan Service Appeal (DSA)! If you have not yet made a pledge, please prayerfully consider your response.

We can all do something to support our diocesan ministries. No gift is too small if it comes with genuine sacrifice!

And as we approach Easter, we expect church to fill-up again as families come together to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus.

Let us do everything we can to welcome all who come to us in this Holy Season and invite them to stay and continue worshiping with us.

This is the Year of Mercy; let us be instruments of mercy by inviting friends, neighbors and co-workers to experience the saving love of Jesus Christ.

May God bless you all!

~ Fr. Gordon

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•    Year of Mercy HOLY DOOR at St. Mary Cathedral, Lansing:

Pope Francis has offered a Jubilee Indulgence to those who pilgrimage to the holy door at their diocesan cathedral.  Consider a visit to Lansing—here are the details…

http://www.dioceseoflansing.org/sites/default/files/files/JubileeIndulgence.pdf

•    Supplemental content to Matthew Kelly’s Rediscover Jesus:

http://dynamiccatholic.com/bestlentever/