December 31, 2018
Blessings on you this Christmas season!
For the week between Christmas and New Years, I will be re-posting the Top 6 posts of 2018 (based on the number of views / “hits” that particular post received). Today I offer the most-viewed post of 2018, a homily posted on July 29, 2018 titled: One More
I just returned from a quick trip to New Orleans. I attended a conference for deacons, celebrating the 50-year anniversary of the restoration of the permanent diaconate. It was a great event, with daily Mass celebrated by priests and bishops from around the country.
On the first day, Cardinal Tobin was the main celebrant. He began his homily by sharing this story: He was recessing out the main aisle of the cathedral following Mass, blessing the people as he walked. Near the back, a young girl was standing partially out in the aisle. She had her hands on her hips. The look on her face he described as “somewhere between curiosity and disgust.” When he got near her, he stopped and looked down.
She said, “I have a question.”
He squatted down in front of her and said, “Of course. What’s your question?”
She asked, again with disgust, “Why can’t you take off your own hat?”
He said he was struck by her sincerity and amused by her approach. However, he also came to a realization at that moment – he didn’t know the answer!
He smiled at the little girl and said, “I’m not sure, sweetheart. Maybe it’s a union thing.”
He used the story to emphasize that sometimes in life, particularly a life of ministry, we are asked questions we can’t answer. One of those questions, a recurring one, is: “What does God expect of me?” Continue reading