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Newsletter #3
Deacon Joe Hulway
August 4, 2008
Jesus Asked:
“ Can you drink the cup that I drink or be baptized with the baptism with which I am baptized?”
(Mark 10:38)
We often have a lot of questions we would like to ask Jesus, but in the gospels we can also reflect on a lot of the questions that Jesus asks
of others, and indirectly of us. The question above is in response to James and John who ask Jesus to be seated at His right and left hand
in the Kingdom. Jesus asks if they are willing to suffer trials and persecution to follow Him. And of course we know that James suffered
martyrdom (Acts 12:2) and John was exiled to the island of Patmos (Rev. 1:9) for the sake of the gospel.

It’s good to stop and seriously reflect on how much
we are willing to suffer for the gospel. Are you willing to give up your life rather than deny
Christ? Are you willing to lose all your material possessions to stand up for what is right? Are you willing to go to jail for preaching the good
news? We all want to say “yes” as John and James did, but do we really have the strength of our convictions? Spend some time in quiet
prayer considering how you will respond, how you do respond, when your faith is tested.

Most of us will probably never be faced with martyrdom, complete loss of material possessions, or jail, but they are all real possibilities in
our rapidly changing society. Each day we need to die to self a little bit; putting God’s will ahead of our own. How difficult for us is even this
quiet martyrdom?

St. Paul poses the question for us:
“What will separate us from the love of Christ? Will anguish, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or
nakedness, or peril, or the sword?”
(Rom. 8:35) And then he proposes the answer: “No, in all these things we conquer overwhelmingly
through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor present things, nor future
things, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our
Lord.”
(Rom. 8:37-39) Can you say Amen?
What’s New?
Sorry that this newsletter is a few days late, but July was another busy month of retirement. How do people find time to go to work? This last
month went by as a blur as Jenni and I spent the first week in Minnesota and I spent the last week in the mountains with my son, Brandon,
and my daughter-in-law, Jenny.

The best part about going to Minnesota is the opportunity to visit my granddaughters; they grow up so fast when we are away. Natalie just
turned one last week. (I tried to call her from a mountain top to wish her Happy Birthday, but couldn’t get a good signal.) And, even though I
have a long list of things that I’m not getting done around my own house, I usually try to help out with some home improvement project during
my visit. This year it was painting the house. We didn’t get it all done during our stay, but we did put a significant dent into the project.

I thought all the trips up and down the ladders during the painting project would help prepare me for hiking in the Adirondack Mountains in
New York State. But instead, this trip was a humbling experience and a wake-up call that I need to get some more regular exercise. I hadn’t
been in the mountains for two years, and just assumed I could pick up where I left off; it used to work when I was younger. This was Jenny’s
first time in the mountains and she was a natural hiking machine; I struggled to keep up. We climbed six of the 46 Adirondack’s highest
peaks, including Mt. Marcy, the tallest. We had wonderful weather and beautiful views. We also met some very interesting people on the trail
and at the lodge. I don’t have space for all those stories, but if anyone knows of a bear sanctuary in Michigan operated by someone named
Oswald, please let me know. I was told he should be my best friend.
Homilies and Bulletin Articles
There are no new bulletin articles to view at the website and there is only one new homily. (I missed four weekends at Sacred Heart due to
our travels.) The  new homily that I have posted is:

Status of the Book
I struggled for quite a while with what I originally thought should be Chapter 2 until I finally realized I needed to change the order and move
that chapter back later in the book. After making pretty good progress on the new Chapter 2, I once again ground to a halt, confused about
how to tie things together. Just before I left for the mountains, I spent one morning with my computer before the tabernacle in church, and
things seemed to start to come back together. If this book is going to come to fruition, I definitely need Jesus to keep sending His Spirit to
guide me along the way. After all, this book wasn't my idea.