In these days when we are confronted with the sinful reality of the human members of the church, it is comforting to recall the holiness of the church, which is ever present in her divine nature.
When an unexpected loss comes, there are no easy answers. Right now, we’re grappling with the possible loss of state grants for services related to homelessness, due to the proposed changes in Alaska’s budget.
In this year where the church has been marred and disgraced with renewed focus on the sinful and criminal behavior of our shepherds, of scandalous failures in leadership, may we hear afresh and anew the words of Jesus about genuine discipleship, take them to heart, and keep them with renewed vigor and hope:
But there is a deeper boredom that is really a disease of our time. As 20th century author Reinhardt Kuhn observed, boredom “is not one theme among others; it is the dominant theme … a modern plague.”
I fear that too many parents believe they cannot afford a Catholic education for their children, and thus never even take the opportunity to walk into one of our Catholic schools to discuss what is possible for their children.