Repent and Rediscover


     In my announcement last month about being transferred to the Catholic parishes of Waukon, Hanover and Dorchester I wrote about how blessed I have felt here in the Holy Family of the Bluffs Catholic community. I shared that God's blessings have been showered upon me through "the wonderful people of these four parishes." Then, having expressed my gratitude to God and to the great folks in eastern Allamakee County, I toke the opportunity to offer my apologies to those hurt or offended by what I have said, done or neglected during my tenure as pastor. This is one way I was attempting to express my desire to REPENT.
     Today I add the desire to REDISCOVER. As we approach the day when we can gather again as a community of faith for Mass, I suggest that we not focus totally on what we've missed, on what might have been, or things lost during the past eight weeks. Instead we must take a few minutes to rediscover - the riches of God and the richness of the Roman Catholic Church.
     May we take this opportunity to REDISCOVER that God alone can satisfy the hunger and thirst within yourself and every human. Rediscover how much Jesus loves us ["No one has greater love than this, to lay down one's life for one's friends," John 15:13].
Rediscover the greatness of God's mercy and forgiveness by reading the parable of the prodigal son: Luke 15:11-32.
[Jesus said, " ... I tell you, there will be rejoicing among the angels of God over one sinner who repents." Luke 15:10b]
During this month of May rediscover the Blessed Mother Mary - pray the rosary and meditate on the mysteries, seek her intercession, read about one of her appearances or apparitions through the centuries [at Lourdes, Knock, Fatima, Mexico City - Our Lady of Guadalupe].
     Join me today in praying that each member of the Holy Family of the Bluffs Catholic community will REPENT and REDISCOVER in the coming days. Perhaps we could remind ourselves how blessed you (we) are by writing down or counting up your blessings each evening. Hope to see you soon at Mass in one of our churches. With love and prayers,  Father John Moser