I had thought it odd for the longest while that Jesus would say that he was going to go away. He had risen from the dead recently so couldn’t he stick around? On pilgrimage in the Holy Land, in a small church which has a marbleized footprint on the ground commemorating the last step of Jesus as he was lifted into the sky, I was still confounded.
Every Spring, kids get dressed up in white dresses or little suits and walk into a church packed with parents, siblings, and grandparents to watch the young ones receive Jesus in the Eucharist for the first time in Holy Communion. But the sad reality is that some families see First Communion as a rite of passage but end up not maintaining a faith life for themselves or their children.
In the Gospel we hear Jesus say to us, “I will not leave you orphans, I will come to you…” This gospel is striking during our current times. In a time of confusion, suffering, uncertainty, and for many isolation and loneliness, God the Father is actively caring for us and telling each of us, you are not alone.
This journey of faith is not always easy. Sometimes the greatest wounds are those we suffer when family members and friends wander away from God and leave us behind. What are we to do in such a situation? We must realize that God is more powerful than us.
It doesn’t matter where you are in your life — you could work in an office, at a parish, or in the home — you will at times have a to-do list a mile long that seems overwhelming. You wonder how you will get it all done. Below are some tips to keep you organized and crossing tasks off of your list.
Promises have meaning and can be taken seriously when they come from God. In uncertain times, there is great comfort in the assurance of faith. In knowing the Way, the Truth, and the Life, which provides the means to how a heart can stay untroubled.
The clearer the voice calling you, the easier it is to recognize who it is on the other end of the line. In John’s Gospel, Jesus speaks of the gatekeeper who opens the gate and calls for his sheep. They respond because they know his voice.
In an ideal world, it would be great to personally reach out to every parishioner. But with limited staff and time, it’s just not possible. Think an email marketing platform would work for your parish? Check out some points below to help make the case!
Do you ever feel that life is unfair? Is your faith in God still strong in the midst of hardship, confusion, anxiety and suffering? Can you love a God who leaves you with your suffering? If we look to the passion of Christ, we clearly see a God who does not eradicate or sidestep injustice and great suffering, but embraces them.
Your administrative staff is invaluable at your office. They manage day-to-day responsibilities and, when needed, put out those little metaphorical fires that sometimes pop up. Here are some ways you can show your appreciation for your colleagues.
If we claim to be Christians, disciples of the risen Jesus, then those around us should be able to tell by our actions. When we come together to break bread at Mass, Jesus shows us his love by becoming truly present to us. What are we in turn willing to show him?
This pandemic is teaching the Church that we need to be more attentive to technology and how it can aide us in effectively being Church. How we organize and lead our parish and diocesan communities off our campuses is key to our Church in the modern world.