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Sunday evening we had a missionary priest from Africa celebrate Mass in our parish. I admire men devote their lives to this work, yet, it seems invariably, they bring with them some strange quirks in the way they go about celebrating the Mass. When this happens I, invariably find it disconcerting, as it certainly disturbs one’s concentration. Still though, I hope his appeal touched hearts, and wallets, to help him in his work with African orphans from the AIDS epidemic there. We need more men like him, God knows.
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I mentioned attending Sunday Mass in the evening, a change of schedule brought about by the enjoyable visit of an old friend from Detroit. Attending the last Mass of the weekend always makes me feel like a laggard, even when made necessary by planned events over the weekend. This for reasons unknown. But then, I’m reminded of Jesus teaching about those who would be first should be last, and I accept that it’s all good. As Fr. De Caussade said, “In souls abandoned to God everything is efficacious, everything is a sermon and apostolic.” Amen.