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Posted on 06/17/2018 00:06 AM (Homilies of Father Paul Yi)
Many of us in our community have been successful with our vegetable garden this season. In fact, many of you have been giving away to family and friends your bumper crop of tomatoes, cucumbers, squash, eggplant and other vegetables. What was your secret to success? Was it the right amount of water or plant food? Was it the sunshine or the right temperature? Those of you with a ‘green thumb’ know that ultimately, a gardener cannot make the seed grow. We can provide the right temperature, water, and fertilizer, yet the growth of a seed into a plant or a tree remains a mystery to us. Certainly we know what will kill a plant — our neglect of providing moisture, sunlight, and nutrients, or spraying weed killer. Our science advancement has given us insight into some of the processes within the plant, but the growth or the thriving of a plant is a secret that is held within the plant itself.
Posted on 06/13/2018 11:19 AM (Homilies of Father Paul Yi)
Posted on 06/10/2018 10:52 AM (Homilies of Father Paul Yi)
Have you ever said to someone, “You must be out of your mind”? Do you remember why you said that to the person? A wealthy father was distraught with his 25-year old son. When his son was 19-years old, the father gave a lot of cash to support his son’s lavish and indulgent lifestyle. His son was a good looking young man, loved parties, loved to instigate evil deeds, and lived it up with life’s luxuries. At the age of 25, the son did a 180 degree turn-around in his life, becoming very pious and religious. He took merchandise from his father’s warehouse, sold it, and donated the proceeds toward church renovations. His father was beside himself when he discovered that his son was taking his goods without consent. The father complained to the local religious leader that his son was out of his mind, and demanded that his son be imprisoned.
Posted on 06/8/2018 09:58 AM (Homilies of Father Paul Yi)
Posted on 06/3/2018 00:05 AM (Homilies of Father Paul Yi)
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Have you ever gone to a place where you had no interest or desire to be whatsoever? I remember the European trip my family took when I was a college student where we went into numerous churches, cathedrals and basilicas. As a lapsed Catholic and a self-professed atheist at that time, I could not handle going into yet another church because it was repetitive - they all looked alike- and boring. My heart was hard like a rock, closed to receiving any graces. Even after we had visited the basilica of St. Francis of Assisi in Italy and stood by the great saint’s grave, I had the thought, “I hope we don’t go into another church like that.” It reminds me of what my 11-year old nephew Pio told to his mother on their family pilgrimage to Fatima and Spain last year, “Mom, if we’re going on another trip like this in the future where we go into so many churches, I want to stay home.”
Posted on 05/31/2018 03:25 AM (Homilies of Father Paul Yi)
I have shared with you over the past several years, my story of how I walked far away from Our Lord. I tried to grasp the dreams that the world and the evil one offered me, dreams that has no part with God. But I knew something was missing. It was through my mother’s prayers, my own recollections, and other events in my life that I was drawn back to life with God. It was the encounters with Blessed Mother that pointed me to the ultimate purpose and the joy of my life--to proclaim the love of our lord and savior Jesus Christ and to bring Christ to others.
In our lives, we like to leave options open. It gives us a feeling of being in charge or in control. But there is a more excellent way; there is no greater joy than to accompany Blessed Mother on her fiat and hopeful trust in Heavenly Father in this life. Every one of us has a vocation, a unique something that only we can do in the providence of God. The same God who called us to this unique vocation will repair and make straight our false steps in living out our vocational commitments. Do whatever Jesus tells you, is what Blessed Mother told the attendants at the Wedding at Cana. We ask this good Mother to help us to live in trust of Jesus and not to rely on our calculations. Let it be. We are the Lord’s servants, and the Lord will provide.
I cannot adequately express in words the joy and love I have known over the last 10 years as a priest in being so close to the heart of Jesus. It is a great privilege as I stand at the altar at each Mass to know that Blessed Mother, St. Joseph, and the Saints are present as we represent the Last Supper and Calvary. I would have never experienced the privilege of entering into the joys and sorrows of the lives of so many parishioners at St Louis King of France, St. Aloysius, Mater Dolorosa, Our Lady of Mercy, Immaculate Conception in Denham Springs, and especially at Ascension, St Francis, and Our Lady of Prompt Succor had I remained an engineer. I may have made some missteps that caused hurt which I’m truly sorry. My longing is for each of us to know the depth of God’s love for us and the suffering that Christ endured for us so that we may be united to God forever in eternity. My longing is for each of us to be compassionate as Our Lord is compassionate. I assure you of my love and prayers.
The Following Letter was sent from my mom (2005) when I was in seminary. I read this letter at my First Mass of Thanksgiving, the day after priestly ordination, at Our Lady of Mercy on June 1, 2008
My beloved son,
Time is passing so fast that you are already 32 years old. When you and your sister were young, I wished the time would pass more quickly, yet already I am 70 years old.
When you told us that you were going to the seminary, my heart was pierced with pain. Yet, now I feel so at peace and grateful to the Lord.
I would have never thought that the day would come when many mothers are envious of me. Perhaps the Lord is now blessing me with this special grace for the way I was being generous with others.
My dear son, pray and study diligently. My prayer to the Lord everyday is that you receive the grace to deliver well God’s message to your parishioners. I pray and hope that you will be a good disciple of Christ and you will become more like Christ through the virtues of chastity, poverty, and obedience.
Posted on 05/27/2018 11:22 AM (Homilies of Father Paul Yi)
Posted on 05/22/2018 10:09 AM (Homilies of Father Paul Yi)
Posted on 05/20/2018 00:28 AM (Homilies of Father Paul Yi)
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Have you seen recently in the news the power of Kilauea volcano in Hawaii? We’ve seen the fire power of spewing molten lava destroying homes and the volcanic eruption that sent an ash cloud 30,000 feet in the air. The effect of the eruption was such a contrast to the normally tranquil, peaceful, and beautiful landscape of Hawaii. The folks living near Kilauea must wonder each day what will unfold with the volcano.
For the disciples of Jesus in Jerusalem, the days following Jesus’ Ascension had been a time of uncertainty. They were fearful of persecution by Jewish leaders and yet they were told by Jesus to wait in Jerusalem for the arrival of the Advocate. Most likely the disciples, similar to the residents living near Kilauea, were wondering what would unfold next. Imagine the surprise of the disciples and Blessed Mother in the Upper Room when the Holy Spirit arrived in a powerful way... with a rush of mighty winds and tongues of fire resting on each disciple! Each of them received and experienced the gift and the power of the Holy Spirit, fulfilling Jesus’ message to them, “You shall receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you and you shall be my witnesses.” (Acts 1:8)
Do we believe that we also have received power from on high? At baptism, the Blessed Trinity--the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit--made its home in us and made us adopted children of God with the right to call Him Father. His love, a love beyond telling, raises us closer to His heart to a union beyond our wildest dreams. We need not envy the Apostles at their Pentecost, for the Sacrament of Confirmation we received was our own personal Pentecost. The Holy Spirit came upon us in a special way, with varied gifts and graces that enable us to imitate Jesus. The Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit have been given to us as tools and means to accomplish the will of the Heavenly Father. However, are these gifts of the Holy Spirit dormant or active like the Kilauea Volcano? In order for the power of the Holy Spirit to be alive, we must be aware and exercise these gifts. A power that we are not aware of is no power at all.
The main power of the Holy Spirit indwelling in us is love--love of God and neighbor. The power of the Holy Spirit manifests itself through our exercise of the gifts that help us love God and neighbor. Like any gift we receive for our birthday or wedding; if we don’t unwrap it and just put it in the closet, it’s of no use for us. If we unwrap it but just put it on the shelf, it’s still of no use to us. We must be aware of the gifts we received and use them. For example, during a time when we may be tempted to stray from what is right, the Gift of the Fear of the Lord inspires us to reverence God and keep us from giving into temptation. When our neighbor demands more time and love than we can handle, the Holy Spirit gives us the Gift of Piety to be patient with our neighbor. When we feel too weak spiritually to accomplish the tasks that God has given us, the Holy Spirit strengthens us with the Gift of Fortitude. At times when we are unsure of decision making, the Holy Spirit provides us the Gift of Counsel to decide what is God’s Will for us. When we are too attached to things of the world, the Holy Spirit helps us detach with the help of the Gift of Knowledge. When our faith is weak, the Holy Spirit increases our faith by giving us the light through the Gift of Understanding. At times, the Holy Spirit makes us aware of His abiding presence through the Gift of Wisdom.
|Jennifer Commeau (ACH student) along with Ms. Susan Jumonville (Ascension Church Coordinator of Religious Education) and Ms. Carol Pearce (ACH teacher) praying with Ms. Angella. (Photo Courtesy of Halen Doughty of Donaldsonville Chief)|
What keeps us from exercising the Gifts of Holy Spirit which we all have received? No one should be jealous or envious of others because Heavenly Father has given each of us all that is necessary to fulfill His will for us. With our Sacrament of Confirmation, we have been commissioned to be ambassadors for God to the world, to witness Our Lord and spread the Good News. The same power that raised Jesus from the grave, the same power that can calm a raging sea, the same power that command the dead to wake--lives in us. When we realize that the same power that raised Jesus from the dead lives in us, and if we exercise the Gifts of the Holy Spirit daily, we are changed and the world is changed. May we imitate Blessed Mother and the Apostles who exercised the Gifts of the Holy Spirit to the fullest by their complete surrender and trust in the Father. The power of the Kilauea volcano is massive and impressive, yet its power pales in comparison with the power we have received from the Holy Spirit. The volcano will one day pass away, but those with the gifts of the Holy Spirit will prevail and transform the landscape of this earth in more powerful ways. Let us ask all the angels and saints to reawaken our awareness of the power of love we have received from the Heavenly Father and not be afraid to exercise them to the fullest for love of the Father and our neighbor.
Posted on 05/19/2018 11:25 AM (Homilies of Father Paul Yi)
Novena to the Holy Spirit
Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful
and kindle in them the fire of your love.
Send forth your Spirit and they shall be created.
And You shall renew the face of the earth.
O, God, who by the light of the Holy Spirit, did instruct the hearts of the faithful, grant that by the same Holy Spirit we may be truly wise and ever enjoy His consolations, Through Christ Our Lord, Amen.
On the faithful, who adore.
And confess you, evermore.
In Your sevenfold
Give us virtue’s sure reward.
Give us your salvation, Lord.
Give us joys that never end.
When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one
place. Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind
came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were
sitting. They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that
separated and came to rest on each of them. All of them were
filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues
as the Spirit enabled them. Now there were staying in
Jerusalem God-fearing Jews from every nation under heaven.
And at this sound the multitude came together, and they were
bewildered, because each one heard them speaking in his own
V: Renew your wonders in the Church of our day and in
each one of us, as by a new Pentecost.
Increase in us the desire to receive all that you desire to
give us, we pray to the Lord.
R: Lord, hear our prayer.
Come Holy Spirit,
Renew your wonders in this our day, as by a new Pentecost.
Grant to your Church that, being of one mind and steadfast in prayer with Mary, the Mother of Jesus, and following the lead of the successors of Saint Peter and the Apostles, it may advance the reign of our Divine Savior, the reign of truth and justice, the reign of love and peace.- Amen