June, the beginning of summer, vacations, graduations, weddings, and other events that bring family and friends together. As we celebrate all these events, it seems almost contradictory that this month falls within the liturgical season of Ordinary Time. There is nothing ordinary about Ordinary Time when it comes to our Catholic faith.
Ordinary Time is when we celebrate Christ’s life and death and June is dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. In this time of the liturgical year the Church is donned in the color green as a symbol of hope of the resurrection. We celebrate Christ’s life and death and through the image of the Sacred Heart, His love for each of us. These symbols of new life and love inform us of Christ’s conquering death giving to each of us the gift of salvation and the hope of eternal life with Him in paradise.
Many find it difficult to celebrate the events that are a part of the beginning of each summer. Loss makes any celebration difficult. In this month dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, find comfort in knowing that God’s love for each of us is boundless. Seek refuge in His pierced heart of Christ as it is in His suffering that He understands your pain and it is in His sacrifice that we find the gift of paradise.
Andrej N. Lah
President / CEO