Dear Fellow Parishioners,
Lent has begun! During this penitential journey we are invited to reflect on our relationship with God. And I pray we realize that regardless of our age, experience, status, etc., we all have areas that need improvement. The key here is whether we have the courage, wisdom and humility to enter into this discernment process. Knowing that we will struggle, the Church has given us forty days to work on this task; plus, it even provides us with the disciplines of prayer, fasting and almsgiving to guide our efforts. Perhaps an inspirational story will help. Enjoy!
In 1976 Spokane Washington hosted a Special Olympics for contestants that were physically or mentally disabled. For the 100 yard dash there were a number of contestants assembled at the starting line.
At the gun, they all started out, not exactly in a dash, but with a relish to run the race to the finish and win. All, that is, except one boy who at the starting line stumbled on the asphalt and tumbled over.
Two of the other runners saw the boy fall and slowed down. They then turned around and went back, picked him up and the three crossed the finish line together. People in the stadium stood and cheered; and the cheering went on for several minutes.
Why? Because deep down we know this one thing: What matters in life is more than winning for ourselves. What matters in this life is helping others win, even if it means slowing down, and changing our course.
“Even if it means…changing our course” — we all have parts of our life that can need adjusting. A beautiful thing about being Catholic is that we are never left alone in our journey through life. The Church provides us with countless opportunities to grow in our faith and our relationship with the Lord. There are countless people and programs waiting to pick us up and assist us in crossing life’s finish line. The key here is that we must do our part to allow others to help us. Thus, take time during this Lenten season to take advantage of some of these occasions for grace. Check out our bulletin, our website, our Facebook page, and so much more to discover the possibilities.
For example, the Sacrament of Reconciliation is available to help us deal with our sinfulness and brokenness, and then to bring us healing. I hope everyone will avail themselves of this wonderful opportunity for grace. FYI, this coming week our second grade students will be receiving their First Reconciliation. Please keep them in your prayers. May this be the first of many times that these young people seek the Lord’s healing through this personal encounter with God’s mercy and forgiveness.
May each of you have a blessed Lent!