One aspect of our fallen human nature is the frequent desire to be in charge: to be “Boss”. Not even the Apostles were immune from that temptation. Not only did James and John ask the Lord that they might “sit one at your right and the other at your left” (places of power), but the Gospel records that the other ten became indignant at this request. They were jealous of them. The Lord’s response is clear. Authority is not given to a person for the benefit of the one “in charge”. Authority is given to one so that he can serve – and for the benefit of those being served. Certainly this must be the case within the Church itself, especially in regards to how the Pope, the Bishops, and the Priests exercise their authority. It is true also within the family. The Lord intends that parents exercise authority over their children for the good of their children. No room for wimps! The true exercise of authority must be steady, firm, loving – always seeking the good of the ones we are serving.
Last year we exceeded the Diocesan Annual Appeal by more than $39,000, which we received back in rebate to benefit SSPP. Your gift to the DAA benefits not only the Church in our Diocese and beyond, it benefits our parish, too. A big “Thank You!” to those who have already returned their pledge cards. Our goal is to have 100% response. This is a simple, yet important, way that we can express our solidarity as a parish. Naturally, I hope that you can make a generous, sacrificial gift to the Appeal. But, even if you are unable to make a financial gift, I request that you still return your pledge card (writing “prayers” in place of a pledge amount). Look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others. Have this mind among yourselves which is yours in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 2:3-5) Pray for the success of the Diocesan Annual Appeal. Pray also that God will give each of us a generous heart as we seek to meet the many needs of our parish, the Diocese of La Crosse, and throughout the world.
May God bless you!