Sunday, January 22, 2012

Although the comments of some in this video are comical when they learn that a man went through 2011 without sex ("Uh, congratulations?" once person says awkwardly; another: "He actually did that?") there is a more profound lesson for those of us who are part of a church. The DJ says that his resolution became "real" when he realized that, through his website, people were watching him and supporting him (with over 630,000 views). Gosh, do you think maybe that's one reason Jesus gave us a Church? Drawn together by Christ's love, in love we are bound. Fed by Christ's Grace, we support and nurture one another. We encourage each other when we're down and struggling, we celebrate with each other when we're on top of our game. Through what the saints have described as spiritual consolation and spiritual desolation, we stand by each other in faith, in hope, and in charity. Why else it is important for us all to stand after we hear God's Word at Mass and proclaim out loud, "I believe..." We do it for the one nearby who is struggling with faith and life, and who needs to hear that she's not alone or that he walks on a path with others. One of my New Year's resolutions is to help us all be Church for one another. After all, it's the original world-wide web!!

Msgr. William J. King

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