“Be courageous Christians, anchored in hope and capable of enduring dark moments.”
Pope Francis said this in a homily. He also said we must not allow the Church to be a stopping place; a place for us to sit and stay as “parked Christians.” His reference to “parked” means staying in one place, not going forward with God’s word, not making use of our lives as means to make the world a better place.
We might often be afraid of the consequences of living out loud. Both John the Baptist and Paul suffered from living in their beliefs, but they had the courage to stay true. Can we say the same when we are challenged to speak or step forward for our convictions?
We pray for the strength to stand firm and the courage to be true to what we believe in our hearts.
About Father Pinto Paul, C.S.C.
Father Pinto Paul C.S.C., ordained a priest in the Congregation of Holy Cross in 1999, worked with tribal populations in northeast India as a missionary for ten years. In 2010 he came to the US for further studies. While working as a campus minister at Stonehill College, he assisted pastors in local parishes, led seminars and workshops for teachers and students in the US and earned a master’s degree in Educational Administration from Boston College and a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership from Lesley University, Cambridge. He is currently working as the International Director of the Boston-based Holy Cross Family Ministries with missions in 17 countries.