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Oct 12, 2020

This is Bishop Michael Burbidge of the Catholic Diocese of Arlington. In life, we all have regrets and worries. We regret things we did yesterday or in the past: the poor decisions, the failures, and the disappointment we have caused others. Our worries, however, are often rooted in days that have not yet come: the apprehension, the fear, and the unease about tomorrow and the future. Dear friends, when you sense sadness about something you cannot change, or anxiety over what has yet to occur, I invite you to remember the words of St. Alphonsus Liguori: “The past is no longer yours; the future is not yet in your power. You have only the present wherein to do good.” May we embrace this day as God’s gift to us and let nothing from the past or anything in the future take away from the blessings, peace and joy he wishes to give us at this present moment.