Greetings to you on the 6th Sunday in Ordinary Time,
At St. Paul in New Lisbon, renovation has been completed in the entry way to the office and the parish office itself. Thank you to all who helped to move furniture, assisted with the behind the scenes works, and to the Family Life Committee for providing the new office furnishings. Our Parish Council and Finance Council are pleased with the updates and have approved work to be done in the Library, that is the room to the left of the Sanctuary (as you look at the Altar.) It is my hope that the refurbished Library can become a center for Catechesis for our parishes.
At St. James in Camp Douglas, and St. Michael in Indian Creek, have been exploring with our Parish Councils and Finance Councils what work needs to be done, what needs the parishes have, and what we as parishes would like to see done. As those of you who own homes know, sometimes there are so many little things to fix and upgrade it can become discouraging. I have asked the councils to begin drafting a sort of "five year plan" to list these needs in order of priority, to present to you the faithful, so that you know what is coming up and are not discouraged by the announcement of yet another project year after year. By the Lord's good grace we will see to these needs one step at a time.
I want to personally thank all of you who contributed to the Diocesan Annual Appeal. Our three parishes have met our goals, and will even receive a rebate. To those who were able and did not contribute, first ask at least for your prayers for the parishes, and to prayerfully consider to begin giving to the appeal. Even a few dollars given by all who have not given, will greatly help the parish. To those who could not give because of hardship, you are in my prayers, and again ask for your prayers for the parishes.
This week in our readings, Jesus reveals the deeper meanings of the Ten Commandments.
"Outward observance of the Law is not enough. It is not enough that we do not murder, commit adultery, divorce, or lie.
The law of the new covenant is a law that God writes on the heart (see Jeremiah 31:31-34). The heart is the seat of our motivations, the place from which our words and actions proceed (see Matt 6:21; 15:1820)." (Scott Hahn)
By keeping the commandments, we are choosing water over fire, life over death, (c.f. Sirach 15:15-20). This is Wisdom: Choosing to to do the good, because it is good and because we love God and neighbor. The wisdom of the Lord is greater than the passing, and constantly changing wisdom of the World. With all the unrest and raw emotion which eschews rational thought these days, let us, who follow Christ, trust in His wisdom and live by the law of his Kingdom.
God bless you all,
Father Robert Letona