October has been an eventful month for me personally. I ask your indulgence as I talk about more personal things. I was away with my father and mother, brothers and sister earlier this month at my older brother’s wedding. It was a joyous experience, made all the more special due to the challenge of getting myself and my parents through 2 airports (no direct flights to Tucson from NY). I’ll post a picture or two of the wedding on our wonderful new website saintgabrielchurch.org.
A week after we got back my father had hip replacement surgery—an operation he had put off so he could attend the wedding.
Thank God, and thanks to your prayers, the operation was a great success, and Dad is now home being cared for by his bride of 57 years, and rapidly improving.
It’s a challenge for a pastor to balance personal and parish obligations. A priest promises at his ordination, and learns through his seminary training, that acceptance of the honor of ordination involves a change in his very being. He is henceforth configured to Christ the head, and must treat the Church as his bride, his family. As our Lord reminded us: “My mother and My brothers are these who hear the word of God and do it.” ~ Luke 8:21. The “World” finds this hard to accept, but it is a truth which our Lord has given to the Church.
Our Holy Father is even now hearing from the Synod on the Family where this mystical relationship is being considered. Just a few days ago, Pope Francis canonized a married couple, Louis & Zélie Martin, the parents of St. Therese of Lisieux. Let us keep our bishops and especially Pope Francis, our chief Father in the faith, in our prayers.
Thank you for your prayers for my earthly father, and thank you for being my family in Christ.
Thank you for your prayers, your love, and your support. I pray for you constantly, at the altar and in all the prayers I offer.
Love and Peace,
Fr. Liam Quinlan