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Rector’s Message

Dear People of God,

April is quickly giving way to May. Trees slowly coming to life, flowers budding and the peak of spring bird migration is almost upon us. Seasons change and so do we. How do I see myself? Do I judge others too quickly? The Easter Season speaks of life so abundant we call it eternal – Resurrection. Easter is also an opportunity to open our eyes and see . . . . . . .  How do we see and what do we see? Keep reading . . . . .

 

                                                                Have a Cookie

A young lady was waiting for her flight in the boarding room of a big airport. As she would need to wait many hours, she decided to buy a book to spend her time. She also bought a packet of cookies. She sat down in an armchair, in the VIP room of the airport, to rest and read in peace. Beside the armchair where the packet of cookies lay, a man sat down in the next seat, opened his magazine and started reading. When she took out the first cookie, the man took one also. She felt irritated but said nothing. She just thought: “What nerve! If I was in the mood I would punch him for daring!” For each cookie she took, the man took one too. This was infuriating her, but she didn’t want to cause a scene. When only one cookie remained, she thought, “Ah . . . What will this jerk do now?” Then, the man, taking the last cookie, divided it into half, giving her one half. Ah! That was too much! She was much too angry now! In a huff, she took  her book, her things and stormed to the boarding place. When she sat down in her seat, inside the plane, she looked in her purse to take her eyeglasses, and, to her surprise, her packet of cookies was there, untouched, unopened! She felt so ashamed!!! She realized that she was wrong . . . She had forgotten that her cookies were kept in her purse. The man had divided his cookies with her, without feeling angry or bitter.  . . . while she had been very angry, thinking that she was dividing her cookies with him. And now there was no chance to explain herself. . . nor to apologize.

There are four things that we cannot recover:

The stone . . . after the throw.

The word . . . after it’s said.

The occasion  . . . after the loss.

The time . . . after it’s gone!

 

Great “food for thought.” And I close with this “morsel” . . . . . . . .

“It is easy to love the people far away.

It is not always easy to love those close

to us. It is easier to give a cup of rice to

relieve hunger than to relieve the

loneliness and pain of someone

unloved in our home. Bring love into

your home for this is where our love for

each other must start.”

Saint Teresa of Calcutta

 

Blessings and Peace,

Fr. Greg

 

P.S.

To our visitors:

No matter where you may call home, we welcome you to Holy Name Cathedral and look forward to celebrating the liturgy with you. Holy Name Cathedral is a vibrant parish in the heart of Chicago with many ministries and services. Our extensive weekend Mass schedule provides a worship opportunity for you and we also count on the financial support of our visitors to operate Holy Name Cathedral. Please be generous as you can during the collection at Mass today. We are grateful for your support and delighted we can worship together. My prayers are with you for a safe journey home.  Thank you and God’s Blessings always.