Our Task Is To Maintain What We Have Received
I ran across a definition of our parish’s mission the other day. It was a definition I recognized as one I had written, probably about 10 years ago.
This definition came at the end of a history of OLPS parish – a summary that outlined all that has been accomplished by our parishioners over our now 69 years, and about the many religious vocations that have come from our parish family – priests and Divine Providence sisters (and now we can add permanent deacons).
The last sentence of this history read, “Those who have preceded us have left us a wonderful foundation in faith, good example and hard work. Our task is to maintain what we have received from them.”
Ten years ago, I believed our task at OLPS was indeed to maintain and solidify what had been received from previous generations – our parents and grandparents who built our parish and parochial school. Recently, though, I have been thinking and praying about how we must do more than simply maintain. We are called to GROW on that foundation of faith handed on to us...