Twilight Twitches

fetscherDear Family,
Once again, our bulletin deadlines have me writing ten days before you’ll read this. It’s December 28th, the Feast of the Holy Innocents. Before they could even speak, they were witnesses to love in the face of horror.

This Christmas was a wonderful gathering of the faith family. The emus were a welcome addition. Ask someone if you don’t get the reference.

Over the long New Year’s holiday, I’m sure we will have had more happy moments – and perhaps a suitable quaff or two as well. The days will also see Fr. Bill Mason, OMI, and Fr. Karl Davis, OMI, visit us and I’m sure you’ll meet one or the other. They are kindly offering me some welcome help, and all I had to do was offer them a bed. (Two beds, actually.) You might even meet Fr. Joseph McAuley who is coming from Scotland for a wedding. Suddenly, it got busy in priest city.

I enjoy saving all my Christmas cards until I really can sit down to really appreciate them. Bubba and I did that over a few quiet hours yesterday. What a happy time to think of friends near and far, new and old. I want to write/call/text/email/ smoke-signal them all. If I can’t get back to them, I can pray for them.

I’m putting all the cards in a basket on the dining room table, and each day throughout 2019, I’ll pick one and pray for the folk who sent it. A family in my last parish taught me that wonderful idea.

In one of my homily commentaries, the writer remarked that Christmas was the third most important feast of our year. Easter ranks first and Pentecost second. The way we ‘wrap’ Christmas you might think otherwise. Still, no Christmas, then no Easter or Pentecost.

I received some nice presents for which I’m grateful, and as I said, hope to be able to thank the givers. The nicest one of all was unexpected.
Somehow just before Christmas, my paten, the plate for the Body of Christ during Mass, got a bad dent in the rim. I don’t know how it happened, but it saddened me a little after seeing it come through fifty years unscathed. Well, low and behold, after another day, it mysteriously got “dedented.” It looks like it always did. It turns out that Scotty Martinez of pancake breakfast fame took it to his second shop, his pickup, and bent it back. You’d never know.

Sue and Scott were also part of the team that included Ann Murry, Mark Ryan, and our own Patricio Diaz-Pizzaro. They joined Father Del Provino, the florist, in creating a wonderful place to recall the gift the Lord made of himself to all of us. And they did it in four hours on Dec.23rd!

Peter Manfredi corralled the brass into a wonderful overlay of music that left us smiling. Folks who stayed long enough after the liturgies heard a wonderful brass and organ version of the Hallelujah Chorus from Handel’s Messiah. It was a nice finale to their music throughout our Masses.

Since it’s still December, I haven’t really thought about New Year’s resolutions yet. For sure, I’m not making any resolutions about weight. That’s the biggest con job I can do on myself.

However, there are a couple of prayer areas to look at. I’ll call it a review time. The review will yield the resolutions! Just because I’m aging doesn’t mean there isn’t something new to discover. All it takes is a little attention.

Perhaps that best captures what I hope for, simply doing a better job of paying attention. Attention to prayer, to others, to little things... and I can’t leave out Bubba. He’s the one who insists on the parking lot rosary each night.

May the Lord bless us with holy surprises in 2019 and may we help each other notice them.

In Him,
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