Dear Catholic Trojan Family in Christ,
I pray that this message finds you all in good health, most especially now amid this pandemic, and in the friendship of the Holy Spirit.
This time last year, Jamie and I, along with our directors, began to prayerfully discern our theme for this year. In our prayer, we asked Christ what His will is for our community for this year. During the summer, we gathered as a full staff to prayerfully discern through the theme. Christ revealed to us, at that time, His theme for us which came from Matthew’s Gospel: “Take Courage, it is I. Do not be afraid… come!” (14:27-29). As you recall, the disciples are gathered in a boat battered by waves. In the near distance, they see Christ standing on the water! Peter calls out to him and Our Lord commands him to come to Him on the water!
With the current situation with the Covid-19 virus, I could not help but think that the Lord was preparing our community for this time. We are all living day to day and the future remains unknown. This pestilence, coupled with the suffering in Africa from locusts (yes, that is still a thing), and our current wars around our Earth, the fear of the “end” times runs rampant. We see this fear in the empty shelves of the grocery store or the lack of charity by our brothers and sisters.
Our Lord STILL calls out to us! Even amidst the uncertainty, fear, doubt, anger, injustice, and disease, Our Lord still calls out to us to himself! We are certainly frightened by the waves, but He continues to encourage us to draw near to Him: “Take courage! It is I! Do not be afraid! Come!” Let our commitment to Christ, especially during these difficult times, be our act of faith and act of trust!
This trust resembles the kind of trust that many married couples know so well, especially in times of trouble. They look at one another and say: “I do not have all the answers and I don’t have a crystal ball about the future. But I love you and trust you and will never leave you. Where we end up, we end up together…”
May we make an even deeper commitment to Our Lord during these times! May we gather on Sundays as a family to pray so that we can keep holy the Lord’s Day. May we use every technological means to remain connected to one another! May we continue to show charity to our brothers and sisters, especially those in most need! May we ask Our Lord for the strength and fortitude to put these into effect!
I remain deeply connected to each of you and pray for you daily with fatherly affection.
Mary, our Immaculate Mother, St. Joseph, our father and lord, and our guardian angels, intercede for us!
Sincerely Yours in Christ,