Dear St. Mary’s and Sacred Heart,
This past week we took our 5th and 6th graders (and a few of last year’s 6th graders) on a trip to the Solanus Casey center in Detroit. We had been scheduled to visit this past March, but it was canceled due to the shutdown, so I was very grateful to be able to visit and pray with Blessed Solanus. Last spring both of our parishes had donated socks for the Capuchins to give to the poor and needy that they serve, so we were finally able to deliver them! Thank you for your generosity.
One of the titles for Blessed Solanus Casey is “God’s Doorkeeper.” He spent most of his priesthood as the person assigned to answering the door of St. Bonaventure’s monastery in Detroit where he lived. This meant getting up at all hours of the day and night to meet and pray with people from all walks of life. He met with them, prayed with them, and in and through those prayers miracles were worked.
One story of many was of a father who went to Fr. Solanus in the middle of the night to ask for prayers for his baby daughter who was dying of an infection. Fr. Solanus met him, prayed with him, told him to be faithful to Mass, and that his daughter was going to be okay. When he returned home his daughter was sitting up laughing on his wife’s lap. Shocked at the transformation, he asked his wife what had happened. She said she didn’t know but that an hour earlier something had happened and their daughter was completely healed.
That is a beautiful story. What most challenges me is that Fr. Solanus got up in the middle of the night—and that story was just one of many times he would have gotten up in the middle of the night! I wonder what my reaction would have been to the interruption of my sleep. His schedule, his time, his life was put in God’s hands to be used as needed. It has been an encouragement to be willing to surrender my schedule and my plans more easily so God can use me for what He needs. All of us in one way or another are God’s doorkeeper—someone who can open the door for someone to draw nearer to God. As we pass through our days, may we not miss the many opportunities the Holy Spirit places before us. A simple prayer with someone can bear fruit we may never know. Lord Jesus, help me, help all of us, to be your faithful doorkeeper!
I want to include as well an update from Josh Bauer, one of the seminarians with us over the lockdown. He is currently studying at St. John Vianney Seminary in St. Paul, MN.
“My semester is going very well; the incoming class brings a lot of new life to the seminary and I am really excited to see my brother seminarians and to be able to have formation and spiritual direction meetings again. This year I have two core classes: Modern Philosophy, and a Latin class based on Book 4 of Virgil’s Aeneid. Besides learning where many of our current ideas come from or working on my Latin skills, I also am picking up Ultimate Frisbee! Where my last two years seemed really hectic and crazy, this year is marked by a lot more peace and a beautiful silence in prayer that comes from my relationship with Jesus. I am growing in my love of the Lord and my love of the priesthood, and feel right at home. May the Lord bless you all!”