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WHERE ARE WE GOING?

It is said that vision is the ability to know where we are going even when we cannot see the path that we are taking. 

As believers, our ultimate destination is to experience the fullness of God’s Kingdom and to see, one day, the face of God. The vision we have is about the path we need to take to reach our destination.  

In the past two years, we have endeavored to share our resources to better serve God. We have endeavored to respect and honor the unique qualities and personalities of each community but at the same to share what we have to do more, serve more, reach more—in other words, to be more powerful.   

Our Vision is simple and powerful: to Discover, Live and Share Jesus. Our Vision is essential to our endeavor. It allows us to set goals, to know what we are about and to work together to reach our destination. While great progress has been made during the last two years on how we can live this vision, much needs to be done.  

Now more than ever we need to share with our brothers and sisters in Christ a vision of what can be to enable them to see where they are going even when they cannot see the path they are taking.  

We seek to be intentional disciples of Jesus Christ by how we live and respond to each person we encounter. We seek to share a message of life and hope by sharing our personal encounter with Jesus Christ and how that encounter has changed our entire understanding of who we are and the life that God wants for us.  

Albert Einstein once said, “In the West we have built this beautiful ship and it has all the comforts in it, but the one thing it does not have is a compass and that’s why it doesn’t know where it is going.”

This paradox of our times was propounded by the Dalai Lama when he said, “We have wider freeways, but narrower viewpoints; we have taller buildings, but shorter tempers. We spend money we haven’t earned on things we don’t need to; to impress people we don’t like. And it is phenomenal how the same technology that brings us close to those that far away take us far away from the people we are close to.” 

Doesn’t it seem that we’ve tried to clean the air but polluted our soul? We’ve split the atom but not our prejudice and we’re aiming for higher incomes but we have lower morals.  

So I’m hearing you ask how do we bring a change? How do we dissect this paradox that exists in our lives?  

Our response to the paradox of our world is faith. In faith, we reclaim our humanity. In faith, we understand the dignity and value of each human being and do all in our power to hold each other to the standard of who we are and who God created us to be.  

So many of our brothers and sisters (and even each of us at times) are wandering lost and confused and simply do not know where they are going. As a family of believers our endeavor is simple. To help them discover the way. To help them realize that if we want to understand the path we are to take, then we need to Discover, Live and Share Jesus. 

Peace and Joy,                   

Fr. Don

 

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