Catholic Church
Ashland, Oregon

Fr. Maro’s Weekly Message

Dear Parishioners,

On Wednesday, November 1, we will celebrate the Solemnity of All Saints and it is a Holy Day of Obligation. Every time we celebrate the feast day of All Saints, I am always reminded of my hope that someday I will be one of those whose feast day is on the first of November. Yes, I am hoping that someday, I too, will become a saint. I hope that all of you are aspiring to become saints as well.

There is a tendency for some people to think that aspiring to becoming a saint in heaven and openly sharing it with others is a sign of pride. I used to think that way. But then I was reflecting on it and I realized that being a saint means being with God in heaven for all eternity and that is what we all desire to have or where we all desire to be. And the more we share it with each other – our aspiration of becoming a saint – the more encouraged we will be in living our lives as faithful followers of Jesus Christ, because we will be reminded that we are all in this same journey together.

When we think of the saints, let us not focus only on the glory that they now have in heaven, let us also be reminded that they too, were like all of us. Let us be inspired by their faithfulness to God while they were still here on earth. Let us pray for their intercession so that we too, may have the courage that they had in their faith and in their love for God.

“I hope to see you in heaven.” That is one of the things I say to the saints when I am praying for their intercession – I hope that someday, like them, through the grace and mercy of God, I will make it to heaven as well. Brothers and sisters, let us not stop aspiring to be with God for all eternity – let us not stop aspiring to become saints in heaven. Christians, after all, are also known as “sinners who are saints in the making.”

Happy Feast of All Saints!
In Christ, Fr. Maro