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Dear friends,
For this week, I’d like to get away from things of concrete and asphalt, and turn to things of soul and spirit. In this first part of my column, I write to the men of the parish, especially men struggling to balance work and family.

You all know what a time out is in sports and the reason for one. (The Ranger goalie was looking for one recently and didn’t get it). There’s the injury time out, when a player is injured in some way and needs either to get his wind back, or medical attention. There’s the time out that’s called because the team is in disarray, unsure of the play or the strategy, or because the noise in the stadium is so great (usually against the visiting team) that the quarterback can’t be heard.

There’s the time out that’s called because a special strategy is needed at some crucial point in the game and there’s the time out called to rattle the opposing team as they’re about to make a big play. Whatever the reason, rest and recuperation, disarray, strategic planning, it all comes down to one thing – the need for a break – to get it all back together. (With all the stuff about the garage, I sometimes feel right now that I need that kind of a TIME OUT).

Men, I know if you’re honest, that’s all happening in your lives, too. All of it – all at the same time. You’re off to work every day and probably for longer hours than you would like. The stress of the job to succeed, to get ahead, or even just to keep up with your closest competitor (whether outside or even inside the company) can be crushing. You try to get back at night early enough to: a) have dinner, b) help the kids with their homework or find out how their day went, c) put them to bed, d) have a conversation with your wife, e) catch a period of their basketball or hockey game or wrestling match. On the weekends, you and your wife divide them up, she takes child A and B here, while you take child C (and maybe D) there;. At X o’clock you’ll meet at Y so you can switch kids to make sure you’re seeing them all. Then, of course, there’s all the things you need to do around the house and, hopefully, there won’t be too much snow, at too inconvenient a time to disrupt all of the above.

You need a Time Out. Like getting the wind knocked out of you, you need a Time Out to catch your breath. Is there a little too much disarray in your life and you need to regroup, you need a Time Out. Serious things are going on in your life, both as an individual and a family and you need a strategic plan, you need a Time Out.
And that Time Out can be Men’s Cornerstone. It’s only 26 hours. But better than its brevity, it’s about time with other guys on the team; it’s not just listening to the coach (like the priest) at a half-time, locker room pep talk, it’s about trading stories, getting to know what other guys have gone through. It’s about coming to see the game plan for your life through the eyes of those who have been there before you.

And it’s about letting Christ become the head coach in this enormous enterprise of your life. Give it a shot. What have you to lose - nothing but the stress of your hectic life. Brochures are available on the tables as you leave church. Fill one out – and drop it off – today. You won’t regret it.

The 2nd topic.

Friday is the anniversary of Roe vs. Wade, the Supreme Court decision that shocked the nation, overturned the states’ laws against abortion and began a forty-three year old crusade to preach the Good News about the sanctity of human life.

It has been some time since I have taken up this issue so I want to say a few words today. As I have said many times before, the Church must always preach the ideal. This applies to our individual daily lives, calling us to speak truthfully, respect one another’s property, act in such a way as to honor our sexuality, etc., etc. But the Church must also always preach the ideal as it relates to our common life together, especially with reference to Jesus’ specific teachings, as recorded in Scripture. And so this ideal leads us to a specific approach and somewhat countercultural stand on such things as divorce, marriage as a union of one man and one woman, and, of course, the life issues. Among the life issues are abortion, embryonic stem cell research, euthanasia, and the death penalty. In all of these, the Church preaches the highest ideal, a way of life to which God calls the only thinking, reasoning, free-will endowed creatures that He has made – human beings. And, if the Church doesn’t preach the ideal, who will? And if the Church doesn’t preach the ideal, how will we, as thinking creatures, strive to move both ourselves and all of society to reach the potential of compassion, truth, and goodness with which God has created us? To build a better world doesn’t only mean technologically, but it also, and perhaps more importantly, means spiritually, in the sense of the image of God reflected in us, come to full stature. Everything that diminishes that stature, that is unworthy of the God in Whom we believe, sets us back on that road and further away from the Kingdom of justice, light and peace, the establishment of which is the work of the Redeemer.

In so many ways, our society, and the societies of so many 1st and 2nd World Countries, seems to be sliding further from that world, further from the image of the Kingdom that could and should be lived, even here on this earth. So, pray for the success of every effort to get us back on the road toward the Kingdom, on the road of human progress which makes justice, light and peace, and love more attainable in this lifetime, even if not to the fullest.

And may we all be witnesses to the call God has given us in Christ to be agents of that kind of kingdom. The March for Life is just such a witness. Details on being part of the “public witness” can be found elsewhere in this bulletin.

God Bless,
Fr. Ron

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