Dear Family,

As we come to the end of the liturgical year this Sunday, we do so by celebrating the Solemnity of Christ the King.  The Feast of Christ the King was established by Pope Pius XI in 1925 as an antidote to secularism, a way of life which leaves God out of man's thinking and living and organizes his life as if God did not exist. The feast is intended to proclaim in a striking and effective manner Christ's royalty over individuals, families, society, governments, and nations.

 

Although this feast was established in 1925 the reasons that it was established are still relevant today. One of the largest threats to faith life in our culture is indeed secularism.

As I mentioned to you recently, the retail world is pushing into the holidays more and more, leaving people less time with their families and more time working to make more money, because that’s what it’s all about right? Of course it’s not. This is just one example.

The retail world is certainly not the problem but it’s symptomatic of a deeper problem.  The problem is that God has been pushed out of the public square. How are we going to celebrate the holidays in such a way that Jesus is announced as King? We need to proclaim Jesus Christ as King today on this feast but also everyday of our lives,

especially during the holidays.

In the Heart of Christ,

 

Fr. Claude Burns