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Fr. Mark’s Desk - February 25, 2018
Second Sunday of Lent
“Then Peter said to Jesus in reply, ‘Rabbi, it is good that we are here!’.”

Dear Parishioners,

My Uncle Jim was my mother’s brother. He along with my grandmother and her sister lived next door to us growing up. We were always in their house and they were always in our house. (Looking back on it, they may not have always been ideal!!) Anyway, my uncle had a desk in his room and under the glass that covered his desk was a poem. As a young person, I liked the poem but forgot it over the years. This past January, my uncle passed away after a short bout with cancer. After he passed away, I went into his study and on his desk, under the glass, was the same poem I remembered from so many years ago. I thought I would share it with you.

Don’t Judge Others Too Hard
Pray do not find fault with the man who limps,
Or stumbles along the road,
Unless you have worn the shoes he wears,
Or struggled beneath his load.
There may be tacks in his shoes that hurt,
Though hidden away from view,
Or the burden he bears, placed on your back,
Might cause you to stumble, too.
Don’t sneer at the man who’s down today,
Unless you have felt the blow
That caused his fall, or felt the shame
That only the fallen know.
You may be strong, but still the blows
That were his, if dealt to you,
In the self-same way at the self-same time
Might cause you to stagger, too.
Don’t be harsh with the one who sins
Or pelt him with words and stone,
Unless you are sure, yea, doubly sure,
That you have no sins of your own.
For you know, perhaps, if the tempter’s voice
Should whisper as soft to you,
As it did to him when he went astray,
Would cause you to falter, too!
(Author Unknown)

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A look ahead...

St. Linus Parish Mission on Monday, March 5, Tuesday, March 6 and Wednesday, March 7
at 7 pm in church. Topic: The Parables: Our story. Presenter: Fr. Mark Walter.

Have a great week!
Fr. Mark Walter

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