Feast Day of the Fourteen Holy Helpers
From the Desk of Father David
Dear Parishioners and Friends in Christ,
Happy and Blessed Feast Day of the Fourteen Holy Helpers!
As we look at the problems in the Church and world we can often wonder is there a solution and who will bring it about. The Acts of the Apostles, Church teachings and history offer us the answer. The solution is for all of us to grow in holiness. Holiness is the call to be separated from all that is evil and to be closely united with Jesus Christ. This is difficult but with God’s assistance it is possible. In Acts of the Apostles, we see the early Church turning away from the norms of society and replacing them with Christian values. Often we read that their lives were so different that people were able to pick them out as Christians. For the past fifty years, the popes and Church documents sent out a call for all people to be holy. As one draws closer to Christ, his or her actions also change and therefore they help others stay on the path of righteousness by their words and example. History also show us that when the Church and world were in trouble God called men and women to grow in holiness. One example, is the 1500’s when the King Henry the VIII of England was breaking away from the Church and the Protestant Reformation was beginning we see more men and women standing up for Christ. We can look to the saints of this time period, but we must remember that they had many individuals working with them who did not become canonized saints. All these men and women stabilized the Church and world because they were willing to grow in holiness.
The first step to grow in holiness is to frequently ask God to give you the grace to orientate your words, thoughts and actions toward Him. Also ask Jesus to guide your journey into a stronger union with Him. Please remember to also ask the saints to guide you and read their writings, they want to help you. Every day take some time to slow down and look for God’s presence. At the end of the day, with gratitude examine your day trying to see it from God’s point of view. Ask the Holy Spirit to help you understand your motives and ask His assistance with the next day. Go to the Sacraments of Confession and Eucharist as often as possible. When sick receive the Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick. Pray in a way that draws you closer to Christ and strengthens your bond with Him. Pray with the Scriptures often and do some spiritual reading frequently. St. Gregory the Great Catholic Store on Maple Road has many excellent books and religious items. Surround yourself with people who have the same goal as you. Together may we help each other grow closer to Christ and strengthen our world and Church.
Lord Jesus remove all obstacles that keep us from growing in holiness, because this union with You will lead us to living life abundantly here on earth and eventually join us with You in heaven.
Peace and Healing,
Fr. David Bellittiere