Dear People of St. Patrick Parish & Visitors:
We are living in a time where respect for human life is not valued. The senseless bombings, cars driving into crowds, killing fellow human-beings and seeing nothing wrong with it. We see the killing of an innocent baby as nothing wrong because it’s the “women’s body” and she does not want the baby she created.
And, there’s assisted suicide - let me kill myself, let me cut myself and die, let me drink, take drugs, destroy my mind and my body, and it’s okay.
In the Gospel today, Jesus tells the Apostles not to be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. That does not mean not to take precautions, to be careful, check your surroundings, etc. What is does say…..is there someone, some place, something that is leading me into sin and the possible loss of my soul and eternal life in heaven with God.
The things that kill ones soul are addiction, obsession, compulsive behavior, pornography, hate, gossip, judging others, discrimination, lying, etc.
These sins should be avoided and feared. Yes, we can control those sins and we need to see the damage they can bring into our lives.
We as Catholics, must take to heart what Jesus says, “Everyone who acknowledges me before others I will acknowledge before my heavenly Father - but whoever denies me before others, I will deny before my heavenly Father.”
Yes, we must stand up for our beliefs and have the courage to live our lives according to what God wants.
Love God and Love your neighbors!
Pastor of St. Patrick Church