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style="font-family: Times, 'New Times Roman';">In today&#8217;s gospel reading, imagineyourself in the crowd, and you hear some of the people responding to what Jesusis saying.</span><span style="font-family: Times, 'New Times Roman';">&nbsp; </span><span style="font-family: Times, 'New Times Roman';">Jesus says, </span><i style="font-family: Times, 'New Times Roman';">&#8220;Love your enemies and pray for those whopersecute you.&#8221;</i></p><p class="MsoNormal"><i><font face="Times, New Times Roman">&nbsp;</font></i><span style="font-family: Times, 'New Times Roman';">&nbsp; &nbsp; </span><span style="font-family: Times, 'New Times Roman';">You hear one person in the crowd says, </span><i style="font-family: Times, 'New Times Roman';">&#8220;You have got to be kidding.&#8221;</i></p><p class="MsoNormal"><i><font face="Times, New Times Roman">&nbsp;</font></i><span style="font-family: Times, 'New Times Roman';">&nbsp; &nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="font-family: Times, 'New Times 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dry, that the people in Napa Valley are asking the pope to turn their wine into water!</span></p><p class="MsoNormal"><span style="font-size:14.0pt">&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;On a very serious note... &nbsp;The news this week has certainly beencatastrophic.Peace, An Interviewhttps://alanphillipcp.com/default.aspx?act=newsletter.aspx&category=Articles by Fr. Alan Phillip&newsletterid=273/24/2010 12:00:00 AM<P>"Welcome to the evening news.&nbsp; I'm Ted King, and our guest tonight is <BR>Fr.Peacehttps://alanphillipcp.com/default.aspx?act=newsletter.aspx&category=Articles by Fr. Alan Phillip&newsletterid=263/24/2010 12:00:00 AM<P>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; I begin each day by reading the cartoon section of the newspaper.&nbsp; Then I may have the courage to look at the headlines.Pentecost and Transformationhttps://alanphillipcp.com/default.aspx?act=newsletter.aspx&category=Articles by Fr. Alan Phillip&newsletterid=283/24/2010 12:00:00 AM<P>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; If you could change anything about yourself, what would it be?&nbsp; I don't mean loose weight, or get richer.&nbsp; I mean, what would you change about your personality and your attitudes.Premarital Sexhttps://alanphillipcp.com/default.aspx?act=newsletter.aspx&category=Articles by Fr. Alan Phillip&newsletterid=293/24/2010 12:00:00 AM<P>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; One reason for avoiding pre&not;marital sex is that it is a danger to the heart. And I don't mean a coronary.Priesthoodhttps://alanphillipcp.com/default.aspx?act=newsletter.aspx&category=Articles by Fr. Alan Phillip&newsletterid=303/24/2010 12:00:00 AM<P>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Do you ever feel lonely, left out, unwanted, or unnoticed? It isn't a good feeling, is it? You want to belong, to be part of a group, to feel important to others, to be known by name, and to feel part of a family.</P><P>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Seems to me that we all need someone to <STRONG>gather us together</STRONG>, build bridges between us, and encourage sharing.Quiet at Sunday Masshttps://alanphillipcp.com/default.aspx?act=newsletter.aspx&category=Articles by Fr. Alan Phillip&newsletterid=313/24/2010 12:00:00 AM<P align=center><FONT size=4 face="Times,New Times Roman"><EM><STRONG>"Be still and know that I am God."</STRONG></EM></FONT><BR>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; -- Psalm 46: 11 </P><P>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; The Lord comes to us in many ways.&nbsp; Often he comes to us in solitude and quite.Wordshttps://alanphillipcp.com/default.aspx?act=newsletter.aspx&category=Articles by Fr. Alan Phillip&newsletterid=323/24/2010 12:00:00 AM<P>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; I'd like to say a few words about "words."&nbsp; Does this sound familiar?</P><P>"May I have a <FONT size=4 face="Times,New Times Roman"><EM>word</EM></FONT> with you?"<BR>"Put in a good <EM><FONT size=4 face="Times,New Times Roman">word</FONT></EM> for me."<BR>"Mark my <EM><FONT size=4 face="Times,New Times Roman">words</FONT></EM>!"<BR>"And now a <EM><FONT size=4 face="Times,New Times Roman">word</FONT></EM> from our sponsor."</P><P>Words gave birth to a new nation.&nbsp; <EM><FONT size=4 face="Times,New Times Roman">"We hold these truths..."</FONT></EM> <BR>Two words, <EM><FONT size=4 face="Times,New Times Roman">"Siege Heil"</FONT></EM>, led to the death of millions of people in World War II.You are beautifulhttps://alanphillipcp.com/default.aspx?act=newsletter.aspx&category=Articles by Fr. Alan Phillip&newsletterid=333/24/2010 12:00:00 AM<P>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; I want your imagination to be a search engine for a moment and look for something very beautiful.&nbsp; So close your eyes.Eucharistic Prayerhttps://alanphillipcp.com/default.aspx?act=newsletter.aspx&category=Articles by Fr. Alan Phillip&newsletterid=223/23/2010 12:00:00 AM<P>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Remember the song, <EM><FONT size=4 face="Times,New Times Roman">My Favorite Things</FONT></EM>, from the <STRONG><EM><FONT size=4 face="Times,New Times Roman">Sound of Music</FONT></EM></STRONG>?<BR>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <EM><FONT size=4 face="Times,New Times Roman">"Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens,&nbsp;<BR>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;bright copper kettles and warm woolen mittens..."</FONT></EM></P><P>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; If you were to write a list of your favorite things, how many could you come up with?</P><P>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; There is a great little book out entitled, <EM><FONT size=4 face="Times,New Times Roman"><STRONG>14,000 Things to be Happy About</STRONG></FONT></EM>.&nbsp; 14,000!&nbsp; I recommend it because it starts us thinking about all the things we take for granted that we really should be grateful for.Celibacy, The First Reasonhttps://alanphillipcp.com/default.aspx?act=newsletter.aspx&category=Articles by Fr. Alan Phillip&newsletterid=163/23/2010 12:00:00 AM<P>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Because of the shortage of priests in many countries, we are seeing renewed efforts in vocation ministry.&nbsp; Many dioceses and religious orders are increasing their commitment of personnel, time and money, in order to attract and invite young men to apply for the seminary.Fearhttps://alanphillipcp.com/default.aspx?act=newsletter.aspx&category=Articles by Fr. Alan Phillip&newsletterid=73/23/2010 12:00:00 AM<P>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; One of the most famous statements concerning fear is the message President Franklin Roosevelt gave the nation in 1933, when the country was struggling with the Great Depression.&nbsp; <FONT size=4 face="Times,New Times Roman"><EM>"The only thing we have to fear is fear itself - nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror which paralyzes needed efforts to convert retreat into advance."</EM></FONT>&nbsp;&nbsp;Those words came from a man in a wheelchair.Listeninghttps://alanphillipcp.com/default.aspx?act=newsletter.aspx&category=Articles by Fr. Alan Phillip&newsletterid=83/23/2010 12:00:00 AM<P>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Did you hear about the husband who wanted to test out his wife's hearing?&nbsp; So one day, as she was sitting and reading the newspaper, he got about twenty feet behind her and said, "Dear, can you hear me?"&nbsp; He heard no response from her.&nbsp; He got ten feet behind her.Love, A Meditationhttps://alanphillipcp.com/default.aspx?act=newsletter.aspx&category=Articles by Fr. Alan Phillip&newsletterid=93/23/2010 12:00:00 AM<P><STRONG>What does love <EM><FONT size=4 face="Times,New Times Roman">sound</FONT></EM> like?</STRONG></P><P>It sounds like...<BR>&nbsp;&nbsp; ...clapping, the sound of someone cheering us on.<BR>&nbsp;&nbsp; ...the ring of the telephone, someone away at college calling home.<BR>&nbsp;&nbsp; ...a car pulling in the driveway, friends coming for a visit.<BR>&nbsp;&nbsp; ...a lullaby in the ear of a baby being rocked to sleep.<BR>&nbsp;&nbsp; ...laughter shared around the dinner table.<BR>&nbsp;&nbsp; ...songs sung around the piano in the living room.<BR>&nbsp;&nbsp; ...the sound of words like, "I'm sorry," and "I forgive you."</P><P>Love also sounds like...<BR>&nbsp;&nbsp; ...voices negotiating for arms reduction.<BR>&nbsp;&nbsp; ...a voting machine operated by an informed citizen.<BR>&nbsp;&nbsp; ...chains breaking and an oppressed people set free.</P><P>And we are reminded of love when we hear...<BR>&nbsp;&nbsp; ...the sound of sheep rustling on a Bethlehem hillside.<BR>&nbsp;&nbsp; ..."Amazing Grace" sung at a funeral or bag-piped at the cemetery.Marriagehttps://alanphillipcp.com/default.aspx?act=newsletter.aspx&category=Articles by Fr. Alan Phillip&newsletterid=103/23/2010 12:00:00 AM<P>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; I would like to speak about the spiritually of marriage.&nbsp; It is obviously a risk for me to talk about it, since I am not married.Moneyhttps://alanphillipcp.com/default.aspx?act=newsletter.aspx&category=Articles by Fr. Alan Phillip&newsletterid=113/23/2010 12:00:00 AM<P align=center><EM><FONT size=4 face="Times,New Times Roman">"Money talks, I'll not deny.<BR>My money spoke. It said 'Goodbye'!"</FONT></EM></P><P>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Has this ever happened to you?&nbsp; You are watching a basketball game on TV.Department of Peacehttps://alanphillipcp.com/default.aspx?act=newsletter.aspx&category=Articles by Fr. Alan Phillip&newsletterid=53/23/2010 12:00:00 AM<P>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; What is the largest building in our country?&nbsp; If you're thinking the Sears tower, you're close.&nbsp; The Sears tower is the tallest, not the largest.Celibacy, A Second Reasonhttps://alanphillipcp.com/default.aspx?act=newsletter.aspx&category=Articles by Fr. Alan Phillip&newsletterid=173/23/2010 12:00:00 AM<P>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; It would take visitors from outer space about ten minutes on earth to realize that we humans are having real difficulties with our sexuality.&nbsp; A brief glance at TV, the movies, the internet, and the local magazine rack would give our visitors a quick sampling of our unbalance.Communityhttps://alanphillipcp.com/default.aspx?act=newsletter.aspx&category=Articles by Fr. Alan Phillip&newsletterid=183/23/2010 12:00:00 AM<P>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Belonging to a parish community has its good days and bad days:<BR><FONT size=4 face="Times,New Times Roman"><EM>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; "She's so pompous.&nbsp; I'm not going to sit by her."<BR>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; "Don't bother him.Corpus Christihttps://alanphillipcp.com/default.aspx?act=newsletter.aspx&category=Articles by Fr. Alan Phillip&newsletterid=193/23/2010 12:00:00 AM<P>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; We read in the book of Exodus how Moses took the blood from sacrificed young bulls and splashed it on the altar, the altar representing God.&nbsp; Moses then took the blood and sprinkled it on the people.Church History, Trivia Pursuithttps://alanphillipcp.com/default.aspx?act=newsletter.aspx&category=Articles by Fr. Alan Phillip&newsletterid=213/23/2010 12:00:00 AM<P>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; What follows is a "trivia pursuit" quiz in the category of Church history. Try your hand at it.Holy Trinityhttps://alanphillipcp.com/default.aspx?act=newsletter.aspx&category=Articles by Fr. Alan Phillip&newsletterid=233/23/2010 12:00:00 AM<P>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; If someone were to describe what you are like, you would most likely get a number of descriptions.&nbsp; It would depend on their relationship to you.Marriage Preparationhttps://alanphillipcp.com/default.aspx?act=newsletter.aspx&category=Articles by Fr. Alan Phillip&newsletterid=243/23/2010 12:00:00 AM<P>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Some time ago I was in Chicago for a couple of weddings.&nbsp; While attending one of the receptions, a friend came up to say hello.Music at Sunday Masshttps://alanphillipcp.com/default.aspx?act=newsletter.aspx&category=Articles by Fr. Alan Phillip&newsletterid=253/23/2010 12:00:00 AM<P align=center><FONT size=4 face="Times,New Times Roman"><EM>Rethinking the role of Choirs and Musicians at Sunday Mass</EM></FONT></P><P>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Here are some sentences you will never hear spoken in the back of church.&nbsp; <BR>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; "That was a nice long homily, Father."&nbsp; <BR>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; "Gee, I'm disappointed there was no second collection today." <BR>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; "I wish the people around me didn't sing <EM><FONT size=4 face="Times,New Times Roman">so loud!</FONT></EM>"</P><P>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Have you ever heard someone at Sunday Mass complain about the people in the pews singing too loud?&nbsp; I haven't.Criticism, Giving and Takinghttps://alanphillipcp.com/default.aspx?act=newsletter.aspx&category=Articles by Fr. Alan Phillip&newsletterid=203/23/2010 12:00:00 AM<P>"If you hear that someone is speaking ill of you, instead of trying to defend yourself, you should say, "He obviously does not know me very well, since there are so many other faults he could have mentioned.'"&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; -- Epictetus&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </P><P>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Imagine this scene.&nbsp; A child wants to get up before a class to give a speech, but decides not to do it.