It was good to see so many of you up in East Durham, at the State Board meeting; any time I am able to get up to the Irish Alps is a good time, but the chance to spend some time with other Hibernians makes it all the more enjoyable. If any of you get the chance to spend a night or two there this season I would encourage it, since it is part of our New York Irish heritage, and has been experiencing a slow, but steady, rebound.
By the time this gets sent out, we will, as a Church, be entering or already in Ordinary Time. While there are those that approach this liturgical season as if it is mundane, the fact is that no liturgical time is mundane, and this time is especially important. While the Lenten, Easter, Advent and Christmas seasons all have the obvious theme, whether they are pointing to the arrival of a certain event, or are an extended observance of those events, Ordinary Time is both of these. First, let’s clear something up, “Ordinary” derives from the same base as “Orient” and “Order”; what we are doing during this time, is ordering our lives towards God. So we are focusing on our coming to God, but we recognize also that we have already come to Him. In other words, make sure you get to church during the summer months.
While I look forward to seeing many of you at the State convention on Long Island this July, I am also experiencing that tightness in my chest that has come from a number of these events over the past number of years. While I will not tell anyone how to vote, I will encourage everyone to behave as decent human beings and Christians, remembering our motto. I will also encourage our candidates, and whoever is elected to put the good of the Order before any personal agendas. As followers of Jesus Christ, especially as members of a Catholic organization, we are called to set an example of how to behave for those in the secular world, not to bring their example into the Order.
Finally, let me make yet another appeal on behalf of the housing project in D.C. that will benefit those who are studying at the John Paul II Institute. Fr. Fred Close is still attempting to set up adequate housing for graduate students, who, unlike those in other programs, will use what they learn at the JPII Institute to directly benefit their parishes, dioceses and religious communities. The checks can be made out to: St. Anthony of Padua Parish, 1029 Monroe St., NE, Washington, DC 20017; write “AOH JPII” in the memo line. Yours in Christ and our motto,
Fr. Henry W. Reid