On the first night of the mission I walked us through a renewal of our baptismal promises. When these questions are asked of us during Mass in the Easter Season we can too easily breeze through the answers with a casual "I do." The mission setting allows for time to reflect at length upon each of the questions.
On the second night of the mission I focused our attention on the virtue of hope. When life hurts, how do we maintain hope? Being people of faith equips us well to be people of hope. We can trust in the promises of God.
On the third night I focused on the virtue of love (charity) especially in the context of healing. How do we experience the love of God in our own lives? Then, how do we extend that same love to others? How do we become ambassadors of Christ's love, compassion and healing?
This Sunday is the Fourth Sunday of Lent. There is an option for the priests and deacons to wear rose-colored vestments instead of violet. Whether your clergy members wear violet or rose, remember that the Lenten journey is past the mid-point when this particular Sunday arrives. My encouragement to you is simply this. Finish strong!