Friday, December 31, 2021


Luke 8:50


 Keep Watching This Amazing Video Until You Really Understand It.
Once You Understand It, Commit to Living It Out.



Wednesday, December 29, 2021




I loved you all the summer through
I thought I'd found my dream in you
For me you were the one
But that was yesterday and yesterday's gone
We walked together hand in hand
'Cross miles and miles of golden sand
But now it's over and done
'Cause that was yesterday and yesterday's gone
We had such happiness together
I can't believe it's gone forever
Wait 'til summer comes again
I hope that you'll remember when
Our love had just begun
I loved you yesterday and yesterday's gone
We had such happiness together
I can't believe it's gone forever
Wait 'til summer comes again
I hope that you'll remember when
Our love had just begun
I loved you yesterday and yesterday's gone
Yesterday's gone
Yesterday's gone
Yesterday's gone

Source: Musixmatch
Songwriters: W. Kidd / D. Stuart


Monday, December 27, 2021



I discovered this amazing secret long before I came across this video. 
The biggest obstacle to a life of adventure is to give into the deadly desire for comfort.   

 Keep Watching This Amazing Video Until You Really Understand It.
Once You Understand It, Commit to Living It Out.


Saturday, December 25, 2021





Jesus was not white. You’d be forgiven for thinking otherwise if you’ve ever entered a Western church or visited an art gallery. But while there is no physical description of him in the Bible, there is also no doubt that the historical Jesus was a brown-skinned, Middle Eastern Jew.




In 2001, the retired medical artist Richard Neave led a team of Israeli and British forensic anthropologists and computer programmers in creating a new image of Jesus based on an Israeli skull dating to the first century A.D., computer modeling and their knowledge of what Jewish people looked like at the time. Though no one claims it’s an exact reconstruction of what Jesus himself actually looked like, scholars consider this image—around five feet tall, with darker skin, dark eyes, and shorter, curlier hair—to be more accurate than many artistic depictions Jesus.

In her 2018 book, WHAT DID JESUS LOOK LIKE?, Taylor used archaeological remains, historical texts and ancient Egyptian funerary art to conclude that, like most people in Judea and Egypt around the time, Jesus most likely had brown eyes, dark brown to black hair and olive-brown skin. He may have stood about 5-ft.-5-in. (166 cm) tall, the average man’s height at the time.

While Cargill agrees that these more recent images of Jesus—including darker, perhaps curlier hair, darker skin and dark eyes—probably come closer to the truth, he stresses that we can never really know exactly what Jesus looked like.

“What did Jewish Galileans look like 2,000 years ago?” he asks. “That's the question. They probably didn't have blue eyes and blond hair.”


Several years ago, a man died and went to heaven. For some reason, God let him come back to earth for one day. The news people heard of it and decided to send out reporters and cameramen to see what he would say. There were reporters from every radio and TV station in the world waiting in breathless anticipation. They were told that they would all have to agree on one question and one question only. After hours of negotiation they settled on one question and decided that  Brian Williams of MSNBC would to be the one to ask the agreed on question at noon on Christmas Day. 

They brought the poor man who had died and come back from heaven and seated him in a big chair in the center of the stage. His name was Jack. Brian Williams went up to Jack with his hand held microphone and asked timidly, "Jack, you have been to heaven and back. You are the only one who has seen God face to face and returned to earth. We all want to know! Here is our question. What does God look like?" There was a long anxious pause as Jack took the microphone. Jack took a deep breath and said softly into the microphone, "She is black!"

People all over the world fainted at the news, but they all went back home knowing that their inherited cultural perceptions of God had been seriously challenged! 


Friday, December 24, 2021



Do not be afraid! I proclaim good news of great joy!

Luke 2:1-14

The real Christmas story is far from sweet and sentimental, no matter what Hallmark Cards has to say! If one reads the story of the birth of Jesus carefully, without all the embellishments, a pretty pathetic situation is presented. Mary, who was betrothed to Joseph, but not yet married, found herself pregnant. Joseph almost left her because of it, before he had the chance to understand the facts. Mary came due at the very same time that Joseph was required by law to register in a Roman census that was taken every 14 years. It meant they were forced to travel 80 miles, across country on donkey-back, to a far-off town. All this, so that the foreign government occupying their country could collect more taxes! Away from home and unable to find a place to stay, with no family or friends to help her with childbirth, Mary delivers her child in a barn and places him in a box, out of which the animals ate. Luke could hardly have painted a bleaker picture if he had ended there.

However, Luke knew that if this event had taken place back home, the birth of their son would have been an occasion of great joy. In accordance with their tradition, when the time of the birth was near at hand, friends and local musicians would have gathered near the house to await the news. When the birth was announced, the musicians would have broken into music and song, and there would have been universal congratulations, singing, and dancing around the house.

Luke, the teller of this story, looking at it with eyes of faith, takes this pathetic situation and has the savior of the world welcomed by a surrogate family and musicians: simple shepherds and choirs of angels. Luke paints a pathetic human situation and then has heaven wrap its wings around it and sing to it! And so, God becomes flesh in the humblest of situations.

We know all the details of the Christmas story quite well, but we also need to know the point of the story. We need to know what it means. Luke is not just reporting facts here. He has a point to make. The story of the incarnation is a disarmingly simple story about God kissing the earth and every human being on it. By sending his Son, Jesus, into the world in this way, God is saying to us that heaven is involved in our lives, even in the most pathetic and unlikely situations, even when things seem hopeless and God seems absent. By sending his Son, Jesus, into the world in this way, God is saying that he loves us, all of us, every part of us, including the weakest and most vulnerable of us, even those of us the world considers worthless. 

The story does not end here. This God-child grew up and, in his ministry, Jesus reached out to reconcile heaven and earth. Jesus chose especially the poor and sinners of society to give them a sense of their own dignity. Jesus brought the news that all are considered royal persons, whether they are born in a barn or in a palace. Being poor and rejected himself, he was sensitive to the pain of the oppressed and insists that no one can rob them of their divine dignity, no matter how desperate their situation. By embracing broken and sinful humanity, he wraps the wings of heaven around it, redeeming it.

What does this incredibly loving God want from us for all this? What kind of response does God want to these incredible gestures? In a nutshell, he wants to be engaged in our lives. He wants our hearts. My friends, on this Christmas night, we find ourselves caught in the embrace of an incredibly loving God. Our God does not demand that we be perfect. Our God does not demand that our relationship with him go smoothly all the time. Our God does not even demand that we be free of failure or that we get it right all the time. Our God does, however, insist that we do our best to respond to his love. Our God understands, that far more important than the perfection of response, is the fact that we continue to respond no matter how strong the discouragement and how many the failures.

Our best is good enough for God, no matter how pitiful our best may be some days. Our God wants us to live fully, passionately, and to radiate toward each other a bit of the graciousness that he radiates toward us. In giving us his Son, God has given us his heart. He wants our hearts in return. He wants a relationship with us. He wants us to have a relationship with each other. Christmas is that simple and that difficult.

Most of us know his story by heart. But what does it mean? It means that God so loved the world that he bent over backwards to prove it. He took on human flesh, experiencing everything we experience, but sin. His whole life became one great “show and tell.” By word and deed, he showed us the secret to happiness, how to live our lives and how to treat each other. To top it off, he laid down his life for us, dying like a common criminal, rejected and scorned, loving us anyway! Then he left us with this challenge: “Now love one another as I have loved you!” It's that simple and that difficult! In other words, now that we have heard the Christmas story, we are called to “do likewise.” 

Thursday, December 23, 2021


I can still remember that Christmas - probably 1949 - when I woke up on Christmas Day literally shaking with anticipation of what I would find under the Christmas tree. Back then, all it took was one toy, a small bag of candy and some fruit to concentrate the anticipation of Christmas in my little brain to the point that my body shook and trembled all over. 

In Rhodelia, back then, we had very little so something that "special" could do that to me. I can't remember ever experiencing such an intense emotion like that since then. I guess that is what happens when a person goes through life with "too much." They lose the ability to experience that intense thrill of anticipation that goes with receiving something "special." 


(I Love It When Children Tell the Truth)

It never hurts for a 10 year old boy to butter-up Santa Claus a little bit! 
In the country, we called it "greasing the skids!" 



Tuesday, December 21, 2021




Sunday, December 19, 2021


This painting by Polish painter, Piotr Stachiewicz, is entitled "Christ's Farewell to Mary." It depicts Jesus leaving his mother in Nazareth to begin his public ministry. This painful moment in Mary's life shows Jesus kissing Mary's hand and Mary stroking Jesus' hair as his walking stick and drinking jug wait on the ground. 

Blessed are you among women, Mary. Blessed are you
who believed that what was spoken to you by the Lord
would be fulfilled.

Luke 1:39-45

Back when I was a young priest, while I was associate pastor at St. Mildred Church in Somerset, Kentucky, I designed several large banners for the church. Banners were very popular back in the 1970s. The people seemed to appreciate most of them, but one of them raised more than one old lady's eyebrows. It pictured a very pregnant Mary, sitting in a rocking chair deep in meditation, her arms folded carefully over her swollen abdomen. I was trying to capture the words of the gospel in the Annunciation story: “Mary was deeply troubled by the angel's words and wondered what his greeting meant.” I tried to imagine Mary sitting around her house trying to figure out what her surprise pregnancy meant and where her life would lead. After all, she was an unwed mother in the eyes of the Jewish law of her day. Well, the banner was seen as a bit blasphemous in the eyes of some of the very pious. l stood my ground and it went up every year while I was there. The people finally got used to it and many came to love it.

In the first chapter of Luke, Mary is called “blessed” no fewer than three times, once by the angel Gabriel and twice by her cousin Elizabeth in today’s text. “Blessedness” is not all it’s cracked up to be! It’s certainly not all peaches and cream, not by a long shot. Mary was granted the blessedness of being the mother of the Son of God. Because of the blessedness, her heart was filled with a mixture both joy and sorrow. It was almost as if she could smell a rat! Her blessedness came to be a sword piercing her heart. It would lead someday to seeing her son hanging on a cross, spit on and despised by a mocking crowds.

To be chosen and blessed by God has its ups and downs. It means great joy and it means great sorrow. Ask anyone who has ever had such a call from God! Ask Peter, Paul, John the Baptist, any of the martyrs, Theresa, Augustine, Joseph, Abraham and Sarah, Jeremiah, Jonah or Isaiah. Ask any of the millions of parents, priests and sisters – anyone who have been called by God for some special task. The raw truth is that God does not choose a person for ease and comfort, but to use that person for his special designs and purposes. To be called by God is a scary adventure. With that honor and privilege comes awesome responsibility. Nowhere can we better see the paradox of blessedness than in the life of Mary. She had the joy of being the mother of the Son of God but she also had to face the ridicule of her neighbors, the possibility of being abandoned by Joseph, the disappearance of Jesus for three days when he was a boy, the possibility that he had lost his mind when he was a young rabbi and, finally, his cruel and tortured death when he was a young man.

Mary was “blessed” alright. However, the gospels honor her not so much for her unique and privileged position as “mother” as for her total trust in God no matter what! “Blessed are you who believed that what was spoken to you by the Lord would be fulfilled.” As the privileged mother we can admire her. As one who totally trusts God, in good times and bad, we can emulate her!

Like Mary’s “blessedness,” this holiday season will, no doubt, be a confusing mixture of joy and sadness. I have heard story after story of happy engagements, heroic generosity, new families being reunited, reconciliations among old enemies, beautiful celebrations and jobs found. I have also heard a lot of sad stories about unemployment, terrible sickness, old people in nursing homes who cannot die, broken marriages, family fights and auto accidents. In fact for me, being “blessed” by God means being in a position to be able to absorb these stories. One minute I will get a letter from a parishioner who tells me how much closer he or she has drawn to God because of a homily I have given or something I have written; the next minute the phone rings telling mg me about a newly discovered cancer or upcoming surgery. One minute I am going to a Christmas party; the next minute l am on my way to a friend's funeral. One morning I am stopped by someone in the street who gushes with compliments about something I have done for them; by midafternoon I get a royal chewing out by someone else for something I have overlooked or forgotten. 

A priest’s life, much like a parent’s life, is often a blessed life and often a pain-filled life. Many of you parents have told me about one of your children who brought you so much joy as a child who now brings you so much pain as a young adult with their addictions and bad choices. The life of a priest and the life of  a parent can often be very much alike. We can be forced into situations where we laugh one minute and cry the next, all in a day’s time!

Most evenings, when it all quiets down and I am alone with my thoughts, I just sit down in a big chair with my journal and wonder what it all means. Some evenings, I don't know whether to laugh or cry. Like Mary in her rocking chair in that old banner I designed years ago, I just sit there and wonder what it all means and where it will all lead. Like Mary kneeling before the angel Gabriel, I am reminded of words like: “Do not fear,” “God is at work here," and "Trust God, believe in yourself and dare to dream.”

My friends, on this fourth Sunday of Advent, the church holds Mary up to us as a model of complete trust in God - in good times and in bad, through thick and thin. Somehow, many of us have gotten the impression that problems, pain and disillusionment are signs of God's absence. Mary teaches us that all our confusing mixtures of joy and sorrow are actually signs of “blessedness,” signs that God is indeed active in our lives and all our troubles can eventually be turned to good.

My friends, don't let Advent go by this year without a few minutes in a rocking chair with Mary, pondering what the events of your life mean. Advent is a time to renew our commitment to trust God no matter what, and patiently wait for insight into what it all means and direction on how to proceed! When we don't have answers is when we need to trust - to trust that God is an charge and that all things will eventually turn out for the good. 

"Blessed are we who have believed that what was spoken to us by the Lord will be fulfilled."

Thursday, December 16, 2021



If you're overly pious and can't take a joke, close this blog page at once! 
It was assembled by a certain retiree with a twisted sense of humor!
Don't judge him! He's just trying to cope with the holidays! 




Sunday, December 12, 2021


Have no anxiety at all. Let the peace that God
gives, guard your hearts and minds.
Philippians 4

St. Paul has got to be kidding! No anxiety at all? With our Church at war with itself where even Pope Francis is being attacked by some Bishops and other self-claiming "true" Catholics, with an ever present vocation crisis, with religious communities either merging or going out of existence and with whole parishes either dwindling, merging or closing altogether, how can we not be anxious?

With our country at war with itself where congressmen and congresswomen are ripping one another to shreds publicly and threatening one another's lives out in the open, where voting restrictions on minority groups continues to tighten, where mobs of looters are invading stores, where the internet is filled with hate and lies and the validity of our elections are challenged, how can we not be anxious?

With dictators seizing power in more and more countries, with COVID variants continuing to spread and with global warming causing more and more natural disasters, how can we not be anxious?

How can Saint Paul’s words about not being anxious possibly fit those of us living in today’s Church and today's world? How can we possibly remain anxiety-free in the middle of all these situations?

“Anxiety” is a state of intense, often disabling apprehension, uncertainty, and fear caused by the anticipation of something threatening. The key word is anticipation. Anxiety is often not so much about what is happening or even what has happened, but about what might happen.

Have no anxiety at all. Let the peace that God
gives, guard your hearts and mind.

My dear mother comes to mind when I think of anxiety. It seems that she always had a thin stream of anxiety trickling through her veins. Even though she has been dead for forty-five years now, I can still see her in my mind’s eye picking at her lower lip, a nervous habit that always accompanied intense moments of anxiety. I can still remember one time when we laughed at her for being so anxious. She snapped back, “Well, somebody around here needs to worry!” Looking back, she had a lot to be anxious about: seven kids, a demanding husband and breast cancer, to name only a few!

When I was about to be ordained, anxiety was very much on my mind. I spoke about this a couple of weeks ago. The church was undergoing a great upheaval and priests were beginning to leave in significant numbers. I asked myself many times, in that year leading up to ordination, “How am I going to keep my cool in a fast-changing church and in a world coming unglued? How will I be able to stay focused when one problem after another is going to be hurled into my face from both inside and outside the church? How will I be able to calm others when I seem to be torn up all the time myself?”

I have spent my life as a priest searching for an inmost calm that no storm can shake. When I discovered and admitted to myself that I cannot control what happens "out there," I knew I must find a way to control my reactions to what happens out there. As one spiritual teacher said, “It is easier to put on slippers than it is to carpet the world.” I knew I was going to need, and certainly wanted to have, the peace that only a close relationship with Jesus could give me, that peace that Saint Paul invites us to embrace in our second reading today.

Have no anxiety at all. Let the peace that God
gives, guard your hearts and minds.

I spent most of my young adult life looking for an inmost calm that no storm could shake, an inner peace that would remain rock solid no matter what! I am, happy to say that I have found it. Sometimes I panic and sometimes I forget, but I always come back to it sooner or later. Once I discovered that a peaceful center is available to me, I know I can always come back to it.

How can one have that peace? A close relationship with Jesus brings that peace. If you truly believe that you are loved without condition, that God is on your side and holds no grudges, that in the end things are going to turn out OK because God has promised us so, then a great peace will come over you. You will know that no matter how bad things get sometimes, no matter how much you have to handle, no matter how great your losses, you will know in your heart of hearts that you are in good hands because you are in God’s hands. When you know these things to be true, a great peace begins to stand guard over your heart and mind! That is what St. Paul is talking about today when he tells us to “let the peace that God gives guard you hearts and minds.”

Once I began to live in the knowledge that, in spite of it all, things will ultimately be OK, I began to realize that many of my life’s greatest blessings have come out of what long ago seemed like an unbearable disaster. Looking back at the times in my life when God seemed absent, at the times when I was overwhelmed with anxiety, worry and panic, in hindsight I can see that the hand of God was actually bringing me to where I needed to go and teaching me what I needed to learn. Most of the things I have worried about never happened! Statistics even tell us that fully 90% of the things we worry about never happen! Most of my imagined tragedies have actually contained great blessings! It has happened too many times to dismiss as a fluke.

I went through one of those anxious periods again as I was going into retirement. The plans I had worked on for three years fell apart in three days. It may not be connected, but I ended up in the hospital a couple of days later with a blood clot in my left leg. I was grieving the loss of some of the things I expected to happen. If things had worked out the way I planned, I would have gotten on an airplane for France, not knowing about the clot, and died on that plane either on the way over or on the way back! I have recovered from the clot, but as it turned out God spared me from what I thought I wanted and offered me something even better.

For me, this seems to be the way it always happens - a big breakdown before a big break through! I look back now and I am happy that my original plans did not work out because something much better happened - my missionary work in the island country of St. Vincent and the Grenadines! When COVID hit and their volcano erupted, I was forced to end that work. Now I look back and I am OK with the fact that it no longer worked out because something else came along - the remodeling of my now closed-for-twenty-eight-years, Saint Theresa School, into a new Saint Theresa Family Life Center down in my home parish in Meade County. 

Peace, however, is not a time when there are no problems. Peace is a calm state of mind in the midst of problems and in spite of problems. Peace is a trusting state of mind that comes from a close relationship with Jesus whose name is Emmanuel, meaning “God with us.”

Brothers and sisters, we cannot control most of what is going to happen, so let us finish each day and be done with it. Let us do our best and then let go of it. Let us not anticipate trouble or worry about what may never happen. Our fretting anxiety has no power to affect tomorrow, but it can certainly ruin today. Let us thank God for how far we have come and trust God with how far we can go. This peace of mind is Jesus’ last gift to us.

Let me end with one of my very favorite prayers by St. Francis DeSales. “Do not look forward to what may happen tomorrow; the same everlasting Father who cares for you today will take care of you tomorrow and every day. Either He will shield you from suffering, or He will give you unfailing strength to bear it. Be at peace, then, put aside all anxious thoughts and imaginations.

Friends, we will never be problem free, but we can be free of anxiety and needless worry!


Thursday, December 9, 2021



I'll be glad to send a personal note acknowledging your gift on one of our logo cards to anyone you want to honor. Just tell me who you want to honor, how you want to honor them, where to send the card and who is making the gift. To speed up the process, simply e-mail me, text me or call me. I'll get right on it! My contact information is listed at the bottom of this page. 

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Sister Mary Ancilla - Sister Agnes Bernard - Sister Aloysius Gonzaga - Sister Rosalinda


A total of 97 Sisters of Charity served the Saint Theresa Community over 123 years. No, they were not all perfect! Yes, some of them were saints! Saints or not, every one of them gave their lives in service to our historic community! 

Think about the conditions they lived in, all the work they were asked to do and how little they were paid! We were certainly blessed to have had them as long as we did! 

Let's honor  their dedication to us by making a generous family donation this Christmas to help complete our new project which will enable us to carry on their work long after they are gone. What better way to show our appreciation, and to invest in the the health of today's families, than to insure that their work will be carried on for years to come! 

If you know friends who might be interested in this project, feel free to re-post this on your  FACE BOOK page, forward it to them by e-mail or print it off and mail it to them. Getting the word out is one of the most important steps to insure the success of this renewal project! 

Let's all work to get it finished so we can re-dedicate it on October 15, 2022
Feast of Saint Theresa of Avila 


The following project areas might be “adopted” by individuals, one family or several related families pooling their gifts together. These figures do not reflect actual costs. They are simply reflections of parts of the overall costs covering expenses for electrical, plumbing, lighting, finishes (flooring and painting) and furnishings.

Kitchen and Cafe/Lecture Hall - $20,000.00 -ADOPTED 
Hallway Photo Gallery - $10,000.00 - ADOPTED 
New flagpole - $1,000 - ADOPTED
7th and 8th Grade Classroom (Museum Space) - $10,000 - ADOPTED 

1st and 2nd Grade Classroom (Meeting Room) - $10,000 
3rd and 4th Grade Classroom (Meeting Room) - $10,000 
5th-6th Grade Classroom (3 Staff Offices) - $5,000 each - ONE STAFF OFFICE ADOPTED

Men’s Restroom - $10,000 
Women’s Restroom - $10,000 
Remodel of Storage and Supply Annex - $1,000 

Pastor’s Office and Furnishings - $10,000 
Parish Secretary’s Office and Furnishings - $8,000 
Entry Reception-Waiting Area - $1,000 

Large Flat Screen TV for the CafĂ©/Lecture Hall - $2,000 
Audio-Visual Equipment for 3 Classroom - $1,500 each 
Assortment of small kitchen appliances - $1,500 
Assortment of commercial pots and pans - $1,500 
Assortment of commercial dishes, glassware and flatware - $1,500 

New Saint Theresa Family Life Center Sign - $1,000 (ADOPTED)
5 Porch Planter Boxes - $300 each (1 ADOPTED)
6 Sidewalk Path Lights - $200 each 
10 Porch rockers - $200 each (6 ADOPTED)

Gifts can be as small or large as one is capable. 

Gifts can be as small or large as one is capable.


To Get the Job Done We Need All Hands on Deck

Our new Saint Theresa Family Life Center is about to go into a critical second stage. Phase One (the outside) is basically finished and paid for and the plans for Phase Two (the inside) will be ready to go to construction soon, but we do not have all the funds needed. The Archdiocese will not give its approval to proceed until we have the funds in hand.

We need some large, medium and small donors. Consider donating personally and, if you cannot donate much, ask others you know with, or without, connections to St. Theresa to help us out. Try pooling your gifts with your extended family to “adopt” part of the project as a group. If your family is not that big, partner with other families to whom you are related. Usually, all it takes is for a couple of people to lead the process of contacting and asking the others.

I have done, and will continue to do, my part. Help us out here by doing your part in talking it up and doing as much asking as you can until we reach our goal. We have had a marvelous start. The families of this community need what our new Saint Theresa Family Life Center will be offering. Let’s all get behind protecting our rich history and securing its future. Yes, we can do this!

Make checks payable to ST. THERESA CHURCH and send to:
Rev. Ronald Knott
1271 Parkway Gardens Court #106
Louisville, KY 40217