Absence, Remembrance—Another Year

This is the three year anniversary of Father Michael’s death. I decided to write a little today to keep him in memory. I’ve been absent from the blog mainly due to illness. I have had surgery and chemo for cancer. One of the side effects of the chemo, was sensitivity in my fingers. Neuropathy is one thing, but all the platinum in my system would cause electrical zaps to my fingers…..not too pleasant for extensive keyboard work. So I shied away from the blog .And, like Father Michael and most cancer patients, I dealt with the fatigue. Most times I didn’t fight it as Father M did, I just rested! I have a few other medical issues going on now that really debilitate me at times. So there’s my excuse for being absent from the blog.

The biggest contribution to Father Michael’s memory will be Kyte Hall at St Vincent Ferrer Church. The parish broke ground for this yesterday. I was sorry to miss it, but I was sick. I was half-way dressed and realized that I could not attend. I had been looking forward to it, especially since Father Louie was going to officiate. I’m hoping there will be a tape of the homily to view, at least. But anyway, this parish building will serve to bring Father Michael to mind, especially when in use. It will be particularly meaningful to those of us who knew Father M, to those with very fond memories. I look forward to its completion. As the years go by and the memories fade, the parish won’t have the same appreciation for this extraordinary, yet ordinary man. But that’s life. I’m glad I knew him.

Overall, my work on this blog has been a good thing for me. It’s funny because I began it after my writing was edited to the point of distortion. So it grew out of something truly humiliating. My oldest son, who is a writer by profession, suggested that I just blog and “avoid all that”. A wise suggestion. It’s been personally rewarding, though lacking affirmation. But I keep the following quote from St Faustina in mind :

“I know well that the greater and more beautiful the work is, the more terrible will be the storms that rage against it.”