Matthew Pafko's Journal
Written Feb 4, 2014 5:24pmCaring bridge family and friends,Our son, Andrew and Jessica Olson got married last Friday (January 31st) at the University of Saint Thomas Chapel. During the homily, Father Marquart said, "you are standing in front of God and these people giving your promise in the Sacrament of Holy Matrimony. Let no man take apart. For better or worse, in sickness and health until death do you part" The mass was beautiful and inspiring. The venue A'bulae was perfect. As best man Jason said," Andrew and Jessica are the most beautiful couple in the room tonight." There was fun and dancing to be had by all!
There is a new Mrs. Pafko in town. Deb announced after the wedding mass,"Jessica may increase and I may decrease." To the bible scholars: what saint said this? (John the baptist:) My most heartfelt moment was when Jessica slow danced with me. I love that girl.......
To view pictures of their wedding, go to the photo album!THE WEDDING AT CANAAt Mary's request, Jesus works His first miracle, displaying God's generous provision by changing water into enough wine for several weddings. He opens the hearts of His disciples to faith, to which we are all called in the proclamation of the Kingdom. Mary notices the needs of others and commends them to Jesus- shouldn't we do the same? When we bring our needs to Mary, she will take care of them with her son.-On the third day there was a wedding in Cana in Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there. Jesus and his disciples were also invited to the wedding. -John 2:1-2Mediation: Jesus chooses a wedding as the site of His first miracle, revealing God's delight in the union of husband and wife, itself a sign of divine love.Response: Lord Jesus, Your presence brings us new joy and new life. I receive them both from You today with a grateful heart.-When the wine ran short, the mother of Jesus said to him, "they have no wine."Meditation: "To be merciful is to have a heart distressed at the distress of another." Saint Thomas Aquinas-Response: O Mary, help me to love with your heart, always concerned for the needs of others.-[And] Jesus said to her, "Woman, how does your concern affect me? My hour has not yet come."John 2:4Meditation: Jesus recognized in Mary's request His Father's prompting of mercy for humanity, which would eventually lead to His "hour" of suffering. He put the choice in Mary's hands.Response: God, You have given me the power to choose the good. O Mary, help me do it!-His mother said to the servers, "Do whatever he tells you." John 2:5Mediation: Mary makes her decision-to serve others, knowing it will lead to the death of her only Son.Response: Mary, you gave everything for us. Help us to follow your example, and to do whatever Jesus tells us.-Now there were six stone water jars there for Jewish ceremonial washings, each holding twenty to thirty gallons." John 2:6Meditation: The Old Law commanded ritual washing as a sign of israel's need for purification, Jesus used the jars of the Old Covenant to make the wine of the New!Response: O Lord, make my hardened, Judgmental heart for a new one of mercy and compassion.-Jesus told them, "fill the jars with water." So they filled them to the brim. John 2:7Meditation: In obedience to Jesus, the servants do their task. Their faith shall be rewarded.Response: O Lord, Help me to obey You promptly, even when I don't understand. Jesus, I trust in you.-Then he told them, "Draw some out now and take it to the headwaiter." So they took it. John 2:8Mediation: The obedient servants witness firsthand Jesus' astounding miracle!Response: Jesus, You cannot be outdone in generosity or confidence. Help me step out in obedient faith today.-And when the headwaiter tasted the water that had become wine...the headwaiter called the bridegroom and said to him, "Everyone serves good wine first... but you have kept the good wine until now." John 2:9-10Mediation: The New Covenant begins as the ritual waters of the Law are changed into the liberating wine of the Spirit.Response: God, You are amazing! Thank you for transforming me into good wine for others.-Jesus' miracle "makes manifest the fulfillment of the wedding feast in the Father's kingdom, where the faithful will drink the new wine... the Blood of Christ." Catechism of the Catholic Church 1335Response: O Lord, help us to receive this new wine, Your Blood, given for us in the Eucharist.-The people who walked in darkness/ have seen a great light: Upon those who dwelt in the land of gloom/ a light has shone.Isaiah 9:1Mediation: Jesus fulfills ancient prophecy in bringing light through His first miracle in Cana of Galilee.Response: O Lord, help us to turn the water of this day's life into the wine of gladness and joy!O my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of hell, lead all souls to heaven, especially those in most need of thy mercy.love, Jay and Deb Pafko familyPS- We have Alexandra and Tim's wedding coming up.
Written Jan 7, 2014 10:11amCaring Bridge family and friends,
Happy 21st Birthday Matthew (January 24th)!!!
Watch Matthew's Youtube video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9DIKHpDAragTHE NATIVITY-We travel with Joseph and Mary to Bethlehem, where in the hush of this Holy Night, the Son of God is born. God gives His only Son into our hands in this marvelous mystery, as the Word becomes Flesh. The shepherd has come to seek and save His sheep, and we will never be the same.-In those days a decree went our from Caesar Augustus that the whole world should be enrolled. Luke 2:1Mediation: God works through the many and varied circumstances of our life, as disconnected as they may seem at times. He is always in control.-And Joseph too went up from Galilee from the town of Nazareth to Judea, to the city of David that is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and family of David. Luke 2:4Mediation: Joseph and Mary obeyed the Law, both divine and human, even when it was difficult. They continued to trust in God.-to be enrolled with Mary, his betrothed, who was with child-Luke 2:5Mediation: There is joy in following God, even when it's difficult, as it surely was for Mary journeying from Nazareth down to Bethlehem.-While they were there, the time came for her to have her child, and she gave birth to her firstborn son. Luke 2:6-7Mediation: All things have their appointed time. When all was ready, Mary gave birth to the One who would save the world.-She wrapped him in swaddling clothes and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn. Luke 2:7Mediation: From the beginning, even in the humble manger, Jesus offered Himself to us as food, the Bread of Life.-But you, Bethlehem-Ephrathah,/ too small to be among the clans of Judah/ From you shall come forth for me/ one who is to be ruler in Israel; / Whose origin is from old, / from ancient times. Micah 5:1Mediation: Long ago God spoke through the Prophet Micah foretelling the birthplace of His Son, whose origin was from eternity.-Now there were shepherds in that region living in the fields and keeping the night watch over their flocks. Luke 2:8Mediation: God emptied Himself, becoming little and vulnerable, so the poor and lowly could receive Him.-The angel said to them,"Do not be afraid; for behold, I proclaim to you good news of great joy that will be for all the people." Luke 2:10Mediation: God alone brings true joy, and He loves to share!-"For today in the city of David a savior has been born for you who is the Messiah and Lord." Luke 2:11Mediation: God keeps his promises-abundantly! God sends us His Son as one of us- the Anointed One and everlasting Lord."Glory to God in the highest/ and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests." Luke 2:14Mediation: "the Son of God became man so that we might become God." Saint Athanasius"The rosary is the scourge of the devil." Pope Adrian VI"The rosary is a treasure of graces." Pope Paul VSt. Padre Pio, the stigmatist priest, said:"The rosary is the weapon."St. Louis Marie Grignon de Montfort wrote: "The rosary is the most powerful weapon to touch the Heart of Jesus, Our Redeemer, who so loves His Mother."Deb prays fifteen decades of the Rosary daily. I love the Rosary! It gives me joy and peace. I am enrolled as a member of the Confraternity of the Most Holy Rosary. FYI- the Hail Mary prayers are back round music to mediating on the life of Jesus. To Jesus through Mary.Happy New Year!love,Jay and Deb Pafko (married 34 years)
Written Dec 3, 2013 6:00amCaring Bridge family and friends,The Pafko family is ever expanding. Our new grandson, Lucas Edward Dahlberg, was born November 22nd. He was 23 inches and almost 9 pounds! Everyone waits in line to hold him.We are looking forward to Andrew and Jessica's January wedding at the University of Saint Thomas Chapel. (Andrew's alma mater)"If we only knew how God regards this sacrifice, we would risk our lives to be present at a single mass." Saint Padre Pio"If only I could convince all timid and fearful souls... the greater our need, the more abundant is His infinite mercy and when through our repentance and trust, we give God the opportunity to exercise His mercy, we give Him pleasure. Nothing offends His fatherly heart more than a lack of trust. Count on Him even in all your failures...never be afraid of counting on Him too much." Blessed Dina Belanger"More souls go to Hell because of sins of the flesh than for any other reason." Our Lady of Fatima"I saw souls falling into hell like snowflakes." Saint Therese of Avila"When you see the storm coming, if you seek safety in the firm refuge which is Mary, there will be no danger of your wavering or going down." St. Josemaria EscrivaHail, thou Star of ocean, Portal of the sky! Ever Virgin Mother of the Lord most high..."The field of battle between God and Satan is the human soul. This is where it takes place every moment of our lives. The soul must give free access to our Lord and be completely fortified by Him within every kind of weapon; His light must illuminate it to fight the darkness of error; he must put Jesus Christ, His truth and justice, the shield of faith, the word of God to overcome such powerful enemies. To put Jesus Christ we die to ourselves." St. Padre PioWisdom enters through love, silence, and mortification. It is great wisdom to know how to be silent and look at neither the remarks, nor the deeds, nor the lives of others." St john of the CrossNever be in a hurry; do everything quietly and in a calm spirit. Do not lose your inner peace for anything whatsoever. Even if your whole world seems upset." St. Francis de Sales"Without me you can do nothing." John 15:3"Heaven is total joy, continuous joy. We will be constantly thanking God. It is useless to try to figure out exactly what heaven is like, because we can't understand it. But when the veil of this life is taken off, we will understand things in a different way." St Padre Pio"God gives the hardest battles to the strongest soldiers." Pope FrancisJesus is my God,Jesus is my Spouse,Jesus is my life,Jesus is my only Love,Jesus is my all in all;Jesus is my Everything. Blessed Mother TheresaMerry Christmas to all,from the Pafko family