Reflecting on the New Year

January 4, 2015

Dear Fellow Parishioners:

As we begin the new year I invite you to reflect upon a beautiful prayer written by Father Pedro Arrupe, SJ, a 20th century Superior General of the Society of Jesus:

Nothing is more practical than finding God,
than falling in Love in a quite absolute, final way.
What you are in love with,
what seizes your imagination, will affect everything.
It will decide what will get you out of bed in the morning, what you do with your evenings,
how you spend your weekends,
what you read, whom you know,
what breaks your heart,
and what amazes you with joy and gratitude.
Fall in Love, stay in love,
and it will decide everything.

We find ourselves within the Christmas season — an opportunity to celebrate the very incarnation of Love in the person of Jesus Christ. As Fr. Arrupe’s prayer states, falling in love with Jesus affects every part of our lives. This very thought may be overwhelming; and yet, in this awe-filled moment we are comforted and inspired by the prophets who have gone before us: John the Baptist, Elizabeth, Joseph, Mary, and many other great Saints. In addition, we remember the many “unofficial” saints who have inspired us to seek a relationship with Jesus, such as our family and friends. We give thanks for the many ways these personal role models brought us to faith in Jesus Christ. Now the rest is up to us, for we are to be messengers as well, preparing the way for others to meet our Lord and Savior. May we “fall in Love, stay in love” as we live this gift of life we have received.

A BIG THANKS to the many people who have participated in the Offertory Giving Challenge II (OGC II). At this time the final numbers are still be tabulated; and yet, I am confident that we will make our goal. A BIG THANKS to our donor family for their efforts to inspire us to increase our Offertory Giving and support the many good ministries we have here at St. Edward’s. Together we are doing the Lord’s work. Let us rejoice and be glad.

Christmas and New Year’s Blessings, Fr. Brian