There has been a great deal of talk about love lately and who are we to judge love. As Catholics we are called by Christ “to love one another as I have loved you”. It seems impossible doesn’t it in today’s social and political climate. How can we possibly love as our Savior does? I look at John’s Gospel, (15:9-17), where Jesus exhorts us to love one another. He never fails to show love and mercy. Can we all say the same? I can’t. Jesus’ words offer hope to us: “I have loved you”, “I have called you friends”, “I chose you”, “I appointed you”. Christ knows our weaknesses and shortcomings and is always ready to come to our aid. He also promised to give us joy, a sense of well-being and contentment that will transcend our earthly circumstances. This blessing results from being His friend. This joy should allow us to endure difficulty and sorrow. It is not always easy to put others first or do we feel capable to do so.
But doing so is one way God invites us to be more like Jesus in our attitudes and behavior. This is a great way to grow spiritually. Our first Principle is CHARITY. Humbling ourselves to serve others is a tremendous way to bring Jesus to the less fortunate.
I would like to thank each and every one of you for putting your faith in me to lead this Council. I pray that I work for you with a servant’s heart. We have an outstanding Executive Board ready to work on continuing our 35 years of success. Thank you for all you do and may God bless and watch over you and those you hold dear. Laus Deo!