Twilight Twitches

msgrfetscherDear Family,
It is (last) Thursday, and I’m in a very quiet office. Annie has Thursdays off. (She needs a little time to recover from the 300 hours she gives us on the other days of the week.) Honey, Annie’s dog, is also off so I do not have her personal announcements of each person as they arrive. Sometimes, Honey insists that we know someone so well, that she doesn’t stop announcing their arrival until they are departing. I never knew long-haired dachshunds could be so beautiful and so loud.

Having this incredible quiet gives me a much appreciated moment to really hear the scriptures. As I look at the readings for the Feast of Pentecost, it’s wonderful how they say it all: We are gifted with the Holy Spirit who enlivens all we do.

I’m trying to resist the temptation to think about the Energizer Bunny. Whoops! I guess didn’t resist hard enough.

I don’t know when I learned it, but many times in day I’ll find myself praying:

Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful, Kindle is us (them) the fire of your love. Send forth your spirit, and we (they) shall be created, And you shall renew the face of the earth.

The original is in the third person but I always prayed it in the first person. I’m sure that sounds like dumb nit-picking, but there is something that seems very distancing when you’re praying for “them” rather than including them in a heartfelt “us.”

When they make me Pope, I’ll see what I can do. (I’ll also try addressing some of the very clumsy translations that are more concerned with exact literal translation from the Latin originals than expressing the meaning in words that are easier to pray. Like I said, when they make me Pope... Don’t hold your breath.)

The Holy Spirit prayer continues:

O, God, who by the light of the Holy Spirit, did instruct the hearts of the faithful, grant that by the same Holy Spirit we may be truly wise and ever enjoy His consolations, Through Christ Our Lord, Amen

This time the original says, “we.” I didn’t change it. There are mysteries I still don’t understand. And I know when I see the Lord, those mysteries won’t matter anymore because I will be face to face with the only mystery that counts: the love of God for all of us, written in the face of Jesus Himself. Wow...

Speaking of Jesus,

Sign-ups for Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament on Fridays are slow. I really hope more of you would consider taking a slot, even once a month. I particularly plead with our retired folk.

We have the need for that prayer, and you have the time. MANY THANKS to you who already have signed up.

One matter at the top of our list of things to pray for is a solution to the horrible instances of shootings and gun violence. Every one of us knows that there is nothing in the Gospel of Jesus Christ that gives us permission to simply ignore what is happening.

I have no simple solutions and neither, I suspect, does anyone else. Yet if we allow politics to overshadow our efforts, we fail the gospel itself.

I particularly pray for our leaders, that they will work together to give us directions upon which we can unite in prayer and love.
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