It’s just after midnight on Easter Sunday. I attended the Easter vigil at St Vincent’s. It was exciting to welcome the newly baptized and confirmed members of our church. That was a true highlight of the liturgy. I’m glad I attended for that reason.
But gosh, the homily was such a downer. Just my insignificant opinion. Our priest chose to emphasize the negative (dead- as he put it) attitudes in our lives…..on Easter!! No encouragement, no empathy, no attempt to understand…..so depressing. It left me feeling sad, for I know every one of the congregation has experienced these feelings.
To counter this I’m going to share some wonderful words of Father Michael from his emails to me. I needed to be lifted up after that homily; reading them has helped immensely. Hope you all will enjoy the POSITIVE:
After our first ‘in-person’ meeting-
I was thrilled to see you this morning “in the sacristy”!!!!! You are so joyful and faithfilled and your family is lucky having you praying for them.Come often just to laugh or say hi !
If you want to chat about anything, call anytime.
Know you are welcome anytime to share anything. You can decide when it is good or the spirit guides you. I’m thrilled with your story. God is so powerful and yet we still need to hear these kinds of stories.
Hope the rest of the day is great.. Keep COOL as best as you can.
Fr. Michael op
I don’t mind at all receiving your emails. I am sorry to read your son’s view of faith. Sometimes I wonder how our children turn so far from faith after being formed in it. But with God all things are possible and that anger/hurt may turn to a new zeal. Maybe now that he is looking for a job, he will be more open to God’s grace and gifts.
Blessings on all your worries but gratefulness for your faith.
Thanks for that funny story about your Aunt. Everyone should have an aunt like that.
I am so touched by your generous offer. Honestly, that is hardly necessary. I have loved my priesthood these 25 years although there have been painful times. But God has always stuck with me. Hardly a day goes by where I don’t pray in gratitude for his fidelity. I am awed by it.
It is true that the most devastating moment in my academic life led me to the Dominicans. I have often thought of that. Today, it was comforting to know someone of the status of St. Alphonsus Liguori had a terrible professional experience that led to great things.
I’m off to Canada on Friday. Say a prayer that all will be well with the family. I just want pleasant weather and to swim.
After an unpleasant, touchy ‘discussion’ of common stereotypes:
I once did a talk with a Dominican sister and it was on stereotypes. We would mention a culture and the audience had to do a spontaneous response. It was astounding. For almost every culture the first response was negative. For example Irish equals drunk, German equals rigid etc. Truly, I have heard the Polish jokes but I have always been dismayed because of the brilliance of our Polish brothers and the faith that saved a nation when so much of Eastern Europe lost it. The human condition seems to move quickly to negative responses which I see as the result of original sin.
One blessing I have always thanked God for is that I usually can see positive things even in the terrible realities of life. Some say I have rose colored glasses, others just say I am naive. But I do believe God wants me to love and to live by positive reinforcement. There is a school of psychology that is directed at healing by affirmations that help the patient.
Anyway, I’m glad you are blessed with finding the good in people.
Also well done at the casino. I just know you have good karma!!!!!
It is a wonderment to me that even in talking about negative, unpleasant things, Father Michael was able to see the good, the hopeful, the positive. It is so good to see his words and remember.
I feel much better—–Happy Easter to all!