Pastor's Corner Dec 1 2019

The season of Advent is already upon us! It begins a New Year as far as the Liturgical cycle goes. It behooves us to look at this past year and reflect. What if this was my last year? Would I be satisfied with it? Was it a fruitful year spiritually speaking? Did I set goals, practical goals? Did I structure my spiritual life? Did I make a list of non-negotiables and tried to keep to them?

Unfortunately, rooted in fallen human nature, there is a certain lack of fortitude, a lack of commitment especially regarding the spiritual life. There is a great term for it in French: mollesse. It comes from the Latin mollitia. There is not really a counterpart for it in English; these translations come close: softness, listlessness, lack of energy, sluggishness, sloth. What it translates into in the spiritual life is a form of effeminacy: a shrinking away from a goal difficult to obtain. (Very different from 'femininity' which denotes qualities or attributes regarded as characteristic of women, which is something beautiful and ordained by God).

We should be realistic: the spiritual life is hard work. It is a commitment. It will not always be easy. I will have to face myself, my pride, my misery. I will have to learn humility, to depend on God. But the wonders and the graces and the fulfillment I will find in my faith will far outweigh any effort I can put in. Will I commit?

If we do not have a spiritual life or if it is not structured, I suggest at the very least 4 pillars, 4 non-negotiables in our resolutions for this coming year:

-15 minutes a day of mental prayer (At least)

-Daily spiritual reading (remember the oil in the oil lamp)

-Frequenting the Sacraments (Confession at least monthly and Holy Communion, if possible, more often than just once a week)

-The Rosary daily

May this year not be a waste spiritually. At its end, we will be one year closer to our death. Will this be our last one?

- The parking lot: Please drive carefully. Please do not leave your kids unattended in the parking lot. The surveillance footage is concerning. Let's avoid that tragedy.

- Thank you to those who have volunteered for the mopping crew. A few more are needed.

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

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