April 18, 2009 – Embracing Our Doubts

Well I’m back to the blog after a one week hiatus.  I hope you had a great Easter celebration with your family, and I hope you had a chance to take part in at least some of the inspirational Holy Week services.  I attended Mass on the Easter Vigil, but I heard that the “lilies” were in full bloom on Easter Sunday morning.  If only they would bloom year-round.

As much as I enjoyed the Easter Vigil and seeing our 3 new parishioners come into full communion into the church, I also look forward to the Sunday after Easter, because I know that I will be hearing what I think is my favorite gospel account – the story of Jesus appearing to the disciples after the resurrection and proving to Thomas that He indeed was alive.  When Jesus tells Thomas that “You believe in me because you saw me.  Blessed are those who have not seen and still believe,” I think this really puts out into the open the challenge we face as Christians, to put our entire faith in a God that we have never actually seen with our own eyes or have actually heard speak.

This challenge I think is even more difficult in today’s society, where we can get on our computer or cell phone and get all kinds of information and see all kinds of things in the blink of an eye.  It is easy to develop an “I’ll believe it when I see it” attitude.  Yet the entire message of the church revolves around putting our lives into the hands of a God that we can’t bring up on our i-pod or call on the phone.  It is easy for doubt to creep into our faith life, and many of us believe that doubt will hurt our relationship with God.  But what I have found, and what I always try to relate to the kids in my religion class, is that doubt does not have to be a bad thing.  In fact, doubt can be a good thing, because it can make us want to find out more about something.  It can make us ask questions and seek answers.  So instead of being embarrassed by our doubts, we should embrace them and bring them into the open – that is how we will find the answers that we are seeking.

On to a little church business – I will be doing a lot of begging and pleading over the next few weeks.  Next weekend (April 25/26) we will once again have our nomination process for our Parish Council.  You will have the opportunity to nominate someone you feel would represent you well on our Parish Council.  If you are nominated, I hope you will consider serving a term on the council.  It is a great group to work with – we discuss many issues and bring forth many good ideas.  And there is a reward at the end of each meeting – FOOD!

One of the things we will be working on as a council over the next few months is our Parish Mission which will be taking place from September 27th – October 1st.  This may seem to be some time off, but as time flies, it will be upon us quickly.  We will be asking for folks to help with things such as mailings and phone calling before the Mission, and child care and refreshments during the Mission.  If you can help us out, it would be greatly appreciated.  I have agreed to be the chairperson of the mission committee, so if you can help, please contact me by phone (826-4178) or by e-mail at webmaster@maryhoc.org.  Fr. Peter Schavitz, who will be preaching the Mission, will be here for a planning meeting on Wednesday, May 6 from 6:30-8:00PM.  If you can help us, we would also ask of you to attend this meeting if possible.  The more folks we have volunteer, the easier the burden will be, and the more enjoyable the mission experience will be.

And you thought things would slow down after Easter!  Anyway, in the midst of all of this activity I hope to catch a little sports on the tube.  The Blues are off to a tough start in their playoff series, but they have been resilient all year, and I still think they can pull it out.  And of course we have the Cards-Cubs series this weekend and next weekend.  My Cards dropped a tough one yesterday, but they are off to an encouraging 8-4 start.  Going without Carpenter will be tough, but again, we should be positive about our doubts.

Let’s pray that we can finally declare that spring has arrived in full force, and for favorable weather for the farmers and gardeners who need to get their spring crops and produce planted.  Peace. 

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