July 5, 2020
Dear Parishioners of St. James:
Praised be Jesus Christ!
As we Americans celebrate the beginning of our country on
July 4th, the Church celebrated the Solemnity of Saints Peter
and Paul on June 29th. These two pillars of the Church Our
Lord Himself founded represent the mission of the Church: to
sanctify, teach and shepherd God’s people unto salvation.
St. Peter, the first pope, was chosen by our Lord Jesus Christ
the King to be His prime minister. To Peter Jesus gave the keys
to the kingdom of heaven. The pope is the visible sign of unity
for the whole Church. He has the authority and responsibility to
shepherd the Church in time – to be in the world but not of the
world (cf. Jn 17:14).
St. Paul, the Apostle to the Gentiles, is the founder of
Western civilization. He was Jewish by birth but Christian by
God’s choice. A Roman citizen, he was raised in a Greek
culture. His life, teachings and missionary activity in the
Middle East, Asia and Europe form the very basis for
civilization as we know it. How we relate to God, government,
culture, worship and morality came from St. Paul. He is the
model for all who seek to be followers of Jesus Christ, Who
alone gives us eternal life.
As we rightfully thank God for our dear country and seek to
preserve its goodness in the midst of modern attacks, we should
be infinitely more grateful to God for the gift of His Church
founded on Peter’s authority and Paul’s fearless preaching.
May these two great saints intercede for us now and always
keep the Church from error and lukewarmness as she sojourns
in this world.
God bless you,