Divine Mercy

04-28-2019The World in View from a Believer’s PerspectiveFr. Larry Merta

Sr. Faustina Kowalska once said, “The Holy Spirit does not speak to a soul that is distracted and garrulous”, and garrulous would be someone who is rather chatty, especially about superficial topics. Is there a relationship between the high-tech info broadbands and our inability to pray? Surely there is! The encroachments are all around us never allowing us a moment of rest unless we’ve made it a point to turn it all off and quietly retire to some place where we can think for ourselves.

If you’ve ever walked through a forest or a beautiful flower park, the quiet stillness has a tremendous effect for those looking to steal a moment of solitude. That’s why I enormously enjoyed my visit to the Queen Elizabeth Gardens of Vancouver. As I strolled through a visual feast of floral shapes and pastels, praising God and thanking Him seemed more natural and long overdue. I was reminded just how simple this was.

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Long Distance Caregiving

04-21-2019On the Caregiving Journey…

Are you a long-distance caregiver caring for a loved one who lives some distance from you? While long-distance caregiving may not be the ideal situation, it is workable if handled correctly and if a number of things are in place. According to AARP, one of the most important things to do is to arrange for communication with medical, legal and financial professionals. You will need to have your loved one fill out and sign forms giving professionals permission to discuss your loved one’s situation with you. Without permission, you will not be able to keep tabs on your loved one’s needs. Also important is to have a discussion with your loved one about his/her finances so that a plan can be developed for long-term care and how it will be financed. Along with this discussion comes the task of establishing a durable power of attorney for financial and health care issues. It is important to exchange contact information with your loved one’s neighbors and to know how to get into your loved one’s home in case of an emergency. For more information on becoming a long-distance caregiver, go to the AARP website at www.aarp.org/home-family/caregiving/care-guides/long-distance-caregiving/#step1.

Easter

04-21-2019The World in View from a Believer’s PerspectiveFr. Larry Merta

Happy Easter! Can I let you in on a little secret to celebrate it well? Our celebration would not be complete unless we reflect on how this victory has shaped our lives and led us out of habitual sin or indifference to God. God seduces the open-hearted. He redirects the humble soul to His Church quietly preparing his faithful to grow anew in virtue and holiness. There are only so many Easters we can celebrate as part of an annual trip to the local church.

Easter celebration is most meaningful if it becomes the occasion to personally confirm our decision to live close to God and His Church throughout the year. If we find ourselves already doing this, God has found less resistance pulling us into His embrace. Our Easter Celebrations on earth will come to an end at some point, and then—the real celebration begins for His elect.

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Crucified and Risen Lord

04-14-2019The World in View from a Believer’s PerspectiveFr. Larry Merta

If you are reading this on, Sunday, April 14th, tonight’s the night! This evening at Holy Cross Church, an ecumenical chorus of Christian believers from around Mesa comprised of some of our own parishioners will be offering God a hymn of praise and a tribute to Jesus’ sacrifice. It is only fitting that such a tribute should start us on our journey through Holy Week. Come and hear the voices of those who have been busy preparing their hearts and minds since November to offer us a scripturally based composition by one of our very talented parishioners, Mrs. Evelyn Sanchez Fink. Welcome anything that can help us along in our devotion to the Crucified and Risen Lord. I hope to see you there.

I snapped this image of our Crucified Lord at an on-going formation conference last year at Boyton Beach Regional Seminary, Florida.

Your Pastor,
Fr. Larry

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Desert Belle

04-07-2019The World in View from a Believer’s PerspectiveFr. Larry Merta

Here's our embarkation group photo for the Saguaro Lake Cruise last February. We all had experienced two and a half days of cold drizzle and rain up until we left the Church parking lot as the sun began to peak through the clouds. The week before, I feared there would be some to cancel their participation at the last moment. Twice that week, the opportunity to cancel presented itself. The Desert Belle steamboat was willing to reschedule us. Earlier that week, the Diocese canceled the annual youth retreat in Williams due to record snowfall.

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Caregiver Action Network (CAN)

04-07-2019On the Caregiving Journey…

Caregivers are giving, loving people and often find it hard to justify taking time for themselves. However, this is vital to your well-being and health. The issue is further compounded by the fact that it is often difficult and cost prohibitive to find someone to transfer caregiving responsibility to and allow for a break.

The Caregiver Action Network (CAN), a non-profit organization providing education, peer support and resources, has a National Respite Locator posted on the Respite Care section of their website: https://caregiveraction.org/family-caregiver-toolbox. Click on the state, enter the age of the caree as well as the city and mile range. The search results in a list of facilities, including city, phone and email. Click on the map or view option. The latter provides additional details on the facility.