Posted by: fvbcdm | August 22, 2014

Feast of the Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary (22 August 2014)

One time, when I was in Rome with my travel group, we were staying at a hotel just about two blocks from Saint Peter’s Square. One night, a group of us walked over there—it is beautiful, especially on a moonlit night.  There, on the top floor of the papal palace, the light was burning in the Pope’s study.  At the time I was pastor of a parish, and was very much aware of the fact that “the buck stops here” whenever you’re in charge of an undertaking. All the problems wind up on the desk of the boss. And as I looked up at that lighted window above the darkened square, I felt sorry for the Holy Father, and could imagine how many problems and difficulties he is made aware of, and expected to deal with.

In the Book of Exodus, Moses finds out this same truth, and he is so exasperated with the people whom he is leading in the exodus that he says to God, “If this is how you are going to burden me, then please do me the favor of killing me!” Death, he implies, would be preferable to dealing with thousands of whining, grumbling, criticizing people, all of whom come to him with their grievances.  Some years ago, I read a treatise on this same thing by a delightful author who said that people are like shoes. Either we are new shoes that are not broken in, and not comfortable, or we are like an old pair of shoes that we gladly put on when we remove the fancy but uncomfortable ones.  Let’s try always to be “comfortable” to be around, like a pair of old, well-broken-in shoes. The kind that you put on with delight after taking off the ones you wear to the party or some social outing. To be “comfortable” to be around; to avoid being grouchy, complaining, hard-to-please and otherwise difficult, is a form of kindness to others and certainly disposes them well toward us. Thank you for seeking God’s truth, God bless you. Father Victor Brown, O.P.

Note:  This Message was composed some years ago.

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