My dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
As we are entering to the liturgical season of Great Fast, I would like to highlight my thoughts. Well, God has a plan for every one of us, without exception. Because of God’s divine plan now we all are here, and I was entrusted this mission to be the pastor in charge of St. Thomas Syro-Malabar Catholic Church, San Francisco. Let us pray together, worship together, think together and work together. Let us believe, and pray that our God will help us to form a graceful and vibrant worshiping community.
This season of Great Fast is designed to help us restore our spiritual balance and improve our spiritual insight. By slowing down and embracing the change in our lifestyle we once again discover the “things most needful” in life, that happiness is not found in the worldly possessions, but in experiencing the love of God and to love others. During this season we need to pray more for each another.
The Apostle Peter, in his words encouraged to “take up the whole armor of God” and fast to the best of our ability, pray more, both at home and by attending as many Lenten services at church as possible, and demonstrate our recommitment to pursuing the path of holiness. Let us willingly embrace, the season of Great Fast and take the lead in our own parish community to assist those in need. By the Grace of God, may we truly be spiritually transformed through our participation in the Saving Passion, Death and Resurrection of our Lord God and Savior Jesus Christ.
I wish you all have a fruitful and graceful season of Great Fast.
God’s blessings upon you!
Fr. George Danavelil