The Flame: September/October 2011
Dear Readers of The Flame,
Pat is an active parishioner at my parish. He recently oversaw the annual BBQ Chicken Dinner at St. Peter’s.
Like many parish activities, it is more complex than it appears. There are the logistics of ordering food, assembling the barbeque pit, coordinating volunteers and working with the public. Pat does a great job, not only because he has the skills to organize the event, but he also has a great attitude. When Pat would encounter a trial or set back, his response would be “Another opportunity to excel!”
Would that we would approach our walk with Jesus that way! Actually, it is quite biblical.
"Consider it all joy, my brothers, when you encounter various trials, for you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. And let perseverance be perfect, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing." (James 1:2-4) Trials hone our character in such a way that we demonstrate to the world the reality of our faith in Jesus Christ.We live in trying times. On the one hand, we in the United States enjoy unprecedented freedom. On the other hand, there are many who have closed their minds to the truth of the gospel and to the idea of truth in general (except for scientific truth). This has led to a moral confusion and a kind of toleration that believes that almost any type of behavior is acceptable. About the only thing that is not tolerated is someone saying that there is moral and religious truth. The gospel meets with open doors but closed minds.
Sincerely in Christ,
Fr. Bob Franco
PS: Please check out my witness about the July conference on the home page.
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