Message from the Pastor
My dear sisters and brothers in Christ,
Receive God’s Blessing!
A Healthy Peace
Just as our physical health depends greatly on a strong immune system, so also our spiritual wellbeing will flourish only if the defense mechanism protecting it is fully developed and works properly. A great tragedy occurs when the defense mechanism is damaged. In the area of spiritual life, such damage can occur through lack of proper upbringing that is virtually the equivalent of insufficient nourishment of the body. One’s spiritual life can also be damaged by the uncontrolled release of protective energies that manifest themselves in anger and hatred and completely take over one’s ability to reason. As a result, one can make immature decisions that can easily lead to unnecessary conflict, war or other tragedies.
When God equipped humans with this defense mechanism to protect them from illness as well as moral evil, he did so with the intent that the energy placed within this mechanism would be used for the good of individuals and the entire human race alike. Humans unfortunately have been unable to channel this energy towards goodness and continue to use this gift to their own detriment. The Christian solution to reversing this misfortune is The Son of God. According to Christian teaching, Jesus came precisely to help us properly use all of the energies His Father gave us. This special help was given to us when he courageously placed himself between enemies, opting not to use the powers at his disposal to destroy the enemies but rather choosing to hold his emotions thus radiating love toward his enemies. Rejecting violence or war as a means of establishing peace, he proposed humility and forgiveness as “weapons” of peace, creating waters of peace that flow from the spring of His cross.
To this day it is quite evident that not many have adopted Christ’s principle of peace. Self-destruction and a predilection towards violence are still serious afflictions of the human condition. To alleviate these afflictions, a personal encounter with Christ is needed because only he can protect us from ourselves and help us to discover true peace. May the Mother of Jesus draw us to a closer encounter with The Prince of Peace.
Peace be with you!
With God's Blessing,
Msgr. Frank Kurzaj, Pastor
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