Catholic Church
Ashland, Oregon

Fr. Maro’s Weekly Message

Fr. MaroDear Parishioners,

As I’ve said last Sunday, I will share with you some insight that I received from the convocation that the priests of the Archdiocese had last week.

One of the things that the keynote speaker talked about was the spiritual leadership of the priests in the universal call to holiness. He talked to us about how we should be always aware of who we are in the parish community – we are supposed to be good shepherds of our parish community. But he went further and said that we are to be not only good shepherds… but to be good at being good shepherds. I learned so many things about how to grow more in my ministry as a parish priest here at Our Lady of the Mountain.

Reflecting more about this topic of spiritual leadership of priests, I was drawn to reflect on the “universal call to holiness” part of the topic. All of us are called to be holy and all of us in one way or another has a role in being good shepherds to the people who are given to our care. We are all supposed to be spiritual leaders as we live our lives as followers of Jesus Christ. Of course, the role of the pastor will play a big part in all of the faithful’s spiritual journey to holiness, but we can never leave the responsibility to the priests alone. Whatever role we may have in the life we are living, we cannot neglect our role as spiritual leaders to those who are given to our care.

Sometimes it feels uncomfortable to see ourselves as spiritual leaders, but whether we like it or not, that’s who we should all be because the call to holiness is universal. Henry Ford once said, “Those who believe they can, and those who believe they can’t are both right.” I think there’s truth in those words and I hope that we always believe that we can because God will not call us to do something for his kingdom without being with us and if He is with us, then we really can!

In Christ,
Fr. Maro