Article from Parish Bulletin – The Arrow on January 26, 2020
Later this week, I will be leaving to attend the ALPHA conference. What is this? It is a gathering of leaders across denominations for a time of prayer and conversation around the topic of what God is doing now and ask, “How are we impacting the mission of Jesus?” There will be specific sessions geared toward our Catholic identity, looking at ways to sustain the present movement of God in today’s culture. The Cardinal has strongly encouraged pastors and parishes to consider such a program and I, along with many other priests, will be attending this conference at the end of this week. The fact that it is January here and the conference is in Mesa, Arizona helped me make the decision that I should go! However, I am truly looking forward to opening myself up to a new experience and see where God might lead me, and our parish, through what I may discover. I will keep you posted.
Here we are, several weeks into the new year. The church has begun a new liturgical year as well. Once again, we take with us the gift that we sang so much about during the Christmas season, the gift of peace that God gives through his son, Jesus. The truth is humanity has been working to unwrap this gift since its bestowal. Hope for this gift of peace is mustered through prayer, songs and ritual, reminding us to keep striving, to keep looking for that ever-elusive gift. “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give it to you. Do not let your hearts be troubled or afraid.” (John 14:27)
Even as nations play chess with nuclear weapons, we can never become jaded that peace is impossible. When we are not ready to forgive one who hurt us or offer that forgiveness to those we have hurt, we hinder the process. We must always keep striving to keep peace at the forefront.
More than words to a song may this be for us a reality: LET THERE BE PEACE ON EARTH and LET IT BEGIN WITH ME!!
Next weekend, we celebrate Candlemas Day, the blessing of candles and their significance as the light of Christ among us, along with the anticipated feast of Saint Blaise associated with the blessing of throats. Watch for some special touches at Mass highlighting these traditional rituals.
Have a safe week ahead.
With you a Christian. For you a priest.
Father Carl Morello – Pastor of St. Giles Parish