From the Pastor's Desk

Weekly thoughts and announcements from our Pastor, Fr. Tom Lewandowski.

Live a Life That Matters

Ready or not, someday it will all come out in the end.  There will be no more sunrises, no minutes, hours or days.  All the things you collected, whether treasured or forgotten, will pass to someone else.  Your wealth, fame and power will shrivel to irrelevance.  It will not matter what you owned or what you owed.  Your grudges, resentments, frustrations and jealousies will finally disappear.  So, too, your hopes, ambitions, plans and to do lists will expire.  The wins and losses that once seemed important will fade away.  It won’t matter  where you came from or on what side of the tracks you lived, at the end.  It won’t matter whether you were beautiful or brilliant.  Even your gender or skin color will be irrelevant.

So what will matter? How will the value of your days be measured?  What will matter is not what you  bought but what you built; not what you got, but what you gave.  What will matter is not your success, but your significance. What will matter is not what you learned, but what you taught.  What will matter is every act of integrity, compassion, courage, or sacrifice that enriched, empowered or encouraged others to emulate your example.  What will matter is not your competence but your character.  What will matter is not how many people you knew, but how many will feel the lasting loss when you are gone.  What will matter is not your memories, but the memories that live in those who loved you. What will matter is how long you will be remembered, by whom and for what.  Living a life that matters doesn’t happen by accident.  It is not a matter of circumstance but of choice.  Choose to live a life that matters. Author unknown