Sunday, February 16, 2014 – St. Marguerite Bourgeoys Church – Brookfield, CT

Vinnie came with me this morning to 10:30 Mass, then we went to lunch with Danny and Michelle since we were “in the neighborhood”, kind of!

Whenever I think of St. Marguerite Bourgeoys , I think of Sr. MaryAnn in the parish I raised my children. Marguerite Bourgeoys was the “founder” of Sr. MaryAnn’s order, I believe. If you talk to her about Marguerite, her face lights up as if she is talking about her own sister. It is kind of beautiful to see the reverence to a woman who lived from 1620 to 1700. I remember Sr. MaryAnn always giving the kids at religious education classes a little card about St. Marguerite Bourgeoys. I don’t think I got the full appreciation of it all until I sat there in the church today and really saw the beautiful tribute of stained glass to Sr. Marguerite! It was gorgeous…just her and two children! A teacher through and through….who left her family and all possessions to take care and educate other children in the back hills of Canada. It is a beautiful story.

I couldn’t help but think of the days (I believe it was twice) that Sr. MaryAnn stopped what she had planned and went to my children’s elementary school to be their “SIGNIFICANT OTHER”. Because my children’s grandparents lived in Italy and Florida, they didn’t have a “grandma or grandpa” to visit them on that special day, but Sr. MaryAnn and Fr. Bert did not flinch when I asked them to go to their school. It was so kind of them. I am forever grateful to them.

Sr. Marguerite Bourgeoys may have “flinched” in 1653 when she was asked to leave France and go to Montreal, but she did it anyhow!

So, back to the church in Brookfield. It was pretty and gorgeous –not overly ornate – stained glass highlighting specific Biblical stories. So “just right”.

The pastor had the same readings to deal with as the deacon the night before, but had a totally different spin on it. He hit the Commandments head on. He did not dance around them or spin them to reflect the testimonies of long lasting marriages. It was like a mini Bible study. He talked about the lawlessness and ruthlessness of the tribal people in the time of Moses. He talked about the fact that “those people” needed some serious rules….then he gave the whammy…..We, the people, of today also need rules. He actually challenged the congregation to think about how many rules there are in life that we deal with everyday….when in reality – if we follow Jesus’ example and followed these 10 Commandments, most of today’s rules would fall under them and we could all live quite simply.

Here are the 10 Commandments.

See how many of today’s laws you can think of that are not already connected in some way , to the “laws” set out for all of us thousands of years ago! Kind of interesting to think about………..

The Ten Commandments (Exodus 20:2-17 NKJV)
1 “I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.  You shall have no other gods before Me.
2 “You shall not make for yourself a carved image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth; you shall not bow down to them nor serve them. For I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and fourth generations of those who hate Me, but showing mercy to thousands,to those who love Me and keep My Commandments.
3 “You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain, for the Lord will not hold him guiltless who takes His name in vain.
4 “Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days you shall labor and do all your work, but the seventh day is the Sabbath of the Lord your God. In it you shall do no work: you, nor your son, nor your daughter,no r your male servant, nor your female servant, nor your cattle, nor your stranger who is within your gates. For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them,
and rested the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and hallowed it.
5 “Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long upon the land which
the Lord your God is giving you.
6 “You shall not murder.
7 “You shall not commit adultery.
8 “You shall not steal.
9 “You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.
10 “You shall not covet your neighbor’s house; you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, nor his male servant, nor his female servant, nor his ox, nor his donkey, nor anything that is your neighbor’s.”

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