September 13th message from Father Bob

Dear Parishioners and Friends, Near and Far,

Hope you are safe and healthy and keeping a personal distance.

As you know, Tuesday, September 8 was the Blessed Mother’s birthday. This year I’ve decided to celebrate Her birthday for a whole week. Each day I’m having a special dessert in Her honor: chocolate mint ice cream, grapes, brownies, nectarines, pumpkin pie with whipped cream, blueberries and cream, and chocolate pudding. Then, as you know Friday, September 11, was the anniversary of our country being viciously attacked. This year I’ve decided to spend more time praying for peace each day of the rest of September. In my letter last week I mentioned the “pandemic blues.” Terry Pluto, who is the sports writer for the Cleveland Plain Dealer but also writes articles called Faith and You, recently mentioned the Elijah blues. Elijah, the prophet from the Old Testament, lived around 3000 years ago. You can read about him in Kings, Chapter 18, when he was bold and very strong. But then he got very, very tired in Chapter 19. You should read his conversation with God. People have said, “I don’t hear from God like those in the Bible.” As we deal with this pandemic, we probably are talking to God more than ever. But I think we also have to listen more than ever. God will help us through this, just as he helped Elijah the prophet and millions after him. We need each other, and God also wants us to be safe.

A little weekend humor:

“Let’s have a moment of silence for all those who are stuck in traffic on their way to the gym to ride stationary bikes.”

“I told the carpenter I didn’t want carpeted steps. He gave me a blank stair.”

Go Browns – I think!

With Him and His Mom,
Father Bob