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Jan 30th, 2022 Bulletin & News

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Holy Water for Your Home

Please take a bottle of Holy Water home with you today. (One per family, thank you!) The element, the substance of water is powerful: we need it to live, it quenches our thirst, it washes us clean. It is used so very often in our daily lives. Yet water also has fearful qualities as seen in raging seas, tsunami, and terrible floods. For this reason, the symbolism of water in the sacrament of Baptism is not lost. By the power of the Holy Spirit, the water used in baptism helps effect something amazing. When we are baptized, our identity becomes Christ. We become sons of God, sisters and brothers of Christ, and heirs to the Kingdom of God.

The Church provides a sacramental (see our note about sacramentals) to help remind us of who we are in Christ. Because Holy Water is associated with baptism, the powers of darkness despise it. It is a powerful prayer and a spiritual weapon. Because of its connection with baptism and its aid in helping us battle against the devil and his fallen angels, the Church uses Holy Water when we bless virtually anything.

St. Teresa of Avila once observed “I know by frequent experience that there is nothing which puts the devils to flight like Holy water.” This has been confirmed by many saints, yet even deeper than that, Holy Water offers us grace – the grace of recalling our baptism. In the use of Holy Water, our venial sins are forgiven. It is a powerful sacramental. Holy Water is powerful, but not magical. We cannot use it in vein or for weird superstition. Without faith and prayer it is just water. We use it to invoke God’s blessing upon us. It is powerful because it reminds us of who we are, who God is, He who has made us, and into what glory He calls us.

We would like each family at our parish to have some Holy Water. We are giving you a bottle as you leave Mass today in remembrance of Feast of the Baptism of the Lord, celebrated a couple of weeks ago (the bottles were delayed in arrival). Salt was added when the water was blessed (2Kings 2:20). That is why the bottles have already been opened. I thank our 8th grade students for helping with the blessing. Please take one and use it in your home.

What do you do with it? Here are some examples:

  • Daily cross yourself with it in the morning and evening, as well as before leaving and returning home.
  • Sprinkle it throughout your home invoking God’s protection and grace on your home.
  • Bless your spouse and children with it daily by taking some with your finger and tracing the sign of the cross on the forehead.
  • Bless family members who are sick and/or in need of grace.

There is a beautiful prayer we provide on each bottle: “By this Holy water and by Thy Precious Blood, wash away all my sins, O Lord”. Make use of this often. After the bottle runs out, it can be refilled at the Church in the repository located in the Narthex.

Yours in Christ,
Fr. Casey