It’s been a banner year for the Holy Spirit and the work of the Lord.
As we celebrate the start of Holy Week, let’s reflect on the great journey of this Holy Year, and the importance of our Christian faith to this year.
A decade ago, when I was writing my first book, I was asked to write a letter to my friend and former colleague, Dr. Dana Priest, a renowned theologian and a longtime friend of mine.
My goal in writing the letter was to convey the importance and the significance of the work that Dr. Priest is doing and the deep respect I have for her, her ministry and the Holy Father.
I wanted to be clear about the fact that I was also thinking of my friend, and not of myself, so as not to put the focus on myself.
Dr. Priests work is so central to the work I do, and to me, her life has been a great joy.
In addition, the work we do together, from the ministry of the priest to the pastoral work we have together, has enriched my own life and the lives of many others.
For example, during my tenure as a senior pastor at Holy Heart Church in St. Paul, I have been honored to work closely with Dr.
Priest on many projects.
She is an extraordinary person, and has been such a champion for the church and its people in a way I could never have imagined, especially during the times when I could not speak to her face because I was in New York.
Dr., Priest is the perfect person to share her work with our congregation, the Holy Trinity, and in particular with our young people.
It is so important that we recognize this and help our youth be inspired and empowered to find meaning in their lives and to reach out to God.
As you celebrate Holy Week with the Holy Family, remember that we all are called to share in this work of faith, hope, hope and prayer.
We are all called to find our identity in the work God has done for us and to continue to do so in the service of our people.
Our lives and the world around us are changing.
I am so thankful for our Holy Father, for the work he has done with us and for his ministry.
But I am especially grateful for what he has taught us about the importance, the power and the purpose of our relationship with God, our fellow man and the Lord Jesus Christ.
And I am grateful to him for helping us discover the joy and love of Christ in our relationships with others and our families.
He is a great man.
He lives in the heart of a very special place.
He has done extraordinary things for us.
We will not stop doing them.
And he will continue to inspire us with his extraordinary life and ministry.
My heart is with Dana, and my prayers are with her.
I want to give a special thanks to the people of the United States and around the world who have been so kind and welcoming to me. Thank you.