“Go and bear fruit” (John 15:16)
This year, our parish is “looking back” on 50 years of the Holy Spirit at work in our midst. We have grown. Families and individuals have encountered Christ through worship, study, ministry and education. We will also celebrate “today” by holding various events to bring us together to build relationships and memories. To help us consider where the Holy Spirit is moving each of us as we “look ahead,” we began the 50 Opportunities for Mercy, Grace and Growth initiative on October 1.We can get comfortable in our faith, our understandings and our routines. It’s pretty normal. But where’s the fire? Where’s the desire to go deeper, learn a bit, stretch our arms and hearts to embrace something or someone new? How could the Holy Spirit be poking you to take a step and explore, to open your heart to another with mercy and grace? 50 Opportunities for Mercy, Grace and Growth is our parish’s year-long anniversary effort to encourage us to take steps along our faith journeys. Information is posted in the atrium and on the parish website describing different opportunities here at the parish or in the wider community. There are various paths to arrive at mercy, grace and growth. You might opt for changing things up in your personal faith routines by checking out the choir, attending a speaker’s talk, joining a Bible study or ministry group, or volunteering as a catechist. Maybe it’s time to revisit confession after many years, or to purposely take quiet time and sit at Adoration.
Recently, Fr. Phil talked about the prayer of St. Ignatius and of being “all in” with our faith journey by learning, seeking and offering ourselves to the Lord:
Take Lord! Receive all my liberty, my memory, my understanding, my entire will, all that I have and call my own. You have given all to me. To you, Lord, I return it. Do with it as You will. Give me only Your love and Your grace. That is enough for me.
As we open our hearts, eyes and minds to something new, we’ll be growing closer to understanding this prayer. As we try to pray along with St. Ignatius, may we begin to live it.
Visit this link throughout the year for available opportunities: