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Fr. Erik Letter April 24

Letter from Fr. Erik
24 April 2020
 
Dear CTK parishioner,
 
As I write to you today it seems there is a renewed optimism that parts of our society may be opening up sooner rather than later. As we anticipate the decisions of the governor starting next week we pray for a transition that will ease the burdens on people who are suffering the most. We also pray that a return to public celebration of Mass will soon feed us once again with the Bread of Life.
 
As we consider the possibilities I encourage you to think not of a “return to normal,” but of a conscious change to a “new normal.” All along I have asked you to consider what God is giving you because of this situation. Now start to ask what God wants you to carry forward in your life. What awareness or values has God given you? What strength from God do you rely on? Pray now to know God’s will for you and your family, for every change that will help you live as God’s sons and daughters.
 
Each week I have suggested resources to help your continued growth in faith. This week I recommend additional time reading your Bible. The Word of God is the basis for any recommendation I could make, but it is all too often taken for granted.  I want to share with you a quote from the Church’s teaching about the Bible. The Vatican II document Dei Verbum says this, “For in the sacred books, the Father who is in heaven meets His children with great love and speaks with them; and the force and power in the word of God is so great that it stands as the support and energy of the Church, the strength of faith for her sons, the food of the soul, the pure and everlasting source of spiritual life (DVV 21).”
 
Consider the treasure of God’s Word in your life as near as picking up your Bible. Take some time in prayer to focus your attention on what God offers you. Hold your Bible in your hands and pray with the quote above. Know that you are God’s child whom He wants to meet with great love. Embrace the force and power of the word of God as your support and energy. Let it be the strength of your faith, the food of your soul, the pure source of your spiritual life.
 
Consider the treasure of what the Bible is and then read. Start with one of the Gospels or turn again to one of your old favorites. God created the universe by speaking it into existence. As you listen God can speak His life and love into existence in your soul.
 
As you let the word of God wash over you it can become your guide into the new normal. For whatever changes will remain a part of our lives because of this pandemic God provides food for your soul. Hold fast to the security of a loving Father speaking to His children.
 
God bless each one of us in this continued journey of faith.
 
In Christ,
Fr. Erik