St. Augustine Catholic Church     314-385-1934


Dear Church Family,

I surely like resting in the Sacred Words from Isaiah in our 1st reading, as we come up the center aisle today to receive the Sacred Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick in our struggles with health, mind, body or spirit.  “Comfort, give comfort to my people, says your God. Speak tenderly to Jerusalem.”  The Lord wants to give comfort to us by hearing our prayers for healing in every way for ourselves, loved ones, friends and anybody that comes our way this Christmas Season through our gifting.  We speak tenderly because the Lord speaks tenderly to us and desires that we have an intimate union with Him.  That’s what He wants!  He is just waiting for us to take the time to have that union.

We start at a challenging time of the year with all of our Christmas preparations going on.  We know that Jesus wants to have a special encounter with each one of us.  He wants our relationship with Him to be greater than any other love in our life.  He will make this relationship so deep, personal and intimacy that He will be a source of comfort for us even in our worse suffering.  Jesus is always there.  He wants us to have a tender relationship with Him.  He even lives within us and we in Him.  So, the depth and intimate of our relationship with the Lord is such that we can receive His Body and Blood and our bodies will become upright after we have the anointing.

We will have another special anointing as we celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation as we ask the Lord to forgive us of our sins.  With these Sacraments we receive a deep personal intimate relationship that the Holy Spirits and Jesus wants us to totally realize.  Although we were afraid like the apostles and disciples at the time of Jesus’ passion and death, but when the Holy Spirit came upon them at Pentecost they became so close to Jesus that they gave their lives to Him.  They proclaimed their love to the nation and even died for Him.  So rejoice that you receive the Holy Spirit so intimately because the Holy Spirit just wants us to have a deeper and deeper intimate relationship with Him.  Alleluia!  Continue your Advent Journey and be still, be watchful, be awakened and recognize that Jesus comes in so many little miracles in our daily life.  Alleluia!



Fr. Bob


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