Soon to be Cardinal Thomas Collins

Here you will find an interview with Cardinal-designate Thomas Collins.

What I want to share with you is obviously the Joy at his Elevation to the College of Cardinals!

But in this interview with The Catholic Register, there are some Valuable Jewels that I wanted to throw your way.  Just in case you don’t read the Interview, though I don’t know why you wouldn’t 😉

It is affirming when the Church receives positive recognition in the media as this helps tell our story to those who may have fallen away from the Church or don’t know as much about us.  You could fill every page of the newspaper with positive faith-related stories that are quietly happening around us every day. There is no shortage of good acts to celebrate publicly.

In my day-to-day work, my goal is the same as it was when I was first ordained as a priest: that I might strengthen, sustain and inspire faith in the people I meet, and especially those entrusted to my pastoral care.

As priests, we dedicate ourselves to the task of fueling the flame of faith.

The Holy Father speaks of the gift of silence in his 2012 Message for World Communications Day. When we are still and we listen to our hearts, we can recognize the desire within us all to be closer to God.

We need to be reminded to carry our faith with us in all facets of our lives; in our workplace, our school life, our family life and our public life. We will see a renewed emphasis on this notion as the Year of Faith unfolds, and I hope  that year will bear fruit for many years to come.

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