CHURCH OF THE BEATITUDES OF OUR LORD
13013 Santa Gertrudes Ave.
La Mirada, CA. 90638
562-943-1521
From the Desk of Fr. Ed 


Dear brothers and sisters in hope,


As I write this letter for the Second Sunday of Advent, personally, it feels more like Lent. Upon returning from my brother’s funeral, I began experiencing some extreme pain (not emotional, but physical). I am dealing with Kidney stones. Many of you have undergone this trial, you know, it is painful.


But as is often the case, the Lord knows that the words I preach to others, I need to apply to myself. Remember my “mantra”: God is present, always and everywhere; and God is always acting for the good, my good or the good of another.

A disciple’s heart must be trained for this task. My heart must be trained for this task: to see, to celebrate and articulate the presence and saving actions of God. So, what do these physical and emotional highs and lows mean in the context of Christian faith? In the context of Advent? A few thoughts so far…


First, Advent is a season of watchful anticipation/expectation, a time to be attentive, to be aware that the Lord will return. So, what has God done to get your attention lately? (God certainly has gotten my attention)  For many of us, the truth is we will “go to the Lord” before He returns to us; but we should not become complacent. Are you aware of the precious little amount of time we are actually here, compared to eternity? Does it spur you forward? Does it make you more determined to build that relationship with Jesus? To see the world as God intended it to be and as God will make it? To rejoice that the Lord desires “to complete the good work He has begun in you”? Do not take time for granted and offer yourself completely to the Lord, for your holy purpose. Don’t waste time!


Secondly, Advent is a time of healing and restoration. These past few weeks have reminded me of how “broken” and “fragile” this world is, that we are, that I am; and that we all need a Savior to heal us and bring us hope. We Christians are not naïve, with rose colored glasses distorting our vision. No, we in fact, clearly see that the broken, fragile world is real, but it is being transformed even as we speak.  All that is wrong, will be made right through Jesus.  With the “new grace” of a new liturgical year, with the grace that God gives us personally, with our ability to “see” God present and to be aware of God’s good purpose – we become a people of hope. God, our healer, has come, is here and will come again!


In the end, I am understanding that to “live Advent” is to live between God’s original creation and the new creation in Christ. Standing between is often challenging, but it is also a time for growth. To be reminded of where we came from, and where we are going, is the gift of Advent. May God show you this path. 


“May every valley be filled, every mountain and hill be made low, the winding road made straight and the rough ways smooth.” May you see the salvation of God.


I wish you peace. – Fr. Ed

 


 

 



 
You are dead to sin and alive for God. It is Divine Mercy and Divine Love that are now at work in you.