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Father Maurice Cummings leads tri-parish retreat

Priest shares a message of hope

with Rush County Catholics

By Benny Viegra
Special to the Register

The parishioners of the Rush County tri-parishes recently enjoyed a three day retreat led by Father Maurice Cummings, O. Carm., during Lent.  
Father Cummings concelebrated Mass with Father Rene Labrador and delivered his homily at St. Joseph Parish, Liebenthal on Monday, St. Michael Parish, La Crosse on Tuesday, and Holy Trinity Parish, Timken on Wednesday. During his homily, he spoke of the healing power of God on Naaman the Syrian who was sent to wash seven times in the River Jordan and he would be cleansed.  He related this to our healing from our sins as we reconcile ourselves with the Lord through the sacrament of penance.  
On the second day he spoke of the faith of the Canaanite woman who came to Jesus to rid her daughter of a demon.  Because of her faith, Jesus cured her daughter and later healed many -- the crippled, the deformed, the blind, the mute and many others.  Jesus then performed the miracle of feeding thousands of people who followed him with the seven loaves of bread and a few fish.  
Father Cummings said we must have faith in the Lord; we shall never hunger, he said, if we eat the body of blood of Christ.  
On the third night Father Cummings spoke of the importance of the ten commandments, as they were given to be the law that people were to live by.  These are the same laws that we are to follow today so that we can be the good Catholics that we should be -- praying, giving alms, helping others, doing penance -- not only during Lent but to do this in our everyday life.  
Father Cummings enjoyed his stay here in the Rush County area.  Father Labrador and some parishioners made sure he became acquainted with the area and sampled some of their home cooking as well as eating at one of the “eight wonders of Kansas cuisine,” Effie’s, in Rush Center known for her one-half pound hamburgers.          
Father Cummings also reminisced with some St. Mary on the Plains College graduates living in the area, remembering the good ol’ days on campus, cheering on the Cavaliers, the beautiful Chapel of the Immaculate Conception, the many professionals the college produced, the growth of the campus and then the demolition of the dormitories that one member of the group witnessed.  
It was a fun and faith-filled three days.  

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