Pastor’s Reflection for October 8, 2017

Dear Parishioners,

This world is in quite a turmoil. We have had natural disasters – flooding, fires, hurricanes and this past week, the horrific shooting in Las Vegas. There is racial divide, political dissensions, the continuation of abortions, the breakdown of family life, the fear of terrorism, and the list goes on.

There is so much darkness in the world today. But we know that light is stronger than darkness. So much chaos that we are experiencing is manifested by the chaos that is within. If one is not at peace within, it produces less peace in the world. You know the song, let there be peace on earth and let it begin with me? If the Las Vegas shooter had love and peace in his heart, the tragedy of lost innocent lives would have been avoided. We all have a need for God, in fact we were created for an intimate relationship with God. How many of us have removed God from our hearts and home? We as a society have removed God from our schools and public arena, all for political correctness. Well, we see what happens when we remove God. We create a vacuum and we see evil moving in to fill the space. God gave us laws and commandments, not to burden us but to provide and protect us. God is the center of our lives and the source of meeting our needs. He is the foundation and if He is removed, our world, our community, our families, our lives will crumble and fall.

There is a saying, No God, No Peace. Know God, Know Peace. May all of us let God be the center of our lives, may we walk faithfully in His ways.

As we read in 2 Chronicles 7:14, “If My people who are called by My name, shall humble themselves and pray, and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.” We sing and say “God Bless America.” May we do what we need to do for God to do soJust a reminder, the parish men’s group is hosting a six week series starting this Wednesday, October 11, that will give men a game plan on how to be pure in this immoral, secular society. This will be held in the St. Joseph Room in the rectory starting at 7:00 p.m.

I will be available for confession this week on Monday, October 9, from 1:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

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

God love you,