A Few Comments

22 Mar


A Christmas gift from a co-worker whose memory gives me joy. She was making a good-humored statement. She didn’t like the fact that I hunted deer and “killed Bambi.” (But she ate meat with great pleasure.)

Just a few comments on related or unrelated subjects:

The five-day retreat in Parrish, Fla. (March 15-19), was a delightful experience. The folks at St. Frances Cabrini Parish are among the most hospitable I’ve ever met.  Father Jan Jancarz, pastor, is assisted by Father David, retired, and a number of solid lay people who work tirelessly for the parish. It was a Lenten Retreat and we discovered that penance and repentance are not as cumbersome as some folks seem to think. In fact, they follow rather logically after you accept redemption and experience conversion.


 While I was away on this retreat, Peg had a gift of a trip back to New York State to visit two of our 30 great-grandchildren. It was good that she could be away while I was away. In fact, she left three days before I did and returned four days after I did.  We talked at least twice a day. In one conversation, she quipped, “We talk more when we’re apart than we do when we are at home together.” And that’s a fact. Somehow, we find little need to talk about when we are just sitting around or even eating a meal. In part, we know the same things and people, experience together many things. Just being together is gift enough, it seems. Besides, truth to tell, the less I talk the less foot I find in my mouth.


At Friday Mass, in St. Mary Magdalen Parish, I was back in the warmth of my parish family. No matter how wonderful my experience in other parishes, coming home is always a joy. As we prayed the Our Father, something popped into my mind as we asked God to forgive us as we forgive others. The thought was this: We pray, as a parish family, not only for our own personal need to forgive and be forgiven. We pray it together, as Church, to forgive those who fight against the existence of God, who laugh at the Gospel and the Church. We pray forgiveness for those who threaten our freedom of religion and who work against the freedom and dignity of all people and the right to all human life. And it also occurred to me that husbands and wives should pray together and forgive as “one flesh” any person or institution that threatens their family security.


St. Francis, please pray with us.

Lord, make me an instrument of Your peace;

Where there is hatred, let me sow love;

Where there is injury, pardon;

Where there is error, truth;

Where there is doubt, faith;

Where there is despair, hope;

Where there is darkness, light;

And where there is sadness, joy.

O Divine Master, Grant that I may not so much seek

To be consoled as to console;

To be understood as to understand;

To be loved as to love.

For it is in giving that we receive;

It is in pardoning that we are pardoned;

And it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.



3 Responses to “A Few Comments”

  1. chericowell4 March 22, 2014 at 2:40 pm #

    Your 30 great grandchildren a blessed to have you as their grandpa. Hugs, Cheri

  2. Ed Gallagher March 22, 2014 at 3:43 pm #

    Henry, This is a “keeper”.

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