Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church
Hot Springs Village, Arkansas
Do you want to be a Saint?  I hope you answered quickly, yes to that question.  If you did not, perhaps it was because you know that it is not an easy road that leads to Sainthood.  In fact, there are temptations toward ways of thinking and acting that are far from the mind and heart of God, and are as close as a "mouse click" or touching a remote control and choosing a channel on your television.  Those who are saintly are seeking to "connect" with God often and are "connecting" with others in loving and giving ways.  As in anything we choose, getting into healthy spiritual habits, like regular prayer time, good spiritual reading, and other activities, point us toward a closer union with God in keeping us on a "saintly path."

I hope you recognize and take advantage of a wonderful opportunity to grow in the love of the Lord and others by coming to all three nights of our mission this week with Mass each day at 6:30 p.m. and a talk during each Mass by our mission director, Father Bill Rhinehart, aVincentian priest who was recommened to us by Father Ron Hoye who gave a wonderful mission here a few years ago.  We will also offer the Sacrament of Anointing on Tuesday after Mass for those who are afflicted with a chronic illness, a serious illness, or a weakening physical or mental condition due to aging.  Honestly, those qualifications are met by quite a few of our parishioners.  Be open to receiving this healing, comforting, strengthening Sacrament and/or consider the forgiving Sacrament of Reconciliation through Father Rhinehart, each day of the mission from 5:30-6:20 p.m.  Even though we are still weeks away from the season of Advent, the reality is that any time is a good time to let the Lord come closer and deeper into our lives, and I'm confident that with the theme of "The Eucharist," we will receive many graces by trying to come to the mission all three nights.  On Monday night we will have an ice cream social after Mass, and we will close the mission with a food and drink reception after the Wednesday Mass.  Also, please know that we will take up a collection on Wednesday night to support the missionary efforts of the Vincentian priests.

See you Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday evening.