Although the normal festivities are greatly curtailed.
Our stained glass window here in the church has the image of the snakes which St. Patrick traditionally drove from Ireland, might be a good idea to ask him to drive the coronavirus from our communities now.
The thing that I like most about St. Patrick is that he had great excuses to live just for himself – but he didn’t listen to them.
At the age of 16 he was captured and taken to Ireland where he was forced into slavery. There he spends 6 years half-starved, ill clothed and cruelly treated until finally he escapes. Then from his home and new found freedom he decides to go back to these terrible people. He has every excuse to say, “y’know, life has been tough enough. I deserve a break. I deserve to enjoy the good things of life.”
But he doesn’t.
Summoned by God he sets out on this mission of Christian charity – to bring truth and light to those who lived in sin and darkness.
We’ve all got our excuses – but God still calls us to be heroic and generous, and self-giving.
I would like to say a big “thank you” to all of our school teachers and administrators – here at Star, but at the public schools as well – for all of their hard work and adjustments to help kids keep learning at home. Obviously, for our homeschooling parents it’s kind of business as usual, but thanks also for all that you do.
This morning I woke up at 4:30, because normally I like to say Morning Prayers and then go to the gym at 5;30 – but the gym is closed, and I’ve got all day to say my prayers. I got up anyway and simultaneously listened to the Brothers Karamazov, organized the Tupperware drawer and had coffee.
I still had time to row a 5k in the garage before it was time to expose the Blessed Sacrament in the Church at 7am. Our dedicated sanitizers went through and thoroughly cleaned everything at 7 as well.
Remember what I need from you:
Can you think of any needs that may be coming up?
Can you think of any things that the parish should be offering?
What could you do to help? (Drive, shop, maintenance, phone calls?)
Send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
(Sorry my keyboard is so loud – don’t sit near me in the church)