University of St. Thomas Mardi Gras Gala to support the Scholarship program

 

 

What an honor to be invited to such a grand event supporting such a worthy cause. The Sisters of Charity were the honored guest which brought back fond memories of my grade school teachers at Annunciation near downtown Houston.

From the elegant decorations to the wonderful music a great time was had by all. I am proud to be a graduate of such a fine institution. Go UST.

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San Jose Clinic: Art with Heart Gala

 

Vita and I attended the Art with Heart Gala supporting the work of the San Jose Clinic. A clinic that provides free medical care for the uninsured here in Houston. I was honored to be selected as the featured artist. Our daughter Vita Elizabeth was in attendance and all had a wonderful time.

Vita and I would like to urge everyone to find an organization that needs your help and volunteer. You will be blessed for your giving heart.

Vita and Louis<><

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Homily: The church renewed by the Holy Spirit

February 28, 2011 Leave a comment

8th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Two weeks ago the church experienced a very special day in the life of the church. Thirty five men including our own Gary Boyd were ordained in a beautiful ceremony at the downtown Cathedral. It was one of those days that those in attendance will not soon forget. It was a moment when you could feel the power of the Holy Spirit alive and present in our community. It was a not so subtle reminder that the Holy Spirit renews the face of the church in every age by calling men and women to serve the needs of the faithful. It is a reminder that no matter what political party is running the country the church allows the Holy Spirit to decide policies that uphold the Catholic tradition of service to the poor, social justice, compassion and mercy. It is a reminder that no matter how unpopular the Catholic church may be to some the Holy Spirit continues to stay true to Gospel values. It is a reminder that no matter how many of the faithful do not practice their faith that the church continues to offer its love and support. It is a reminder that no matter what debates the church might get into with non-believers that the church will remain faithful to the guidance of the Holy Spirit. It is a reminder that, no matter how persecuted the church might become for taking a stand on the difficult issues that face our world, the Holy Spirit continues to make its presence felt in the modern world in which we live. The church is not a popularity contest. It is not a church that shy’s away from addressing the difficult issues of the modern world nor does it shy away from defending the rights of the unborn child and works of social justice. In fact it is the very work of the Holy Spirit that calls us to pray for guidance regarding issues of the modern world. To renew as it were the work of the church in every generation. Our responsibility as a member of our faith is to trust the movement of the Holy Spirit in our Church and to recognize that when guided by the Holy Spirit the church is infallible. It is a question of letting go and trusting God.

The context of our first reading from the prophet Isaiah is a time of turmoil for the Israelites.  It is a time when the Persian King Cyrus has signed the verdict allowing the Israelites to return home. It is a time before the completion the Jerusalem Temple and the development of the surrounding state in the sixth century. A time when the people worried about their future and the future of the their faith. All that worry was for nothing as we see the construction of a new temple and tremendous growth of Jerusalem. Despite their worrying, God, in communion with the Holy Spirit continued to manifest the mission of the kingdom. As we see once again the presence and power of God among the faithful.

In our second reading from St.Paul’s letter to the Corinthians Paul reminds us of some important lessons about our faith. The importance of standing firm in our beliefs and letting those beliefs speak for us.  The importance of being servants of Christ and stewards of the mysteries of God. As Paul shares with us in our second reading that he really does not care what the citizens of Corinth think about him as long as he is trustworthy in following his call. I hope we can put that same type of thinking in our life as well. We should also have the same attitude as Paul, that as long as we helping to build up the kingdom we really shouldn’t care what people say or think about our actions. That we should not judge and conversely we should not be judged. That the only true judge is the Lord for the Lord is the only one that will bring light to the darkness and will manifest the motives of our hearts. That we should have faith that the Holy Spirit will help us through the difficult challenges we face in life and that we cannot change the past and we cannot predict the future.

Today’s Gospel reminds us that we cannot serve God and mammon or excess greed or wealth. Consider life as a balancing act and we are on a balancing scale. On the one side of the scale we have our faith and commitment to God on the other we have our desire for wealth and the possession that wealth allows us to accumulate. The more we tip the scale in favor of wealth and greed the more we attach our self to those material possessions and the more that begin to rule our life as we work harder to maintain a fast paced lifestyle and seek new ways to acquire more and more possessions. Conversely when we relinquish control of our life to God we find our live enriched in many ways. We find ourself under less stress, we find peace and happiness in the simple things in life. We learn to appreciate the ones we love and more importantly we learn how to love in ways that God first intended with a love that touches the very heart and soul of the person we love. We see the unseen like never before as we become aware of the miracles that are happening every day in our life. That is the power and beauty and manifestation learning to let go. Today’s Gospel is also a reminder of the senselessness of worry.  With a not so subtle reminder that God is in control of our lives. That the Holy Spirit guides and will continue to guide us and our church in matters of faith until the final coming of the Lord.

This weekend as we contemplate our responsibility to the financial support of our local diocese with the DSF drive I hope you will ask for guidance from the Holy Spirit as you discern what will be an appropriate pledge. More importantly as you reflect on the good will your contribution will have on the many ministries supported by DSF. Programs such as Deaconal formation and youth ministry I hope you will be guided to be good servants of Christ and to pray for continued revelation by the Holy Spirit concerning the mysteries of our faith hidden from the ages and from generations past.

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The Good Samaritan

 

This my latest oil painting: The Good Samaritan I donated it to Casa Juan Diego a health care clinic in Houston that provides medical care for the uninsured. It will be auctioned off at the Art with Heart Gala on March 05, 2011. You may bid on this painting prior to the auction.

 

I invite you to visit my art website at http://www.artprovenzano.wordpress.com to view my art portfolio.

Louis<><

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Provenzano & Associates, Inc. launches the new InsurTrust blog

December 22, 2010 Leave a comment

 

Provenzano & Associates, Inc has launched the new blog and posted articles about InsurTrust to its new blog. If you or any of your clients are looking for a great commercial insurance provider let us recommend the experienced team of insurance professionals at InsurTrust.

http://insurtrust.wordpress.com/

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InsurTrust Insurance Selects Provenzano & Associates, Inc.

December 14, 2010 Leave a comment

InsurTrust one of Houston’s leading commercial insurance agencies has selected Provenzano & Associates, Inc. to prepare a maketing plan for the 2011 Calendar Year. Provenzano & Associates, Inc. will be responsible for creating a new agency blog and updates to the agency’s current Internet site.

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Homily: The Feast of Christ the King

Excerpts from my homily celebrating the Feast of Christ the King

Can you name any of the greatest civilizations that ever existed? Of course we have the Roman Empire around 27BC to 14AD. The great King of Macedonia Alexander the Great around 336-323 BC. We have the great Mayan Civilizations and the great kingdoms of the Pharaohs.  Charlemagne, Napoleon, Elizabeth the 1st. And the list goes on and on. What do these civilizations and there leaders have in common? They were all considered the greatest civilizations of their time and there kings among the greatest rulers. The common thread in all the great civilizations is that they all had a beginning and an end. The once mighty Roman Empire is now reduced to a few tourist attractions. While the great pyramids sit idol as the stones continue to erode away in the hot desert sun. They existed in a finite period of time. Each civilization and its rulers had a rise and a fall. For all there accomplishments these powerful rulers came into this world with nothing and left this world with nothing as well. The kings that helped bring these great civilizations had one thing in common as well. They lived a certain period of time. A certain life span that terminated with death.

This weekend we honor a special king. A king that began his rule on earth and continues to rule the heavens. A king that built a kingdom based on love, compassion and concern for the lowly, disenfranchised, marginal of society. A king that welcomes sinners, and people of all cultures, races and creeds to the banquet of the Lord. A king that gave his life as a sacrifice for his subjects. A king that led by example and demonstrated with many signs and wonders the divine nature of his kingdom. A glimpse we are privileged to witnesses in great detail through the revelation of sacred scriptures and through the visible signs of his invisible presence in the sacraments. Foremost among those visible signs is the real presence of our King in the Eucharist.  A king who conquered death and through that one act conquered death for all of us and shows us the path of light that guides us to our destiny. Jesus Christ, the king of kings and Lord of Lords.

What an odd king and even stranger kingdom. A Kingdom we cannot see with our eyes but is in our midst. A kingdom that pitted itself against the most powerful government of the ancient world, the Roman government. A kingdom not restricted by religion, citizenship, race or place of origin. A kingdom with no governmental structure. No senate, no congress, no secretary of state, no foreign embassy. A kingdom not ruled by the demands of its subjects rather by the will of the creator. A kingdom much like the one in our midst.  A kingdom where subjects come to hear the words of their king yet do little to put those words into action. A kingdom where the king is taken for granted until the subjects need the help of their king. A kingdom where the subjects for the most part greatly underestimate the power of their king despite the fact that this king is in their midst and knows the most intimate details of their live including knows the precise moment of their death.

A king that befriends the lowliest of his subjects. A king whose mother was a simple girl from a local village married to a carpenter we know relatively little about. A king who commands are not always followed. A King whose closets subjects (the apostles) have a hard time understanding his words and actions and at times don’t have a clue as to what he is asking of them. A king with the power to restore sight to the blind and hearing to the deaf. A king who raises the dead back to life. A king who is both loved and at the same time hated by many. Nevertheless, it is the kingdom of God that we have committed ourselves to. It is this largely unseen kingdom that we place our hope for a brighter future. It is this kingdom where we place our trust that we will be among the chosen to share in the bounty of the kingdom when it is revealed in all its splendor in the end times. Where the last will be first and the first will be last. Where there is no suffering or pain. Where we will live in the light of the Lord free at last from the chains of our mortal bodies.

Yes we lift up our prayers, and our songs of praise and thanksgiving on this special occasion and we sanctify this holy altar with incense as we recognize that our hope and our eternal dwelling place rest with the King of Kings. We give praise that we are witnesses to that sacrifice in the breaking of the bread. That the real presence of God in the Eucharist manifest for us a hint of the abiding love that awaits us and all believers in the kingdom of heaven.

But where is our enthusiasm? Where is our excitement? Where is our gratitude? It is right that we should give our Lord praise and thanks. If anything we are to subdued in our praises. We should be shouting those praises, and lifting our songs of love so loud that it hurts our ears, and lifting the incense to where we can’t even see one foot in front of us. That is how much we should be praising Christ the King.

Instead of complaining about the incense irritating our eyes let us say lift the incense high. This is our King and we have come to give him praise on the feast of Christ the King. Instead of coming to the table of the Lord reserved and with mechanical precision let us come to the table of the Lord with excitement as we anticipate the moment when we will share in the banquet of the Lord. Let us marvel at how we have been given this precious glimpse into eternal life where we will participate fully and for all eternity in the real presence of the Lord. Instead of mumbling the words of the creed let us shout and give voice to what we believe about our King. Let us shout what we believe. That we believe in things seen and unseen. As we recite the Our Father let us pray with conviction that the eternal kingdom will come: Thy kingdom come, they will be done on earth as it is in heaven.

Today of all days on this feast of Christ the King let us reflect on the majesty and power of our king and the great kingdom that began here on earth and will certainly find its completion in the kingdom that awaits us in eternity. The Feast of Christ the King calls us to live a life characterized by Gospel values. It also calls us to the knowledge that there is nothing more powerful than Christ, who is our king. There is no power in our lives that is more powerful than Christ our King. May we give thanks at the end of this church year to Christ who protects and loves us and who calls us to give our lives for all eternity to the King of Kings.

Deacon Louis Provenzano<><

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