In paradisum deducant te Angeli
It seems that with the passing of 2014, also brings with it the passing of so many loved ones. Christmas is going to be quite different in Heaven this year. I know many of you have noticed it within your own life...that first Christmas without someone you miss very much. I see it within your faces and urged-on-smiles, since I have shared in your losses more than I thought I could. So, we wrestle where to find the appropriate chances to share our memories, their cooking recipes, or perfect photos (actually printed ones, the digital phones just don't really do it, do they?) We know we need to figure out which Christmas Mass to attend, how to get through it, and how to sing the fa-la-las...but we know we must. This coming week brings with it every hope we could ever imagine come true. No matter what we ask for Christmas, we are promised Emmanuel will give us what we truly need. No matter how it feels or how little some may be able to feel anything this year, we celebrate that the long awaited Messiah has already come and will always conquer every pain of death or fragile heart. Make room in your mangers at home and in your very self, for the perfect Christmas gift that is waiting for you to open...His Eternal Love. Believe! This is just what Bishop Anthony Edward Pevec, Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus of Cleveland, Ohio faithfully believed and lived out through his life. Last Sunday, Gaudete Sunday, Bishop Pevec died and had plenty of reason to rejoice. He will join so many others for his first Christmas in the way that it is supposed to be done. I remember so many fond memories of his gentleness and joy. Always a smile, a handshake, names and details he would never forget even if he met you only once. When he installed me as pastor here, he said in his homily: "Remember, my brother Fr. Bline, always be a loving father, a gentle shepherd, and a wise teacher of your people, so that you may lead them to Christ who will strengthen all that you do." He could say this because he lived it! May this most holy week bring you the hope of His swaddled coming in a manger, the courage of His out-stretched hands on the Cross, and joy of His empty tomb.
(Be sure to check the bulletin for final Confessions and Mass schedule!)
Maranatha, Fr. Bline