Article from Parish Bulletin – The Arrow on June 16, 2019
Happy Father’s Day, Dads! Today, on the day on which we honor Fathers – our own fathers, stepfathers, foster fathers, grandfathers, godfathers, and fathers of all kinds – we celebrate the Most Holy Trinity as a model for the loving relationship we strive for in our own families.
Speaking of fathers, I spoke to Father Ed last week. Healing, as many of you know, takes time. Patience is a virtue while one waits! He was grateful for your prayers and said he sure can use them. Let us continue to keep him in our thoughts and prayers.
In a conversation I had with someone recently, the question was raised, IS SIN REAL? All we have to do is look at the paper or watch the news to find the answer to that question!! I feel a problem for so many is that folks seem to have forgotten that ignoring God’s laws can result in consequences that are eternal!
What is sin? In our Catholic tradition, we see sin as “the deliberate thought, word, deed or omission contrary to the law of God” as we find it in the Ten Commandments, the Beatitudes, and in Scripture. Ultimately, we are called to love God and love neighbor as self.
Here is a simple plan for doing our best to live by the law of love. Each evening, examine your actions that day and ask if they were pleasing to God or not. Resolve to do better and take steps to change. Remember the gift and blessing of seeking absolution through the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Then, we can at least be sure that when we meet God, we will hear God say, “Well done, my good and faithful servant.”
Have a safe and blessed week ahead.
With you a Christian. For you a priest.
Father Carl Morello – Pastor of St. Giles Parish