“Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us rid ourselves of every burden and sin that clings to us* and persevere in running the race that lies before us” Heb 12:1
Today as I began my class at BC, all I could think about as we went round the circle introducing ourselves is this passage from Hebrews. How blessed I feel to be surrounded by such an amazing “cloud of witnesses”! Hailing from all over the United States, many are originally natives of Columbia, Peru, Mexico, and Costa Rica, and all are witnesses to an incredible passion for the faith. These men and women have served as leaders in the church, and within their communities, quite often through grassroots programs as part of the Catholic Extension Program. “Building faith, inspiring hope, and igniting change”, these projects to build churches and homes, support faith and educational ministries, and social outreach are led in some of the poorest areas of the nation. So as classes commence, I assume my place alongside these marathoners who have not taken the easy road but chosen the path and the mission to love. Needless to say, I have much to learn!
For more about the Catholic extension program, or how to help visit: http://www.catholicextension.org/