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Father Collin of Saint Mary Catholic Church, Hagerstown, Maryland

Father Collin Poston of St. Anthony Shrine and our lady of Mount Carmel parishes

16150 St. Anthony Rd, Emmitsburg, MD 21727
Twitter: @FrCollinPoston

Please come visit our lovely church and good parish community - all are welcome!

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"Whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is gracious, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things; and the God of peace will be with you." [Philippians 4:8-9, RSV-CE]

Mass Schedule

Saturday: 8:30am and 5:15pm
Sunday: 8:00am, 9:30am, 11:00am and 12:50pm
Monday-Friday: 6:30am and 8:30 am
Holy Days: 7:30pm on the day and 7:30pm vigil

Weekly Verse

“For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through him.”

-John 3:16-17

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A Spiritual Meditation on the Mystery of Love

Basically the mystery of the cross isn’t a mystery of strength but a mystery of helplessness. It is a victory, to be sure, but a victory hidden even from the eyes of the victor, a victory having every appearance and all the taste of defeat, and experienced as a defeat. The cross isn’t a mystery of bravery but a mystery of love. It doesn’t consist in suffering courageously, nor merely in suffering, full-stop, but in being afraid of suffering; it doesn’t consist in overcoming an obstacle but by being crushed by it; not in being strong and noble-hearted but in being small and absurd in one’s own eyes; not in deploying virtue but in seeing all one’s virtues routed and pulverized; and in accepting all this lovingly. And in accepting lovingly to be strengthless; strength is of no use, love is what’s needed… Christ didn’t grit his teeth to go to his Passion, he didn’t pluck up his courage, he knew very well that he couldn’t. He merely said: Father, your will be done, not mine, which is something of a different order, of a different world, the world of love. And not merely love of the human sort, but a love commensurate with God, of God’s sort, that is to say, love of a sort we can never produce ourselves. This sort of love isn’t ours to give. God has to breathe it into us” – Father Bernard Bro, O.P.