Sunday, July 18, 2010

Father Paul's Online Corner

Elton John’s musical composition of “The Circle of Life” was popularized by the Disney film “The Lion King” (1994). The movie and the song introduced us to an animal kingdom whose experience of life was very much like the rising of the sun to its setting. Life was thrust upon new born blinking eyes and through natural maturation these animals learned to grasp life. Eventually, they too crossed into the night like the setting sun.

My summer pastoral journey with you was indeed a circle of life experience. The difference is our history and spirit is eternally transubstantiated into the Holy Trinity. We ushered seven beautiful souls from our parish to eternal life. By contrast, we welcomed over 30 babies into our Roman Catholic community. The requests for home and hospital visits were constant and large in number. We were there to assist. Our daily bread was the pivotal celebration of prayer — the holy Eucharist. Devotions like benediction, holy hour, the rosary and retreats sustained our life. We entreated Jesus’ Divine Mercy through the sacrament of Reconciliation. Our community focus was to recognize the “Imago Dei” in all of us by practicing charity, righting the wrongs of the world, and protecting human dignity. My prayer is that you continue to strive for holiness by following in the footsteps of Jesus Christ.

I am indebted to Monsignor Gerald McSorley and to you, for allowing me to be a presence of Christ among you. May God, who is Father, Son and Holy Spirit, continue to build what he has already begun.

— Father Paul Henson, O.Carm.

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