Good News, 05.20.10

Friends:

Nothing is more practical than finding God, than falling in love in a quite absolute, final way. What you are in love with, what seizes your imagination, will affect everything. It will decide what will get you out of bed in the morning, what you will do with your evening, how you spend your weekends, what you read, whom you know, what breaks your heart, and what amazes you with joy and gratitude. Fall in love, stay in love, and it will decide everything. – Fr. Pedro Arrupe, S.J.

This Sunday we celebrate the Feast of Pentecost – the Third High Feast Day of the church year – wear red!. Pentecost unleashes the Descent of the Spirit who enlightened the minds of the disciples in order that they might understand the work and gift of Christ. Though they had been with Jesus for 3 years the disciples didn’t get who he was or what he was offering. The Spirit illuminates us with the essential wisdom we need to live humanly and gracefully. The Catechumens will be blessed. Expect great delight!

Living in a Liberated World was a marvelous interfaith gathering of Hope Bearers, Wisdom Gatherers and Earth Stewards. 50 people were present (one woman drove 2 and ½ hours from the foothills of the Sierras to join us)! The day was rich in intellectual contributions, experiential exercises, a Labyrinth/Peace Mosaic Walk, prayerful inspirations, steel pan-drumming-dancing, Native Garden appreciation and a splendid lunch prepared by Libby Flynn and April Rasmussen. Real hope cannot be faked and many participants shared they were charged with hope and energy by the day. As Fr. Tom Bonacci named the interfaith question: there is a huge abyss between ‘I no longer reject you’ and ‘I cherish you for who you are’. All present expressed gratitude for the beauty of Peace and our willingness to host this event with Wisdom University. Thanks also to Parisa and Ro LoBianco, Pr. Margareta and Karen Brent for their contributions to the day.

Bocce Picnic – This Sunday, May 23 at Sycamore Valley Park, 2101 Holbrook Drive Danville, CA 94526. 50 PEOPLE HAVE SIGNED UP!! Our Picnic starts after the Church service, Bocce games start at 1:00 p.m. Hot Dogs, hamburgers and drinks will be provided! We ask each family to bring a side dish, salad, or dessert to share. To sign up or for additional information contact Christine Johansson at mcjohansson@yahoo.com

DVC is holding their next world-famous Plant Sale on May 22nd, 9-1pm at their horticulture department. All of the native & very drought tolerant plants will be on sale there. A link for further information may be found here. Ro is willing to carpool with interested folk too.

Ki Altemus sends her loving greetings to all her friends at Peace.

Trinity Sunday is May 30 (Memorial weekend) and our harpist friend Destiny Muhammed will return with the Nubian Strings.

Please keep in your prayers: Randy, DeeAnn, Pat, Richard, Ed, Curt and Elizabeth’s fathers, Sheila, Jerry Slater, Taylor, Georgia, Doug, Jasmine’s father, Linda and those living with addictions.

Our St. Francis Animal Blessing and Pet Festival will be on October 3rd. Tom Grossman has consented to Chair the Committee again. Thank you, Tom. Look for a meeting in early June with those who are willing to help organize this extraordinary event.

We are glad that Annie Haines is home safe and sound and happy for all the good friends who have been taking care of her! Thank you for your prayers.

Remember the Berlin Wall is only chips now and Ascension celebrates the impermanence of every barrier preventing reconciliation!

Blessings, Pr. Steve