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Thursday, December 18, 2014

Almost Over...

 The homily at Mass this morning was based on the Collect for December 18th: Grant, we pray, almighty God, that we, who are weighed down from of old by slavery beneath the yoke of sin, may be set free by the newness of the long-awaited Nativity of your Only Begotten Son...

It’s almost over.

Just a little more exegesis.   Just the last lines on that paper.  Just a final final exam.

And then its stuffing the trunk, and driving down the road to home or new home, Donegal or Spencer, home with friends or family with all the familiar warmth and challenge, be it Charlie Brown or National Lampoon.

It’s almost over.  The ancient prayer foretells it: We’re “weighed down from of old…”  Even the young know what it means to feel weighed down: exams, papers, worries, sins, fears and disappointments as the clock crawls by.  

But don’t worry.  It’s almost over.  The prayer tells us so, that soon we will be “set free by the newness of the long-awaited Nativity…”

When all will be new, when heaven is wedded to earth, and we, the companions of Christ have burdens lifted and made light.  For by his incarnation no fear, no death or even medieval philosophy can ever weigh us down again.

O Adonai, it is almost over.  And soon it all begins!

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Bishop Edyvean's Fiftieth Anniversary

At a Solemn Mass this morning at Saint John's Seminary Bishop Walter Edyvean celebrated the fiftieth anniversary of his ordination as a priest on December 16, 1964. Bishop Edyvean served for nine years as a member of the Seminary Faculty.  I greeted Bishop Edyvean with these words:

Is there anyone more dedicated to Saint John’s Seminary than Bishop Walter Edyvean? Which is why it is is my honor not simply to welcome you for this wonderful act of thanksgiving for God’s grace in blessing us by your share in the Priesthood of Christ Jesus…no, not simply to welcome you, but to welcome you home to this holy house. Your Excellency blesses us by your presence.

It is likewise my honor, having heard from his Eminence in Rome last evening, to convert Cardinal O’Malley’s evident fraternal esteem and gratitude for the example you have provided to each of us over these past fifty years.

That example has been evident from the beginning, even to those who first encountered a fresh-faced graduate of Boston College applying to be a seminarian for the Archdiocese of Boston. Of him, one good priest wrote:
"…I have nothing but the highest praise for the integrity of his character, the purity of his life, and the loftiness of his ideals. He is easy to get along with, affable, of pleasing character, emotionally poised, of well-balanced judgement, and in spite of his youthful appearance, of more than average maturity. I have rarely known a more sincerely pious, courteous, Catholic gentleman."

Nothing has changed. And we are deeply grateful for it. God bless you, Bishop Edyvean!

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Lessons and Carols

This past weekend the Saint John's Seminary Schola and friends sang the annual Lessons and Carols to two sold out performances.  Many thanks to Dr. Janet Hunt for, once again, conducting a magnificent evening of Christmas song and reflections.  Here's a brief clip of the Schola on the first night.


Saturday, December 6, 2014

Our new Christmas Tree

Come quickly, we pray, Lord Jesus,
and do not delay,
that those who trust in your compassion may find solace and relief in your coming. Who live and reign with God the Father in the unity of the Holy Spirit, 
one God, for ever and ever. 

Ordination of Deacon Ramon Garcia

This morning we celebrated as Ramon Garcia was ordained a Deacon by Archbishop Blair in the Chapel of Saint Thomas Seminary in Hartford. Following the laying on of hands, the Archbishop prayed the ordination prayer, including these words: "We beseech you, Lord: look with favor on this servant of yours who will minister at your holy altar and whom we now humbly dedicate to the office of deacon. Send forth upon him, Lord, we pray, the Holy Spirit, that he may be strengthened by the gift of your sevenfold grace for the faithful carrying out of the work of the ministry."

Friday, December 5, 2014

Soccer Team at Dinner

The SJS Soccer Team celebrated their great season at the Green Briar this evening with good food, fellowship and song!


SJS Jazz Quartet

Wow! I was delighted last night to join the seminarians in their lounge for the debut appearance of our very own Jazz quartet, with Matt Gill and Larry Valliere on guitar, Patrick Fiorillo on drums and Josh Wilbur on clarinet. A great time was had by all!

IMG_6121 from James P Moroney on Vimeo.