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T h is M o nt h at Tra n sf i g u rat i o n Lord, how good it is for us to be here!. . . Matthew 17:4

November 2014

You Can Say a Lot of Things about Catholics, But You Cannot Say We’re Alone by Father Bill Baer November 1, All Saints Day, is a day to remember that there are more Saints in heaven than we can imagine. And while they’re in heaven, their influence is everywhere among us here on earth. I suppose the first Saint whose influence I really cared about was St. Anthony of Padua. Yes, yes, he is a Doctor of the Church and quite beloved among Italian Catholics, but his real power lay in helping me find my lost “Matchbox” car. “Tony, Tony, turn around, something’s lost and must be found!” This was the theologically precise prayer that Sister Helen had taught us in 2nd Grade and, by golly, St. Anthony came through. Who is your favorite saint? For my Dad, it was St. Therese of the Little Flower. He taught us to pray to her whenever we heard the siren of a nearby ambulance or fire truck: “Little Flower, at this hour, show your power.” I still pray that when the Oakdale fire engines come roaring down 15th Street, and I have taught our school children to do the same. We are never alone. There are Saints and Angels aplenty to look out for us, to guide us, to inspire us in the dark moments of life. The Communion of Saints is no dry, dusty belief. It is as real as a child’s prayer for a lost toy, as life-saving as an emergency vehicle whizzing by. The Saints: Why go a day without them?

Christ Jesus Ou r Lord, Sh ine in Us!

A new statue of the Immaculate Heart of Mary in our School Entrance Lobby.

C h r is t J esus O u r L o rd , S h i n e th ro u g h U s !

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