Responding to struggles

From the Desk of Father David

Dear Friends in Christ,

              I would like to thank God for all the wonderful people who made our Summerfest a great success.  It took many months of planning and hard work.  May God bless you abundantly.  It is amazing the great activities we accomplish working together.

  How should we respond to the struggles we face in our daily lives?  As the early Church community faced many struggles, St. Paul gave this advice “Have no anxiety at all, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, make your requests known to God.  Then the peace of God that surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.  Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is gracious, if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.” (see Philippians 4:6-8)  Science reminds us that the mind can think of only one thing at a time and what we think about affects our spiritual and physical health.  So St. Paul is asking us to invite Jesus into our struggles by prayer and thanksgiving.  This will enable us to find our strength renewed.  And by thinking about all that is good our conversations will become positive, stress will decrease and we will be healthier.  May we follow the advice of St. Paul.

May the Holy Family bless you and your families abundantly!

In Christ,

Fr. David

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