Welcome to Saint Anastasia, A Roman Catholic Church and School in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia
Dear Parishioners of Saint Anastasia,
This Sunday’s Gospel is a very direct presentation of one of the basic truths of our very being. One of the greatest gifts we have; a gift we would never want to be without; a gift we would fight for; is our free will. Free will means we have options! It means I am free to decide for myself what is best for me! So why is it that we would so many times rather be told what to do and then complain about it? When push comes to shove, we would rather have other people make decisions for us, and if things don’t work out, we can always gripe that we were only doing what we were told, not what we really wanted to do. Free will doesn’t mean we are free to decide whatever our whims dictate.
The fact is, there are no good gardens and no bad gardens in our world. The good seed grows alongside the bad seed, and all too often, it is difficult, if not impossible, to discern one from the other. Sometimes it’s hard to tell one from the other because the line between right and wrong is not clearly delineated and a little blurry. At other times, the least desirable option is the most alluring and attractive one, and usually the easier. At other times we are weak and tired and prone to making bad choices. Realistically, bad choices are a necessary by product of free will.
The Gospel today challenges us to choose the good; to do what is right; to do what is honorable and just and to do all these things when people are watching, but especially when they’re not.
Have a great week,
Parish Summary of Operations
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Malvern Retreat House
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Come, Spend Time with Jesus – Heart to heart!
Please stop by the St. Anastasia Chapel anytime for any length of time when the chapel is open: Monday to Friday, 9:30 AM – 9:00 PM September thru Mid- June. There are also empty time slots available. Please consider signing up for one or as many times that you wish to spend quiet time with Our Lord Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament by contacting Perpetua Salvucci at 610-359-9817; email firstname.lastname@example.org or click this Sign-Up Genius link.
Reserve time to be with Jesus to ensure that He is never left alone. Jesus is waiting for you!
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