Catholic Church
Ashland, Oregon

Fr. Maro’s Weekly Message

Fr. MaroDear Parishioners,

Next week as we celebrate Palm Sunday, we are entering the week we call Holy. Yes, time really went fast and soon we will be celebrating Easter! But before we get there, let us take some time to reflect on how we are doing on our Lenten journey. I do hope that you feel some difference in your spiritual life since we put ashes on our foreheads last month.

Reflecting on my own Lenten journey, I would like to share that I had some challenges too. Every year, I seem to experience some challenges in my Lenten observances. But then thinking more about it, the penitential season of Lent is supposed to be challenging – that is why it is called penitential. The Lenten journey is a journey to transformation – a journey to change – and change is always difficult. But change we must, if we want to be closer to our Lord. The call to holiness never stops so we have to constantly respond to it.

So how are you doing on your Lenten journey? Some of you might be doing great while some are not so great. But let us be reminded that transformation never ends and we should never rest in our journey to change until we are perfected and are already resting in our Lord’s kingdom in heaven. Let us be careful not to think that “we have done enough” to be holy because the moment we do that, is the moment we stop pursuing holiness; I think no saint in heaven ever thought of themselves as “holy enough”, they instead continued to persevere and pursue holiness. Let us do the same.

If you haven’t noticed any difference in your spiritual life since the beginning of the Lenten season, I encourage you to exert more effort in your Lenten observances. May God give us all the grace to open our hearts to His love and mercy and may the darkness of sin and unbelief truly be vanquished by the light of Jesus Christ and may His heart live in all our hearts.

In Christ,
Fr. Maro