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The Disciple Maker Index survey is now live.  We are trying as a parish to get it completed as soon as possible.  There is a three week window for us to complete this survey.  Please go to the parish website and find the link to the 10-15 minute survey. This will really help our parish to adapt to the needs of the people of God as well as prepare for the current projections of our future. If you need a paper copy, you can find them in the office during regular hours (or at weekday Mass).  They need to be returned to the office as soon as possible, since mailing them will add a couple days to their delivery as opposed to doing it online.

This Friday and Saturday will be our special event with Encounter Ministries: a "school of healing."  Jesus went throughout Israel and Galilee (and Samaria) as a healer during His three years of public ministry.  He sent His disciples to cure the sick as well, and not just the twelve apostles (Luke 10:9).  Jesus wants us to be a part of God’s healing work in Christ Jesus.  This will at times mean healing of the body from ailments or disability.  Miracles still happen today, even if they don’t make the headlines (though some still do!).  The Lord gives these graces when it is good for the salvation of souls.  It is His will, and not ours, that brings healing.  It requires our total abandonment to him, for He tells us: "my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord. As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.” (Isaiah 55:8-9).

Another type of healing, and in many ways more important for salvation, is described as “inner healing,” which is psychological and/or spiritual.  In today’s Gospel, Zacchaeus experiences a profound inner healing when he encounter Christ Jesus: his awareness of God’s love for him has helped him to turn away from sin and be faithful to the Gospel.  He is truly a “son of Abraham” once again – a man whose faith is evident in his works.

Let’s pray for our parish to continue to be a source of the healing God wishes to share with the world.

Saint Thérèse, the little flower, pray for us!