Posted by: fvbcdm | September 26, 2011

Feast of Saints Cosmas and Damian (26 Sept 2011)


For the past six days, I had the great pleasure of being in the little city of Lufkin, Texas, at the monastery of our cloistered Dominican Nuns there, taking the place of their chaplain who was giving a retreat to the clergy in Saint Louis, Missouri.  My stay there was so nice for two main reasons: I was able to meet with the Sisters themselves and many of the friends whom I came to know during my five years of chaplaincy there, and then because of the peace and quiet of the monastery. The monastery has a long front porch which looks out over some of its property; there are many trees, some large; some small, and of course, lots of squirrels and birds of many kinds.  Being an old bird-watcher, I enjoy trying to identify the various species and listening to their chirps or calls.
And then, this morning, to my delight, the reader of the gospel at Mass chose that passage from the gospel according to Saint Matthew in which Our Lord tells us: “Are not two sparrows sold for next to nothing? Yet not a single sparrow falls to the ground without your Father’s consent . . . So do not be afraid of anything; you are worth more than an entire flock of sparrows.”  So after spending six days showing me the beauty and charm of the woods of east Texas, Our Lord now speaks to me as only He can in the sacred liturgy, and tells me that I am worth to him more than an entire flock of sparrows!  And, of course, what he says to me, he says to you, too. You are very dear to him; he has made you to be the person you are, the child of God you are. You are the work of his hands.
He loves you, he gives you the grace you need to become one of his saints; he has gone to heaven after his years upon earth “to prepare a place for you.”  And as he loves you, he wants you to love him in return. He intends for our life to be a love-affair with him from the dawn of our consciousness until our last breath on earth. Let’s do our best to make that happen, to love and to be loved by our Creator, of whom Scripture tells us: “God is love!”  Thank you for seeking God’s truth.  God bless you.  Father Victor Brown, O.P.


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