We’re big on obedience at this site. We just love the holy paradox that when we die we live, that when we submit ourselves to the yoke of Christ, we are truly free. This site took a very long time to launch, beset by many delays and technical difficulties, and through the two years that it took to complete, I and my staff of volunteers have prayed for a good and holy priest to act as chaplain to our work. We begged God for someone who would pray for our little apostolate, keep us from error, and guide us to greater charity. We didn’t feel right about setting off on our mission without a sure sign of God’s favor, a faithful guardian under whose authority we might bear fruit in Christ. In January of this year, God saw fit to bless us with a very fine, learned, holy priest, Monsignor Charles Fink, a man of distinction and humility, who very kindly agreed to be our shepherd.
Father Fink is currently the Director of Spiritual Formation at the Seminary of the Immaculate Conception in Huntington, New York. Prior to this appointment, he served in four parishes here in the Diocese of Rockville Centre, most recently spending twelve years as pastor of St. Joseph’s in Hewlett, New York. He writes an occasional column for our diocesan newspaper, The Long Island Catholic, and is a frequent guest speaker at retreats and other special programs in the diocese. Father Fink is a convert to the Catholic faith, having been raised in the Episcopal Church, and is a veteran of the Vietnam War.
Thank you so much, Father Fink, for watching over us and our work. We love you!
We have so much to be thankful for as we begin Holy Week. Our columnist, Alex Basile, is truly bearing fruit in Christ. He has a new book out, “The Gentle Road to Jesus: Bringing Christ to Every Classroom and Home.” To read my review, click here. Alex is a gifted teacher and writer and shows us in this, his third book, that with faith in Jesus Christ and obedience to His law of love, it is possible to touch the hearts of young people with the Truth and help to transform their lives.
I’m also thankful to Lisa Hendey, owner of CatholicMom.com and the super-fun podcast, CatholicMoments. She has been featuring my one-to-two minute podcast segments, called Amazing Minutes, about how you can become an Amazing Catechist! I’m really enjoying being a part of her team! If you’ve missed some or all of these short segments, check out my new blog: www.amazingcatechists.blogspot.com.
And remember, in Christ, we can do all things! [Philippians 4:13]
A blessed and peaceful Holy Week and Easter to you all!