From The Font
"If he listens to you, you have won over your brother."
Matthew 18 is one of those chapters which is easy to "get the gist of" but hard to translate well. The one word that catches my attention is in verse 16, "ekendesas." It literally means "to gain." It's sadly translated in the New American Bible as "won over." Either way, the original sense of the world is so rich that it bears some personal attention.
St. John Chrysostom, in writing about this verse, reminds us that "in this it is made plain that enmities are a loss to both sides; for he said not, 'he has gained himself, but, you have gained him; which shows that both of you have suffered loss by your disagreement.'" St. Augustine reminds us "in what [we] shall say to him, keep in view for whose sake you ought to do it, for your own or for his, for it follows , 'If he hear thee, thou hast gained thy brother.'" And the great master of the scriptures, St. Jerome, writes on this verse "in saving another, salvation is gained also for ourselves."
St. Thomas Aquinas, in his great scriptural commentary Catena Aurea adds a paraphrase of St. Augustine when he clarifies "Discern times, and the Scriptures are consistent. But why do you correct your neighbor? Because his trespass has hurt yourself? Far be it from thee! If you do it from self-love, you do naught; if you do it from love of him, you do most rightly."
Even in this simple little paragraph of scripture, there's a goldmine of spiritual wisdom. How grateful we should be that the Church doesn't leave us to figure this out on our own!
Now, if only we could put into action these difficult words of our Lord. If only we loved people enough to challenge them to follow Jesus Christ. If only we loved ourselves enough to insulate ourselves from the spiritual danger of error.
Jesus - not Fr So-and-So - says that if someone is a sinner and refuses to be contrite, that he should be kicked out of the community! That's not the warm and fuzzy non-virtue of "tolerance." That's real love. Real love wants the best for the other person - not the easy way of non-confrontation for me. It's ready to fight for heaven. It's tough. It's hard. It wants to "gain" salvation for the self and for the other. And it requires us to get ready for and used to conflict. Without that kind of strength, we don't have love.
Insights From Second Street
Monday, September 8, is the Feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary. In short, it’s Mary’s birthday celebration. I have to admit that I have a special fondness for the feast after my wonderful time in Campti. It’s a nostalgic, almost romantic, vision: Mary’s Birthday…
Why do we celebrate birthdays anyway? They’re not celebrations of accomplishment. They’re not celebrations of God doing something super - that happened nine months earlier. It’s a fairly random day and yet there’s something so wonderfully human about taking advantage of any excuse to celebrate and to feast. Whether it’s the anniversary of some event - be it a birth, a wedding or an historical happening - or merely an arbitrary day appointed for celebration - be it Easter Sunday, Mary’s Birthday or Labor Day - we humans need the full spectrum of life: ordinary time, celebration and mourning.
Pope Francis has spoken at length about the danger of Christians becoming overly grave to the point of being dour. And that’s a real danger when we think too much on what you or I need to do to “fix” something - the world, the Church, our families, our communities… Of course, the opposite is also a risk. When we think wrongly about things like heaven and hell, human nature and our mission in this life, we become ungrounded and disordered. It’s when we orient ourselves toward the Lord and look to Him in all things that we find a natural balance.
The Catholic who looks to the Lord in prayer and in the Church will find many days of feasting and celebration! There are the biggies: Easter, Christmas, Sundays throughout the year. But little feasts like Mary’s Birthday and Basilican Feast Days and the feasts of personal patrons dot the entire year. The prayerful Catholic will also be led to certain days of mourning and repentance. Obviously, there’s Lent. But there’s also every Friday throughout the year when we are to abstain from meat and prayerful consider the crucifixion. There may also be days of mourning for particularly bad sins in our past or just days that we choose to mourn in reparation for our sins. There’s also Ordinary days in which we will pray, offer little penances and do little works of mercy. Most days will be somewhere in the middle.
This entire spirituality is built right into the Church’s liturgical calendar. And it’s not an accident. It’s truly human! Anyone who excludes one part of the equation is missing something! We need feasts. We need fasts. We need ordinary days and we need arbitrary moments to which we can assign joy. So enjoy Monday. Eat dessert. Mary probably wasn’t born on the 8th, but that’s when the Church celebrates. Happy Feast Day!
by: Tommy Myrick
Have you ever been to a Mass and heard the organ or piano start playing a hymn, and you knew the hymn immediately? You get ready to sing the first line with all of your heart, and then the choir starts to sing something completely different... Why aren’t they singing the right words?? What’s going on???
You’ve just experienced one of the most versatile tools in the choir loft: the hymn tune. Every hymn in a hymnal is set to a hymn tune (the melody and accompaniment used). The reality is that any hymn text can be matched with a hymn tune that matches the amount of syllables in each stanza. Next time you open a hymnal to sing, look at the bottom of the hymn. There you will find who wrote the text, the name of the hymn tune in ALL CAPS, and after the title, either the letters LM, SM, or CM, or a list of numbers.
The numbers are what make the hymn tunes so flexible. Each number represents the number of syllables in a line of hymn text. This means that if there is another hymn text that matches the amount of syllables used in a particular hymn tune, then that text can be sung to the tune perfectly. This is very handy if there is a particular hymn text that is very appropriate for a Sunday Mass, but the melody is not something that most people would recognize. If this is the case, the musicians can always pick another tune that people will know and sing the text to that tune. Just for quick reference: LM= long meter (18.104.22.168.) SM= short meter (22.214.171.124.) and CM= common meter (126.96.36.199.).
People who pray any of the Liturgy of the Hours might find this very useful. Many times, the text of a hymn used during some of the offices is not well known. When that happens, you can look at the meter of the hymn (number of syllables per line) and put it to a different tune that you know. That way, if you would prefer to sing the hymn instead of reading it, you can!
LAST MEETING FOR OCTOBER 20-29,2014 PILGRIMAGE TO ITALY The Magnificat Travel Group will be in Natchitoches to host our last Pilgrimage Meeting on Tuesday, September 9th. The meeting will be in the Church Hall from 6-7:30pm. All those registered for the trip are asked to attend. For more information, contact Magnificat Travel Group at (337)291-1933 or email@example.com -Or- contact Ashley Hebert at (318)352-3422 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
MONDAY, SEPT. 8th, IS MARY’S BIRTHDAY! Nine months after the Feast of the Immaculate Conception (Dec. 8th), we can now celebrate the Feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary! We will be celebrating Our Mother’s birthday with the usual Monday Masses (6:30a at MBIC & 8a at the SMS Chapel). Everyone is invited to attend and encouraged to make Monday, Sept. 8th, a special day in honor of Our Lady.
ST. MARY’S FOOTBALL The next SMS Football game will be Fri., 9/12, against Hamilton Christian. Kickoff is at 7p in LCB Stadium. Pray for a safe, fun and victorious season. GO TIGERS!
TAA GUN RAFFLE The St. Mary’s Tiger Athletic Association is sponsoring a year long gun raffle. There are 105 prizes and every ticket has 105 chances to win. Guns range from 9mm handguns to hunting rifles to Shotguns. A complete list of prizes and draw dates can be obtained from St. Mary’s School, the MBIC Parish Office, or from any member of the TAA. Tickets are limited and cost $100 each. The 1st drawing will be Wednesday, October 1st.
MBIC GIFT SHOP The September edition of the Magnificat and other new merchandise has arrived at the Gift Shop. Come by and see us sometime!
- Tue, 9/9, Magnificat Pilgrimage Meeting, 6p @ Parish Hall
- Wed, 9/10, CCD Class & Wed. Night Adult Catechism, 6-7:30p @ St. Mary’s
- Fri, 9/12, SMS vs. Hamilton Christian, 7p (Away)
- Wed, 9/17, CCD Class & Wed. Night Adult Catechism, 6-7:30p @ St. Mary’s
- Fri, 9/19, SMS vs. Winnfield, 7p (Away)
- Mon-Fri, 9/22-9/26, SMS Homecoming Week
- Wed, 9/24, CCD Class & Wed. Night Adult Catechism, 6-7:30p @ St. Mary’s
- Thu, 9/25, Women's Resource Center Gala, 5:30p
- Fri, 9/26, Homecoming Game - SMS vs. Arcadia, 7p @ Turpin Stadium
- Wed, 10/1, Parish Supper, CCD, & Wed. Night Adult Catechism, 5-7:30p @ St. Mary’s
- Fri, 10/3, SMS vs. Haughton, 7p (Away)
- Thu, 10/9, SMS vs. Block, 7p @ Turpin Stadium
- Fri, 10/17, SMS vs. Montgomery, 7p (Away)
- Mon-Wed, 10/20-10/29, 1st MBIC Pilgrimage to Italy
- Fri, 10/24, SMS vs. Logansport, 7p (Away)
- Fri, 10/31, Senior Night - SMS vs. LaSalle, 7p @ Turpin Stadium
- Wed, 11/5, Parish Supper, CCD, & Wed. Night Adult Catechism, 5-7:30p @ St. Mary’s
- Fri, 11/7, SMS vs. Northwood, 7p (Away)
Within the Sanctuary
Sat, 9/6 4p Kathleen Hicks, (Lector) • David Bouchie, Micky Hennigan, (EMHC-CI) • D.&M.Thibodaux, (Altar Boys)
Sun, 9/7 9a Joe Cunningham Jr., (Lector) • Michael King, (EMHC-CI) • James & Alice Barrios, (EMHC-CH) • A.Behrendsen, R.&R.Cunningham, (Altar Boys)
Sun, 9/7 11a Gilen Norwood, (Lector) • Lucile Ingram, (EMHC-CI) • Chris & Jennifer Maggio, (EMHC-CH) • S.Maggio, J.Burrell, W.Mayeux, (Altar Boys)
Sat, 9/13 4p Kathleen Hicks, (Lector) • Nita Maggio, Jimmy Gunter, (EMHC-CI) • C.J.Bouchie, J.Thibodaux, (Altar Boys)
Sun, 9/14 9a John Ackel, (Lector) • Cissy Picou, (EMHC-CI) • Jeff & Carol Green, (EMHC-CH) • M.McCart, B.Behrendsen, C.Cunningham, (Altar Boys)
Sun, 9/14 11a Kathy Bundrick, (Lector) • Tara Whitehead, (EMHC-CI) • Cecilia Cook, Haley Johnson, (EMHC-CH) • E.Norwood, M.V.Leone, D.Thompson, (Altar Boys)
*Altar Boys who are not scheduled may serve if space permits. Come to the Sacristy 10 minutes before Mass.
Memorials & Prayer Intentions
- Sat 4p: Donna Doll & N.L. Vercher
- Sun 9a: Pro Populo
- Sun 11a: Shirley Ragland & Leona Prudhomme Kingham & Sue Morgan
- Sun 5p: Fr. Taylor Reynolds
- Mon 6:30a: LaFoye Burkhalter
- Mon 8a: Mary Ziech
- Tue 6:30a: Anne Giering
- Wed 6:30a: Billy Smith
- Thu 6:30a: Shirley Ragland
- Fri 6:30a: Calvert Scott
- Sat 8a: Mary Jean Thomas
Pope Francis' Prayer Intentions for this Month are that the mentally disabled may receive the love and help they need for a dignified life. And that, Christians, inspired by the Word of God, may serve the poor and suffering.
Please pray for our Recently Deceased: Mr. Michael Bouchie
Please pray for our Sick & Suffering: Lolette Allen, William Lynn Basco, Lauren Bienvenu, Tripp Bostick, Chad Bouchie, Mar-Lou Brasher, Cayleigh Braud, Marion Brossette, Flo Brouillette, Bailey Byrd, Sonya Campbell, Carolyn Carter, Marie Charleville, Lauren Clancey, Emilia Cofio, Woody Cox, Kim Cunningham, Lela Mae Dalme, Joe Davis, John DeFee, Richard DeVargas, RJ Ducote, Angela Eversall, Marguerite Felchle, Tom Foshee, Reba Friday, Paula Gagymad, Kramer Gahagan, Vicki Gahagan, Patsy Gallion, Sophie Gill, Christi Gootee, Joyce Hayne, Deborah G. Hernandez, Sue Van Hook, Kalita Jones, EvaGrace Keyser, Gary Kilgore, Martha LaCaze, Jheanny Ladao, Jaden Eli Lodridge, Patricia Loftin, Joseph Longo, Mary Frances Lowrey, Lisa Mack, Dominic Majorie, Danny Manuel, Jack McCain Jr., Faris Michael, Meg Michael, Lacey Mitchum, Mary Moss, Shane Niette, Mary Odom, Sharon Roach, Wes Rollo, Makaehan Ross, Shirley Roy, Lillian Ryals, Joseph Ryan, Donna Slaughter, Lil Taylor, Clay Thompson, Ren Todtenbier, Brent Trichel, Rosalind Trussell, Patricia Vazquez, Julien Vienne, Ruthie J. Wallboughly, Jessica Warner, Janine Waters, & Glen & Mary Williams