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People of God,

I pray you are all well and experiencing a beautiful renewal of faith. Jesus has risen! But what does this mean for us…today…in the now of this moment? It starts with an encounter with who God is, and what Jesus has done intimately and personally for us through His passion.

God is a giver. All throughout scripture we can trace God’s character as such. More than that, we can trace this reality through each moment of our lives. Acts 17:25 says “Rather it is He who gives to everyone life and breath and EVERYTHING.” It makes sense, especially after walking with Christ through His passion, death, and resurrection. “For God so loved the world that He GAVE” (Jn. 3:16). Not just a cookie, or an extra scoop of ice cream (which God undoubtedly loves to do), but His beloved Son. Imagine if we began to look at life in this manner…not that I earned this, but instead that God gave all. What sort of gratitude would expand within us?

This generous Love didn’t end 1,990 years ago on a cross outside of Jerusalem. It was breathed out into all of eternity and continues to cascade into every crevasse of our life. Are we surprised? In his last intentional act with his followers, Jesus took bread, said the blessing, broke it, and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body, which will be given up for you” (Lk 22:19…or in the Mass). Jesus established a way to give the fullness of Himself, over and over, under the most ordinary guise of bread and wine, to us in the sacrament of the Eucharist, so that the totality of His gift would never cease!

Here is the kicker, the place where it all gets really exciting: if we are made in the image and likeness of God, and we continue to receive the fullness of Jesus and His love for us in the large and small, what does that mean for who we have been created to be? It means that we become more ourselves, the more we give ourselves away. Lord, let our hearts look more and more like Your sacred heart, aflame and alive with Your gift of love. Thank you for the generosity of prayers and gifts that you share with the Foundation and the work we do.

In Christ,
Daniel Thies
Executive Director