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

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