August 22 Message from Father Bob

Dear Parishioners and Friends Near and Far,

Praying that you are staying healthy and safe and socially distant!

A problem that I have had all my life is I never read just one book at a time, so it takes quite a while to finish one book. Right now, during this pandemic, I am reading four books. “Conquering Coronavirus: How Faith Can Put Your Fears to Rest” by Teresa Tomeo, speaks of how our prayer life and belief in God helps us through all difficulties.  “The Next Pope: The Leading Cardinal Candidates” by Edward Pentin, lists the present cardinals and their qualifications. “The Imitation of Christ ” by Thomas à Kempis, was required reading for all seminarians and priests. Next to the Bible, it has published and sold more than any other book in history and, is second in publishing and purchasing in the whole world. It is a great spiritual book. The fourth book I’m reading is, “The Answer is…: Reflections on my Life” by Alex Trebek. Alex Trebek, of course, is the host of the TV show “Jeopardy!” and also a fellow cancer patient. He has a small chapter in his book called, “Muskox”. It’s about an endangered animal that lives mainly in Greenland, Canada, and Alaska. It is called Musk because of the smell he emits when wanting to attract girlfriends. If you send a donation to help preserve this animal you receive a thank you letter from Alex Trebek himself. The muskox has a very thick coat of fur and eats mainly vegetation. What caught my attention though, was how the male oxen form a circle around the other oxen to protect them from wolves and other dangers. They remain standing there no matter how dangerous the situation. The Lord protects us and we protect others by wearing masks, washing hands, and keeping a safe distance. “You are the Christ” as St. Peter says in the gospel this weekend.

A little weekend humor:

Here’s two new virus signs I’ve seen lately:

If I had only known in March it would be my last time in a restaurant, I would’ve ordered dessert.

Until further notice, the days of the week are now called thisday, thatday, otherday, someday, yesterday, today, and nextday.

With Him and His Mom,
Father Bob