Sunday, August 14, 2011

Looking ahead

By Father Perry D. Leiker

Before you know it, it will already be Christmas! Is it me or is time moving faster than ever? It seems we just started summer and school already opens tomorrow at St. Bernard’s.

The good news is that we are ready for another year. We are all polished and manicured and looking forward to a new technology project. Are we excited? Completely! Even the parish staff and religious education and school staff and the priest were rewired and refitted for these technological advances. It is our hope that it will improve our communication and connection among all of the entities here at St. Bernard’s.

There is no doubt about it, there has been more change in the last 100 years than there has been in the 1,000 years before that. Technology has forever changed our way of living. We have even zoomed ahead of "Get Smart" shoe or watch phones to little Blue-ray devices that nestle up to our ears almost like a big ear-ring, and through it we can hear and talk and communicate with someone across the world.

We are in a different age. It is in this age that we need, more than ever, a truth and message and words and actions to live by – a Gospel way that can help us to navigate spiritually in a very materialistic and technologically complex world. We are reminded: "For what good is it if we were to gain the whole world and in the process loose are very selves." (One more reason for the beautiful gift of a Catholic education!)

Father Perry D. Leiker is parish administrator. Reach him at (323) 255-6142, Ext. 112.

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