June 12, 2022
Dear Brothers and sisters in Christ,
One of the most heart whelming actions I notice as your pastor is when a mom or dad brings a toddler into Church and teaches their child how to bless themselves. This simple yet profound act of faith silently speaks volumes as to what we believe and how radical that belief is evidenced in our lives. Invoking the Name of God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit is a declaration of the most fundamental tenets of our Christian Faith. We have been enlightened by Christ and the Holy Spirit to peer into the very nature of God, i.e., God is a Family. And we, being created in the image and likeness of God, are meant to imitate Who God is in our earthly, human lives. This can only happen by grace. And the first instance of grace comes to us at our Baptism. In Baptism, the power of the Cross to redeem us and the Name of God to possess us, makes us the dwelling place of the Holy Trinity. This beautiful gesture of teaching a child to bless themselves is an outward sign of the divine reality within each Baptized soul.
Certainly, the nature of God is beyond our comprehension. Who among us has not tried to wrap our heads around the belief that God has no beginning and no end. And if we have the blessed fortune to live with Him forever after our earthly sojourn we will have all eternity to ponder the things that now confound us. In the meantime we must be ever grateful to God for revealing to us through His Son Jesus Christ, in the power of the Holy Spirit, Who He is, One and yet Three Divine Persons in love with each other. There is no better way then for us, His creatures to honor and glorify the Lord than to imitate our Maker.
We offer our congratulations and heartfelt best wishes to all of out recent graduates from eighth grade, high school and college. May their education and the virtues they have received in their Faith Formation prepare them for the next stages in their life’s journey. May the Gospel be their North Star to guide them in all aspects of their lives.
A safe and restful summer to all.