A Look Back...

frsteveAs we look back at our past, 250 years long, we can certainly say our past is our pride.  Our beginnings were humble and poor: immigrants, mine workers, hoping for a better tomorrow.   Despite harsh conditions and hard labor they made not only a living in Echo Lake, they made a home; they made a community.  Into their new homes, into their new community they brought with them something ancient and, yet, ever new, they brought the Faith.

With no church to worship in, no priest or nuns to minister to them regularly they became themselves a living church.  They were a parish not built of brick and mortar but of people.  They were a real historic example of Pope Peter’s great exhortation: “Come to him, a living stone, rejected by human beings but chosen and precious in the sight of God, and like living stones, let yourselves be built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.”  In this spiritual house, built by them, we continue to live.  Their fidelity to God’s true religion, their gathering on porches and in fields to worship, pray, and catechize is a Cathedral more glorious than Saint Peter’s Basilica in Rome, built of them – living stones.   It is our pride, our patrimony, and our present challenge to continue, and pass on in good condition, this living church to which we add our own lives of deep and abiding faith. 

But  we can look back only because we are still present, because our history is ongoing, because we are here to remember!  We must not forget this important fact.  This fact urges us not only to celebrate them but to celebrate ourselves too.  They were God’s gift to St. Joseph, we – are – God’s gift to Saint Joseph, now.   We continue to say that we are a “spiritual house built of living stones.”  Our “present” is then our pride too.  And, because of this “present” others will be able to look back on our time and be proud of us.  The far distant future parishioners of St. Joseph will be able to say of us too, “Our past is our pride.”  

I am honored to be numbered among you and to be heir in the line of so many fine pastors who have gone before me. 
Fr. Steve

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