Pastor's Corner

My Sisters and Brothers of All Saints Church: Greetings and Praise the Lord.

You are God’s Instrument of Empathy.

Time and time again, a people and their leaders fall away from the ideals of God’s covenant with humanity. Selfishness or arrogance, fear or hate, sin or evil lead people to turn toward self-preservation or self-aggrandizement. It happened in Zephaniah’s day under Assyrian influence. It happened in Jesus’ day under Roman influence. It can happen in ours. The Beatitudes can turn us back to living right. Poverty of spirit and meekness, righteousness and mercy, peacemaking and purity of heart can do this by shifting the focus away from ourselves and onto others. Empathy teaches us to show mercy, to make peace, to work for justice, to be humble. The kingdom of heaven awaits those who are empathetic.

For whom do I find it difficult to have empathy? How can I strengthen my empathy toward those who are not like me?

Fr. Fred Kaddu, SSJ

We bless your name, O Lord,
For sending your own incarnate Son,
To become part of a family,
So that, as he lived its life,
He would experience its worries and its joys.
We ask you Lord,
To protect and watch over this family,
So that in the strength of your grace
It members may enjoy prosperity,
Possess the priceless gift of your peace,
And, as the Church alive in the home,
Bear witness in this world to your glory.
We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.