God our guide
From the Desk of Father David
Dear Parishioners and Friends,
We live in scary times. In the Magnificat prayed by the Blessed Virgin Mary, we experience Mary recalling how God has taken care of Israel and herself. She ends the prayer by saying, “He has helped Israel his servant, remembering his mercy, according to his promise to our fathers, to Abraham and to his descendants forever.” (Luke 1:54-55) We see the same confidence in St. Paul. St. Paul said, “Five times at the hands of the Jews I received forty lashes minus one. Three times I was beaten with rods, once I was stoned, three times I was shipwrecked, I passed a night and a day on the deep; on frequent journeys, in dangers from rivers, dangers from robbers, dangers from my own race, dangers from Gentiles, dangers in the city, dangers in the wilderness, dangers at sea, dangers among false brothers; in toil and hardship, through many sleepless nights, through hunger and thirst, through frequent fasting, through cold and exposure. And apart from these things, there is the daily pressure upon me of my anxiety for all the churches.” (2 Colossians 11:25-27) So where does St. Paul find the strength to carry on? He does so by remembering that God is always faithful to his promises to protect and love. Throughout St. Paul’s life God was there to guide and protect. He will also be there for us.
I encourage you to take time to pray to the Holy Spirit to help you see how God has been active in your life. As you reflect give thanks for the good times, see how God led you through the difficult times and ask for the guidance you and your loved ones need to be kept safe during these challenging times. Be assured of my prayers.
May the Holy Family protect and heal all families. Fourteen Holy Helpers come to our aid and the aid of our world.