The only way to fight darkness is with light
From the Desk of Father David
Dear Parishioners and Friends,
How much damage will happen to the Church and the world because of the Pandemic? I believe it all depends on how we live our faith in answer to the Pandemic. Let me use an example from some years ago. You might remember the man who went into an Amish school and killed all the young girls, I think they were in second grade. After shooting the girls he then shot himself. This tragedy shock so many people because of the violence, but what shocked people more was that the Amish in response to it forgave the murder not just with words but with their actions. The day of the funeral came and the majority of people who came to pray for the deceased and support his wife were the Amish. These people embody Jesus’ teaching on forgiveness. I remember a young adult saying to me if they can forgive so can I. I wonder how many people found strength to forgive from their actions. Definitely evil didn’t win that day.
With all that is happening in the Church and world, anger, depression, anxiety and darkness is growing, our faith tells us to respond with love, compassion, and mercy. In other words, the only way to fight darkness is with light. The more we embody the Gospel of Jesus, the more the Church will grow stronger during these times of trials and lock downs. In truth, all of us, including myself, could have lived the Gospel more faithfully. As we approach Advent it is a time for action. We need to allow our faith to transform the way we think and act. Faith starts in the head but then must move to the heart where it begins to transform us, and then our actions will flow from the Gospel and our Catholic faith. During this process, we need to repent for our sins and the ways we have not fully embraced the Gospel message. With true contrition and with the Lord’s mercy to help us we can become the children of light. What needs to change in your life? Ask God to give you the graces you need. Do you believe you are loved by God? What actions in your life show others you are loved by God and in thanksgiving you love them? How will you become a brighter light to shatter someone’s darkness? Ask Jesus to show you the way. Also ask Jesus to show you how you can help Him bring about His kingdom.
Lord Jesus save us from the forces of darkness, send Your Spirit to light the dark areas of our lives and help us to spread Your light wherever we go.
In Advent hope,