Catholic Church
Ashland, Oregon

Fr. Maro’s Weekly Message

Dear Parishioners,

Recently I was listening to a podcast of an interview of Fr. Greg Boyle, SJ by Ms. Krista Tippett. Fr. Greg is a Jesuit priest who has a gang intervention ministry in Los Angeles. He heads Homeboy Industries, which employs former gang members in businesses around Los Angeles. These employments give the former gang members a new beginning and a renewed sense of self-esteem. He said that the point of Christian service, as he lives it, is about “our common calling to delight in one another.”

Throughout the podcast there were so many wonderful ideas he presented that can truly help us in our common call to give love to each other and develop relationships that are mutually edifying. These relationships, I believe, are supposed to lead us to better live out our lives as followers of Jesus Christ which ultimately leads to holiness.

One of the things that he said that really struck me was, “Anything worth doing is worth failing at.” He said this in the context of the challenges that he faced and is still facing in the ministry that he is doing. I believe that this is a great source of encouragement for us when we see ourselves falling short in living the Christian life. What we are doing is worth doing, and if we see ourselves fall, let us not be discouraged but continue on our journey – what matters is not how many times we fall but how many times we stand. Our God is merciful and He will always show mercy to our repentant hearts.

This Advent season, let us persevere in our preparations for our Lord’s coming. It is not easy but then let us remember, nothing in this world that is worth having comes easy.

In Christ, Fr. Maro