From Our Pastor – Bulletin Message for Aug. 26, 2018
As I mentioned during a recent Sunday homily, my parents were – and are – my greatest role models because of how they live their lives and their faith in Jesus Christ as Catholic Christians. I thank God every day for my folks, and pray that he keeps them close to the heart of Jesus during this very difficult time and I pray that same prayer for all of you.
After experiencing a few years in ministry, one comes to realize how incredibly dedicated and holy the people are to whom you minister on a regular basis. A longtime priest taught me this, and I have found it to be very humbling, and very true.
A few weeks ago I asked the question: What motivates or inspires us to get up in the morning, to do what we do day in and day out? And, furthermore, what fuels us through the expenditure of energy? My answer is…
I am inspired by you, and I am fueled by you!
You are my primary experience of God … in prayer, and in relationship.
For this, and for your steadfast love and support, I am deeply appreciative.
And Jesus is at the heart of it all.
I am particularly inspired and encouraged by those of you who have decided to enter the Catholic faith as adults, including those of you whom I have gotten to know during these past three years. The news of the abuse scandal and cover-up might have shaken you to the core in a unique way, considering that you made a conscious, freewill decision to become Catholic as a mature adult.
All of you remain in my prayers daily … prayers of thanksgiving and gratitude … prayers of strength and hope.
While not deflecting the important role of clergy in the church, we need to realize it is one of the ministries of the church, not THE only ministry of the church. All of us are all called, through our baptism, to be leaders in our lives of faith, to lead our children and the most vulnerable in society in ways of truth and love, and to be a part of change when change is needed.
Change has been needed for years, and perhaps the heartbreaking news of two weeks ago will be the catalyst for necessary change, but it seems quite apparent that the church is in need of reform today, and that we all must participate in the reformation that needs to commence sooner rather than later … laity and clergy alike.
We believe God can bring good out of any evil. We must hope and pray that those who lead this reformation indeed follow God’s will through the process, and are truly transformed.
Albert Einstein is credited with saying: “No problem can be solved from the same consciousness that created it.”
How true this rings today.
May we remain steadfast amidst turbulence, hope-filled in the middle of darkness, and close to the heart of Jesus through it all.
Yours in Christ,
Fr. Kevin C. Fazio