Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Hard Times

It's been a couple of hard days here this week as our diocese is one of a number in Pennsylvania that are the subject of a two-year grand jury study on abuse by Catholic priests. The whole subject is shocking and has brought great sadness, along with its share of anger and distress, to the people of the Church and many others as well.

Our bishop, who has only been with us for a little more than five years, is turning out to be quite the "stand-up guy" through it all. His communications director, with whom I worked when her 20-something children were newborns and toddlers, is also contributing mightily to the admirable statements and transparent honesty that are marking their compassionate responses.

A difficult, very difficult side of humanity.

But as the poet would say, "And yet the flowers, the flowers continue to bloom and share their beauty without cost or question."

The view right below my window. 


Sunday, August 12, 2018

850 LCWR members take on St. Louis

The last day of the LCWR Assembly included a public witness of our resolution to address racism in this country. The Old Courthouse, where the Dred Scott case was heard, was right across from our hotel and its steps became a perfect venue for our event. 

Look right under the word "against" and you'll see someone you recognize. 

A little free time took us to the St. Louis Zoo. 

Their zoo is large and nationally known. Three "twiga" are a highlight of their residents. 

Good-bye St. Louis. The assembly and your city were memorable. Nothing moreso than the Gateway Arch

See our community page for a front page news item on the LCWR's resolution on racism. Here.

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Under the Arch

Life in St Louis this week means life with the Arch, which is literally right across the street from our hotel and right outside our room’s window, too. Of all the topics we are exposed to within the LCWR‘s concerns the topic of immigration is right in front of us—-the Gateway to the West is right here. And to whom is that Gateway open?


The view from our hotel window.
Magnificent!


Sunday, August 5, 2018

L (leisure) continues after LLL Days

A mile and a half walk on Front Street, a ridge above the dock area of the city right along Presque Isle Bay, brought these photos to share with you.

18 new condos overlook the Bay.

One of our many marinas.

The Sheraton on the right and the Marriott on the left. A four-story high walkway connects the Sheraton to the Convention Center....right over the bay. Very cool.

A very attractive home on Front Street with a perfect view out on the bay.

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

The sunshine waggle

One of our sisters has a very, very green thumb and plants, especially African violets, flourish under her care. One of our parlors has an African violet that she has started from a single leaf on every available table space. They are beautiful. But, in addition to this plant paradise she has dotted the little ledges between the upper and lower parts of the three windows with those cute little sun-powered bobble toys. There used to be just two or three but tonight I counted a dozen, lots of new ones I'd never seen before: a Hawaiian dancer, a rocking Santa Claus and lots of flowers. Since these windows have a southeast orientation the sunshine makes them wiggle and waggle all day. Cute! (We are in the midst of our annual LLL Summer Community Days, BTW, and this blog post fits into the second L: leisure!)



Sunday, July 29, 2018

Philip and Andrew

Today's homily is worth sharing...at least one little piece of it. Father Jim P, one of our regular Sunday presiders, offered wonderful reflections on the readings today, all of which carried out the theme of bread and feeding the people. The gospel story, (the only parable shared by all four gospels, he mentioned) was of the loaves and the fishes and feeding the 5,000.

Jim mused that the two disciples involved in the parable are a perfect parallel for our own times. Philip, upon seeing the huge number of people and realizing that there was no way to feed them, came and said, "What are we to do?" And isn't that what many of us are hearing and saying ourselves these days--either in reference to things happening in our own country or things going on in the broader world? His question resonated loudly with the audience, you could just hear it in the silence.

The second disciple, Andrew, finds the boy with a few loaves and a little fish and brings him to Jesus, despite the absurdity of the amount. Jim's point was clear, simple, and probably the only "answer" to: What are we to do?...we gather up the little we have and bring it to Jesus and it will be taken from there. (He didn't go into the particulars! This was just a parallelism in the realm of what-do-the-scriptures-mean-today genre.)

Months ago, Jim posed a similar question and that day his answer was, "Follow Me." And follow the Holy One, we do.

A couple weeks in the summer find the hydrangea in front of the Blessed Mother statue and the clematis in back of it, both blooming at the same time. This is the week. Sr. Cecilia tells me that the statue came from the convent in Sharon, PA where many of our sisters ministered and quite a few grew up. 

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Summer time and the living is easy!

Summer is a time for extra fun and relaxation. Enjoy these!

1. The peacemaking meeting scheduled for today has been canceled due to a conflict.

2. A bean supper will be held on Tuesday evening in the church hall. Music will follow.

3. Don’t let worries kill you – let the church help.

4. This being Easter Sunday, we will ask Mrs. Jones to come forward and lay an egg on the altar.

5. The visiting monster today is Rev. Jack Bains.

6. The Associate Minister unveiled the church’s new tithing campaign slogan last Sunday: “I upped My Pledge—-Up Yours.”

7. If you need to heave during the Postlude, please do so quietly.

8. Remember in prayer the many who are sick of our church congregation.

9. Thursday at 5:00 PM there will be a meeting of the Little Mothers Club. All wishing to become Little Mothers, please see the minister in his study.



Music concerts on the beach!