My dear brothers and sisters in Christ,
Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI calls the temptation of Jesus in the desert “a descent into the perils besetting mankind.” In other words, Jesus embraces the struggles we face. He does so to show us the WAY. Benedict goes on to say, “It is the Lord’s greatest joy and glory that we share his image and likeness… not through self-seeking but through the obedience by which ‘many will be made righteous,’ that is will become like God.” We see this obedience in Jesus’ confrontation with evil. Let us acknowledge the temptations we face and know that through obedience to and trust in God’s love we can be set free. For truly, this Lenten Season is all about greater freedom and joy with, in and through Him.
Lent is a spiritual journey, a drawing closer to God. While spiritual works and sacrifices are embraced both individually and communally, no one else can make for us the inner journey of mind, heart and soul that draws us into His life. Many just go through the motions, but we need intimacy with Him. This year’s focus is on prayer, and on Morning Prayer this Lent. Imagine if every one of us woke up with the same focus, our hearts open to God. Imagine if we all got out of bed praising God every day! How would it change you? How would it change our world? Let’s find out. I believe it will transform our vibrant parish into a parish that’s on fire with God’s love. This weekend you will receive a beautiful copy of Psalm 118:24. Place it on your dresser or bathroom mirror, and pray it every morning. Expect miracles!
We welcome Bishop Ronald Gainer! I have asked Matthew Weitzel, our Parish Pastoral Council president, and his wife Laurie, this year’s coordinator of our Vacation Bible School, to attend the Bishop’s Installation at 2:00 pm this Wednesday with the two tickets I was given. All are invited to attend a Vespers Service with the Bishop this Tuesday evening at 7:00 pm. Details are in this bulletin, but please note that this will be a first come, first seated event.
And now for some great news! Reed Frey, son of Rick and Kay Frey, will be moving into the Pittsburgh Oratory of St. Philip Neri on March 19 to begin an approximately two-year guestship with the Oratorian Fathers and Brothers. He will live the prayer and community life of the Oratorians while completing his undergraduate studies at the University of Pittsburgh. God willing, he will enter the Oratorian Novitiate upon graduation. Please remember Reed in your prayers during this exciting time of discernment in his life.
Catechism Question of the Week: In chapter 11, Isaiah says that the Spirit of the Lord will rest on the Messiah. Which of these is NOT a characteristic of the spirit that Isaiah mentions? A) The spirit of wisdom and understanding, B) The spirit of counsel and might, C) The spirit of compassion, or D) The spirit of knowledge and fear of the Lord (see CCC 712)
With family, friends and those you meet, please discuss the following Question of the Week: Why is it good for me to reflect on the Transfiguration during my Lenten Journey?
In Christ’s Peace,