PASTOR’S REFLECTION FOR DECEMBER 10, 2017

Dear Parishioners,

We are in our Advent season. This is a time to remember the first coming of the Lord as we await His second coming. In His first coming, Jesus came as Savior. He will come as judge when He comes again. This is a season for quiet reflection and expectation. Unfortunately in our culture, this is the season when people often find themselves caught up in the materialism of these days. It is easy for the real meaning of Christmas to be lost completely. This makes it difficult to be quiet and reflect on the fact that we need Jesus to save us from our sins. Let us hold on tight for what we truly celebrate on Christmas, the merciful love of God revealed in His Son, Jesus.

 

Bonnie Ware, a former palliative care nurse who wrote a book, “The Top Five Regrets of the Dying,” based on her conversations with her patients, states that the biggest, most commonly cited regrets at the end of life – beginning with the most common regret are:

  1. Not having the courage to live a life true to oneself but rather doing what was   expected
  2. Working too much, thereby missing children’s youth and their partner’s companionship
  3. Not having the courage to express one’s feelings
  4. Not staying in touch with friends
  5. Taking life too seriously and allowing worries to diminish happiness

May this list be a good source of reflection on our own lives during this Advent season.

I will be available for confession this week on Monday, December 11, from 2:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

May Jesus continue to shepherd you in all of your needs.

God love you,