Pastor's Letter - July 8, 2018

Mother Theresa once said that God does not want us to be successful; He wants us to be faithful. This is a difficult task. We find it much easier to measure our lives by observable – generally secular – standards. Did I get an “A” for my final grade? Is my income rising? Does our yard look better than the neighbors’? Even when it comes to things of a religious or spiritual nature we tend to think in terms of “success”. But the role of the prophet (like Ezekiel in today’s first reading or Jesus in the Gospel) can’t be measured in terms of success. Just how many people reformed their lives after hearing the prophet Ezekiel’s exhortation? How many refused to listen to Jesus? Was Jesus successful? He was not rich. He had few followers in the end. And His suffering and death at age 33 certainly is not what the world would call success. Being faithful is an entirely different thing. It is living and teaching the truth in season and out. It is – as St. Paul relates in today’s second reading – being content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and constraints, for the sake of Christ. That is the key. “Success”, for us, is being faithful for the sake of Christ. For Christ we bear with difficulties and temptations. With His help we grow in the virtue of charity and patience. Do not be discouraged if you seem to experience little “success” in your life. God isn’t calling you to be successful. He wants you to be faithful.

I wish to welcome Fr. Ruben Manliguez to SS Peter & Paul. Fr. Ruben, from the Diocese of Romblon in the Philippines, is asking for our support of the Church in his diocese which has suffered much in recent years from typhoons. Many of their people struggle in poverty, and the typhoons have made their situation even more diffi- cult. Please be generous with your support to the Church in Romblon! A second collection will be taken up today to support them.

May God bless you! Fr. Schaller