Where is the Spirit Leading You?

What causes you worry? Is it the uncertainties of the future? Is it the fear of change? Some say that the two things you can count on in life are death and taxes. However, with many other Christians, I would say that the two things you can count on in life are change and God! Change means that we leave where we are and embrace the unknown. God is calling us as he called Abraham to let go of our stagnant lives to the lives filled with greater purpose and deeper joy.

In this Sunday’s Gospel (Luke 28b-36), Jesus was transfigured before his disciples Peter, James and John. Allow the Lord’s transfiguration to serve as an invitation for YOU to BE TRANSFIGURED before the Lord and to embrace change for the sake of true and lasting happiness with him.

Where is the Spirit leading you? How is God calling you to be transfigured this Lent?

Drawing Closer to Jesus!

Congratulations to the 97 children in our community who celebrated the Sacrament of First Reconciliation this past week at Saint Alphonsus and Saint Alexis parishes. Accompanied by their parents and family members, our second graders encountered the love of God in one of the sacraments of healing that Jesus gave his Church.

We are grateful for their parents; you are the first and most important teachers of your children in the ways of the faith, their religion teachers and catechists who helped them in their preparations. As parents and adult members of a faith community, our example has a far greater impact on others than our words in forming our children in knowing and loving Jesus. Along with parents, may we all recognize the difference that we are to make in the lives of others by leading them closer to Jesus. That’s all that matters; that’s all that lasts.

Let me take this opportunity to encourage everyone to live the life of grace by celebrating the sacrament of Penance frequently. A good reminder is to go to confession with the change of every season. Though the Church requires that we go to confession once a year (our Easter duty), why settle for the minimum? Live the life of grace and encourage your family to do the same! Who of us can say that we can’t use more of the Lord’s help in our lives? Lent is a great time for all of us to draw closer to Jesus!