From The Hand of Fr. Aaron Ferris…For April 15, 2018

Once Easter is over, people often ask me if things slow down. My general answer is that life doesn’t start to slow down until part way through May. There are First Communions and other celebrations throughout April and the first part of May that keep us hopping around here.

Of course, slowing down is relative. There may not be as many things on the calendar as during Lent and Holy Week, but as with so many of you, regular life goes on apace. You with regular jobs know that, while there are busier times, regular working days and weeks are plenty busy in their own right. That one season is filled with tight deadlines and long days does not mean the rest of the year is somehow not busy.

No, I am not comparing myself to someone with a regular job, but I think it is useful to remember that parish life continues on apart from the special celebrations and seasons. Masses are still being celebrated during the week; times for Confession are still offered. Faith formation continues in different forms. Sick and homebound brothers and sisters still need to be visited; the dead still need to be buried.

It is good to remember this because as we get back to “normal” life, we are called to see how we can carry forward to spiritual growth of the special seasons. During Lent, you engaged in different spiritual practices to help you grow in holiness, to overcome sin, and to live the faith more fully. These ought to be carried on in some fashion, now that life has returned to “normal.” The work continues, even if it is not at the same pace as during the crunch times.

It is useful to think about how the work of developing our faith, overcoming sin, and growing in holiness will continue. We cannot always live in a crunch time, but the work continues, and we are invited to give ourselves to the tasks at hand. It isn’t always pleasant to think of our faith and growth in holiness as work, but it can be helpful. It helps us to remember that it requires time, energy, and dedication. It isn’t always fun or easy, but it does bear fruits in the long run, for ourselves and for those we love. It is work, but it is work that brings the greatest meaning to our lives.

Rev. Aaron Ferris
Rev. Aaron Ferris
Rev. Aaron R. Ferris Ordination Date: June 6, 2009 Pastor, St. Anthony Parish (Saranac) and St. Mary’s Parish (Lowell) 402 Amity Street Lowell, MI 49331 Phone: 616-897-9820
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