The Church of Saint Agnes

1680 Dixie Highway, Fort Wright, KY 41011

The Church of Saint Agnes
1680 Dixie Highway, Fort Wright, KY 41011

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3rd Week of Advent

Date: 
Mon, 12/15/2014
Author: 
Rev. Msgr. Donald Enzweiler

We live in a time of great religious skepticism.
It seems to me…people too readily dismiss the importance of religion
when considering their understanding of human existence and reality.
They are content with an explanation of the world provided by scientific theories.
So much so that
some people seek total emancipation from religious prescriptions and moral standards,
claiming these only interfere with human happiness.
They break all ties, and increasingly immerse themselves in the temporal sphere.
All their personal resources are spent to gain worldly ends.
 
This secular approach to life has a number of consequences.
Both people and creation are reduced to their utility:
if they provide some advantage to me they have value.
If they prevent me from getting what I want,
or cause me discomfort, if they get in my way,
then they are a liability to be pushed aside or even destroyed.
 
In such a world we need to hold fast to our faith.
We gather together for prayer and worship at 6:30am,
we begin our day by immersing ourselves in spiritual matters,
because we believe,
and we hold with deep conviction:
life is more than temporary material existence.
We believe that life and creation are divine in their origins…
and that goodness, happiness, truth and meaning
can only be found by viewing our reality through spiritual eyes.
 
We accept with great faith that Jesus Christ exercised divine authority
as he spoke, as he healed, as he confronted the skeptics of his time.
We pledge our allegiance to him as Lord and Savior
and entrust ourselves to his guidance.
 
This spiritual approach to life has an number of consequences.
People and creation are sacred
and their value is above human determination.
Scientific theories have their place
but they cannot answer the human need for meaning and purpose.
 
We can never be content with a secular culture.
In such a culture we become our own gods.
Our compass in life is spiritual, not material.
Advent is a time to re-center ourselves on this truth.
 
In the end, we are saved from the darkness of sin and death,
not by what we have, but by who and what we know.
“Jesus Christ, Son of God, come without delay.”