I would like to introduce myself, my name is Father Chris Martin. Unfortunately, because of circumstances beyond our control this has been a crazy last year. Recently, I have been blessed to become the new Chaplain of Catholic Care Center. Since last May I have been able to get to know many of the residents and staff of Catholic Care. I have enjoyed hearing their stories, learning from their wisdom and serving them.
Even though I have only been ordained as a priest of our diocese for a few short years, I have come to believe that the way for all of us to prosper is to be centered on Christ. Bishop Kemme has continually asked us to live as disciples who are “Fully Alive.” I believe that living our faith is a process. It will take time and we will have to overcome many hurdles before we get there.
I believe that first hurdle for all of us is our prayer life. After being at the Church of the Magdalen with Father John Jirak for the last two years, I have witnessed what prayer can do for us and our families. If we want the Catholic Care Center family to live up to and exceed the vision that Bishop Gerber had for us, we need to be founded on prayer.
We have to walk before we can run, and today I hope that you will begin to take this first step with me. Take that time to pray, to build that relationship with Christ. He is waiting for you to come to Him. He is leaving the door open for us to get to know Him and what He can accomplish with us. All so that we can begin to know what it means to believe that we are His beloved children. As Christians this is who we are, it is our identity, and I pray that we never forget it.
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