A July Faith Formation Series – Part IV – APOSTOLIC
July 29, 2016
Grateful, Thankful, Blessed
February 21, 2020
Can we possible have entered into the month ofAugust
August 5, 2017
My calendar and yours says we have. This week marks my return to work after having the month of July off per my work agreement with St. Francis Xavier. It has only been a few hours since I walked through the door and so much has already transpired. It was a pleasure to be at Mass Tuesday morning and everyone there so happy to have Fr. Tim present to preside. He tells us his eye sight is slowly returning and he has learned what it means to simply relax and heal. May God continue to bless him with restored health and full
healing of his eyes.
I would like to begin this fifth year here at St. Francis Xavier with an expression of gratitude to all members of this faith community. Witnessing how you practice your faith, how committed you are to sharing that faith with your children, and how you reach out beyond the borders of this faith community to bring hope to others inspires my ministry. Know that I consider it both a blessing and a privilege to serve as the Pastoral Associate of this vibrant faith community and I look forward to coming to know more and more of you in my work and as we gather to pray and worship and to enjoy one another’s company in parish events and programs.
God’s plan in creation was that it was “not good for man to be alone” for we all need to be in relationship with others. Certainly for the beauty of procreation he made us “male and female”, but out of that relationship we as a people grew to know, not only a relationship with God, but we learned how important it is that we are in relationship with others. Whether intimate love relationships between couples and their family or the relationships we share with the people of our community and our world, relationships provide for us an opportunity to grow in love with one another. That is precisely the message Jesus came to share; love God and love your neighbor. It is the foundation of our faith; a call to love as Jesus loved and we will spend a lifetime in an effort to perfect that teaching. The ultimate reward is eternal life with God but we are also rewarded with great joy and hope as we grow in personal relationship with others. My prayer for all members of this community and beyond is that as you continue to enjoy the great gift of summer you will take notice of the many relationships with which you are blessed. Let us together thank God for the gift of love given to us in Jesus Christ and let us not withhold that love from others. In doing so we not only come to know one another, but we are drawn by love to a deeper relationship with God!