To the Parishioners of St. Philip Neri Parish, sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints – “Grace and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ”.

Pope Francis shares the following insight“The media only writes about the sinners and the scandals, but that’s normal, because a tree that falls makes more noise than a forest that grows.”

This past Sunday we celebrated the gift of PENTECOST – our COMMITMENT to live as CHURCH … messengers of hope and healing, blessings, and beauty. As a faith Community living the WAY, the TRUTH, and the LIFE, we come together as “a forest of believers”. And we grow together because we have been empowered by the Holy Spirit – the breath of Life.

We live in a culture and environment today that challenge and debunks many/most of the values and virtues espoused by the Scriptures and bestowed on us in our baptism. We are relentlessly bombarded by voices and billboards and TV ads the entice/seduce us to live self-centered, autonomous lives … indifferent to the needs and concerns of others.

HOWEVER, the Spirit invites us to be “the voice of truth”, a voice that speaks on behalf of others, who struggle to make their feeble voices audible and relevant.

This Sunday, we celebrate the greatest mystery of our faith, namely, the mystery of the Trinity – our God who is Father, Son, and Spirit. Our God is a God of love. In fact, our very existence is a sign of God’s love. Our response can only be one of trust in God and love towards one another – to be a voice that is a challenge to a deaf and godless world:

For those who are weak, hungry, oppressed, poor and homeless,

For those who long to be heard, who need to be loved,

For those who are sick, alone, abandoned,

For those who need compassion, a glimpse of kindness, a gentle hand, a hug,

For those who seek forgiveness and mercy,

For those who are victims of violence and abuse.

Here I am Lord, send me to BE the voice … of God. Amen.

Praise be Jesus Christ … and Mary Immaculate

St. Philip Neri … pray for us

St. Eugene de Mazenod … pray for us

St. Kateri Tekakwitha … pray for us

God is good … all the time.

Sincerely,

Fr. Mike Dechant OMI