“April showers bring May flowers!” I certainly hope that is true given some of the rains we have had. April seems to be a month of preparation for the Spring planting season and for the soil. It’s a time of new beginnings and new growth whether it be farmers planting in their fields or gardeners working in their gardens or flower lovers cultivating their new flower beds. Hopefully, all of us can find some time to get out and dig into some dirt this Spring! There is something about digging in soil, into the earth that beckons within us a deeper connection to God, a God of new life, the original gardener at Easter.
These past days and weeks I want to congratulate our First Holy Communion Children who have received Jesus’ Body and Blood for the first time. Jesus has put his new life into them so they may continue to grow! God bless their families who love and support them as well.
Also, I would like all of us to pray for the 59 candidates from both St. Peter and St. Paul parishes who will be confirmed on Wednesday, May 10th at 7:00 PM at our Confirmation Liturgy in the Church of St. Paul. I invite everyone to come celebrate with us this wonderful sacrament of the Holy Spirit! It would be great to have a full church at Mass, and don’t worry, there is always plenty of room. So, please come join us!
One of the things I like to impress upon our confirmation students is that through the Sacrament of Confirmation they are not only becoming a “responsible” adult, engaged within our Roman Catholic Church once they are confirmed, but that through this Sacrament of the Holy Spirit, God is giving them “respond-ability” or in other words, the ability to respond to the future challenges of their life and faith! This, of course, includes the Gifts of the Holy Spirit, gifts like: Wisdom, Understanding, Counsel, Fortitude (courage) Knowledge, Piety, and Fear of the Lord. The Catechism of the Catholic Church teaches that Confirmation places an “indelible” mark on one’s soul, a mark that cannot be erased. The gifts will be given, let us pray these young people will truly put them to use!
Words to Live by: “God made topsoil so we could grow good children.”