Fr. Dave Gutmann
Fr. Dave Gutmann
The Catholic Sentinel asked pastors from around the Archdiocese of Portland to share what they might like to give as their last homily. This is Father Dave Gutmann’s offering.

BEAVERTON — In my many years blessed to serve as a priest, I have sought in every homily to point to Jesus. Knowing him personally, growing in that relationship, and going forth and making a difference have been the keystones in my own faith journey and in my pastoring.

For my final homily I wish to simply lead you in the Litany of Trust that comes from Sister Faustina Maria Pia of the Sisters of Life. I have prayed this countless times privately and always found it softened me and helped me center on the deepest truths of the divine friendship offered by Jesus. Please respond as I prompt you:

From the belief that I have to earn your love — Deliver me, Jesus.

From the false security that I have what it takes — Deliver me, Jesus.

From the rebellion against childlike dependency on you — Deliver me, Jesus.

From anxiety about the future — Deliver me, Jesus.

From the belief that my life has no meaning or worth — Deliver me, Jesus.

From discouragement — Deliver me, Jesus.

That you are continually holding me, sustaining me, loving me — Jesus, I trust in you.

That your love goes deeper than my sins and failings, and transforms me — Jesus, I trust in you.

That not knowing what tomorrow brings is an invitation to lean on you — Jesus, I trust in you.

That you are with me in my suffering — Jesus, I trust in you.

That your plan is better than anything else — Jesus, I trust in you.

That you always hear me, and in your goodness always respond to me — Jesus, I trust in you.

That you give me the grace to accept forgiveness and to forgive others — Jesus, I trust in you.

That you give me all the strength I need for what is asked — Jesus, I trust in you.

That my life is a gift — Jesus, I trust in you.

That I am your beloved one — Jesus, I trust in you.

That I am your beloved one — Jesus, I trust in you.

Fr. Gutmann, ordained in 1983, is pastor of Holy Trinity Parish in Beaverton.