Dear Parishioners,

There is less daylight in the winter than in the summer. You might notice that in July it could stay light out until 9:00 at night, but you can go trick-or-treating in October much earlier because the evening starts much earlier.  It’s a good thing too, especially if you go trick-or-treating on a school night. The amount of daylight each day changes throughout the year.  That’s because our planet is actually tilted in space. The Earth travels around the Sun. For half a year, where you live will be tilted more toward the Sun, giving you a longer day and shorter night. For the other half of the year, where you live will point more away from the Sun, causing longer nights and shorter days.  This tilt of the Earth also causes the seasons. That’s why it’s so cold in winter too. During that coldest season, part of the Earth is tilted away from the Sun.

We can learn a spiritual lesson with the change of seasons. If we tilt ourselves away from the Lord by walking in disobedience to His commands, we live in darkness and our love can grow cold. But if we keep ourselves in a right relationship with God, tilted in His direction, we live in the light and receive the warmth of the Lord’s love. Living in the light, our lives bring us joy and peace. Even though our natural world is getting dark and cold, may our spiritual world be bright and sunny being in a close relationship with Jesus.

In this current day and age, it is sad that we have to be concerned for our safety. On that note, if you are a parishioner who is current or retired law enforcement, could you please contact me to review our safety measures.

I will be available for confession this week on Tuesday, November 14, from 1:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

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

God love you,