Alone Together

March 24, 2020

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Dear Corpus Christi Family,

 

It was really heart wrenching to celebrate a private Sunday mass in an empty Grand Hall.  It’s hard to explain a surreal experience.  As I looked around the Grand Hall, I saw your beautiful pictures – each one of you reflecting our Father’s face-and I deeply miss you.  I’m looking forward to the day when we can join hands together and say: Our Father…

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Under normal circumstances, when extreme distress invades our lives, we turn to one another and we gather for solace, comfort and guidance.  I’ll never forget how people literally streamed into our churches on the weekend after the 9/11 attacks, and how we were there for one another.  I remember praying earnestly to God in preparation for that weekend’s homily, saying to him, “please, please give me words”. “What shall I say?”  “And how shall I say it?” As I struggled than, I struggle now.  But there’s a huge difference between now and then.

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On that weekend after 9/11, I was, we were, present and there for one another.  As your pastor now more than ever I need to be present to you, and at a time when you need me most, and when we need each other the most, we must be distant because it is essential for the common good, at least for now.  As I wrote in my last update the most loving thing we can do for our neighbors, family, and friends right now is stay home so that together we minimize the effect of this virus.  Remember we do this out of love, not out of fear.

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I’m grateful for today’s social media and the many ways that we can stay connected and be there for one another.  We need to use these tools.  It’s the best that we can do for now.

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I end this message with this prayer from St. Augustine of Hippo:

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Watch, O Lord, with those who wake or watch or weep tonight, and give your angels and saints charge over those who sleep.  Tend your sick ones, O Lord Christ.  Rest your weary ones. Bless your dying ones. Soothe your suffering ones. Pity your afflicted ones, shield your joyous ones.  And all for love’s sake.”

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My blessing is being your pastor now, and for many years to come!

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Father Tim

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