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Dwell in the Heart of Jesus

 

29 August 2017

Dear Brothers and Sisters of St. Mary’s,

This year, we are invited to “Dwell in the Heart of Jesus.” What a beautiful continuation in the theme of renewal through Christ. Last year, as we contemplated how Christ “makes all things new”, we discerned the transforming power of the Eucharist. This year, we contemplate how His loving heart offers us both the strength to live Christian lives, and mercy for our failures.  As Christ loves us, so we learn to live genuine lives of love.  We must allow Him to transform our lives.

Let us come to our Lord and Dwell in His Heart.  Jesus calls us into Communion with Himself, so that His Heart and our hearts may begin to beat as one.  We learn to love as we ought: a complete giving of ourselves, as Christ gave all for us through His Passion.  Let us listen to His heartbeat and humbly acknowledge that everything we have, everything we are, is a gift from our Lord.  Further, may we come to understand that we must use our gifts in His service.  This is the essence of Stewardship: a complete giving of self out of Love for God and love of neighbor. No longer can we say “we have no time”, for what little time we have is a gift from God to be used to help His children in need.  Our talents must not just be utilized to further our own careers, but must be used in service to our neighbor.  Our treasure, after providing for our family and our future, must also be returned to our Lord with a grateful heart.  After all, Christ did not tell the rich young man merely to sell ten percent of his possessions and give it to the poor... (cf. Mt 19: 16-21) Christ honored the poor widow who only gave two coins, for it was all she had.  (cf. Mk 41-44, Lk 21: 1-4) …To love is to sacrifice.  When we discern how to give, how to love, we should look to the Cross.  Only in dying to self can we really live for Christ.

Let us Dwell in the Heart of Jesus.  Let us be transformed, and truly enter into Communion with our Lord. We are not just called to meet on Sundays, and then trudge through our mundane lives.  We are called to be Christ to the world!  In sharing our gifts, we continue the mission of our Lord:  feeding the poor, clothing the naked, healing the sick, visiting the imprisoned…  Our good works bring others to Christ, and grow His Body on earth: The Church. This is evangelizing.  This is our ultimate charge.  Ours is a constant battle against the powers and temptations of this world.  The Graces received through the Sacraments strengthen us for our mission.  Let us also pray unceasingly for the Holy Spirit to guide us, and for our Mother to intercede for us!

Yes, today let us Dwell in the Heart of Jesus.  Let us grow in Faith, Hope, and Love.  Let us grow in confidence in our Lord, so that tomorrow we may go forth.  We dwell in the Heart of Jesus so that we, rather Christ acting through us, may “make disciples of all nations,” (Mt 28:19) beginning with our own.  May God bless us on our journey!

Pax et Bonum,

Father John Mosimann

2017 Ministry Handbook