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“Lessons from Ignatius“
Tuesday, August 2, 2022
Dear Friends in Christ,
With all due respect to Sunday (it’s the Lord’s day, after all), it trumped one of my favorite saints. Were July 31st not a Sunday this year, we would have celebrated the feast of Saint Ignatius Loyola. So as not to forget him, here are two of his “greatest hits.”
First, the “Principle and Foundation” of the Spiritual Exercises. This is really the basis and heart of Saint Ignatius’s entire spirituality, especially that indifference to all things except the praise, reverence, and service of God.
God created human beings to praise, reverence, and serve God, and by doing this, to save their souls.God created all other things on the face of the earth to help fulfill this purpose.From this it follows that we are to use the things of this world only to the extent that they help us to this end, and we ought to rid ourselves of the things of this world to the extent that they get in the way of this end.
For this it is necessary to make ourselves indifferent to all created things as much as we are able, so that we do not necessarily want health rather than sickness, riches rather than poverty, honor rather than dishonor, a long rather than a short life, and so in all the rest, so that we ultimately desire and choose only what is most conducive for us to the end for which God created us.
Second, a beautiful prayer for generosity:
Lord Jesus, teach me to be generous; teach me to serve you as you deserve, to give and not to count the cost, to fight and not to heed the wounds, to toil and not to seek for rest, to labor and not to seek reward, except that of knowing that I do your will.
Sunday’s Banica Collection-The second collection this Sunday is for the support of our diocesan mission in Banica, Dominican Republic. My predecessor, Father Pat Posey, served down there many years and still oversees the mission. The two priests down there now – Father Steve McGraw and Father Jeb Donelan – are continuing the good work of evangelization. Please be generous.
Farewell…Last week I received a letter from Deacon Jim Fishenden informing me (well, informing the Bishop, but I was cc’d!) of his official retirement from active ministry at Saint James. As many of you know, Deacon Jim and his wife Nancy moved out to Ashburn several years ago. But he still continued to assist at Saint James. When Nancy’s health declined further, he stepped back from his ministry so as to assist her. As he explains it, his wedding vows come before his deacon promises!
Deacon Jim’s ties to Saint James go back to when he was a boy. He went to first and second grade at Saint James School. He and Nancy were parishioners here for 52 years, and Deacon Jim served as deacon for 41 of those. In that time, he taught, did Baptisms, weddings, funerals, served at Mass, and even did a stint as Director of Operations. Nancy also served the parish generously, especially in the Social Outreach ministry. Although Deacon Jim and Nancy had already moved by the time I arrived, I have fond memories of him and his service from my summer as a seminarian at Saint James in 1995.
He and Nancy will be missed! If you would like to drop them a line, I’m sure they would appreciate it: 20640 Hope Spring Terrace Unit 405 Ashburn, VA 20147
Please keep them both in your prayers!
Farewell again!-As some of you already know, our long-time receptionist Judy Burke is retiring. Anyone who’s visited our parish offices knows what a delightful welcome and presence Judy brings. For years she has greeted people cheerfully, scheduled Masses, and arranged funerals. Her good work and good cheer will be greatly missed. Of course, we’ll still see her around as she’s a long time parishioner. May God bless her for all she’s done for the Parish.
The Adventure of Family Life-Former Anne Perrottet parishioner just published a book on the excitement, joys, and blessings of family life. We’re hosting a wine and dessert book party for her on Monday the 8th at 700pm in Monsignor Heller Hall. Please join us!
Natural Family Planning-There is an informational meeting on Sunday, August 14th at 130pm in Knecht Conference Room. NFP is a safe and morally sound way to space the birth of children. To learn more, come to the meeting or contact parishioner instructors Steven and Susan Baumert, (703-946-8432; [email protected]) or Laura Kirchgraber (716-913-4774; [email protected])
Welcome back, Father Joseph!-Some of you have already greeted Father Joseph Elamparayil, who is staying with us for a few weeks. We’re glad to have him with us again.
Is this seat taken?-Remember when Covid spread via contact with church pews? And the State ordered that we had to sanitize the pews after every Mass? Well, all that cleaning did a number on our pews. We’re now beginning the process of having them refinished. One of the pews (on the convent transept) will be removed next week so that the company can assess what work needs to be done. Please don’t sit there because, well, it won’t be there.
Saint James School… is now hiring for several positions. Please see the parish bulletin for details.
Helping the homeless-Please see the bulletin for information on how you can support Falls Church Homeless Shelter, which provides shelter, food, and counseling services for adults in need during the winter season.
I’ve just published a new book on reverse psychology. I don’t think you should buy it.
Through the intercession of our Lady and Saint James, may the Lord bless and keep you.
Sincerely in Christ,