Not to us, O Lord, but to your name give the glory.

I hope everyone was able to enjoy their weekend.  I know my brother John was ecstatic to get snow in Cleveland over the weekend while we had to gut our way through cool temperatures but beautiful blue skies and even more beautiful “puffy” white clouds (I’m pretty sure that’s the scientific term for those clouds).  My oldest son bought a house and closed on it Friday morning, so I took the afternoon off of work Friday to help him and his young family move into their first house.  Sitting in front of the house waiting for him to pull up with the first load, I told my wife it was days like this that I wish I were retired and just sitting outside enjoying the weather and the world around me.  I’ve told this to those close to me that having been in this business for almost 31 years now, that I’ve decided to retire May 28 – Twenty Thirty Seven.

Saturday my wife and I played at our first wedding of the Spring for a young couple at St. Mary Magdalen.  It was a beautiful liturgy.  The congregation was made up of family and a handful of friends.  Afterwards, many of the friends of the families gathered outside in the parking lot, keeping their social distance, and cheered them as they went outside to get pictures.  It was a very nice surprise for them.

Only one more Sunday for Masses in an empty Church.  I hope whatever formula the Church and the Archdiocese works out is a good one in order to get people back into the habit of their Sunday obligation.  Stay tuned for that.

I’m going to end today’s post with my favorite line from yesterday’s readings…please take some time to contemplate the words from 1 Peter:

You are “a chosen race, a royal priesthood,
a holy nation, a people of his own,
so that you may announce the praises” of him
who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.

Do something great for our Lord today – be part of that chosen race, that royal priesthood so that you too may announce the praises of God, Who calls all of us out of darkness into His wonderful light.

God’s will, not mine, be done.

Be not afraid; just have faith.

Jesus, I trust in You.

He must increase; I must decrease.

Lord, if You wish, You can make me clean.

But you man of God chose righteousness, devotion, faith, love, patience and gentleness.  Compete well for the faith.

Eternal God, in Whom mercy is endless and the treasury of compassion – inexhaustible, look kindly upon us and increase Your mercy in us so that in difficult moments we may not despair nor become despondent but with great confidence submit ourselves to Your holy will which is Love and Mercy itself.

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