Catholic Church
Ashland, Oregon

Fr. Maro’s Weekly Message

fr-maro-smallDear Parishioners,

I love you.

A few days ago, we celebrated a memorial Mass for a parishioner who had the wonderful habit of saying “I love you” to everyone. It reminded me of my call to be an instrument of love to all the people that I minister to as a priest of God – I do what I do because I love God and in my love for God, I am able to love others too.

To love others is the central call of our Gospel this Sunday when Jesus gave the disciples a new commandment “to love one another.” This commandment, or this call to love, did not end with the disciples but is extended to the generations of Christians that followed after them and now it is our turn. When was the last time you said “I love you” to another person that is not a member of your family? When was the last time you said “I love you” to God? In living our Christian life, we can say that we are expressing our love for God and for others, but I believe it is important for us to say it too. Saying it does not make it real, but it is a start and it will give us a constant reminder that our life should be lived in love. Let us make it a habit and I am sure it will make a positive difference in our life.

Speaking of saying “I love you,” I would like to invite all the parish volunteers to come to an appreciation night on Thursday, May 26th at 6:00 pm. Allow us as a parish community to say our thank you and I love you to you who tirelessly give yourselves to the many ministries that help us do our mission as a church of God.

In Christ, Fr. Maro