Catholic Identity

Reflections from Fr. Kelly

“Pray, Love, and Act”

Most of us long for simplification in life. In a sophisticated society that is getting more complex by the day, we yearn for a simpler response to the multi challenges which come our way. However, such over simplification may not be readily forthcoming since most of us seem to add on new activities and involvements so readily. Seldom do we or can we reduce involvements thereby reducing unnecessary pressures. But, if reduction of our obligations is not in the immediate future, maybe prioritizing will help.

What are the most important things that concern us? Depending on our interests, disposition, ambition, age, health and status, each of us has a general idea of levels of importance. Each day so many activities appear important and demand attention. But are they that important? Regardless, the motivating factor behind all activity, the rationale of our behavior, needs to be addressed.

In God's mind, what do you think is important for us? Jesus gives us the answer when He commanded us to love God and love our neighbor. Or, as in today’s gospel, to go a step further; “love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.” This kind of love calls for a complete and unconditional commitment of self.

Often the love we are willing to give is directly related and proportional to the love we receive. It can be fragile and sometimes shallow. But the love Jesus speaks of is not an easy kind of love to give since He calls us to love with all our heart, soul, mind and strength. The important ingredient which helps us attempt this kind of love is prayer. Without prayer, this immense love that we are asked to give would be impossible. We need the help and grace of God to love so extensively. Without the hope given by the teachings of Jesus, we could be lost in our human efforts to love. Love which ought to be the primary cause of our actions, is to be based in our solid association with Jesus and this in effect is prayer. Pray, love and act.

Blessings,

Father Vincent T. Kelly

Catholic identity thrives throughout the STA campus and in the hearts of students, faculty, and staff. Serving those who appear “the least” in the community remains the focus of our efforts in and out of the classroom. We encourage STA students to witness to the call of Jesus in service and faith.

“Where does Jesus send us? There are no borders, no limits: He sends us to everyone.”
- Pope Francis

Campus Ministry awakens students and faculty to the reality of Jesus present in our lives. In various ways, faith formation remains our focus as we encourage students to engage and explore the Theology curriculum, retreats, religious events, and opportunities for individual involvement. Students serve as Eucharistic ministers, lectors, altar servers, singers, and musicians. STA students share their Catholic Identity through middle school and Confirmation retreat programs at our local parishes. Monthly Nights of Fellowship combine faith, friendship, and fun as the STA community celebrates our Catholic Identity and spiritual camaraderie.