Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
St. James, in the second reading for this Sunday’s Mass, gives us sound advice on how to live our Christian life “Be doers of the word and not hearers only, deluding yourselves.” If we don’t put into practice our Lord’s commands, then our religious practice can be an illusion. St. James goes on to state: “Religion that is pure and undefiled before God and the Father is this: to care for orphans and widows in their affliction and to keep oneself unstained by the world.” This is something that we all need to hear, including those among the clergy. Our treatment of others, especially those for whom we have authority over, says something about the purity of our devotion to God. We ask God for pure hearts so that evil will not reside there. This is what the humble reception of the sacraments do for us, especially the Eucharist and Reconciliation. Let us pray for one another and for our spiritual leaders.
Our offices are closed for Labor Day. I hope and pray that it may be a day of rest and relaxation for all of you. Enjoy the holiday.
God bless you all.
Administrator Pro Tem