Pastor's Letter - September 15, 2019

We marked the 18th anniversary of the terrorist attack on our country this past Wednesday, September 11. The passage of these 18 years does not diminish the shock, outrage, and anger that many rightly experienced after this deliberate assault against our country and the deaths of thousands of innocent people. Make no mistake about it: the direct and intentional killing of innocent people is evil. It is a moral evil, since it was the act of men, who are moral agents, but our response is also a moral issue. That is why we pray for our President and Congress to make good, prudent, and just decisions in the ongoing war against Islamist terror; and also why we pray for the members of our armed forces - and many others - who willingly place themselves in harms way to insure that we can live secure lives. The brunt of violent and radical Islamism seems to have shifted more to Africa, where our Christian brothers and sisters continue to suffer much from terrible attacks. Please continue to pray for them, and those in the Middle East, who witness to the Faith by the shedding of their blood. We must keep these unchangeable Christian principles always in mind: one must never do evil to achieve some good end; and one must never directly and intentionally kill the innocent. The anniversary of the terrorist attack should be the occasion to reflect upon those principles, and - aided by our Catholic Faith - to embrace them. The radical Islamist terrorists evidently do not believe or follow these truths. But we must.

What Is Catholic Stewardship? Stewardship is not simply making donations or taking care of the building and grounds. It is a spirituality – hence a way of life – made of four parts:

•Receiving the gifts of God with gratitude 
•Cultivating them responsibly
•Sharing them lovingly in justice with others 
•Standing before the Lord in a spirit of accountability 

Each one of us is responsible for determining how to live out this stewardship way of life. You will not be alone, however. Your fellow parishioners and Catholics around the Diocese are traveling together with you. Please pray for the success of the Diocesan Annual Appeal in our parish and throughout the Diocese of La Crosse!

May God bless you! Fr. Schaller