Beloved: Sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts. Always be ready to give an explanation to anyone who asks you for a reason for your hope, but do it with gentleness and reverence,

1 Peter 3:13

It seems that most of our groups these days forbid discussion of at least two topics: religion and politics. Book clubs, reunions, Thanksgiving dinner, even my small faith group does not talk about politics. The last political discussion I heard at a St Therese social hour ended in disrespect and anger. Very little gentleness and an absolutely shocking lack of reverence for even a fellow believer!

So what’s wrong with this state of affairs? On the level of the world, all effort at finding consensus and compromise ends. But on a spiritual level, there is a rejection of compassion, our most fundamental value. The Word became flesh because of God’s compassion for humanity. Jesus suffering was God suffering. God so loved the world that God was willing to become human and suffer life: temptation, rejection, loneliness, all long before the cross.

The first person we need to have compassion for is ourselves. Our reflections and attitudes about religion and politics become crosses on which we’re willing to nail our sense of self. We need to discuss difficult subjects letting our egos go and being open to respecting the other’s point of view, perhaps even to be persuaded by it.

The other situation where this is true, of course, is with our loved ones.

During this Covid-19 crisis, we can best love each other by honoring the Governor’s “Stay Home / Stay Healthy” order. In Washington, stores, state parks, golf courses and other businesses are beginning to reopen. This is not a good time to relax, however! In Washington, 67% of confirmed cases are of people under 60 but 91% of deaths or of people 60 or older. Respect the social distancing rules until we defeat this disease!

In these troubled times, our very own J.P. Villanueva has set to music St Ignatius’ Prayer for Generosity, which the Spirit Choir will bring to you in a couple of weeks!

St. Ignatius Prayer for Generosity

Dear Lord teach me to be generous;

teach me to serve you as you deserve, 

to give and not to count the cost, 

to fight and not to heed the wounds, 

to toil and not to seek for rest, 

to labor and not to ask for reward, 

save that of knowing that I do your will.



Stewardship Corner

Weekly Updates from our Stewardship Commission


Brothers and sisters: What will separate us from the love of Christ? Will anguish, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or the sword? No, in all these things we conquer overwhelmingly through him who loved us.

Monday, August 10, 2020
Or pandemics or racism? Same answer. In the reading from Matthew, Jesus is grieving for John the Baptist, who has just been executed in the prison... Read More

“Give your servant, therefore, an understanding heart.”

Monday, August 10, 2020
I have a New American Bible, revised, that translates this passage with “a listening heart.”  I have also seen this translated as... Read More

Brothers and sisters: The Spirit comes to the aid of our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we ought,

Sunday, July 19, 2020
The full text of Romans 8:26-27 (which wouldn't fit in the blog title) is: Brothers and sisters: The Spirit comes to the aid of our weakness; for... Read More

“The seed sown among thorns is the one who hears the word but then worldly anxiety and the lure of riches choke the word and it bears no fruit.”

Tuesday, July 14, 2020
In today’s gospel, Jesus talks about four reactions to the word: lacking understanding, falling away due to conflict, faith choked by worldly... Read More

Dear Lord, teach me to serve you as you deserve,

Saturday, July 4, 2020
Last Sunday St Therese hosted a Vigil for Social Justice in our parking lot. It is now available on our Facebook page. Before I mention a bit... Read More

Dear Lord, teach me to be generous;

Thursday, July 2, 2020
Last week, Father and parish leadership published a letter about the twin crises that are facing our nation and community. The letter had three... Read More

"What I say to you in the darkness, speak in the light; what you hear whispered, proclaim on the housetops. And do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul."

Saturday, June 20, 2020
In the expanded quote in today’s Gospel, Jesus says, “Do not be afraid” not once, not twice but three times! He knew that many... Read More

"Do not forget the LORD, your God, who guided you through the vast and terrible desert with its saraph serpents and scorpions, its parched and waterless ground; who brought forth water for you from the flinty rock."

Wednesday, June 17, 2020
A people in a “parched and waterless ground”? Sounds like the story of African Americans for the past 400 years. From slavery to the... Read More