Dear Friends in Christ,
It is with joy and spiritually renewed , I return to SFA Catholic Campus Ministry after my 3 months of Sabbatical in Rome.
Heart filled with gratitude, I thank Fr. Justin Braun, the Vocation Director of the Diocese for his diligent care and contribution rendered to our ministry. There is no doubt, our students will miss him very much. Thanks to my staff for their excellent dedication and commitment during my absence.
I was deeply touched by all the volunteers who contributed to the great success of our first Spirit Brunch and our ministry at large. It is such a blessing to know and experience that so many of you, care for our students.
Well, I'm back to get busy as our Holy Father Pope Francis has proclaimed an Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy as a special time for the Church “to make more evident its mission to be a witness of mercy.” Only the third special jubilee in Church history, this year will be an opportunity to encourage all of us to meet people’s real needs with concrete assistance, and to experience and recognize with gratitude the mercy of God in our own lives.
What a way to commence the season of Advent. Advent, at its heart, is about getting ready to encounter Jesus at Christmas. Opening your heart to him. Getting to know him. Becoming a better husband or wife, father or mother, son or daughter, friend, etc.
Regardless of our position in life, we are all in need of God’s mercy, a mercy that He extends so that, despite our own weaknesses and struggles we can be one with Him. It is God’s mercy that bridges the gap between our humanity and God’s divinity, provides us with a model for right relationships, and brings us out of our isolation and into joyful communion with him and with all people.
This Holy Year will open on December 8th, 2015, the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, and conclude on the Solemnity of Christ the King on November 20th, 2016. In this jubilee year, We need to make it evident that the Church is a living witness to the compassion of God.
By recognizing the presence of the Father’s mercy in our own lives, through prayer, reflection, and reconciliation, we are then prepared to search out and respond to the physical, emotional, and spiritual privations of those in our community—the sick, the imprisoned, the poor, the stranger—and bring mercy to others.
May God Bless Y'all!