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Last Saturday (3/1) we celebrated another wonderful Ceili event. Nearly four hundred parishioners gathered at the La Vista convention center to celebrate a year of discipleship well lived and to make a little extra money for some special projects around the parish. I want to extend my sincere thanks to all those who worked to make the evening a special night for the parish. Special thanks to Gail and John DeBoer who served as our honorary chairs this year and to Diane and Matt Ferro who chaired the coordinating committee. As was noted in the bulletin the last few weeks, we honored the Pokorny and Schmid families with the Spirit of St. Columbkille award at the Ceili for their service to the parish and to the wider community. They inspire all of us to share our gifts with others and so experience the joy that Jesus said comes with service to others. Thanks!
Pope Francis wrote to all of you recently to encourage you to live your Lent well. Here are a few of his thoughts from the letter. The full letter can be read at the Vatican website:
Jesus does not reveal himself cloaked in worldly power and wealth but rather in weakness and poverty: "though He was rich, yet for your sake he became poor." Christ, the eternal Son of God, one with the Father in power and glory, chose to be poor; he came amongst us and drew near to each of us; he set aside his glory and emptied himself so that he could be like us in all things. God’s becoming man is a great mystery! But the reason for all this is his love, a love which is grace, generosity, a desire to draw near, a love which does not hesitate to offer itself in sacrifice for the beloved. Charity, love, is sharing with the one we love in all things. Love makes us similar, it creates equality, it breaks down walls and eliminates distances.
God did this with us. Indeed, Jesus worked with human hands, thought with a human mind, acted by human choice and loved with a human heart…By making himself poor, Jesus did not seek poverty for its own sake but, as Saint Paul says "that by his poverty you might become rich". This is no mere play on words or a catch phrase. Rather, it sums up God’s logic, the logic of love, the logic of the incarnation and the cross. God did not let our salvation drop down from heaven, like someone who gives alms from their abundance out of a sense of altruism and piety. Christ’s love is different… read more...
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We recognize one another as gifts of God, inviting and inspiring all to become disciples of Jesus.
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