A Word From Our Pastor

There was a popular book written a while back by Dr. Richard Carlson: Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff, and It’s All Small Stuff. What a great title that strives to teach that a lot of times it’s not the difficulties that come our way that cause us pain and suffering but the attitude we take toward them.  Dr. Carlson tells the following story of a journalist interviewing two bricklayers working at a construction site.  The journalist asks the first man, “What are you doing?” The man answers: “I’m just an underpaid and overworked bricklayer wasting my time piling bricks on top of one another.” The journalist asks the second man what he was doing and he answers:  “I’m the luckiest person in the world. I get to be part of great and important projects.  I help turn single bricks into magnificent structures!” The point is that we see life the way we choose to see it! If you choose to see ugliness, you will find it.  If you choose to find fault with life and people you can find lots of reasons to do so.  St. Paul addresses this in today’s 2nd reading: “All bitterness, fury, anger, shouting and reviling must be removed from you, along with all malice.” When we have the right attitude, a truly God-like attitude, we feel like the luckiest person in the world.  We become grateful to be able to help people in small and large ways.  As our role model, Jesus so often endured much opposition from sinners, yet He didn’t grow weary nor lose heart.  He loved them (and us) even as they (we) sin.  Yet it troubled Jesus that this negativity causes so much division among people.  There is division in family life, in national politics, even sometimes among church members!  How can Jesus promote peace if we choose to be negative towards one another?  How can Jesus bring us harmony when domestic violence in our country has sky-rocketed?  How can we become a family in faith, when parents drop off their children for religious education on Sunday, but do not attend Mass themselves, nor speak kindly to each other at home?  Pope St. John Paul II once described the family home as the “domestic church.”  That’s right, we are supposed to attend two churches: our parish church for Sunday Mass, and our domestic church for living the life of Jesus.  The solution to all of this is that we have to choose the right attitude towards one another, beginning with our family members.  We must learn to become more gracious, forgiving and accepting of one another.  Maybe we can remember Dr. Carlson’s book title: “Don’t Sweat The Small Stuff, And It’s All Small Stuff!” compared to the Love of God!            ~ Fr. John


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to become holy by taking care of others

~ Pope Francis



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