As we prepare for the Debt Elimination Campaign, it is important not to be so obsessed with the money that we do not do anything about our spiritual life. The most important thing is that we serve others, because that is what parishes do. Jesus gave us the command to, “go and make disciples of all nations” (Mt 28:19). We have to challenge ourselves if that is what we are doing.
What are the things that inspire people to come to any given church? The first thing is if they are spiritually being fed. This is not the sole responsibility of the priest. That responsibility is shared with the rest of the Body of Christ. We are all responsible to make others feel welcome into St Mary or St Joseph Churches. We are all responsible in sharing our faith with others so that they may grow and be inspired by your story of faith. Learn your faith and why we do what we do. We are called to be a community that supports each other.
Come to the events we have so that you can be fed in your faith. I am always happy to answer any honest questions on why we do what we do. Read the catechism, watch EWTN on TV, listen to the cd’s on the racks in the back of church, volunteer for the various liturgy positions, St Vincent DePaul, Soup Supper, FACC or the Madonna Renewal Center. Volunteering can help you spiritually come closer to Christ. As St Frances said, “it is in giving that we receive”. Pray with us before Mass or join various study groups that we have throughout the year. At minimum, pray the prayer for the Debt Elimination Campaign.
The debt has piled up considerably, but we are not alone. Jesus said, “Blessed are those who are poor” (Lk 6:20) and “The least you have done to my brother, you have done it to me” (Mt 25:40). Jesus gives us the strength to keep giving of ourselves. In doing so, He gives us the strength all the more. As the adage says, But by the grace of God go I. And so is the grace of God calling us to do His holy will and make a difference, no matter how poor we may be. If we do this, how can God not bless us?