Father Basile Sede, Pastor

​​The Catechism of the Catholic Church reminds us that the human person is, by nature a religious being. Coming from God, going towards God, we live a fully human life only if we freely live by this bond with God.  (CCC no 44). Accordingly, some circular authors explain, that it matters little how a person finds God, if he or she actually finds Him. The poet, William Wordsworth, for example finds Him in nature and invokes him as ‘wisdom and spirit of the universe’. This is the perspective of natural revelation; where God reveals Himself to us in created things. In the fullest sense, however, Christianity finds God in a believing community, with Christ at the center. Christ is the fullness of the revelation of God and this is the summit of supernatural revelation.
With her rich history and vibrant Christ-centered community spirit, St. Benedict the Moor is an expression of both the natural and the supernatural revelation of God. The strength of this community is found in her very identity and peculiarity. Started as a typically African American Parish (a character that is still very much maintained), St. Benedict the Moor now accommodates the white American Christians, as well as the Spanish community. Such a unity in diversity truly identifies authentic Catholicism.
      The mission of every Catholic community is to build a community of persons, faithful to God and to each other in mutual love, after the example of Christ Himself. The tendency today is to consider religion as a matter of ‘holy’ places, persons and things. Some people erroneously think that religion, in itself is irrelevant, if not an issue of the past. Yet in the Christian sense, in religion, we refer firstly, to the belief in the existence of God, The Supreme Being who created the universe and is in constant control of it. This is a valuable conception that is handed over to our children and youths in the faith-formation classes that are delivered every Sunday. As we embark on this doctrine classes for the continuity of our faith, we equally convince ourselves that our God in a God who reveals Himself to us in every historical epoch and in different ways as we read from the letter to the Hebrews:
In the past God spoke to our ancestors many times and in many ways through the prophets,  but in these last days he has spoken to us through his Son. He is the one through whom God created the universe, the one whom God has chosen to possess all things at the end.  He reflects the brightness of God's glory and is the exact likeness of God's own being, sustaining the universe with his powerful word. Heb. (1: 1-3).
Every aspect of Divine Revelation is a sign of hope for a better life in time; that is, today and finally, in eternity.
Therefore our endeavor in St. Benedict the Moor is to re-live every day the life of the early Christians as found in Act of the Apostles Chapter 2, summarized as follows:
They were a joyous people who partook of their foods with glad and generous hearts. They were not given over to pessimism and gloom. They saw the goodness in life in spite of apparent troubles and sorrows. They had favor with people; they were on good terms with others. The lord added to their numbers everyday.
(J. F. O’Grady, JESUS, LORD AND CHRIST), p.135.
Would it not be wonderful to be physically, or spiritually part of this community?