Sunday, January 1, 2012

God Is With Us

"If God be for us, who is against us?" 

This is a good time to reflect on the last fifty-two weeks. We can see many bad things that have occurred: the tragic loss of life in our cities and in the suburbs due to violent crime, in the wombs because of abortion and in other places because of natural disasters. We have seen the further corruption of morals through the entertainment industry and by the bad example of politicians and other public figures. The very definition of marriage is being compromised.

God does not abandon us, nor will He. He has always remained with us. That is why many good things have occurred. We have the heroic efforts of people who defend and protect life such as those of our soldiers, police officers, firefighters, doctors, nurses, and rescue workers. There are the prayers and work of pro life men and women. They selflessly seek to defend and protect the lives of the most innocent and the most defenseless, those not yet born. They do this through education and awareness programs. Also we have a number of so many others who do good, including our educators who are truly interested in the welfare of their pupils. The list could go on and on.

Even in television, radio and movie productions there is good. In November, the television series Catholicism was shown not only on Eternal Word Television Network but also on the Public Broadcasting System. Moreover EWTN continues to be a blessing offering many of us solid Catholic programming 24/7. There is also an increase of Catholic media through satellite radio and through the Internet. However, we should always check to make sure that sites are trustworthy and faithfully adhere to what is taught by our Catholic Church.

In our own parish, many goods things have occurred. We have the blessing of two more priests in residence: Fr. Quill and Fr. George. Msgr. Hubba continues to help us on weekends. The more priests we have praying for us the better.

We are in our seventh year as a Stewardship parish. Of the various ministries, particular mention must be made to Thursday Adoration and to the food pantry. Those who watch and pray are bringing more people to our Lord. Our food pantry volunteers and those of you who donate food and money to the needy should be recognized for all the help given in this ongoing lackluster economy.

It is true that we can shake our heads at all the evil that has occurred. But, there is no room for despair. The good far outweighs the bad. God effects good through people like us. Let us continue in humble obedience to Him. May we enter this new year with the resolve to continue using our hands and voice as He wants.
 Father Stanley

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