Pastor’s Corner 7/8/2018

Dear Parishioners and Visitors:

In today’s second reading, St. Paul writes that he was given a thorn in the flesh so that he might not become too proud. He then writes that in prayer God told him: “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is made perfect in weakness.” I have felt the power of God overshadowing me during these past couple years, years when I was completely broken. In February 2017 I had a bike accident where I badly damaged my right rotator cuff, tore my right bicep and broke a rib. I was unable to hold any weight in my right hand for 3 months—limiting my ability to do ministry and exercise. I had difficulty sleeping, only averaging a few hours of nightly sleep for those months. I became depressed and felt powerless. Fortunately, through good friends and spiritual direction, I managed to get back on course. I realized God’s power in my weakness and had to admit my defeat. Having an athletic mind I don’t do defeat easily, and asking to move from St. Kateri parish felt like defeat. What I’ve discovered was it was more of a surrender than defeat. As I surrendered to God and my own limitations, doors opened and I began to recover.

I believe with all my heart that my strength comes from on high. St. Paul wrote: “I can do all things in Him who gives me strength” (Philippians 4:13). This is my Ironman mantra and my life mantra. I remember how during my Ironman events that I completely relied on the grace of God. It is in my weakness that God’s power is manifest. So whether during an Ironman event or a challenging life event, I rely on the grace and power of God. So, like St. Paul, “I am content with weakness, insults, hardships, persecutions and constraints, for the sake of Christ; for when I am weak, then I am strong.” And, when I am weak, God is strong. Peace.

—Fr. Tom

Pastor’s Corner 7/1/2018

Dear Parishioners and Visitors:

The desire to touch the holy is a strong human impulse. In our incompleteness, we yearn for union with the divine. This desire leads us to seek out people, places and objects that give us a spiritual “connection.” Just as Michelangelo’s Adam stretches out his hand toward the Creator, so we stretch out our hands towards God’s presence. Like the women in today’s gospel who dared to reach out and touch the garment of Jesus, we too reach out with hope and longing. Continue Reading