One of my teachers in college had a saying that has stuck with me over the years. It went something like, “Some people are so heavenly-minded that they are no earthly good.” She was referring to some good church leaders and pastors. Her face still sticks with me. She was an excellent Christian education and apologetics teacher. Several things this older lady taught have stayed with me these 50-plus years. She told it like it was.
It would be interesting to make two recordings of what people say about a man who had a bad reputation. The one recording would be while he was alive and active. The other would be after he died. There are people who have had very little good said about them while they are alive. Few have had much bad said about them after they die physically. This is especially true at the visitation and funeral.
Jacquelyne Witter, Ph.D., will guide participants through the vibrant, centuries-old traditions shaping our spirituality to Mary, and reflect in turn on how Mary’s devotion to her Son has provided a beacon for our own relationship with Christ.
Most of us think positively when we hear that someone is a person of faith. I certainly do. It would be interesting to ask a high school or college student to do a survey on the subject. They could take a random sample of a predetermined number of fellow students. A newspaper or TV station could do the same. There can be no doubt that the number of kinds and variations of answers would be great.
St. Jerome Church, 380 E., Roselawn Ave. in Maplewood will hold its fall festival, booya and car show on Sunday, Sept. 18. Outdoor Mass begins at 10:30 a.m. featuring the fall festival choir. At approximately 11:30 a.m.