This week we say farewell to Fr. Holmes. I keep saying to all who will listen, “I treasure the warmth of the generous heart of Fr. Holmes. The laughs and fraternity that we have shared in the rectory of St. Mary during the past two years. Conversations about Power wagons, and Tom Seaver, and Fran Tarkenton, and the wig of Captain Kirk!! For five years, Fr. Holmes has been a welcoming, humorous, and hard-working part of making this parish such a joy. Thank you Fr. Holmes!
And our children just got through the first week of Summer. Is anyone complaining of boredom yet?
One of the greatest conversions in history occurred because of boredom. St. Ignatius of Loyal was recovering from a cannonball to the leg, and bedridden. He was bored. Requesting romance novels, he was instead given a book of lives of the saints. He discovered a love worth living for. A huge part of that was him noticing that in contemplating the life and glory of the saints, that he was filled with lasting peace. Unlike when he filled his time with earthly pursuits that left him bored and empty afterwards.
Fulton Sheen speaks to this when he said, “You will never be happy if your happiness depends on getting solely what you want. Change the focus. Get a new center. Will what God wills, and your joy no man shall take from you.”
Are you bored? Find the love that will never end in the life of Christ.