Friday, February 19, 2016

Change For The Better

Dear Parishioners,

This Sunday, we see Jesus up on the mountain with Peter, James, and John (Luke 9:28b-36). While in prayer, Jesus is transfigured as his face is changed in appearance, and his clothes become dazzlingly white. Prayer will not have the same dramatic effect on us as with Jesus, but it is essential if we want to be changed for the better and become more like Jesus. Lent is a time when we pray more often and more fervently to grow in our relationship with God. However, fasting and almsgiving (donations to the poor) are necessary to elevate our prayers to please God the most. This Lent, Pope Francis encourages us to use the Bible with our prayers. You might start with the Gospel of Luke and read a short section (10 minutes) each night, and then the Acts of the Apostles. It will help in your relationship with God for sure. Hopefully, this experience will encourage you to read the rest of the New Testament as you grow in the friendship with the Lord.

- Fr. Carl

“All soldiers are good in garrison. On the field of battle,
we see the difference between the brave and the cowardly.”
~ Thoughts of the Cure D’Ars