An Attitude Adjustment – Fr. Steven Voss

Fr. Steven Voss - Pastor - Saint Joseph Catholic Church - Fort Collins - Colorado - 80521One of the dreaded phrases Fr. Steven Voss, our pastor, hated hearing from his mother was, “I don’t particularly care for your attitude.” The truth was, however, that the young Steven Voss’s behavior left something to be desired. In MT 21: 28 – 32, we see right attitude when two sons respond to their father. The second son looks good from all outward appearances, but it is the first son, who changes his mind and is remembered for doing good.

The two sons illustrate two camps of people. One camp is like the first son, “they have a colorful past. They wring their hands and say, ‘The Church wouldn’t want me.’ This is a lie,” says Fr. Steven. “The Church has a place for everyone. Set aside your doubt.” The other camp includes “those who come to Mass week in and week out, perhaps every day; the ones who check off the sacraments on their little punch card of life. They do it because it makes a good scene in front of others, they do it because they believe God keeps score, and much like they’re dealing with a government agency, ‘He’ll have to let me in to heaven if I’ve done everything right.’”

“The second group is more dangerous,” says Fr. Steven. “Those who believe themselves to be perfect have no need of a Savior.”

Attitude adjustment brings us light and hope, and is our constant life’s work. God tells us we need an attitude adjustment. So, if we can’t listen to our loved ones when they help us with an attitude adjustment, we should call our local clergy. Our priests and deacons would love to help us “remove all obstacles so that we may journey toward Him in faith.” Click on the video above or here for Fr. Steven’s full homily, September 28, 2014 via YouTube.

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About Karin Livingston

Mrs. Livingston taught at Saint Joseph Catholic School with a State of Colorado teaching license for 15 years before moving into the parish-school technology coordinator position in 2006. Mrs. Livingston was instrumental in piloting the technology aspects of the school literacy program, including introduction of the Accelerated Reader reading practice program, and the Student Teacher Assessment of Reading (STAR) program. Mrs. Livingston has been a parishioner at Saint Joseph Catholic Church since 1993. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communications with an emphasis in Science from the University of California at Davis. Mrs. Livingston blogs and is the author of the young-adult equestrian novel, Winning Bet.
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