Soil, Water, and Warmth
The crocus outside my office window bloom with gentle and firm presence in the tenacity of life rooted in good soil and open to life’s gifted requirements of water and warmth. Indeed, metaphors of unseen rhythms of life unfolding.
My eighteen months serving as Rector at St. Frances Xavier Cabrini’s National Shrine concludes the weekend of April 24/25; ministry among you remains time spent in ‘good soil’. During these months a hidden virus flattened the globe, and humanity, even altering worship patterns. A fresh awareness opened up revealing essential weaknesses within our human systems; and creativity in human ingenuity met the medical challenge.
Similar familial events for several of you, April 1 is the first anniversary of my sister’s COVID-related death. Mary Ann passed away soon after an exceptional nurse in a Mesa, AZ hospital provided the opportunity of a zoom-video connection for me and a zoom-audio connection for her three adult children and two grands. Mary Ann passed in peace. This worshiping community held me so well. Thank you.
Interior Freedom by Jacque Phillip came my way, providing spiritual insights during our required isolation so collectively we might stem the tenacity of a not-so-hidden virus. A brief treatise can water the heart / mind, providing insight into the Paschal Mystery, the passion and resurrection of our Redeemer. I shared this gem of excellent writing with you and, so gratifying to hear, several of you found this treatise ‘watered’ your soul as well. Thank you.
Happy Easter! Alleluia!! He is risen!!! Trusting in the hiddenness of God’s ways, life’s next phase for me emerges with the return of un-masked warmth among friends and family, spiced with delightful food and conversation along with more inspiring ‘reads’.
May aging continue with grace for all of us.
In the Risen Lord,