Pastor’s Column

25th Sunday in Ordinary Time 2013

My brothers and sisters in Christ Jesus,

Last weekend in my homily reflection, I said that we should be proud about the faith we are celebrating and particularly this year the Year of Faith, “one more thing we can add to our list to be proud of our faith is that the dignity of each one of us are equally the same and important to Jesus Christ who poured out his blood to save us all.”

This week, I continue the article “Why I love the Catholic Faith” by Peggy Bowes* and with hope we do have many more reasons why we love and believe in the faith of Jesus Christ.  Peggy said as followed:

The Saints

The saints are our heroes in faith, ordinary men and women who practiced extraordinary virtue. I love that there is such a vast variety of holy men and women who have lived in every part of the world and come from so many different walks of life. There are nuns, priests, housewives, soldiers, kings, queens, peasants, shepherds, and slaves. Some saints were very poor and faced incredibly difficult circumstances. Others were wealthy and lived carefree lives but were generous in serving the poor. No matter what your circumstances in life, you can find a saint who can inspire you.

Diversity

The pews of any Catholic church are filled with a diverse group of people. A family with seven children sits behind a childless elderly couple. The richest man in town kneels beside an immigrant worker who barely makes ends meet. The Korean family smiles a greeting at the middle aged man from New Jersey. Catholics welcome anyone regardless of race, age, ethnic origin or financial status.

The architecture of Catholic Churches is breathtakingly varied. My family has traveled extensively throughout the United States, and we have visited Spanish-style missions in California, a tiny Revolutionary-era chapel in Georgia, a vast and ornate cathedral in Texas, and a simple multi-purpose room with folding chairs in Virginia. No matter where we travel, we are always able to find a Catholic church within a few miles.

The Moral Teaching

Although many people see the Catholic faith as a demanding set of unyielding rules and regulations, I love the Church’s moral authority and commitment to seeking and teaching the Truth. The Catholic Church sets high moral standards and doesn’t yield to pressure to “get with the times” or relent to political pressure from those who disagree with her teachings.

Yet, since we are all sinners, there is the wonderful healing power of the Sacrament of Reconciliation which gives us the grace to continue trying to meet those high standards of moral conduct.

Rev. Joseph-Quoc Vuong

*Peggy Bowes is a former Air Force pilot and the author of The Rosary Workout and Tending the Temple. She lives in North Carolina with her husband and two children.