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November 25, 2014, 1:56 PM

Father Chris' Corner

Lip service be gone. Hope is the very essence of our existence. In the Book of Romans, the Apostle Paul as he wrote to the people at Rome reminded them that “Hope does not disappoint us because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit” (5:5). When we hope, we are speaking of a wishful approach to life that something may or may not turn out in a particular way, our hope is the assurance that if we make the right decisions like investing in our youth with love and determination for goodness, the Holy Spirit will take us to the end of our journey.

When we look at our surroundings and we see the strife and violence that exist around us both near and far, we conclude that if our young people are given a chance to be involved in wholesome activity and be part of something that will not only build character but build camaraderie with other youth who have similar goals, we stand a good chance at debunking untoward behavior. We cannot continue to wake up with lumps in our throat at the violence that we see in homes and in the streets of America without being ripped apart by the reality that this is not how God meant his world to be. We have to put resources in the right places to raise up a different people with a quest for righteousness and clean living—seeing the eyes of Jesus in all people.

This is the hope of the people who love God and goodness. This is the hope for this little town of Haines City. This is the hope of those of us who recently sent a young man to Camp Wingmann, an annual youth camp, and when he returned with a written report of his experience, none of the eyes of those of us who read it remained dry because we know what can happen if only we had the wherewithal to immediately keep him in a similar environment during the school week. Our children are yearning for this kind of wholesome experience, and the plans we have for them will offer just that, because hope is the very essence of our existence. We have to put our money where our mouth is—lip service be gone. 

Yours, for the building up of God’s kingdom.

Fr. Chris                                                                                                                                                                                                                2014-11-30


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