Brothers and sisters:
“I will give thanks to your name, because of your kindness and your truth: when I called, you answered me; you built up strength within me” proclaims the Psalmist (138). We are reminded at each celebration of the Eucharist (“Thanksgiving”) that it is right to give Him thanks and praise and our duty and our salvation always to give God thanks.
Since God is Love and Power itself there is nothing allowed that He does not bring good out of – even the crucifixion of the Son of God, out of which the salvation of the world is obtained! We are confronted with the mystery of evil and suffering that comes from a perversion of our freedom by acting against reason and good. Nonetheless, in faith we recognize that God is always there and ready to bring good out of everything we face. So we are given strength for the journey.
It is a condition of our humanity in this world that balance, courage and hope are needed to grow and prosper in a human sense. We are grateful and give thanks for the generous (and mostly anonymous) offerings to our “Guardian Angel Fund” to assist families who need help in educating their kids in a Catholic environment. The witness of families and single parents willing to sacrifice so much for their children (and us who also benefit) inspires hope. At the same time, the injustice of the system is also an opportunity for this witness and an opportunity to benefit souls.
Bishop Malloy reminded us at his visit that we face unprecedented challenges to our religious liberty. He reminded us of the importance of remembering who we are not only as local communities but our connection with our great faith tradition around the world with which we are blessed. It is, once again, an opportunity to focus on what is most important and draw together in the essentials as we seek to understand the differences and celebrate individual gifts. It is right and just to give Him thanks and praise always and everywhere.
In Christ, son of Mary,