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LENT: Becoming the best you that God created you to be.

posted Mar 1, 2017, 12:15 PM by Church Office

This year, the parish theme for Lent will be “Becoming the best you that God created you to be.” As we reflect upon how Jesus went through his own journey to the cross, he was preparing himself to be the best he would be here on earth where He was raised from the dead on Easter Sunday.  We as a parish family will follow his example during our own Lenten journey.  When I talk about being the best you, I am not referring to only the spiritual you, but you the whole person created by God.  We all struggle with many things in our lives that prevent us from being the best person God created us to be.  For example, I struggle with my diet as a diabetic and need to have a better meal plan.  My challenge to myself and the parish is determining what is preventing you or holding you back from being the best person God created you to be; and then eliminating it from your life during Lent.

During the week of March 27th, we will be having a three day parish mission to help us get to the root cause of our sinfulness so that we can help eliminate at least one sin in our lives.  However, I also want to help as many as possible with other challenges we face in our everyday lives.  We have many talented people in our parish and I want to take advantage of their expertise to help others in the parish.  For example, if you are struggling with your finances, I want to make available a financial expert to help you develop a family budget.  Or if you want spiritual direction, I will hold office hours for you to come in and meet with me.  If you want to change jobs, and need a new resume, there will be times set aside to meet with someone to help you to write a new resume.  These are just a few examples.  To me, the church needs to help us all in all aspects of our lives, not just our spiritual needs.  Start thinking about what is preventing you from becoming the best you that God created you to be.  Then, we will work together on developing habits and a new way of life, during Lent, so that on Easter Sunday you will truly be a better person.  This new way of life can then continue long after Easter is over and you can feel better about yourself.  Join me on this Lenten journey, becoming the best you that God created you to be.                               

Fr. John