Our Lady of Perpetual Help
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New Mass Times
Looking Back and Forward at 100
We Remember Our Freedoms
The Gift of Faith, from Frederick, Maryland
Entrusting Ourselves & Our Parish to Mary
Home in the Shade
Divine Mercy Sunday
Easter Joy
Spring Cleaning
March Madness and Fanaticism
No Man Is An Island
Start Hard but Finish Strong
Lent and the Annual Catholic Appeal!
Courage for Healing
Biggest Lie: Holy Moments
Authenticity and Holiness
Biggest Lie: Humanity and Happiness
Catholic Schools Week
At the Heart of a Promise Renewed
Faith to Move Mountains Update
20 + C + M + B + 19
As a Family We Confront Travails
The God Who Goes the Distance
The Lord is Near… Not sooo Fast!
CINO and the Reason for the Season
Expectation, Waiting and Hope
Saint Vincent de Paul Society
Hospitality Multiplied
Earthly and Heavenly Fulfillment
Holiness, Purification and our Destiny
Friends in High Places & Friends on Mission
Creation and Givenness
Lepanto & Victory, the Rosary & the Abundant Life
Celebrating 100 Years and Creating a Strong Future
Two Paradoxes: Life Lost & Last Place
The Church is You!
Rhythm and the Buzz
Concrete Steps for Renewal
Abuse and Disgust meet Penance and Reparation
Sunday Homily delivered 19 August 2018 and Meditation and Melted Wax
PAPIT and the Jesus Prayer
Love Overflows in Generous Service
Food and Fasting
Pastors, Sheep and a Fishbowl
Gathered, Refreshed, Scattered
Independence Day and Local Greatness…
Our Lady of Perpetual Help and Lessons from Rome
January 20, 2019

Dear OLPH,

Next week is Catholic Schools Week. This year our school has chosen the motto, “Renewing the Promise!” which begs the question, “What is the promise being renewed?” We are all in need of renewal, of being made new again. The call to conversion is the invitation of the Christian, again and again, being drawn to the Lord. Catherine Doherty was fond of saying “Every moment is a moment to begin again with the Lord!” Father Thomas Morales similarly reminded, “We must never tire of always beginning.” I may have mentioned these resonant phrases before. They are so meaningful. As Christians we are invited to take up the cross of discipleship repeatedly. Conversion forms the bedrock of Christianity.

The promise renewed is the promise of our Baptism, the promise to follow after the Lord, the promise to let nothing come between us and our good God. We were reminded of our covenantal relationship with God last week when we celebrated the Baptism of the Lord. Our Lord Jesus is the eternal Son of the Father. By his invitation and grace, it is possible for us to become “sons in the Son,” adopted children of God. In Christ, we are reunited with the Holy Trinity. The separation caused by our first parents, Adam and Eve, is remedied, and we are welcomed into a life of grace.

We cannot renew this promise alone. We respond to God’s invitation personally but also as a community. Just as the parents renew their baptismal promise as their children are baptized, so too as a community, as a local church, we renew the promise we made to follow after our Lord, to be his disciples. The promise is renewed in a particular way when we gather around the Lord’s Table.

The pain in my heart is that I see our community, the common life and shared values, trying to be formed without ITS heart. I see people, good Christians seeking to answer the call to renew the promise without the epicenter that makes the process truly fruitful. I speak of the Eucharist. The Eucharist is the source and summit of the Christian life, as Vatican II reminded us. The Eucharist is the highest peak and the deepest depths of our life as Christians. Without the Eucharist at the heart of our life, we are like sailors without the North Star. Without the Eucharist as the basis for renewal, we are planets spinning about a solar system without the sun. Jesus in the Most Blessed Sacrament is our guiding light, our clear and bright way, the very life of this life.

Thus I encourage each of you to take a moment and examine priorities, personally and as a family of Christians. As we seek to answer that deep and universal call to continuous conversion of heart, we need the most Blessed Sacrament at the heart of our lives. Please strive to make Sunday a day with the holy Eucharist, and to make the week a time that leads to Sunday, the Lord’s Day. The Eucharist is the heart of a promised renewed.

God bless you and your families!

Fr. Wilson