Incorruptible Heart of St. John Vianney

10-27-2019The World in View from a Believer’s PerspectiveFr. Larry Merta

Last May, the Incorruptible heart of St. John Vianney was brought to our biennial priestly convocation for the Diocese of Phoenix. It was a beautiful gift to have the patron saint of priests with us for an evening. I brought holy cards to place against the reliquary to have those same cards become 3 class relics.

The incorruptibility of very holy people is more common than you think. And God means to tell us something by it. The 'Incorruptibles', as they are sometimes called, serve to remind us of the incorruptible state that Jesus Christ and His Blessed Mother now enjoy. The state of incorruptibility defies the laws of nature and, at some point, the belief in the miraculous has to account for it. But incorruptibility is a secondary proof of the saint's holiness. Just search 'list of incorruptibles'.


Are you starting the caregiving journey?

10-20-2019On the Caregiving Journey…

Do you see family/friend caregiving as a possibility in the near future? Are you just starting the caregiving journey? Have you been a caregiver for some time? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you may be wondering what resources are available to help you with your caregiving duties. Family/friend caregiving is a world unto itself. Those new to the caregiving world often don’t know where to start with locating resources. Those who are in the midst of 24/7 or near 24/7 caregiving rarely have the time it takes to do the necessary research to locate available resources.

Natural Bridge

10-20-2019The World in View from a Believer’s PerspectiveFr. Larry Merta

Age caught up with me. Over last summer I joined parish youth for an excursion to the doorway to the Land of the Lost, aka, Natural Bridge State Park. We had been here before three years earlier on a similar excursion. To my surprise, the same obstacles I encounter back then were, no doubt, harder to overcome this time. Apparently, the cave formations didn't grow as much as I did. Biblical wisdom is there to remind me of these things: Though our outer nature is wasting away, our inner nature is being renewed every day (2 Cor. 4:16). St. John Paul II was always refreshed by the company of younger souls and who were able to express themselves more freely in his company whereas, it was harder to do so by the sacred surroundings of parish life. I have also found that to be true. By the way, I've never known Carl to be grumpy. So I guess, he just likes the hat.

Your Pastor,
Fr. Larry


Sequoia National Park

10-13-2019The World in View from a Believer’s PerspectiveFr. Larry Merta

Over the summer I revisited Sequoia National Park because of the impression it left on me during a prior visit. These monsters have stood for several thousand years. They're older than the Church itself and they speak to me of God's persistent providence throughout the ages. The park ranger noted that they are the only trees on earth that are impervious to forest fires—just like the Church as a whole will be impervious to the fires of Hell. On a humorous note, I don't think the Tree of Good and Evil at the Center of the Eden was a Sequoia. Our first parents would have had to invent the ladder.

Your Pastor,
Fr. Larry

Este verano volví a visitar el Parque Nacional Sequoia por la impresión que me dejó en mi primera visita. Esos monstruos han estado allí por varios miles de años. Son más antiguos que la misma Iglesia y me hablan a mí de la providencia persistente de Dios a través de los tiempos. El guardaparque mencionó que esos son los únicos árboles en la tierra que no son afectados por los incendios forestales--igual que la Iglesia como un todo que es inmune a los fuegos del Infierno. Para agregar un poco de humor, no creo que el Árbol del Bien y el Mal al centro del Paraíso era una sequoia. De lo contrario, nuestros primeros padres hubierantenido que inventar la escalera.

Su Pastor,
Padre Lorenzo

What is something happens to you as a Caregiver?

10-06-2019On the Caregiving Journey…

You are a caregiver, and you know that you are a caregiver. However, does anyone else know it? What would happen if you were hospitalized for a serious situation and could not communicate? Who would be there to look after your care receiver? Who would know? While this may be a hypothetical situation, it can easily become reality. Your loved one could be left stranded without any caregiving support if something were to happen to you. This unfortunate situation can be avoided with a simple, quick solution. Create a caregiver alert notice to place on your refrigerator and a small version to place in your wallet. State that you are a caregiver and include the name, address and phone number of your care receiver. Another simple solution is to purchase a medical alert bracelet engraved with the same information for you to wear whenever you leave your home. Such bracelets are available online; conduct a search by typing “medical ID bracelets for caregivers” in the search engine.

Msgr. Pinti

10-06-2019The World in View from a Believer’s PerspectiveFr. Larry Merta

Over the summer I received an invitation to join Dominic Pinti, Pastor of St. George in Apache Junction, for a simple ceremony of his appointment as Monsignor. The honorific title 'Monsignor' denotes a papal recognition for faithful service to the Church, always imparted by the reigning pontiff, usually through the recommendation of the local bishop. Msgr. Pinti confided to me that he neither looked for this honor and was surprised to even receive it. Pope Francis at the outset of his Pontificate discouraged these recognitions to priests under the age of 65.