Fr. Bryan Howard
Good Friday Solemn Service of the Lord – 30 March 2018
Why do we do all of this every year? Why do we gather together during Holy Week? We believe that these rituals, these celebrations, remember something that happened in the past, and prepare us for something that’s going to happen in the future. On Good Friday we remember and celebrate the suffering and death of Jesus, and we prepare ourselves for the crosses that we have to bear in our lives, and especially for the end of our lives. We learned this from the Jews, because they did the same things.
All of these things happened during the ancient feast of Passover. In Passover the Jewish people remember when God delivered them from slavery in Egypt. Moses told the people that God was going to send one final plague on Egypt. Because Pharaoh had ordered the murder of the sons of the Israelites, so God would send the angel of death to take the firstborn son of every family. The Israelites were told to each offer a year old male lamb, without spot or blemish, and to spread the blood on the door posts, so the angel of death would know to pass over their houses. Then they would roast the lamb and eat it with bitter herbs, wine, and unleavened bread.
To remember this, the Jewish people would all gather in Jerusalem for the feast of Passover. They would go to the temple and offer the lamb, then they would roast the lamb and eat it with bitter herbs, wine, and unleavened bread. It was on the feast of passover that Jesus was crucified. Remember what St. John the Baptist said when He first saw Jesus, which we say in every Mass, “Behold the lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world.” And latter in the Mass, “Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world, have mercy on us.” Jesus is the lamb of God. As Jesus was stretching His arms out on the Cross, the lambs were being offered in the Temple. When they prepared them to be roasted, they would take two sticks, one they would tie down the back of the lamb, and the other would be tied to its front legs, holding them out to the side, in the shape of a cross. And what time was it when this was happening? The lambs were offered in the middle of the afternoon. The Bible tells us when Jesus took His last breath, about 3:00 in the afternoon. At the same time. None of this is an accident. In God there are no coincidences. Everything has a meaning and a person. From the very beginning God knew how He was going to save us.
In the Exodus, the Israelites were saved from slavery to Pharaoh, but Jesus saves us from slavery to sin. The passover lamb saved the people from physical death, but Jesus, the Lamb of God, saves us from spiritual death. We are not now being prepared to enter some promised land, like the Israelites were, we are being prepared to enter heaven.
Now, you probably thought that was all of the connections, but I want to point out one more. On Passover, after the day was over and all the offering done, they had to clean up, so they would get buckets of water, and splash them all through the Temple area and on the altar, and it would drain through the side of the Temple, through the right side, and form a stream of blood and water. After His death, to prove that Jesus was dead, the soldier took his lance and stabbed Jesus through His right side, and from the would came a stream of blood and water, signifying the saving waters of baptism and the Precious Blood of the New Covenant. The Bible says, “The life is in the blood.” We receive the life of Christ into our own souls every time we draw near to the Cross.
The Sacrament of Holy Orders
The last two sacraments are called the sacraments of service, Holy Orders and Holy Matrimony. They are both all about serving others. In Holy Matrimony, husband and wife receive grace from God to better serve one another and their family, to treat one another with love, kindness, compassion, and generosity, and to help one another get to heaven. In Holy Orders, deacons, priests, and bishops receive grace from God to serve the Church, the people of God, to lead people in prayer and service to God, to help people to grow in holiness, and to help people get to heaven.
The Sacrament of Holy Orders is based on apostolic succession. Each bishop alive today was ordained by another bishop, who laid hands on his head and prayed over Him, and that bishop was ordained by another bishop, going back in a line all the way to the Apostles and before through them to Jesus Christ. Jesus Christ gave the Apostles the authority to lead the Church, to perform the sacraments, to forgive sins, and to preach and teach in His name. They passed that authority on to their successors. Priests and deacons are ordained by bishops and receive from the bishop the right to lead prayer, administer the sacraments, give blessings, etc. When a deacon, priest, or bishop uses their authority and power in serving and leading the Church, it isn’t really their own authority and power; it’s the authority and power of Christ passed down to them through apostolic succession.
Some of the sacraments change the very soul of the person receiving them, like baptism and confirmation and Holy Orders. If you ever stop by St. Louis Cemetary No. 3, on Esplanade, just inside the front entrance is the priest’s mausoleum, where many priests of the Archdiocese of New Orleans are buried. On the font is has the inscription in Latin, “Tu es sacerdos in aeternum.” You are a priest forever. These three sacraments leave an indelible mark on the soul. They are, truly, eternal, because they connect us to Christ the High Priest, who is eternal.
The purpose of Holy Orders, of the diaconate, priesthood, and episcopacy (bishops), is to imitate Christ who “came to serve and not to be served.” We serve people by trying to help them to grow in holiness. Please pray for your clergy, deacons, priests, and bishops, that they may grow in holiness, too, so as to better help all people to grow in holiness.
Fr. Bryan Howard
Holy Thursday Mass of the Lord’s Supper – 29 March 2018
The ancient Israelites had many different kinds of sacrifices. They had thank offerings, given to thank God for some great blessing, and sin offering, in reparation for a sin committed, and holocaust offerings. They had offerings of bread and of grain, of grapes, libations of wine and milk, offerings of lambs, goats, bulls, and oxen. Some were offered every day and some only once a year, but they all had two thing in common. Every offering and sacrifice had to be offered in the Temple in Jerusalem, and it had to be offered by a priest. By the law of God, that was the only place where a sacrifice could be made, because it was the house of God. So, why do we call the death of Jesus on the Cross a sacrifice. First, human sacrifice was forbidden in ancient Israel. Second, it happened outside of the Temple, and outside of Jerusalem. Third, there was no Jewish priest. An ancient Jew would have called the death of Jesus an execution, or maybe even a martyrdom, but they never would have called it a sacrifice. So, how did the apostles, who were Jewish, come to consider the death of Jesus a sacrifice, and not just any sacrifice, but the one perfect sacrifice through which our sins are forgiven and we are united to God for eternity?
Well, it has to do with what we’re celebrating today, the Last Supper. You see, the Last Supper was a seder meal, a ritual meal, and it followed a very strict order. It began with the sacrifice of a lamb in the Temple, and continued with a meal at home. When you ate, when you drank, and the prayers to be said was all laid out. So, the apostles must have been very confused when Jesus, at the Last Supper, began to change things. During a traditional seder meal, you eat roasted lamb, bitter herbs, and drink 4 glasses of wine a certain times. The third cup of wine is called the cup of blessing, and it was this cup that Jesus took, and said the blessing, and gave it to His disciples saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.” Then He said that He would not drink again from the fruit of the vine until He would drink it new in the kingdom of God. The disciples must have been thinking, “But Jesus, what do you mean you won’t drink again the fruit of the vine? There’s another cup of wine in this very meal.” But Jesus left for the Garden of Gethsemane before the end of the meal, before the fourth cup, which is called the Cup of Acceptance, or, sometimes, the Cup of Consummation.
Do you remember what Jesus said in the Garden, when He went forward to pray? “Father, if you are willing, take this cup away from me; still, not my will but yours be done.” The cup is the cup of suffering that is in store for Him, but perhaps He’s also referring to the last cup of the Seder meal. What were the last words that Jesus spoke from the Cross, before He surrendered His Spirit? “It is finished.” Which, in Latin, is Consummatum Est, “It is consummated.” Jesus accepts the cup of suffering from that He had to bear, and, through it, consummates, or completes, His mission.
By reflecting on the Last Supper and the Cross of the Lord, the apostles saw the connection between the two. The Last Supper was preparing them for the memorial of the Cross, and we can remember and celebrate the Cross of the Lord by reliving the Last Supper, which is what we do in the Mass. We listen to the history of salvation in the readings of the mass, we speak the words that Jesus spoke, we offer the sacrificial Lamb, the Lamb of God, and we share a meal, the bread that becomes the Body of Christ and the wine that becomes His blood. In the John, chapter 6, we read the words of Jesus, “Unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink His blood, you will not have life in you.”
So, stay close to the Mass, because it is through the Mass that you stay close to the Cross, God’s great act of love for us, and receive His life in your soul.
In the fifth chapter, “From Impulse to Life-Giving Union,” we are asked to consider the three sources of temptation and how they relate to pornography and sexual sin. Only by understanding where these temptations come from can we learn how to fight against them and reject them. The three sources of temptation, which are listed by St. John (1 John 2:16-17) are the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life.
The Lust of the Flesh is our bodily desires, for example, for food and drink, for comfort, and for pleasure. None of these things are bad. In fact, they are all gifts from God, but if we allow our desires to get out of control, then they can start to control us. Pornography enhances the lust of the flesh by presenting situations that are out of our fantasies. They go beyond and warp real life. When we begin to control our other bodily desire we can become better at controlling sexual desires as well. We can do this by practicing moderation in what we eat and drink, by putting the thermostat a little bit higher or lower than we normally like it, and by taking cold showers, and in many other ways.
The Lust of the Eyes is how we take delight in what we see. It is healthy to delight in a beautiful sunset or landscape, the work of talented artists, or even in the beauty of another person. It becomes unhealthy when we feel like we have to possess or own those things and when we begin to treat other people as objects. Pornography always treats people as objects and teaches those who use it to do the same. We can combat this temptation by practicing custody of the eyes; that is, when you are tempted by what we see, look away. Look at something else, or even distract yourself with something else. If you keep your mind occupied, then you won’t be able to think about whatever the temptation is.
The Pride of Life refers to the drive for ambition and power. This distorts our healthy desire to be the best that we can be and grow in virtue and holiness. Pride turns this into arrogance a desire for power over others. Pornography is attractive to some because it gives us an illusion of control. We think that we are in control of what we see, but in reality, the more someone used pornography, the more it controls him. We can fight this temptation through practicing generosity, compassion, and humility, and by praying for those who are trapped in lives of sexual exploitation.
All three sources of temptation take what is good and corrupt it. We can fight back through staying close to the source of all goodness, God.
Fr. Bryan Howard
Palm Sunday – 25 March 2018
Holy Week is the holiest week of the Christian year. During this week we set aside our normal routine to offer special praise and worship to God, to remember His Passion and death, and to ask for the grace to grow closer to Jesus in our daily lives. Even with all of the extra prayers, devotions, and rites, all of the extra time that we spend in Church during this week, remember that it’s not holy because of what we do for God, but because of what God did, and still does, for us. We don’t make things holy, God makes things holy. In fact, that’s what holiness is, closeness to God.
On Holy Thursday, with the Mass of the Lord’s Supper, we remember the Last Supper of Jesus with His disciples, and how He told them, “Do this in memory of me.” On Holy Thursday night, the night before His Passion, Christ gave us the Mass, He gave us His very body and blood.
On Good Friday, we remember the Passion and crucifixion of our Lord, and how He gave His life for us. We remember that He died for love of us and to draw us closer to Himself.
On Easter Sunday, we remember His resurrection and how, in rising to new life, He has invited us to receive the new life of the Holy Spirit, just as He appeared to the disciples on this day and, breathing on them, gave them the Holy Spirit.
Jesus Christ may have been God made flesh, but He was also fully human. During this week, remember how much Jesus struggled. Remember how, after the Last Supper, He took the disciples out to the Garden of Gethsemane and asked Peter, James, and John, “Could you not keep watch for one hour?” They couldn’t. They kept falling asleep. This is what Jesus is asking of us during this week, “Could you not keep watch for one hour?” He is asking us to sit and pray with Him.
Remember how, during the time when He needed them most, all of the apostles except John abandoned Him. At that point in their lives they weren’t ready to embrace the Cross of Christ. Jesus is asking us, during this Holy Week, not to run from the Cross, but to learn from it, and to let the Cross of Christ bring us closer to Christ. Jesus gave us the Mass, the memorial of His suffering and death, He gave us the Cross, His victory over sin and death, and He gave us the Resurrection, the new life of the Holy Spirit, but the path to the Resurrection always goes through the Way of the Cross.
St. Frances de Sales said, “If you contemplate Him frequently in meditation, your whole soul will be filled with Him, you will grow in His Likeness, and your actions will be molded on His.” Spend time this week in prayer, sitting with Jesus, keeping watch with Him, thinking about His life, His Passion, His death, and His resurrection, and letting Jesus fill your soul with grace and help you grow to be more like Him in imitating His faith, compassion, charity, courage, and perseverance.
Palm Sunday, or Passion Sunday, is the beginning of Holy Week. Palm Sunday commemorates the entrance of Jesus into Jerusalem while being honored by the crowds, and it continues through the events of the Passion of the Lord. This is one of the most ancient feasts in the Church. We know this because a pilgrim to Jerusalem, named Egeria, recorded the services of Holy Week in her diary. At that time Holy Week was already a normal celebration in the Holy Land, and these services spread throughout the Church. Holy Week prepares us to celebrate the resurrection at the Easter Vigil, which itself is one of the oldest Masses in the history of the Church.
In New Orleans, all of the priests gather for the Chrism Mass on Holy Tuesday. At the Chrism Mass, the Archbishop blesses the holy oils which are then distributed to all of the Churches to be used in the sacraments. There’s the Oil of the Sick which is used in the anointing of the sick. The Oil of Catechumens is used in the Rite of Baptism, to anoint those who are about to be baptized. A catechumen is a student, or a disciple, and this anointing shows that the newly baptized are about to become disciples of Christ. Finally, the Sacred Chrism, which is the only one where the olive oil is mixed with perfumes, is used in baptisms, confirmation, and Holy Orders, and it represents the presence of the Holy Spirit. This is a special Mass for priests because we renew our ordination promises on this day.
The next major Mass is the Celebration of the Lord’s Supper on Holy Thursday. Knowing that He was about to be arrested, Jesus gathered His Apostles in the upper room where He washed their feet, thus commissioning them for the service of the Church, and instituted the Eucharist with the very first celebration of the Mass. After Mass, we keep vigil with the Eucharist in Church, as Jesus asked His apostles, “Could you not watch one hour with me?” The Church will be left open until 10:00 pm for those who wish to pray before Jesus in the tabernacle.
On Good Friday we commemorate the arrest, condemnation, and crucifixion of Jesus with the Solemn Service, which begins at 3:00 pm, the time when Jesus died. After the service we will keep vigil with the cross, because the Eucharist will have been removed from the Church in honor of the death of the Lord.
These are some of the most important, solemn, and beautiful services in the entire year. They celebrate the death and resurrection of Jesus, which is our salvation and the reason we are Christians. The whole week, and especially the Triduum (Holy Thursday, Good Friday, and Holy Saturday) is designed to be like a spiritual retreat. In addition to the special services, we’ll have morning prayer on each day of the triduum, the Way of the Cross on Good Friday, and confessions on Good Friday and Holy Saturday. I’d encourage you to participate in whatever parts of Holy Week that you can.
The last chapter, chapter 3, of Equipped was about who we are as children of God made in His image and likeness. The fourth chapter, “Understanding Sexual Integrity,” is about human sexuality. You see, everything has a meaning. It’s been said that God writes history the way that an author writes a book; everything means something and past events point forwards to future events. Well, that doesn’t go far enough, everything that God created, He created for a reason and a purpose, including us. Even our actions have meanings. For example, if you slap someone in the face, it doesn’t mean, “I like you and want to be your friend,” even if that’s what you thought you were saying. It means that you don’t like them and want to hurt them.
The more more important something is, the more important its meaning, and human sexual is very important. In fact, it was the very fist thing that God commanded us in the Bible, “Be fruitful and multiply.” So, what does human sexuality mean? It means, “I want to be completely united to you. I give myself to you totally and completely.” As much as we try to make it mean other things, we all know, deep down, that that’s what it really mean. That’s why we call it consummating, or completed, a marriage. Marriage is about giving yourself to someone totally and completely and uniting your life to theirs.
If human sexuality is about giving myself to another person completely and totally, then what is pornography about? As Equipped puts it, “Porn always teaches us to use and dispose of people.” It’s not about sharing your life with another person, it’s about your own pleasure. If marriage is supposed to teach us to be generous and giving, through caring for our husband or wife and children, then pornography teaches us to be selfish and take.
Once we know and accept the truth about human sexuality and what it means, then we can begin to live it in our lives.
Fr. Bryan Howard
5th Sunday of Lent – Year B – 18 March 2018
In a world of cyber bullying, safe spaces, and school shootings, two words that you probably hear over and over are self confidence. Self confidence and self esteem are very important concepts in a world where posting the wrong thing on twitter or instagram can see you fired from you job, black listed, and ostracized from society, at least until people forget about you. As the song says, “If you don’t stand for something, you’ll fall for anything.”
So, the first time we really pay attention to today’s Gospel, it may seem odd that Jesus says, “Whoever loves his life loses it, and whoever hates his life in this world will preserve it for eternal life.” Is Jesus really telling us to hate our lives? To hate ourselves? Talking about this specific line, St. Augustine gives us two possible interpretations of it, and I thing that both of them are very good to reflect on during this second to last week of Lent.
First, “If you would preserve your life in Christ, fear not death for Christ.” If you love your life, and want to keep it, then you need to understand that the only way to do that is to live for Christ and die for Christ. Put more simply, you are going to die. Maybe not today, and maybe not tomorrow, but someday you are going to die. We can’t choose whether we’re going to die, only how we’re going to live. Will you live for Christ? Will you die for Christ, it you are called upon to do so?
Second, St. Augustine tells us, “Do not love your life here, left you lose it hereafter.” Have you ever heard the song, “If heaven ain’t a lot like Texas, I don’t want to go,” or Billy Joel, “I’d rather laugh with the sinners than cry with the saints.” Have you ever heard someone say, “If they don’t have such and such in heaven, then I don’t want to go. If that’s just a way of saying that you really like something a lot, then that’s fine, it’s just a figure of speech, but sometimes people mean it. What they’re basically saying is that they love that thing or person more than God. “I would rather be separated from God for all eternity, than be separated from my favorite this.”
Think about what the season of Lent is all about. God loved us so much that he created the universe, even though He didn’t get anything out of it. Think about it. You can give something back to your parents because they have needs outside of themselves, food, water, shelter, affection, respect, friendship. But, God doesn’t need anything that He doesn’t already have, and if He did need something, He couldn’t create it because He doesn’t have it. So why did God create us? He simply wanted to share His love with us. He shared His love with us by sending us the prophets of the Old Testament, by choosing a people, the Jewish people, to share His way of life with the world, and by revealing His truth to us. Finally, Jesus Christ the Son of God, God Himself, came down to become one of us. Even if I could, I wouldn’t become an ant, just to share my love with the ants. But that’s basically what God did. And if that wasn’t enough, then He died for us, and not just any death, but the death of the Cross.
So, how can we love Jesus more? How can we love God more than we love even our own lives. Are we willing to die for Jesus, and even to live for Jesus, so that we can live with Jesus for eternity. What are we willing to sacrifice, to put aside, so that we can live with Him? Our pride? Our greed? Our anger? Our unforgiveness?
Over that last couple of weeks you may have noticed a theme running through my homilies: baby steps, a little bit at a time. And this week is no different. The way that we grow to love God more, is by giving up things that we like and that we don’t really need for Him. That’s what we’re doing in Lent. When you pass by a Burger King and really want to stop in for a chicken sandwich, but then you remember that it’s Friday, and you keep driving. You’re saying, Jesus, I love you more than I love chicken sandwiches. When you’re praying and you get distracted, maybe by work or what’s coming on TV later, but you pull yourself away from that and turn your attention back to Jesus, you’re saying, “Jesus, I love you more than I love TV.” When you come to the Church to volunteer, or go help out at the food bank or battered women’s shelter, when you could be going fishing. You’re saying, “Jesus, “I love you more than I love fishing.” And that’s really saying something. So, when Lent ends, don’t stop making little sacrifices for Jesus, because, each time you do you’re saying, “Jesus, I love you more than I love even myself.”
In the third chapter of the book, Equipped: Smart Catholic Parenting in a Sexualized Culture, we read about the first wall of the house, our God-given identity. We are unique and unrepeatable people. We are made in the image and likeness of God. We are sons and daughters of God.
“God is love,” as we read in the first letter of St. John. God is eternal, which means that He didn’t have a beginning but has always existed, and that He won’t have an end, or stop existing. But, if God is eternal, how can God also be love. Love has to be shared with another or given away. Before God created the universe He was alone, wasn’t He? No, God wasn’t alone, because God is a Trinity, and the Trinity is an eternal exchange of love. Before time began, the Father has been pouring Himself out in a total gift of love to the Son, and the Son has been receiving the Father’s love and pouring Himself back out to the Father, and they have both been pouring themselves out to the Holy Spirit. God is a relationship, a perfect sharing of love. We are destined to share in the eternal, perfect love of God. That is the reason that we were made, and that is what it means to be made in the image and likeness of God.
The first wall of the house is to make sure that you and your children understand this. We all we know about religion is the rules, the “thou shalt not’s,” then we’re doomed to failure. We have to understand God’s love for us and that we are destined for the same love. Our job on earth is to love and serve God by living in His love and by loving one another as He has loved us.
Fr. Bryan Howard
4th Sunday of Lent – Year B – 11 March 2018
Today is Laetare Sunday, or “Rejoice Sunday.” It’s the fourth Sunday of Lent, meaning that we’re halfway through Lent and that much closer to Easter and to the celebration of the Paschal Mystery, the death and resurrection of the Lord. And we have a lot of reasons to rejoice. God has given us immeasurable blessings. We’re blessed to be born in this great land of freedom and opportunity, the United States. We’re blessed in our family and friends. We’re blessed to be Catholic, to know about God and His love for us, and to be members of His people. We shouldn’t take these blessings for granted, because there are people in the world today who don’t have them. There are people who don’t have any family or friends. There are people who struggle just to get enough to eat and drink and some sort of shelter. There are places in the world where people don’t have the freedoms that we do where you might be arrested or killed just for being Christian or disagreeing with the government. There are people who’ve never even heard of Jesus.
We are Christians and Catholics, but what does that mean to us? Does it make a difference in how we live our lives? St. Paul wrote in our 2nd reading, “because of the great love he had for us, even when we were dead in our transgressions, brought us to life with Christ…, raised us up with him, and seated us with him in the heavens in Christ Jesus, that in the ages to come He might show the immeasurable riches of his grace.” This is really why we rejoice. We have been called to salvation, to the grace of God, and to the life of Christ.
If we have such great blessings and graces from God, then why is there so much sin in the world? As we read in the Gospel, “And this is the verdict, that the light came into the world, but people preferred darkness to light, because their works were evil.” People preferred darkness to light. If you attended the Mission this past week with Fr. Kurt Young, one of the things you heard on the first night of the Mission, Monday night, was that our own sins can keep us from deepening our relationship with God. In fact, sin is one of the main things that make it harder to grow closer to God. God is light. He brings light into the darkness and reveals what is in our hearts. We all have those places in our hearts that we prefer to keep in darkness. Things that we don’t want anyone to know about. When we sin, if we’re not actively trying to overcome that sin, it starts to affect the way we think. First, it gets harder to fight that temptation. That’s called concupiscence, the tendency to fall into sin. Second, it becomes easier to justify that sin and convince ourselves that it’s not really wrong at all. 75 years ago, almost everyone agreed that sex outside of marriage was wrong, now most people think that it’s normal. 25 years ago, most people agreed that euthanasia (physician assisted suicide) was wrong, now it’s legal in 5 states and Washington, DC. You see, it causes us a lot of stress when we’re acting in a way that we believe is wrong. So, we can either change our behavior or change our mind. It’s often easier to change our minds.
As Jesus said in the Gospel, “For everyone who does wicked things hates the light and does not come toward the light, so that his works might not be exposed. But whoever lives the truth comes to the light, so that his works may be clearly seen as done in God.” At the Easter Vigil, as I carry the paschal candle, which represents the resurrected Christ, into the darkened Church, I’ll sing, “The light of Christ,” and then everyone’s candles will be lit from that candle. Christ is the one who brings light into the dark places. We have to bring the light of Christ into the dark places in our own lives, so that He can burn away our sins. Here are three tips to help you do that.
First, frequent confession. When we wait 6 months or a year between going to confession, it’s easy to forget some of our sins, or to start thinking that they’re not a big deal. If we go each month, it helps us to face them directly and bring them to God. Then, with God’s help, we can start to break their power over us.
Second, use an examination of conscience. Find a good examination of conscience. I have several good ones linked on our website in the resources section, and we keep a stack of them next to the confessional. Use it regularly to examine your life. Then you’ll be better prepared for confession and it’ll get easier to go to confession.
Finally, the one percent rule. This comes from World War II. When the US entered the war, we had to get our factories changed from peace time to war production quickly, so the government send a pamphlet out giving advice on how to get changed over. They suggested that factories not try to go full out right away, but aim to improve production 1% every day. After the war, when they were taking stock, they found that the factories that listened outproduced the ones that tried to go 100% right away. Aim to improve yourself 1% each day. We can’t do everything, right away. It’s just not possible and if we try we’ll burn ourselves out. But if you try to improve 1% each day, you might do more than you could have imagined.
Remember, you’re not alone. God wants to share with you the immeasurable riches of His grace, so walk in the light.
Fr. Bryan was pastor of Our Lady of Lourdes from July 3, 2017 to June 2022.