May 13, 2018 – I begin this letter by wishing all mothers and all grandmothers a Happy Mother’s Day. We, your children and grandchildren, are so blessed by your gift of love and for all that you are to us and for all that you do for us. HAPPY MOTHERS DAY.
It is hard to believe that we are winding down another school year. Where has the time gone? To all school administrators, to all teachers and aids and to all students, congratulations and have a good summer. To all those who are graduating, we congratulate you on a job well done and we offer a prayer for your success in your future endeavors.
This weekend at all our liturgies, we are celebrating the Feast of the Ascension. It is traditionally understood that the Ascension of Jesus was forty days after his Resurrection. So how did we get the option Ascension Sunday? In the Code of Canon Law the Bishops are given permission to transfer Holy Days of Obligation according to the needs of their particular ecclesiastical provinces. This being the case, in 1999 the United States Conference of Bishops allowed individual ecclesiastical provinces to move the feast from Thursday to the following Sunday. Regardless of the day what is important to realize about the feast is its meaning for us. Just as Christ commissioned the first disciples to go out to all and proclaim the richness of His Gospel, so we are commissioned by Christ to do the same. We are commissioned by word and deed to make Christ known and loved. Christ is found not up in the sky, but here in our neighbor and in those most in need. In the words of Pope emeritus, Benedict XV1, “the word Heaven does not indicate a place above the stars but something more daring and sublime: it indicates Christ Himself, the divine Person who welcomes humanity fully and forever.” Christ is in us and in our midst. How are we making Christ welcomed?
Some of you have made comments and show concern that I seem to be walking with a limp. Other than the fact that I am getting older, I have a problem with my sciatic nerve. As a number of you know that have or experience this problem, when the pain shoots down from the hip through the leg, it gets your attention.
Let us keep praying for each other, especially let’s keep Eugene LeBlanc, Jr., husband of Kaye and father of Amanda, Zack and Joseph in our prayers. He is presently in the hospital in Houston.