April 5th Message from Father Bob

 

Dear Parishioners,

A blessed and Happy Easter from a distance! Thinking back to the end of February, when we were receiving ashes on our foreheads, if you told me that just days later churches, restaurants, stores, banks, etc. would be closed; that the Catholic bishops of Ohio would state that churches would not have public services at least through May 3, that people would be wearing gloves and masks, that people by the millions would be out of work, that weddings would be canceled and our doctors would say “stay home,” and my doctor says my immune system is greatly compromised, I would say you’re crazy! But we are not crazy! The world as we knew it has changed. As we pray for the sick, the dying, and ourselves, the risen Lord gives us faith-filled strength. In Saint Paul’s letter to the Corinthians, he mentions the theological virtues of faith, hope, and love, and says love is the greatest. That is true. But, now especially, we need to magnify hope. Hope that this virus will end and that our experts in the medical field will find a cure. Risen Jesus help us, heal us, and give us hope.

Every day besides praying, reading, cleaning, fixing, etc., I take a walk in the park. Yesterday, there were a lot of people in the park smiling and saying hello from a distance. There were beautiful turtles sunning on logs in the lake and Canada geese hissing at me to stay away from their wives. Nature is a hopeful gift from God even when we are challenged.

I am still missing you and our church and handshakes and kisses and hugs and baseball. If football is canceled I am moving to another planet! For Holy Week I always watch the movie The Passion of the Christ.  I recommend it. To fill some time I’m re-watching some of my favorite movies and programs: Ben Hur, Gone with the Wind, Roman Holiday, Shawshank Redemption, The Green Mile, Psycho, Rear Window, The Godfather, The Cardinal, Laurel and Hardy, the Three Stooges, the Little Rascals, and the Honeymooners. They don’t make shows or movies like that anymore. I can’t even tell you how many hands of solitaire I have played.

With the sunshine and blue skies the flowers are looking really magnificent. This Holy Week and Easter time will be one we will always remember. But the Lord says don’t lose hope and remember words cannot express what the Lord has in store for us in heaven.

What do you call a rabbit with fleas?

Bugs Bunny!

What is the Easter bunny’s favorite restaurant?

I HOP.

I bless you in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit!

With Him and His Mom,

Fr. Bob