May God bless all of you and your family abundantly, and may His Holy Spirit fill each and every one of you each day with His mercy, grace, and fortitude, especially during this challenging time. At this time, please join me in praying daily for an end to the COVID-19 pandemic, for an end to all injustice in our world, and for unity in Christ Jesus through the power of the Holy Spirit.
It is astonishing to think of how our lives and way of life have been upended in just a few short months. After experiencing one of the largest economic growth cycles in the history of our country, that saw financial markets and economic conditions at historical levels, the unthinkable happened. Unemployment has hit an unprecedented high. The stock market has experienced a shock not felt since the 2008 Great Recession. People have been ordered to stay indoors. These factors have created hardship for those in our community who provide essential services to those most in need. Fortunately, we are blessed to have many philanthropically inclined individuals in our Catholic community that have admirably stepped up during this crisis. Unfortunately, the work is not done as there is much remaining unmet need in our community.
My brothers and sisters in Christ, we the faithful will proclaim to each other and the world for the next 50 days that: “Jesus Christ is Risen!” The words “He is risen!” remind us of the joyous news we celebrate at Easter, that Jesus our Savior has overcome death. Even though we cannot come together in community to celebrate, it is an indisputable joyful season for each of us as individuals and our Catholic community here in the Diocese of Phoenix.
May God bless all of us abundantly as we walk through this Lent together. For my wife Rebecca and me, our faith is the most important part of our lives. The Catholic Community Foundation helps us put our faith into action through streamlining our charitable giving and helping us support our favorite Catholic ministries in an impactful way. As one famous saint has said, "Faith is seen more in deeds than in words."