Reach out to all the ends of the earth – Fr. Steven Voss

Fr. Steven Voss - Pastor - Saint Joseph Catholic Church - Fort Collins - Colorado - 80521“Love your neighbor as yourself” is easier said than done, Fr. Steven Voss, our pastor, realized when reflecting on MT:22: 34-40. But Fr. Steven notes, “God does not simply tie up heavy burdens and put them on our back and say, ‘Carry those.’ Christ the Lord is here to help us carry those burdens.” First, we have to love God. Then we have to love ourselves by avoiding distractions from God. After that, we can welcome and love others. Our role model can be Pope Francis, who Fr. Steven points to as a man who “walks in the image of Jesus Christ and steps out of what is comfortable to reach out to the lost and the lonely”. Contrary to media claims, Pope Francis is not out to change the teachings of the Catholic Church, says Fr. Steven, but is doing as Christ did. “Our holy father, Pope Francis, wishes to reach out to all the ends of the earth,” and we need “to go out of our way to treat one another with love. To bring as many as possible back to Christ the Lord. Let us pledge to never depart from what is true and good and can never be changed about our faith. Let us go forward in love to bring as many people back with ourselves to Christ the Lord.” Click here or on the video above to listen to Fr. Steven’s full homily of October 26, 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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