Dear Sacred Heart Family,
I hope that you enjoyed Memorial Day weekend! I was able to get together with my priests from my ordination class from Sacred Heart Seminary – some of whom I don’t get to see very often – and then spend some time with family and friends.
Congratulations to our graduates during this season! It can be one of those strange bittersweet moments that is both exciting and terrifying- sometimes in equal parts. These words God gave to the prophet Jeremiah are always true but are especially important to remember during a time of transition. “For I know well the plans I have in mind for you—oracle of the LORD—plans for your welfare and not for woe, so as to give you a future of hope. When you call me, and come and pray to me, I will listen to you. When you look for me, you will find me. Yes, when you seek me with all your heart”. (Jeremiah 29:11-13). One great resource for staying plugged into your relationship with the Lord can be found through using the Newman centers found on many, many college campuses. The following resource (https://www.newmanconnection.com/) can help find it ahead of time for the particular college you are planning on attending.
Looking ahead I am happy to announce we are organizing a pilgrimage to the Holy Land for October 22-November 1, 2020. We will have brochures with more information available. This can be a beautiful opportunity to see the sites we hear and read about every Sunday. It can be a powerful way to enter more deeply into our walk with Jesus by walking in the same places he did.
There is a beautiful meditation by a Catholic wife, mother, and evangelist, Sonja Corbitt, that captures well what a pilgrimage to the Holy Land is like. She wrote:
“Since I have a demanding speaking schedule that sends me traveling every week during peak seasons, my Southern home is a place of deep comfort. I need the land’s silence and greenness, perhaps because I am an introvert and extrovert in almost equal measure. My husband and I spend mornings together with our coffee, on the porch or by the fire, in quiet meditation, savoring home and children, and bathing them in prayer. “There’s no place like home.” Although the classic movie line expresses my heart exactly, I never thought the sentiment could also be a matter of faith until a recent pilgrimage to the Holy Land. Back home I had just done a radio show on the “place” of the Bible- the climate, agriculture, geography, and topography of the Holy Land. I knew the land, but by faith, not sight. Now walking his paths and seeing his sites, I realized Jesus loves his “place” too. With profound appreciation I received his words from a fishing boat on the Sea of Galilee. On the bow of a “Jesus boat” (as these replicas of ancient vessels are called), my arms thrown wide in thanksgiving and praise pounding through my heart at the beauty of the landscape, I felt Jesus speak into my heart a gift and sentiment I deeply appreciate: “See? I wanted to share my home with you, Sonja.”
Immediately I remembered his words, I go and prepare a place for you (Jn 14:3). If earthly homes are so satisfying to us, I can only anticipate what heaven will be like”