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Rector’s Weekly Reflection

January 29, 2023

Dear People of God,

The cold, darkened and dreary days of January seem long, and spirits can slump as we ride out winter with thoughts of spring. We have moved into “Ordinary Time” in our liturgical year, but there is nothing “ordinary” about ordinary time! Each day is a marvelous gift from God despite the harsh cold and barren trees.

January requires a sprinkling of humor to put life into perspective….Read….. And pass on to family and friends….We all need to laugh and continually thank God for His many gifts!

Month After Christmas

‘Twas the month after Christmas and all through the house — nothing would fit me, not even a blouse. The cookies I’d nibbled, the eggnog I’d tasted, all the holiday parties had gone to my waist.

When I got on the scale, there arose such a number! When I walked to the store, less of a walk than a lumber,

I’d remember the marvelous meals I’d prepared, the gravies and sauces and beef nicely rared. The wine and the rum balls, the bread and the cheese, and the way I’d never said, “No, thank you, please.”

So — with the last of the sour cream dip. Get rid of the fruit cake, every cracker, and chip. Every last bit of food I like must be banished ’til all the additional ounces have vanished.

I won’t have a cookie — not even a lick. I’ll want only to chew on a long celery stick. I won’t have hot biscuits, cornbread, or pie. I’ll munch on a carrot and quietly cry.

I’m hungry, I’m lonesome, and life is a bore — But isn’t that what January is for? Unable to giggle, no longer a riot. Happy New Year to all, and to all, a good diet!

I’m also trying to enjoy celery sticks and pretending carrot sticks are chocolate eclairs! Keep reading….

If you’re a sports fan, you will surely enjoy these quotes. Seniors may be the only ones to recognize most of the names mentioned here.

  • Harry Neale, professional hockey coach: “Last year, we couldn’t win at home, and we were losing on the road. My failure as a coach was that I couldn’t think of anyplace else to play
  • Mickey Lolich, Detroit Tigers pitcher: “All the fat guys watch me and say to their wives, “See, there’s a fat guy doing okay. Bring me another beer.”
  • Tommy John, N.Y. Yankees, recalled his 1974 arm surgery: “When they operated, I told them to add a Koufax Fastball. They did, but unfortunately, it was Mrs. Koufax’s.”
  • Walt Garrison, Dallas Cowboys fullback, when asked if Tom Landry ever smiles: “I don’t know. I only played there for nine years.”
  • Knute Rockne, when asked why Notre Dame had lost a game, “I won’t know until my barber tells me on Monday.”
  • Rick Venturi, Northwestern football coach: “The only difference between General Custer and me is that I have to watch the films on Sunday.”
  • The great John McKay, who coached USC for a bunch of years and later became the initial head coach of that terrible expansion Tampa Bay Bucs team, had a few zingers. After a lopsided loss, he was asked what he thought of his team’s execution. He said: “I think it would be a very good idea.” On another occasion, after a serious whipping, he was asked what the game’s turning point had been. He replied: “The Star-Spangled Banner.”

Smiling with you,

                                                                                                 Fr. Greg

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