May 31, 2020


+  Pax et Bonum!    Peace and goodness to you this day!

Aw, it’s great to be back.   Isn’t it?  What a wild experience!  Isn’t it amazing the things that we experienced, and most especially the things that we missed, and things that we learned that we really needed, while we “sheltered in place” and stayed home, these last several weeks.  The most obvious one was the whole toilet paper shortage.  We learned that we really like toilet paper.  In fact, some people bought enough toilet paper for the rest of year!  It was so strange to go to Costco or Walmart and see that entire aisle of where the toilet paper used to be, empty.  It was like the whole country ate at Taco Bell or something.  And then, and I don’t know if many of the rest of you even got to experience this, but there was also a shortage of rice.  Can you believe it?  Rice?  I was making stir-fry at the Rectory, and needed some rice, and I went to three different stores, not one of them had any rice, of any kind.  I had to use those LaChoy chow mein noodles, instead of rice.   Apparently, during a pandemic, we like our rice, and our flour, and our milk, and our beef.  But the biggest thing that we really learned that we need, and we can’t do without, is just simply human contact.  We clearly were NOT meant to live in isolation, all by ourselves.  We need others.  We need each other.   And maybe it took a world-wide pandemic to show us that.

This weekend, as we come back together for Sunday Mass, we come back at the very end of our Easter season, with the Feast of Pentecost.  And in many ways, this Feast Day is reminding all of us that another very important thing that we all need, is the Holy Spirit.  We know that the early Church, in the first centuries of Christianity, was completely dependent on the Holy Spirit for everything.  The Holy Spirit made it all happen.  Even when human beings were weak and unable to do and to be what the Lord needed them to do and to be, the Holy Spirit was there making incredible things happen in the early Church.  So too today, even in the middle of the Coronavirus, the Church, that’s all of us, desperately needs the Holy Spirit to give us what we need TO BE Church!  Wisdom, and Understanding, and Right Judgement, and Courage, and Knowledge and Reverence, and Wonder and Awe in God’s presence!  We can’t be Church without the Holy Spirit.  And we know it.  And we need this Feast Day, every year, to remind us.

Today, then, let us pray for the continued outpouring of the Holy Spirit on the Church and on all of us.  We need this power of God in our lives every day!   The Holy Spirit changed everything for the Apostles two thousand years ago, and It will also change everything for us as we strive to build God’s Kingdom in 2020.  Let us put our Faith and trust in that!  Let us pray for the Holy Spirit and It’s guidance every day, and may we trust that where the Holy Spirit leads us, is exactly, where we most want to go!

Welcome back!   God bless you all,  Father, Son, and Holy Spirit…             AMEN !!!

St. Maria Goretti…       Pray for us !!!