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Week of July 30, 2023

A Note From Fr. Brady

Brothers and sisters, It’s hard to believe it’s already been a month since I arrived at St. Michael and St. Joseph and our ACC.  I’m continuing to get into the swing of things but it’s all going very well in the busyness of it all.  Thank you for all your prayers and support.

In a world and culture that moves so fast, it’s extremely easy for us to get caught up in going from one thing to the other to the other.  Whenever we recognize that our lives are getting too busy, one thing we can do to refocus ourselves on what matters most is to ask ourselves, “What’s the point of it all?  Why am I here?”  These two questions get to the heart of our whole existence that cuts through the busyness of life.

As Catholic Christians, we believe there are in the end only two things that matter, two things that answer the two questions we just asked.  Those two things are 1) glorifying God and 2) getting to Heaven.  “What’s the point of it all?”  To glorify God and get to Heaven.  “Why am I here?”  To glorify God and get to Heaven.  These two points may sound very abstract, but they are actually extremely practical for our day-to-day lives that help us remember the presence of God and continue to grow in holiness in the hustle and bustle of life.  The elders among us might think they can’t do as much as they used to in their old age.  While this may very well be true, your ability to glorify God doesn’t need to diminish in the slightest.  The many limitations that come with old age can actually drive you to glorify God more by offering up the aches and pains as acts of love for God, family, and neighbor.  The young parents among us may wonder what spiritual good there can be in changing a diaper for the tenth time today and yet, it’s precisely in the mundane, day-to-day duties that God is powerfully at work to sanctify you.  The daily duties of our state in life are undoubtedly the will of God for us.  Therefore, we carry them out for love of God, our families, our neighbor.  We carry them out as a sacrifice of love.

Every Sunday, we have the privilege to glorify God to a supreme degree by participating at Mass at our local Catholic Church.  The Mass is the supreme act of glorifying God and the most powerful place for us to unite our daily duties to the work that Jesus fulfilled in carrying out the Father’s will by going to the cross for us.  It’s in our glorification of God for who He is that we in turn grow in holiness and ultimately have the gift offered to us of eternal happiness in Heaven.  It’s in glorifying God on this earth that we have the solid hope of getting to Heaven to live with Him forever.

What’s the point of it all?  Giving glory to God and getting to Heaven! Through the Cross,

Fr. Brady Keller  

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