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August 4th ✙ 17th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Readings for August 4th, 2019

        POSSESSIONS EXERCISE a big hole on our hearts. The result is that we forget the more important things in life. Jesus said our main concern should be to “make ourselves rich in the sight of God.” In truth, all of us are poor before God. Let us reflect on that for a moment.
        It is only God who can truly enrich us. Lord, we are rich when we place all our trust in you. Lord, have mercy.
        We are rich when we place all our hope in you. Christ, have mercy.
        We are rich when we love others as you love us. Lord, have mercy.

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MONDAY, August 5:✟ Dolores Cummine, by the Altar Society
TUESDAY August 6:✟ Al & Mary Ann Schultheis, by Cindy Corrales
WEDNESDAY August 7:✟ Rhonda Sanchez, by Cindy Corrales
FRIDAY August 9 :✟ Dolores Cummine

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August 3rd, Saturday
Eucharist:Bill Navarre
Cups:Kris Acord & Natalie Codianne
Lectors: Jan Dusik & Oralee Foria
Altar Servers: Daniel Forslund
Cross Bearer:****
Ushers:Mark Clure & Bill Acord
2nd Collention: St. Vincent de Paul

August 4th, Sunday
Eucharist:Sandy Meneni
Cups: Teresa Hickey & Cindy Hubbard
Lectors: Mark Sadler & Tonio Dolf
Altar Servers:Austin McWilliams & Alexa Luquin
Cross Bearer: Liam McWilliams
Ushers:Alvin Garcia & Dante Capovilla
2nd Collention: St. Vincent de Paul

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Reflections

Vanity of Vanities

      The word "vanity" usually refers to excessive love of one's appearance, but in the book of Ecclesiastes it has a different meaning. The English word means "emptiness" or "nothing", so a "vanity of vanities" literally means "a complete waste of time." The author calls himself "Qoheleth," which is translated "one who assembles" or "teacher".
       He is cynical about life, having lived a long time and seen the futility of much of his work. His book ends with a simple truth: the only worthwhile thing about life is the knowledge of God.

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Reflections

Heavenly Glory

      While out for an evening walk I emerged from an area where the streets were lit by bright lamps, and came into an open, dark area. It was only then I discovered that the sky was full of stars.
And I thought to myself:
how easily and how effectively the earthly lights extinguish the heavenly ones.
Lord, help us to seek the things that make us rich in your sight, and grant that the glitter of this world may not dim our hopes of heavenly glory.

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Miscellaneous

Why Do Cathothics Do That?

What is Greed? What is the Cure for Greed?
Greed goes much further than money. A person can be greedy for money but also for fame, possessions, attention, compliments, gifts, another person’s time and more.
      In the Bible, the words greed, greedily, greedy, and greediness are always used to describe the selfish motivation of a person. And we can say that Greed is a spiritual disease of the heart affecting all areas of a person’s life. If you discover greed in your heart, don’t despair. Greed comes naturally to humans.

The Cure for Greed is:
GENEROSITY and GRATITUDE.
1.) Generosity: Fostering a giving and generous heart will drive greed out of our hearts by the power of the love of God.
Sharing is the cure. Giving and being generous. “If we have all we need and see one of our own people in need, we must have pity on that person, or else we cannot say we love God.’
(1John 3:17)
2.) Gratitude: It is always good to give thanks to God for all
your blessings every day. All you have is from God, the source of every blessing. “But among you there must not be even a hint of sexual immortality, or of any kind of impurity. Or of greed, because these are improper for God’s holy people. Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking which are out of place, but rather thanksgiving’.
(Ephesians 5:3-4)
Money, fame, food, attention and all the things that greed chases after are not evil in and of themselves. God promised to give us richly all things to enjoy and Jesus said He came to give us abundant life. But this abundant life is not synonymous with more wealth, food, power, or things.

Jesus warns:
“Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; life does not consist in an abundance of possessions.”

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