Sunday, September 27, 2009

Beginning of the school year Poem in honor of St. Paul's Parish

Once it was said, “Pride is the beginning of all sin” but maybe the same can be said about breath and wind.

For inevitable as our falling is our perfunctory heave of the chest as it is rising. This intake and gush of life-giving air, brings challenge and purpose, failure and flair.

It feels much as if we have awoken from a fitful hot sleep, now a cool breeze blows but we cannot our pillowed watch keep.

The time has come when all seems to wither, yet our parish is alive with a flit and a twitter.

How can we fail to notice the contrast of dying buds and no more lightning bugs, when seen upon buildings now every night a light and a buzz.

Oh how my heart swells! Forgive me Lord for I am full of pride for a parish so very, very, very much alive!

Our choirs’ notes escape stone walls and vaults and hang in the heavy air, St. Vincent de Paul and our great patron well know Paul, inspire collections and missions to show how much we care.

Children and adults come to our lot beyond obligation and fill now both day and night bringing their thirst for knowledge and jubilation.

A hard working and fantastic staff, blaze new trails in different directions than the past.

Yet an anchor of history we cling to and embrace, marvelously we discover and lengthen the links that move us forward yet keep us in place.

Oh and be still if it moves me from venial to mortal but pride builds up in me as we’ve formed yet a portal, an archway linking past, present and future whose fate is built on a foundation with a center of evangelization.

Yes call it pride, I will not the charge deny, but continue my cries of joy and exultation in God’s gracious Will that put me here on the parish called the Jewel on the Hill.

Pride in self is the steep descent to damnation, but pride to be part of something greater than me or you is the key to our mission and our motivation.

Friday, September 18, 2009

Cheer, Cheer for old Notre Dame!

I am trying to remember the last time I was away from the parish for an entire weekend and I can't seem to remember when it was. It is indeed very rare that a pastor would be gone over a weekend. Even when taking vacation it is usually very important to be back for the weekend Masses, not necessarily to celebrate them, but it is the only time when you get to see almost all your faithful parishioners at once. It is also quite a lot of work to leave for the weekend and the observant blog reader might notice when this post was published and realize it is not easy to sleep the eve before heading out.
That being said I will not be in Ellicott City this weekend. I will be going to a real live Notre Dame football game and I am crazy excited. Even with last weeks tragic loss to Michigan I have a feeling this could still be our year. The Fighting Irish are playing the Spartans of Michigan State. I will also be con-celebrating Mass at ND after the game, how cool is that! You will all be in my prayers. Just in case you were wondering where my love for the Godlen Dome comes from let's see - Catholic University named after Our Lady, Irish, and my Dad and Mom both graduated from there. Not to scare you all or anything but if Michigan State wins I am going to return in a very bad mood. Peace!

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Belated Birthday Thoughts

The other day on the 11th, I celebrated my 33rd birthday. I have always been haunted by something St. Thomas Aquanis said, "Everyone is how they were or would have been at 33 years of age in Heaven." I don't know if this was taught tongue in cheek or if he was serious. The serious implication is that if you haven't figured it out at 33 you might be in trouble. I think I may be in trouble. I still have so much to learn. I'm extending my birthday to include the whole month so that maybe I've got some more time to get it all right, but in reality I think I might need another 33 years (I hope the Lord grants me them). Some things I know I need to work on are my orginization skills, following a scheduled pattern to my day, discipline, and connected with that making sure I stay healthy, get back in shape, and lose lots of weight. I ask for your prayers and any help you can offer. Peace and God Bless!