Saturday, July 30, 2016
Here are some thoughts from the road...
Ah, the joys and challenges of sharing the journey!!
On this present trip to Maine, I have had the company of my sister, Trisha. It is wonderful to have someone alongside of you to share conversation and the sights as they pass.
Of course, there is also the need to take into consideration the pace and preferences of someone other than only yourself. Now, don't conclude that there have been any major arguments...it is just that most often I travel solo, and we humans do tend to become conditioned. Therefore, it is a particular grace for me to need to adjust on behalf of another. And after all, We know that Jesus sent his disciples out in pairs. Something tells me that his rationale extended beyond 'safety in numbers.' Accountability is an important element.
Speaking of discipleship, of course we, as individuals and as a community, stand in sorrowful solidarity with the Church in France, following the barbarous murder of Fr. Jacques Hamel-- literally at the altar celebrating Mass. It is becoming growingly apparent that the very name of Christ is under attack. Some of the assaults are blatant and obvious. Others, my friends, are quite subtly disguised. In all cases, may we be vigilant and alert, lest we fail to offer the testimony of our lives.
Below is a generated drawing of the plan to refurbish the Fatima Shrine. Hopefully, all will recall that this project was identified back when the Rooted in Faith, Forward in Hope diocesan initiative began. It is beyond a full year since we dedicated the portico. With 2017 the one hundredth anniversary of the Marian apparitions at Fatima, Portugal, it seems appropriate to bring renewed attention to this area of our campus. The lovely statues, originally donated by the Leo Miller family (1956), will be cleaned and newly installed, and a 'sitting wall', featuring the mysteries of the Rosary--including the Luminous Mysteries-- will be added. Other features, such as enhanced lighting, streamlined surfacing, and new landscaping, will round out the effort. Plans are to begin in September. Thank you to all who pledged and continue to complete their pledges to the campaign!