Parish Bulletin Article on July 25, 2021
In a time of widening political and cultural divides, it can be easy to lose sight of the dignity of people different from ourselves. Yet as Catholic Christians, we know that Jesus asks that we see everyone as family. “Love one another with affection, outdo one another in showing honor.” (Romans 12:10)
- Treat others with kindness, not because they are kind, but because you are. It is easy to be kind to those we like and love, those we respect. It is essential to be kind to people we don’t like or don’t know. Kindness is best offered when nothing is expected in return.
- Don’t build yourself up by making others look small. No one is impressed by a bully. Treat all of God’s children with honor, love and respect.
- Practice empathy. People’s reactions tend to reflect their circumstances. Avoid judging and instead offer the consideration you would like to receive.
- Meet in-person instead of online. Social media makes it easy to stay in touch, but it also can be a way to potentially damage relationships. Choose to meet in-person when possible. Whether in-person or online, we must be wise in the words we use.
- Forgive those who have hurt you, help those who need you. Treat all people, including yourself, with love and compassion. When we treat people the way we want to be treated, life instantly will get better.
Want to bring a little more peace into your world and the world around us? Try these simple things and become the instrument of God’s peace!
NOTE – Some folks have asked when we will bring back the 5 PM Sunday evening Mass. I am considering it for the fall and will keep you informed when the decision is made one way or another. The weekday Masses will also remain the same at this time.
Have a great week ahead.
With you a Christian. For you a priest.
Father Carl Morello – Pastor of St. Giles Parish