Published On: February 12th, 2022Categories: Heart of the Pastor
2604, 2022

Familiarity with the Lord

HOMILY OF HIS HOLINESS POPE FRANCIS ("Familiarity with the Lord") The disciples were fishermen: indeed, Jesus had called them when [...]

Love is something we do

God is Good All the time!

Love is something we do and yet LOVE is what God IS. God loves every person completely and individually. There is no one God doesn’t love.

That’s really something incredible because we’re all so different. We all have such different stories. Your life is a story and it’s part of the great story of humanity. Scripture shows us the amazing love story that is God’s pursuit of us. Walking together in participation, communion and mission we learn that love of God
isn’t abstract. It has a face and name: Jesus.

The disciples were right there with Christ. They lived together and grew in friendship and they still had questions. Jesus told them stories that challenged them and stayed with them. They resonated with the disciples and those stories were valued and shared.

This week I’d like to ask a few questions and provide some suggestions. What kind of stories do we spend time with? What stories resonate with us? How do we use and consume media?

To help us as individuals and as a faith family to know and love Jesus in an ever deeper and more intimate way, Queen of Peace is providing “FORMED” to everyone. FORMED is a multimedia resource to enrich, deepen, and inspire your faith.

Whether you’re looking for daily reflections, movies, talk shows, audio books, podcasts or children’s cartoons, there’s something for everyone. Much of FORMED’s content is available in both English and Spanish. You can use FORMED on your computer, your phone, your smart TV or ROKU – which means
you can enjoy it at home and on the go. FORMED has something for all ages and plenty of family fare is available on FORMED, which again, is our gift to you. Three hundred people have already signed up for FORMED! You can use the QR code provided or go to FORMED.org/signup to get started today.

FORMED is the most recent addition to our parish communication “tools”. From name tags to regular emails it’s about growing in faith and friendship. The importance of social media or live streamed Mass does not supplant face-to-face, shoulder to shoulder endeavors – but we strive to use various means to keep
our family informed.

We also use FLOCKNOTE – to send parish updates, news and ministry messages. On FLOCKNOTE you can choose to receive your updates by text or email – whichever you prefer. We share the Good News of Jesus Christ on Facebook, Instagram, the web and our bulletin too.

I’ll conclude by saying lives are about love; growing in love, walking in love and sharing love of Christ with all we encounter. May we feed our minds and nourish our souls so we may we fall in love with Jesus.

Nothing is more practical than finding God, that is, than falling in love in a quite absolute, final way. What you are in love with, what seizes your imagination, will affect everything. It will decide what will get you out of bed in the morning, what you do with your evenings, how you spend your weekends, what you read, whom you know, what breaks your heart, and what amazes you with joy and gratitude. Fall in love, stay in love, and it will decide everything. – Attributed to Fr. Pedro Arrupe, S.J.

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