06/18/2017 - "GO TELL MY BROTHERS! COME TO ST. LOUISE - THERE THEY WILL SEE ME!"
Last Sunday, our Father revealed very
clearly the first and most important thing that
He is inviting us to do. Together, we saw that
it is NOT: “be a good person” or “obey the 10
commandments” or “be nice to people”. The
first and most important thing our Father
invites us to do is to BELIEVE that He loves
you so much, that you matter so much to Him,
that He has given you His Son, Jesus!
Life, eternal life indeed, begins with a
response of faith to all that our Father has said to us,
done for us, shown us, and given us in the Gift of His
Son and the Holy Spirit.
JESUS AND THE HOLY SPIRIT WERE SENT
BY THE OUR FATHER TO BRING US BACK
TO HIS LOVING EMBRACE
These past few weeks, our Father has been laying
out very clearly “the why” He sent us His Son, Jesus,
and the Holy Spirit: He loves you! You do not have a
stable dwelling place on this earth. We are pilgrims. We
were created to share in God’s life of love and joy for all
eternity. Our sin, our disobedience, our lack of trust in
His loving goodness exiled us from paradise. We
closed the door the moment we turned our back to Him.
He is not indifferent to our trials and suffering. He did
not create illness and death. He sent Jesus and the
Holy Spirit to heal us, to wash away our sins, to break
our chains and lead us back to His loving embrace!
JESUS HAS CHOSEN TO NEED US AND SHARE HIS
MEDIATION, POWER, AND MISSION WITH US.
Jesus is the sole mediator between God and man!
And, as Catholics, we prayerfully observe how Jesus
has chosen to exercise that mediation. From the very
beginning of His public ministry, He has chosen to
share His power and authority with us. First He calls the
12 unto Himself, then a large group of 72, and then on
the day of His resurrection and on the day of His
ascension, He extends this share in His mission with all
of His sons and daughters. “As the Father has sent me,
so I send you!” “Go forth, the Mass is ended!”
JESUS WANTS TO FORM US INTO A BAND
OF JOYFUL MISSIONARY DISCIPLES.
To be a Catholic Christian means to embrace your
dignity, your responsibility and your share in the
mission of Jesus and the Holy Spirit. Our Holy Father,
Pope Francis, and our Archbishop, Allen Vigneron, are
both exhorting and leading us, by their example and
teaching, to become a band of joyful missionary
disciples. We are to become a parish family, arms
united, that looks out into our neighborhoods
and communities. Where we encounter
confusion, suffering, loss, enslavement,
sorrow, and despair, our response will be: I
know someone that can help you! Come with
me to St. Louise, there you will meet Him!
OUR FATHER WANTS EVERYONE WHO
LIVES IN OUR PARISH BOUNDARIES TO
ENCOUNTER HIS SON, JESUS –
HE WANTS WARREN BACK!
Peter Kreeft, in his book “Jesus Shock” offers
an insight to help us become a more vibrant
parish. He encourages us to focus on the Real
Presence of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament. As we
become more and more aware of this extraordinary
presence of the Son of God in our Tabernacle, on our
Altar, and in our hearts, we become more in tune with
what is on the heart of Jesus. Jesus’ gaze goes out to
our neighborhood and communities! The four walls of
our Church cannot contain the immense and amazing
love He has towards all.
JESUS IS CALLING US TO HIMSELF TO LIVE MORE
FULLY/MORE DEEPLY OUR RELATIONSHIP WITH
HIM, TO EMBRACE AND LIVE OUT OUR MISSION.
What does it mean to be a Catholic Christian? Why
does St. Louise exist? Starting this fall, we will begin to
offer every parishioner at the weekend Holy Masses
opportunities to grow and deepen their understanding
of the essential traits of what it means to be Catholic
and what it means to be a parish. These teachings will
be geared towards you living out to the fullest the great
dignity and responsibility of being a Catholic Christian.
A STRONG RELIANCE ON PRAYER: ST. LOUISE’S
COMMITMENT TO PRAY AT 6PM EVERY DAY FOR
OUR FAMILIES AND COMMUNITY
For all of you who participated in Holy Mass this
weekend, you received a beautiful prayer card of Jesus
the Good Shepherd with a special prayer on the back. I
am asking everyone in the parish to begin to pray this
prayer every day at 6pm. It is a good and beautiful
thing for us to do no matter where we are, for all of us
to lift our eyes to Heaven and to ask our Lord to work
in our midst, to touch the lives of our neighbors and
families. Let us be faithful and fervent in our prayer for
our community, confident that our Lord and the Holy
Spirit will do the work that only they can do!
Let’s remember to keep each other in prayer this