Wednesday, September 22, 2021

The first day of autumn.

 11 For if we died with him, we will also live with him.

12 If we endure, we will also reign with him. If we deny him, he also will deny us.

13 If we are faithless, he remains faithful. For he can’t deny himself.

- II Timothy 2 (WEB)


Dear friends,

The scripture passage above in many ways helps us during this Autumn of the year to reflect on the end times and not to lose hope but to see joy in these words of Jesus.

We know that Jesus is always faithful he's always with us he never steps away from us. We may step away from him from time to time, because of human weakness, but no matter what, Jesus is always there with us, walking with us and sharing with us anything that makes us real and human.

Take some time today and to reflect on what is it that you want to bring to Jesus that may be bothering you, something that might be disturbing you, give it to him and let him help you work it through as you sit and ponder. 

Listen carefully with the ear of your heart, and Jesus will bring you the right answers at the right time when you need it. Amen.

Peace and all good,
Brother Ed Arambasich, O.F.M., Fire Chaplain



Tuesday, September 21, 2021

Autumn a time to reflect.


 Hello everyone!


I'd like to begin by saying what a wonderful and beautiful day it is here in the midwest. Sometimes it's sun shining, sometimes it's been raining a little bit, but in God's own way we are celebrating the first full day of autumn.

Autumn is a time to really reflect on one's own life. As we see things dying around us, it should bring us in some ways a personal Joy, knowing that new beginnings will take place in the near future.

We know even in scripture it talks about one must die to oneself in order that new life from within will come forth. And my hope is that this is what will happen, new life is going to come forth.

In these next few weeks the colors of the trees are going to start changing temperatures are going to drop, leaves will be everywhere and the smell of the Fall will be in the air. Pumpkins, and gourds, and corn stalks all give us that sense that we are in the Autumn season.

Take time to reflect on this awesome season that we are moving into, enjoy the season and enjoy what it has to offer us. For me it offers a great deal of time to reflect and to meditate on God's love for me and for those that I work with and care for as chaplain.

Please in your prayers remember me as well.

Peace and all good,

Brother Ed Arambasich, O.F.M., Fire Chaplain

Sunday, September 19, 2021

Autumn in the air.

September 19th, 2021

Hello, on this beautiful Sunday afternoon, I just would like to share a few words with each of you.

In a few weeks we will see some drastic changes in nature, nature talks to us if we listen to nature and nature tells us a story about life. We are now in the autumn part of the year things are beginning to change colors, things are beginning to fall from the trees leaves the grass is beginning to slow up and it's growth. It's a time where we think about what we have accomplished this past summer.

Often times we get caught up and we failed to see in nature life and its life cycle. For most of us we are entering what we call the Twilight years, the year is that we know are getting closer and closer to the final journey back home to God.

It is not a time to feel sad but to rejoice to give glory to God for the many blessings he's given us. It was no mistake to have Thanksgiving for us here in this country in November, everything now has died in nature or has gone to sleep in nature. We begin to see ourselves in a winter part of our life a rejuvenation, going back into the Earth and looking for new life to emerge in the spring.

Take some time and think about what is it that you need to work on as we start to see things falling from the skies the colors yellow gold Orange, all of them are beautiful but yet they're falling, we too are falling, falling into another year of life.

For me I enter my 70th year this october, it's still very hard for me to comprehend the fact that I'm 70 years old. Where has all this time gone? I know I have a short time left even if I get a chance to live to a hundred it's still a short time in comparison to eternity. So I want to take my time now in this world to enjoy every moment, and to do the best I can for others as I have time to do that.

Let us pray:

Gracious God thank you for this day, thank you for the beauty of creation that surrounds all of us. We see your beautiful work in the blue sky and white clouds the green grass the leaves beginning to change colors, we are part of a bigger picture called life. As we walk in life and journey in life with you God supreme God walk with us and help us to see that in every moment is a gift from you. Amen.

Brother Ed Arambasich, O.F.M., Fire Chaplain





Monday, September 13, 2021

Feast of the exaltation of the Holy Cross - September 14th

 

 September 14, 2021

Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross



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

If Jesus would never have given His life on a cross for the salvation of the world, then a cross would never have been seen in “exultation.” A cross, in and of itself, is an instrument of death, a horrific and violent death. It’s also an instrument of humiliation and torture. Yet, today, the Cross is seen as a holy and blessed object. We hang crosses in our homes, wear them around our neck, keep them in our pocket on the end of the rosary, and spend time in prayer before them. The Cross is now an exalted image by which we turn to God in prayer and surrender. But that is only the case because it was on a cross that we were saved and brought to eternal life.

If you step back and consider the amazing truth that one of the worst instruments of torture and death is now seen as one of the holiest of images on earth, it should be awe inspiring. Comprehending this fact should lead us to the realization that God can do anything and everything. God can use the worst and transform it into the best. He can use death to bring forth life.

Though our celebration today, the “Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross,” is first and foremost a feast by which we give glory to the Father for what He did in the Person of His divine Son, it is also a feast by which we must humbly understand that God can “exalt” every cross we endure in life and bring forth much grace through them.

What is your heaviest cross? What is the source of your greatest suffering? Most likely, as you call this to mind, it is painful to you. Most often, our crosses and sufferings are things we seek to rid ourselves of. We easily point to crosses in life and blame them for a lack of happiness. We can easily think that if only this or that were to change or be removed, then our life would be better. So what is that cross in your life?

The truth is that whatever your heaviest cross is, there is extraordinary potential for that cross to become an actual source of grace in your life and in the world. But this is only possible if you embrace that cross in faith and hope so that our Lord can unite it to His and so that your crosses can also share in the exaltation of Christ’s Cross. Though this is a profoundly deep mystery of faith, it is also a profoundly deep truth of our faith.

Reflect, today, upon your own crosses. As you do, try not to see them as a burden. Instead, realize the potential within those crosses. Prayerfully look at your crosses as invitations to share in Christ’s Cross. Say “Yes” to your crosses. Choose them freely. Unite them to Christ’s Cross. As you do, have hope that God’s glory will come forth in your life and in the world through your free embrace of them. Know that these “burdens” will be transformed and become a source of exaltation in your life by the transforming power of God.

My exalted Lord, I turn to You in my need and with the utmost faith in Your divine power to save. Please give me the grace I need to fully embrace every cross in my life with hope and faith in You. Please transform my crosses so that You will be exalted through them and so that they will become an instrument of Your glory and grace. Jesus, I trust in You. Amen.





















Wednesday, September 8, 2021

Lewis University invites all to its 9/11 20th Anniversary Commemoration at 2 p.m. Thursday, September 9 in Convocation Hall at Lewis University in Romeoville, Ill.

 Lewis University invites all to its 9/11 20th Anniversary Commemoration at 2 p.m. Thursday, September 9 in Convocation Hall at Lewis University in Romeoville, Ill. Visit https://bit.ly/2WW5uD5 to register for the event.

 

The event is in memory of the 72 law enforcement officers, 343 firefighters, and 2,651 Americans who lost their lives in the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.

Lewis University alum Eric Wilson of WTVO in Rockford will emcee the event including U.S. Congressman Bill Foster of the 11th District of Illinois, Mayor John D. Noak of Romeoville, Chicago Police Department, and Joliet Fire Honor Guard among others. Brother Ed Arambasich, OFM, fire chaplain for Joliet Fire Department, will be the keynote speaker. He was at ground zero after the attacks for helping in the cleanup, search, and providing comfort and care.

The event is free and open to the public. For further information, contact Dr. Vesna Markovic, chair of Lewis University Department of Justice, Law and Public Safety Studies at (815)836-5502 or VMarkovic@lewisu.edu or the Lewis University Military Education Resource Center at veterans@lewisu.edu.

Lewis University is an innovative and forward-thinking Catholic university offering market-relevant undergraduate and graduate programs to 6,300 students. Sponsored by the De La Salle Christian Brothers, Lewis University is nationally recognized for preparing intellectually engaged, ethically grounded, globally connected, and socially responsible graduates. Visit www.lewisu.edu for further information.




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