On Tuesday I will attend an addiction workshop with several members of our pastoral region’s outreach team. It is difficult to calculate the cost of this epidemic – in missed work, in stolen possessions (often from family members), in the heartache of loved ones who feel helpless. This workshop is a collaboration between Catholic parishes in our archdiocese and Lutheran churches. I am certain that the Church has an important role to play in reducing the incidence of addiction. The Church at its best provides hope and provides community.

Paul’s insistence on the reality of the resurrection of Jesus in our second reading is also a message of hope. If Jesus can conquer death, he can conquer anything! How often do we consider this truth of faith to be more than just words? A man was dead – for three days – and then was not dead. A miracle! And a great cause for hope! It gives a powerful answer to the question: What (if anything) comes after this life? Jesus is risen from the dead! There is life after this life. That is GOOD NEWS.

The pastoral council for St Peter’s will meet on Tuesday this week, and pastoral region committee will meet next week. Also on Tuesday of this week is the Holy Hour for Vocations at St. Julie Billiart. Remember to pray for the bishops gathered in Rome this week, February 21-24, to begin addressing the various sexual scandals in the Church. There is a need for many within the Church to purify our hearts. Please pray with and for those who are working to bring this about.

What a joy to know, love, and serve the good God.

In Christ,

Fr. Rob