Dear St. Martin’s Parishioners,
We hear in this Sunday’s gospel the comforting words of Jesus, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you.” A favorite (and highly recommended) spiritual author, Fr. Jacques Philippe, wrote a whole treatise on this the theme of peace entitled, Searching for and Maintaining Peace. He writes of the necessary link between peace and having goodwill:
This goodwill, this habitual determination to always say yes to God, in the great things as in the small, is the sine qua non for interior peace. As long as we have not acquired this determination, a certain uneasiness and sadness we will not cease to abide in us— the uneasiness of not loving God as much as he invites us to love Him, and the sadness of still not having given all things to God. Because the man who has given his will to God has, in a certain fashion, already given Him everything. We cannot truly be at peace as long as our hearts have not found their unity and our hearts cannot be unified until all our desires are subordinated to the desire to love God, to please Him and to do his will.
I would like to thank all those who contributed to Shady Grove Pregnancy Center during their Lenten baby bottle campaign. Incredibly, we raised almost $10,000 for the Center to help mothers choose life amidst difficult circumstances. Because of your generosity there are children who will see the light of day who otherwise would not have.
I would also like to thank the dozen or so members of our parish who volunteered to paint the sanctuary walls. Led by the designer, Marcos Velarde, these men have left an enduring and priceless gift to generations of St. Martin’s parishioners. Their love of our parish combined with their artistic skill is a beautiful example of putting our gifts at the service of God. Bravo!