A Note from Fr. Vince
Tuesday, August 25, 2020
This weekend we will be celebrating our parish’s namesake: St. Augustin of Hippo. More than wanting details on St. Augustin, I think you may be wondering about Hippo. I know you are thinking hippopotamus, but you would be wrong, sort of. Hippo actually means ‘horse’. This ancient North African city where Augustin lived was named after a horse? Don’t you want to know the story behind that?
I digress! This 5th Century saint was far from being a saint in early life. We might presently have called him a self-absorbed playboy. His mother Monica deserved to become a saint simply in trying to get her wayward son to shape up. He pulled a ‘180 degrees’ and was transformed from a notorious sinner to a respected Bishop and teacher. So respected were his teachings, that they affected Church theology for centuries.
Now we find ourselves in the 21st Century. 2020 will have a unique history. Although the election is consequential, 50 years from now, we will simply remember the ‘Covid-19 Pandemic’. Most people still alive then will remember, not only where they were, but how they felt.
More importantly, is how it makes us feel now. Mine are empty, sad, and lost. What is important about our faith is how we transform those feelings into what they mean for me and you. The purpose of our faith/religion is not to downgrade our feelings, but to help translate them. Some religious leaders will say that as Christians we shouldn’t feel this way. They think our immediate feelings ought to be positive and full of trust in God’s providence. I don’t know how it works for you, but that doesn’t work for me. It is a process of faith to move from initial feelings to what they mean. And we do that at different speeds. We must always be aware that people are in differing places along a spectrum of feelings. I can’t judge that people should feel one way or another. Yes, we hopefully come out of this stronger and see the hand of the Lord in our midst. We will be more powerful for having worked through our emotion and feelings during this never-ending crisis. A church community has to be there for one another! That’s our pledge.
Stay strong everybody!