03 Feb 2018

This Week Letter – February 4, 2018

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Dear Parishioners and Friends,


I don’t suppose there is anyone among us who has not attended school, who was not been educated. From a young age we were practically deluged by science, news, catechesis; we continually acquire knowledge, also divine truths, Church truths and dogmas. On the basis of the information obtained, we can study together the content that allows us to believe, think and recognize what surrounds us, what drives us, what we should proclaim.

There is so much knowledge that you can hardly withstand it, it is impossible to fully understand everything. Even if we were more educated, we would not have achieved a higher level in all areas. Thus, we have specialization in specific fields of science. The same applies to knowledge about God, faith and our religious status. Here we also have specialists who help us solve various problems related to our existence and pro-existence.

Their task is to bring the Holy Bible closer, to evangelize us and to support us spiritually in our earthly journey, so that when we leave this world, we will be aware of what spiritual reality we are choosing, what we will leave and what we will take with us. Although the latter is obvious, not everyone is aware of it. In the end, the coffin has no pockets, so only good or unfortunate bad deeds testify for us. Job clearly states: “Is not life on earth a drudgery, its days like those of a hireling? Like a slave who longs for the shade, a hireling who waits for wages, “ Job (7,1-2).

However, we must remember that as members of the Church of Christ, each of us has the right and duty to proclaim the Gospel. How? By good words, deeds, patience, and above all love. For example, let’s be Saint Paul, who says: “I am aware of the duty that binds me: Woe to me if I did not preach the Gospel!” (1 Corinthians 9.16b) “I am doing everything for the Gospel so that I may participate in it” (1 Corinthians 9:23).
Jesus, the best teacher and incomparable model, tells us the same thing that He told his disciples: “Let’s go somewhere else, to the neighboring cities, so that I can also teach there because for this I’ve come.” And He went throughout all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues and casting out demons. (Mk 1,38-39). Let’s follow him and evangelize.
At the request of His Excellency Cardinal Blase Cupich and the Archdiocese of Chicago, I tried in the last bulletin to encourage you to sacrifice in support of the Annual Catholic Appeal. An important task of the Appeal is to enable parishioners to join in the system of supporting Catholic education, pastoral activities and many assistance programs run throughout the Archdiocese. May God bless you all for your supporting prayer and dedication to the needs of our archdiocese and parish.

God bless!