Thomas Edward Lawrence, better known as Lawrence of Arabia, was a British military officer and writer. He is remembered for his exploits during the Arab revolt against the Turks in the First World War. He led raids, captured various key posts, and fought his way through Palestine to Damascus. He returned to Oxford at the end of the war to write an account of his experiences. The title of his book was Seven Pillars of Wisdom, which comes from today’s first reading from the Book of Proverbs.
Sometimes the person that matters most is the one least regarded, and sometimes what is essential is the last thing we think of.
Saint Clement Athletics is looking for coaching volunteers in the following sports for the Fall season. All candidates must meet Chicago Archdiocese volunteer requirements, including completion of VIRTUS, background check, mandated reporter training, concussion training, and become certified as a Positive Coaching Alliance Double-Goal Coach. Practices would be held twice per week, with games/meets on selected days.
Many thanks to all who donated to this year’s Lenten Almsgiving in support of our three year partnership with Parroquia San José (St. Joseph Parish) in Luquillo, Puerto Rico. Saint Clement was able to send $22,719.56 to assist the parish as they rebuild their lives following the devastation of Hurricane Maria in September 2017.
Padre Francis Okih Peter, pastor at Parroquia San José, sent a letter of thanks and said:
"Dear Father Paul and the entire parishioners,
I AM A frequent shopper, and I am often amazed at the sheer variety of choices that we have at the grocery store. A dozen types of apples, cereal in every shape and size, rows and rows of meats and cheeses. Sodas and paper towels, chips and cleaning products. We are blessed in this country by an overabundance of foods and products, shelves overstocked with comestibles and merchandise. One of the most ubiquitous items is bread.
Saint Clement's annual school supply drive for our sharing parish, Our Lady of Mercy, will take place on the weekends of August 18/19 and 25/26.
Our Lady of Mercy parish, located in Albany Park, has a very large and active Religious Education program, instructing and forming close to 600 children. Saint Clement parishioners have a tradition of generously supporting the program by providing school supplies to families who are experiencing financial hardship. The staff and families of OLM have always expressed heartfelt appreciation for our support.
Do we trust God to provide for us?
I think that this is the question today’s readings and today’s Gospel, in particular, ask us to reflect on.
My dad was a wanderer. My earliest memories of childhood vacations include one of us kids asking “where’s dad?!?”or more often my mom asking us in consternation “where is your father?!?” Something would catch his eye and he would be off to explore and learn more about it. He never meant to cause anxiety or worry in us and he certainly never purposely left us; he just became so engrossed in something new that he forgot about everything else.