Thank you again for your patience and your support in this time of adjustment. With the churches closed it is too quiet here! I do enjoy hearing from you. I enjoy sharing in your sorrows and frustrations as well as hearing your words of comfort and support. This is how we maintain community despite our limitations. We reach out in different ways to make and keep the connections that hold us together.
Our Gospel Verse for daily Mass today seems quite fitting for our times: “Blessed are they who have kept the word with a generous heart and yield a harvest through perseverance.” (Luke 8:15). Butler and Perham are generous communities. Keep it up! Continue to support each other and encourage each other. It is far too easy to slip into cynicism and negativity in times like these. Yet these are the times where Christian perseverance becomes a beacon of hope for the world. We are called to be the voice of hope—not blind optimism or naivety, but real, honest, courageous hope! Christ’s enemies tortured and killed Him, but they could not defeat Him. He used death itself as a means to redemption. So, too, can we make this suffering redemptive by our trust in God and our perseverance in hope.