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Reflection

Posted in homily by revmtheogene on September 26, 2022

Monday of the Twenty-sixth Week in Ordinary Time

Readings: Job – Chapter 1 verses 6-22 / Psalm 17 verses 1BCD, 2-3, & 6-7 /

Luke – Chapter 9 verses 46-50

Friends when we think of or are in the presence of children, it is so easy to see their innocence and childlike qualities that we appreciate the way they see the world around them. For me this gives me hope to be able to see that children see with the eyes of God. Think back to when you were a child. Do you remember seeing the world and all its beauty with fresh eyes, hardly tainted by the ways of world as you had gotten older?

Jesus reminds us to be like children, not only for ourselves but for God. We must come back to God the way we first knew God no matter what way we addressed God. Its about coming to terms with our own innocence and preconceived judgments of ourselves and others.

We need not worry about jostling for key positions in life. This happens on its own with the demands and pressures of everyday life at work or with family in the secular world. The world of God, the true place of placing God in everything we do, there is no need to scurry for favor or places of honor.

The challenge is within us. You and I are to challenge ourselves in the everyday hum drum of life mastering just one person, me. As the saying goes, the one who conquers themselves conquers the world.

We have to go back to our childlike qualities in life. Our own innocence reaching back deep within to our inner child. We must allow ourselves to be free and to listen and act accordingly to God’s will. When we do that, than we respond appropriately to God and others.      Amen

Bishop Michael Theogene

Co-Pastor

The CACINA Catholic Parish of Saint Benedict &

Abbot of the Benedictines of Peace and Justice

The Catholic Apostolic Church in North America

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Feast of the Assumption

Posted in homily by revmtheogene on August 15, 2022

A reflection 

Reflection on the Feast of the Assumption of Mary for Monday, August 15, 2022 (Cycle C)

Inclusive Lectionary Texts

Readings- Revelation – Chapter 11 verses 19 – Chapter 12 verses 1-6, 10 / Psalm 45 /

1 Corinthians – Chapter 15 verses 20-26 / Luke – Chapter 1 verses 39-56

Sisters and Brothers, in my opinion, you know that we will all evidently die. We probably won’t be assumed into heaven both body and soul as Mary was assumed to be. Unlike Mary, we will face death. However, when we come to the end of our physical existence, we know that our concept of death whatever it may be will disappear and that we truly will be transformed into something new. Mary was transformed by something new as she stood at the foot of the cross in deep pain witnessing the death of her son. Yet Jesus tells her that John who was standing next to her is now her son. What did he mean? I believe Jesus was telling her and the world that new life was a daily encounter. In the middle of pain and suffering we are prompted by the Spirit to see resurrection. How many times do we miss the opportunity to be renewed in God’s love each day? How many resurrections have we let die? How do we change our mind set? I know one way to change is to replace an old habit with a new one. Let us replace our concept of pain and suffering with the thought that pain and suffering lead to resurrection. Not an easy job but well worth practicing.

rev. Michael Theogene

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Homily 20th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Posted in homily by revmtheogene on August 15, 2022

Jeremiah Chapter 38 verses 4-6, 8-10 / Psalm 40 / Hebrews Chapter 12 verses 1-4 / Luke Chapter 12 verses 49-53

HOMILY MICHAEL 20th SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

Sisters and brothers, we continue to hear in news reports
and surveys today words such as insurrection, succeeding
from the Union, and take overs. ‘We will show them who we
are. There are more of us; we can take them over’.


In our readings, we hear Jesus speak of fire, division, a
baptism maybe no longer worth pursing because what is the
use when we may feel overrun and defeated. Why bother! It
doesn’t matter. It will all come to an end when its time.


These words of discomfort or challenge are hard for us to
imagine Jesus in this light where we see Jesus as a
peacemaker and not a home divider. We see Jesus as a
relationship builder and not as falling outs.


In the history of the people, they wanted a king to take over
and set the people free to hurt their enemies. The people
believed that to fully be free, to truly be restored, the people
would have to repent and be received in a baptism of water
and fire for renewal and rebirth. Jeremiah received renewal
as he was in the mud. A baptism of change led him on his
way to change and renewal. He was willing to die to be able
to live what he believed was truth.


Jesus, just as Jeremiah, sought to bring people to the
awareness of God’s unconditional love in spite of all the
suffering that happens in our lives, the conversion has to
happen within. A conversion of the inner heart, just as inner
faith is what is at hand.


Jesus shows us that the fire is already burning and is
consumed inside of us. To quote the old Billy Joel song, “We
didn’t start the fire, it was always burning as the world was
turning”, what is the fire that is inside all of us that is
burning? What is the desire that is in the belly, the fire in our
souls that sets us free when we are able to be truly honest
and authentic? Not only with others but with ourselves first.

When we face our truth, when we have the courage and
grace, when the Holy Spirit prompts us to respond and not
be only physically present but spiritual attuned, we can
respond with a sense of hope and not react out of fear and
anger. When we do this, we allow others to respond to us
positively, not in anxiety, in fear, conflict, and
disagreements but with hope, peace, and love.


Friends in our lives we will face rejection, conflicts, and
defeat. We live up to certain expectations but shouldn’t put
so many expectations on others. We need to meet people
where they are at and graciously allow ourselves to listen to
others and find that common ground.


Jesus reminds us that we can see the coming signs of
weather, but we make it so hard to see and discern when
we or others are in crisis, and we remain blind to what is
most important and happening right in front of us.


We must be vigilant and respond to the prompting of the
Holy Spirit, becoming aware of our shortcoming, not
allowing ourselves to be complicit, but listen and aware
when and how to respond, and not fearing judgement and
persecution and that the end doesn’t have to happen the
way we think it will.


We are ever being called to live but we ignore the deep
under belly call for change. We are called to make and be
that change.


It’s about our own conversion of heart, learning to know
ourselves and what it is we are supposed to do.


And then we will burn with the fire of God’s love and spread
that fire to all those who encounter us.

Rev. Michael Theogene

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Words of Wisdom

Posted in homily by revmtheogene on July 8, 2022

“In meditation we discover our inherent restlessness. Sometimes we get up and leave. Sometimes we sit there but our bodies wiggle and squirm and our minds go far away. This can be so uncomfortable that we feel it’s impossible to stay. Yet this feeling can teach us not just about ourselves but also about what it is to be human. All of us derive security and comfort from the imaginary world of memories and fantasies and plans. We really don’t want to stay with the nakedness of our present experience. It goes against the grain to stay present. These are the times when only gentleness and a sense of humor can give us the strength to settle down.”

Pema Chodron

From her book “The Places That Scare You”

Thoughts to Ponder

Posted in homily by revmtheogene on July 7, 2022

The hymn from Philippians artistically, honestly, yet boldly describes that “secret hour” Jung refers to, when God in Christ reversed the parabola, when the waxing became waning. It says it starts with the great self-emptying or kenosis that we call the Incarnation and ends with the Crucifixion. It brilliantly connects the two mysteries as one movement, down, down, down into the enfleshment of creation, into humanity’s depths and sadness, and into a final identification with those at the very bottom (“took the form of a slave,” Philippians 2:7). Jesus represents God’s total solidarity with, and even love of, the human situation, as if to say, “nothing human is abhorrent to me.” God, if Jesus is right, has chosen to descend—in almost total counterpoint with our humanity that is always trying to climb, achieve, perform, and prove itself.  

This hymn says that Jesus leaves the ascent to God, in God’s way, and in God’s time. Most of us understandably start the journey assuming that God is “up there,” and our job is to transcend this world to find “him.” We spend so much time trying to get “up there,” we miss that God’s big leap in Jesus was to come “down here.” What freedom! And it happens better than any could have expected. “Because of this, God lifted him up” (Philippians 2:9). We call the “lifting up” resurrection or ascension. Jesus is set as the human blueprint, the standard in the sky, the oh-so-hopeful pattern of divine transformation.  

Trust the down, and God will take care of the up. This leaves humanity in solidarity with the life cycle, but also with one another, with no need to create success stories for ourselves or to create failure stories for others. Humanity in Jesus is free to be human and soulful instead of any false climbing into “Spirit.” This was supposed to change everything, and I trust it still.

(Richard Rohr- Meditation from the Center of Action and Contemplation)

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St. Martin of Tours Catholic Community

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Rev. Mother Barbara Fichter is the Pastor of St. Martin of Tours Catholic Community which is a CACINA parish  located in St. Albans, Vermont (Franklin County) 

Website: https://www.saintmartinoftoursvermont.org     Facebook.com/StMartinToursCatholicCommunity 

Livestreaming Mass every Sunday at 10:30 am on Facebook.

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Words to Ponder

Posted in homily by revmtheogene on July 6, 2022

The truth is that our finest moments are most likely to occur when we are feeling deeply uncomfortable, unhappy or unfulfilled  for it is only in such moments, propelled by our discomfort, that we are likely to step out of our ruts and start searching for different ways or truer answers.

M Scott Peck

Words to Ponder

Posted in homily by revmtheogene on July 6, 2022

I pray for the willingness to remember that I am a Child of God, a Divine Soul in human form and my most basic and urgent life task is to accept, know and nurture myself.

As I accept myself, I am accepting God’s Love,

As I know and love myself, I am knowing and loving God.

As I nurture myself, I am acting on God’s guidance.

I pray for the willingness to let go of my arrogant self criticism and to praise God by humbly accepting and caring for myself.   

                                                   from AA Internat’l Conference – MN  2000

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