Message from the President
Fr. Tony Marti, OFM Cap.
Dear St. Francis family,
As a Catholic community, we will celebrate Ash Wednesday in just a few days and begin our Lenten journey. I find it noteworthy that our third quarter virtue, faithfulness, coincides with the Lenten season. During the Lenten season, we are called to pray, to fast and to reach out to those who are in need. Simply put, we are called to be faithful.
There are many definitions of the word faithful:
1. Strict or thorough in the performance of duty - think of a faithful worker.
2. True to one's word, promises, vows etc.
3. Steady in allegiance or affection; loyal; constant as described as a faithful friend.
4. Reliable, trusted, or believed.
5. Adhering or true to fact, a standard, or an original; accurate such as a faithful account or a faithful
In honoring the virtue of faithfulness, we commit ourselves to the practice of being faithful, in relation to each of these definitions. As faithful Catholics, we understand that almsgiving, charity, and love to others is most important in our Lenten journey. If we wish our prayers to be heard, we must listen to the plight of those in need. Beyond this, we must also recognize that God does not always answer our prayers in the way we expect. But He does always answer. To have faith and trust in God means that we recognize His activity in our circumstances even when they may seem hopeless. In our human eyes, we may see things are not getting better and fear that God has abandoned us. We must trust that God sees the big picture and that He will never leave us nor forsake us. He is at work, even when we don't realize it. "And we know that in all things, God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose." (Romans 8:28)
We must also remember that God works through ordinary people like you and me. When we offer help or an act of kindness to someone else, we may very well be an answer to their prayers. So I ask and encourage you, during this Lenten journey, commit yourself once again to being a faithful disciple - be the answer to prayer for a brother or sister in Christ - and make time to nurture your faith through prayer and reflection. Be sure to ask the same of your family! By doing so, I am confident, we will grow in our faith and we will continue to be blessed by our Heavenly Father.
Tony Marti, OFM Cap.