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From the Pastor’s Desk 1/16/2022

We have just heard the last words uttered by the Blessed Virgin Mary in the Bible “Do whatever he tells you.” Mary doesn’t speak often in the Sacred Scriptures, but every time she does speak, her words overflow with wisdom. And this is no exception. Mary was the very first Christian, the first Catholic. She was filled with the Holy Spirit after the Annunciation, and from then on, she dedicated her entire life to serving Jesus and contributing to his mission. When we were baptized, we too received the gift of the Holy Spirit. And when we were confirmed, we formally declared our intention to spend our lives serving Jesus and contributing to his mission. But it’s not always easy to carry out that noble and wise intention. Life is full of challenges, surprises, and temptations, and it’s easy to get distracted. With her last words in the Bible, the Blessed Virgin Mary gives us the three keys to stay on-task in our efforts to follow Christ and discover the happiness that only he can give. Let’s look at these three keys one by one and see how we can apply them to our lives.