Wednesday, August 4, 2010
Praise for Priests
On the Feast of St. John Vianney, I praise God for some wonderful priests who often go above and beyond the call of duty to serve the faithful and who follow in the good Saint's footsteps so well. These men have touched my life and the life of my family in many ways and I am so very grateful.
Thank you God, for Fr. Don Hying, Rector of St. Francis de Sales Seminary, Monopoly player extraordinaire and extremely good sport, as well as dishwasher when he's invited for dinner. Not only does he give wonderful homilies and uplifting written reflections, he knows the importance of one on one discussions, of taking the time to give a personal touch to all that he does, and of lasting friendships that take him hours away to preside at the wedding of a former parishioner as well as halfway across the country to help a friend with a benefit for Haiti. Here is a man who doesn't know the meaning of the word "no" and always makes the time for the needs of others, no matter how busy he may be with his responsibilities at the Seminary.
Thank you God, for Fr. Joe Lubrano, SDS, a loyal and loving friend. Not only does he lead the Candidates and Novices in his Salvatorian Order, but he also fills in wherever needed at area churches for Mass. No task is too large or too small for him. An Easter Mass at the Detention Center for Boys that is attended by only one boy, or a Sunday morning Mass during ordinary time for a large urban parish are both equally important to him and he finds and gives joy wherever he serves. His homilies are like words from the angels that comfort weary souls and I am so blessed to know him.
Thank you God, for Fr. James Kubicki, SJ, Head of the National Apostleship for Prayer. Jesus said that "Foxes have holes and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to rest His head." Matthew 8:20 I would think that Fr. Kubicki is in good company with the Son of Man, as he is constantly on the go, traveling to give outstanding retreats to soothe the soul and to promote the Apostleship for Prayer. He is gentle and kindhearted, a truly wonderful man. You can listen to his retreat online at Creighton University, and also find him on the web at the Apostleship of Prayer as well as on his blog, Offer It Up.
Thank you God, for newly ordained priests who are dedicating their lives to You, especially for Fr. Matthew Widder who has been a priest for a little over two months. Fr. Matthew is dedicated to the Church and works with youth to ensure a lively future of active young Catholics and to promote and encourage vocations to the priesthood. He also gives sweet blessings for guinea pigs and plays a mean game of basketball, even in 90 degree heat and humidity!
And finally, thank you God for Fr. Dave Cooper and Fr. Dennis Witz, who rise early each day so that the members of our parish who wish to attend daily Mass can have that special time with the Lord each day. My life would be empty if I didn't have the opportunity to reflect upon the Word and to receive my Lord in Holy Communion each day. At a time when many go without daily Mass, I am blessed to continue to have it readily available.
Thank you God, for these kind, hard-working and dedicated priests who give their all for You and who love You with an everlasting love. Please guide and protect all men who are called to a life of service in Your name so that through them, all the world will know that You are Love. Amen.