As we approach the Nativity of our Lord, Jesus Christ, we are also experiencing yet another spike in the coronavirus. Please know all our institutitonal chaplains are remembered daily in prayer. You remain on the front lines in not only assisting patients struggling with the coronavirus, but also supporting the interdisciplinary treatment team as they continue to care for their patients. May God continue to bless your ministry during these challenging months turning into years, and may you be strengthened by the passage from St. Paul's Letter to the Galatians read on the feast:
But when the fullness of the time had come, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, that we might receive the adoption as sons. And because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into your hearts, crying out, “Abba, Father!” Therefore you are no longer a slave but a son, and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ. (Gal. 4:4-7)
God sends the Spirit of His Son into our hearts, even as we engage our brothers and sisters in ministry. We continue our journey of theosis, through God's grace, even while we aid others in making meaning of their present struggle. May you be strengthened in knowing that the eternal Word becomes Incarnate to dwell among us in this holy season.
With prayers and love in Christ,
Archpriest Steven Voytovich, Director
Office of Institutional Chaplains