Did you notice the new picture of me? I had been using a picture that didn’t look very priestly from my sabbatical in the Arizona desert. The official photo the archdiocese had was a few years old and 50 pounds heavier. Yes, over the last couple of years I lost 50 pounds. I actually lost a lot more, but I kept off 50 pounds. I did this by committing to a regular exercise routine, trying to work out at least three times a week. As I am settling into a new routine here at St. John the Baptist, I have found I need to recommit to that exercise regiment. Being overweight can led to serious health concerns. And I do want to try to set a good example as well as serve many more years in active ministry. To all who struggle with weight, I share your frustration. To all who walk, bike, swim, or work out in any way, I am encouraged by your dedication. And to all who can eat anything they want and not gain a pound – thank you for the reminder that life is not fair.
Our theme in this year of the family is “Families: healthy, happy and holy.” It is a reminder of how integrated we are and how we need to be attentive to every aspect of our lives. Our spiritual health is effected by our physical health as well as our social wellbeing. God has given us the body we have and has called us to be good stewards of this gift. So if you see me at the local gym, I am trying to grow spiritually.