Friday, May 16, 2014

The Way, the Truth, and the Life

Dear Parishioners,

There’s a big difference between giving directions and following directions. I’m not just talking about parents and children. As a parent, you know what you want your child to do, but he/she may not want to do it or not understand how to do it. Between two adults, it is not easy, even when one wants to follow the directions of another. It’s very easy to get confused or lost. The best directions I ever received were when I arrived in Munich, Germany. I was looking for a famous restaurant and asked two men for directions. They replied that they had just come from there and then said they would lead me there. That’s what Jesus does when he says, “I am the way, the truth, and the life.” (John 14:1-12) He literally leads us to the truth and life (eternal life), because he is also the way. When we get confused or lost in life, we have no one to blame but ourselves, because we have turned away from Jesus, the way. It’s very simple, but it’s difficult because all too often, we want to have it “our way.”

- Fr. Carl

“A humble person, if his opinion is asked, gives it in all simplicity
and then leaves others to give theirs. Whether they are right or
wrong, he says no more.”
~ From “Thoughts of the Cure D’Ars”