Catholic Church
Ashland, Oregon

Fr Maro’s Weekly Message

Fr. MaroDear Parishioners,

During my break with some of my high school classmates as well as with some of my brother priests, I’ve had the opportunities to just relax and even spend some time watching TV. It is interesting because I found myself focusing not too much on the show we were watching but on the commercials that different corporations have for the products they are selling. I think those advertisements are important to pay attention to because more than we think they can, they truly have an impact in the lives of the people.

One of the commercials I liked the most was the Subaru commercial. It says “Love. It’s what makes a Subaru a Subaru.” I like how the company includes in their advertisement the virtue of love. In the secular world, it is good to be reminded of a theological virtue that can have a true meaning in the life of the people as they live their lives in the family. People may not be too aware of the true meaning of the theological virtue of love, but hearing it from an advertisement that sells cars, it can be a reminder that life is supposed to be lived in love.

In the life of a Christian, there is no question about it because Love is what makes a Christian a Christian. Let us always be reminded that love is always and should always be the force that guides us in the relationships that we have with the people that we encounter every single day of our lives. Without it, our life would seem to be devoid of the faith we have in our God who loves us. Without it, our life would seem to be devoid of the hope that we have in having eternal life with God in heaven. On Tuesday, we will commemorate the day of all the saints in heaven, let us ask for their love through the prayers that they continue to offer for us. On Wednesday, let us continue to show our love for all those who are still on their journey to heaven as we commemorate the faithful departed. Let us celebrate those days with joy and love.

Brothers and sisters, love should not cease, so let us be always conscious of the fact that we are persons of love – it is truly what makes a Christian a Christian.

In Christ, Fr. Maro