From the Pastor’s Desk

The Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Feb 11, 2024

“Whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do everything for the glory of God.”
-1 Corinthians 10:31

 

Brothers and Sisters,

Are you ready? Lent is a beautiful gift from the Lord to his disciples, a time set apart each year to evaluate our ongoing process of dedicating our lives to Him. The critical question to help assess our progress is: Am I doing everything for the glory of God? Let us approach Lent with a fervent desire to purify our intentions, ensuring that every aspect of our lives reflects the radiant glory of God.

St. Paul reminds us this weekend that “whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do everything for the glory of God.” For many of us, the phrase “the glory of God” brings to mind St. Ignatius of Loyola’s motto for the Jesuits: Ad maiorem Dei gloriam or “For the greater glory of God.” This motto can help stay accountable so that every decision, action, or ministry is aligned with God’s will and for His sake. Centuries before, St. Irenaeus taught, “The glory of God is man fully alive.” How do we show the glory of God? — we live as God intends.

This Wednesday is a relatively rare occurrence, commemorating both Ash Wednesday and St. Valentine’s Day. While plans may already be made, I encourage married couples and those dating to defer their feasting and celebrations to another day. Let us strive to embrace the fast and abstinence of Ash Wednesday.

While I am conscious of not imposing heavy burdens, most of us would benefit from the spirit of fasting more often. Not with the hopes of increasing our capacity to fast (or more intense fasting); the aim is to be more mindful and aware. Fasting allows us to pause and to be intentional about our eating (or other activities, such as fasting from electronic devices). At the same time, the Church defines the fast as only having one meal, with two smaller meals as necessary (so no snacking between meals). The Church expects those 18 to 59 years old to abide by the fast, though prudence mitigates the expectation to fast for those with particular illnesses or sickness.

Lastly, don’t forget to bookmark our Lent landing page at OLPHParish.org/Lent or grab a bulletin after Mass. By doing so, you’ll gain access to the incredible events our staff has curated to guide us in aligning our lives with the Lord’s will during this sacred season. Let’s inspire one another to embrace activities that bring greater glory to God and deepen our relationship with Him!

 

In the Lord,

Rev. Michael S. Triplett

Going on at OLPH:

INDIVIDUAL UNBOUND MINISTRY PRAYER– Many of us are fighting invisible battles with anxieties, negative thoughts, sins, unhealthy relationships, destructive habits, resentments, and bitter wounds that never seem to heal. You can reach out and experience God’s merciful love, healing, and freedom! Unbound Ministry Prayer releases the power of Jesus into wounded lives. On Saturday, February 24th, trained teams will be available to provide individual prayers using the Unbound Model of prayer in Ellicott City, MD. Unbound Prayer is based on five scriptural keys that help you unlock those areas of your life where you want to receive greater freedom, healing, and spiritual growth. If you would like to schedule an appointment or want more information, please contact Dan or Peggy Gahagan by Monday, February 19th, at UnboundMinistryMaryland@gmail.com. We ask that you read at least the first seven chapters of the book Unbound by Neal Lozano before your appointment to receive Unbound prayer (available at www.Amazon.com OR www.heartofthefather.com).

A SPECIAL NOTE FROM FR. MIKE– As you may be aware, The Archdiocese of Baltimore filed for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Reorganization to (1) achieve equitable compensation for victim-survivors who submit claims and (2) to ensure the continuation of the Archdiocese of Baltimore’s ministries. The United States Bankruptcy Court granted the petition for the District of Maryland. The deadline for the filing of child sexual abuse claims related to the Archdiocese of Baltimore personnel is May 31, 2024.

All parishes and schools must share the “Publications Notice” and the “Claims Deadline Notice” in various formats. This information is shared below and can be found on our website at https://olphparish.org/aob-update/. Please join me in prayer for victim-survivors and their loved ones. Join me in prayer for our Archdiocese. Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions.