From Our Pastor – Bulletin Message from Jan. 14, 2018
It is very easy for those of us who have four + decades of life or more to criticize how things are in our society today, especially regarding the stereotyped value sets of “millennials” as nothing but selfish and individualistic, focused on technology rather than personal relationships. That stereotype really paints an inaccurate and hope-drained picture of these young people.
To quote singer-songwriter Billy Joel: “The good ole days weren’t always good and tomorrow ain’t as bad as it seems.”
As I mentioned in last week’s homily, my new year got off to an inspired start with the gathering of our young adults on Jan. 3, as a number of them shared their professional interests and studies, and how they bring their faith into their everyday lives. During the course of that evening (and others that we have shared together) it became clear that they are intelligent (great educational opportunities), well-informed (technology), and eager to “succeed” in life.
It is also apparent that they take their faith in Jesus Christ and their Catholic identity seriously, and thirst for deeper meaning in their relationships and their life’s purpose. That deeper meaning and purpose is embedded in every human heart. Thank God for the families, communities, and schools that have exposed them to the mysteries of faith, Catholic tradition, culture, and teaching, and the dignity of life itself.
Within the next few weeks you will hear from three of these young people, as they have agreed to share their retreat and urban plunge experiences with us in our bulletin, E-news, and Facebook page.
I am looking forward to reading what they have to say, and to see them continue the journeys and discoveries that lie ahead of them, and all of us.
I hope that you are too!
Yours in Christ,
Fr. Kevin C. Fazio