Dear People of St. Patrick Parish & Visitors:
The word, "HOLY" means being perfect in goodness and righteousness.
God told Moses to tell the Israelite community this message, "Be holy, for I the Lord, your God , am holy." Jesus tells us in the Gospels that we are to be perfect, just as your heavenly Father is perfect.
God created each of us to be holy and joined to Him. God accepted us as his children the day we were baptized and united with Jesus our brother. From the day of our baptism, God has given us the Ten Commandments as tools to help us to be holy. God has also given us the Seven Sacraments to aid us on our journey of holiness.
This same God continues to show us mercy and forgives us when we do not act holy. That is why we love God and His holiness. Do we love God enough to try and overcome the temptations to sin and follow the devil, the opposite of holiness? Holiness is not how we look, but how we act towards each other.
Jesus clearly said we must love our enemies, forgive them, care for them and most of all, pray for them. It is not easy for us to do but, Jesus showed us how to do it as he hanged dying on the cross. Please remember that every one, not just Catholics, nuns and priests, but all human beings, are called to be holy.
What is the reward for being holy? Happiness on earth, inner peace that does not allow hate to control us and hope and joy, knowing that one day we can be with God in heaven without hate, anger, harsh words and fear of not being liked or loved.
This holiness is not easy, but God has given everything we need to do it. All that remains is to live it, be happy in doing it and looking forward to being with people who think like us, live like us and truly know, love and serve our loving God.
Pastor of St. Patrick Church
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