Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
In today’s Gospel account of Our Lord’s Resurrection Jesus ends with a very direct and powerful statement: “You are witnesses of this,” namely, that He is alive and with us. The order was given and still resounds that we are to make Him known, most especially in the “Breaking of the Bread,” now understood as the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass – the Holy Eucharist. More and more His Apostles and disciples came to realize that through the re-presentation of Calvary and the Resurrection that indeed Jesus would always be in our midst.
In just two weeks we will celebrate in a special way this fundamental belief, and we will give witness as well as giving thanks that the Lord has NEVER left us. The 25th Anniversary of our Perpetual Eucharistic Adoration Chapel is a time of great rejoicing, and a fitting way to prepare for it is our participation in the Parish Mission given by Father Bill Garrott, O.P. For several weeks now we have been publishing this event, and, hopefully, many will take the time for solid spiritual refreshment. Just as we need to regularly nourish our bodies with good food, so too our spirits need refreshment and nourishment from time to time. How many of us may be “running on empty” when it comes to the spiritual life. That emptiness creates a vacuum which can easily be filled with bad food and ill-nourishment thus bringing a sickness to our souls.
Therefore, I invite you to come for a renewal – a recharge – a true refreshment for your spiritual life. Let us renew our enthusiasm and joy in being a Catholic Christian. Bring friends, neighbors, and especially those who have become estranged from their Mother, the Church. Don’ t be afraid to step out of your comfort zone and invite a hungry soul to the place of true and everlasting nourishment. “Be a WITNESS to all of this,” so says the Lord.