Dear Parishioners,

This Sunday, we celebrate the feast of Christ the King which is the last Sunday of our liturgical year. At the end of a year, it is always good to look back and evaluate what went well, what can be improved, and what lessons we can learn from this.

The Red Sox ended their year on a negative note. They did not have what they needed to go deeper into the playoffs. As a result, they are now evaluating what they need to be more competitive for the next season. Is it more pitching, a power bat, a better bullpen, or a new manager? This should be our spiritual approach. What areas of my life need improvement? Is it more prayer time, improving some behavior, dealing with issues that are causing some stagnation in my spiritual growth? Where can I grow in my spiritual life and be a better disciple of Jesus?

There is a story that one time a brother was complaining to St. Peter of Alcantára about the wickedness of the world, and the saint replied, “The remedy is simple. You and I must first be what we ought to be; then we shall have cured what concerns ourselves. Let each one do the same, and all will be well. The trouble is that we all talk of reforming others without ever reforming ourselves.”

As we enter into a new liturgical year with the first Sunday of Advent, may we all have a spiritual game plan that will see us grow in our spiritual lives.

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

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

God love you,