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October 15, 2021
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
This past Sunday evening, I was asked, by a few priest friends, to attend the Carbon Leaf concert in Kansas City. I thought this was a great outing since Mondays are my day off. For those who are unfamiliar with them, they are an alternative rock band with an Irish sound. One of their most popular songs is entitled “Life Less Ordinary” with catchy lyrics of “live a life extraordinary with me.”
When I think of extraordinary lives in the Church, I am reminded of the disciples of Christ who left their homes, families, and careers to spread the Gospel in foreign lands through missionary efforts. These missionaries fulfilled the final commandment of the Lord to “Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you” (Matthew 28:19ff).
St Damien of Molokai illustrated this unique love of Christ in his own life. He was a Belgian missionary priest who volunteered to minister to a leper colony on an island near Hawaii. He spent years preaching, administering the sacraments, and reforming a corrupt and chaotic social environment. He brought the lepers hope for eternal life, and he also reclaimed their dignity as God’s children in this earthly life.
One Sunday morning in June of 1885, he was celebrating Mass, as usual. He proclaimed the Gospel. Solemnly, he began his homily with the words, “We lepers….” The congregation went silent. With those words, he had informed them that he himself had finally caught the dreaded disease. St Damien, as do all missionaries, reflects the total, incomparable, self-sacrificing, redeeming love of Jesus Christ.
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I am in gratitude for your prayers, contributions, and witness to furthering the love of God to all. Let us live a life less ordinary for the Lord.