Hello, hello. I had a blessed retreat. Thank you for your prayers. It really was amazing. Our God is so good. So again, my retreat was from Monday, February 15 to Monday, February 22. Father Beerman and I have been spending the last couple of days staying with Bishop Bernard Harrington near Orlando, FL getting in a little vacation and golf in.
Hopefully the missionary priest went well. I just want to thank you for being such good people of God. I am very blessed to have been assigned to you. The school is a blast. I like to go rile up the kids and then give them back to their teachers. When my parents moved me in back in July, they remarked how good the welcoming committee was. And it hasn’t stopped. So thank you.
This Sunday we hear about the connection of bad things and sin, or rather the lack there of. Some people just assume since bad things are happening to them, they are being punished for something. Sometimes God works this way, but only to get our attention so that we turn back to Him. Usually though, God’s designs are not always readily understandable. When bad things happen to us, we need to pray that it goes away if it is God’s will, but even more so, to give us the grace and strength to make it though. It is almost impossible to grow in holiness without suffering. What do those stupid tee-shirts say? “Pain is temporary. Victory is forever.” Or something like that. Suffering is temporary. But the holiness gives us eternal life with God in heaven. We shouldn’t be masochists and seek out suffering, but we should not begrudge suffering. We can use it to grow in holiness and we can offer up our suffering without complaining for the good of others.
As we get into the heart of Lent, don’t give up on your penance. If you have fallen in what you gave up or are trying to do more of, start up again. Don’t give up. Persevere.
May God bless and keep you,