Pastor's Corner Nov 3 2019

Many have approached me and expressed heartfelt concerns about recent events in the Universal Church. "Father, what should we do? What can we do? How are we to understand this? Certain elements of the Amazon Synod, no matter how you package them, are extremely confusing or just plain scandalous… What are we to do Father?!!"

Well, for all things and especially those things that are out of our hands and out of our sphere of influence, we can and must turn to God, or else we run the danger of losing our interior peace. And we can turn to God even more earnestly because those things really and truly are out of our hands. There are no other options. So what you can really do is this: turn to God and live your relationship with Christ to the fullest and you will bring up the Church.

Behold the perfect Prayer of Christ, the perfect Sacrifice. Live it to the fullest. This means: prepare for it by a good prayer life, by safeguarding and treasuring the most precious gift of sanctifying grace in your soul, by uniting yourself to this perfect Sacrifice of Christ to His heavenly Father as often as you can. Offer your prayers and your personal sacrifices to God that those whom He called to labor in his vineyard may be found faithful. And persevere! We know how the story ends. God wins. It won't be pretty ‘til then. We just need to remain on His side.

Holy Mother Church fittingly teaches us to pray in the beautiful Collect taken from the Mass of Jesus Christ Our Lord, Eternal High Priest:

O God, whom for the glory of your majesty and the salvation of mankind, have established your Only Begotten Son High and Eternal Priest, grant that those He has chosen for Himself as ministers and dispensers of His mysteries show themselves faithful in the fulfillment of the ministry they have received. Through the same Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son, Who lives and reigns with You, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, God forever and ever. Amen.

Please know that you and your families are in my prayers, especially at the Altar of Our Lord.

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