Road Trip!

Just got done driving eight hours from Waynesboro, VA.  Let me digress a moment and introduce my son Matt.  He is attending St. John’s Northwestern Military Academy in Delafield, WI.  He’s in their post-prep program, playing basketball and will be attending West Point this year.  His team was in the Virginia Military School Challenge this Friday and Saturday at Fishburne Military Academy.  Mary and I made a last second decision to drive the ’02 Town and Country (a.k.a. “The Death Star”) up to Virginia and attend the Saturday game.  We hit the road late Friday afternoon, right after my colonoscopy – Dave Barry wrote the funniest column that can possibly be written about having a colonoscopy, so no riffs from me.  Just be aware I was in no shape to drive afterwards, so Mary piloted the Death Star with every ounce of grim determination Grand Moff Tarkin displayed pursuing those rebels.  We got there and back safely, the Lancers won both their games and Matt played well, and we got to spend quality time with him.  The tubs at both the Super  8 and the Days Inn drained well when I took a shower.  It was a great weekend.

We went to Mass at St. John the Evangelist in Waynesboro Saturday evening.  It was one of those smaller, older ornate churches that seem prevalent in the original 13 colonies, with the old wooden pews that give you buttockular nerve damage if you try to do a “three pointer”.  It was packed, and it was a very intimate, spiritual feeling that evening.  The young priest (Samoan ancestry I think) was a bit of a firebrand.  In his homily he challenged that none of us were really living the Beatitudes, and he gave his “beatitudes” he felt that really reflected the way most of his live our lives: e.g. “Blessed are the arrogant, because through intimidation and violence they shall be satisfied.”   Pretty between-the-eyes delivery, and he ended with “Now go home , pick up your Bible, and read the Beatitudes like you are reading them for the first time!”  Before the final blessing, he expressed his disappointment that very few parishioners attended the brainstorming session for the parish 30-year plan.  I bet the bishop gets some spicy letters about this guy.

Here they are though, the foundation of Jesus’ teaching and the heart and soul of the Christian faith – no commentary from me necessary.  In a world rocked by violence, rotten with avarice and vice, the words of the Master echo through eternity:

Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Blessed are they who mourn, for they shall be comforted.

Blessed are the meek, for they shall possess the earth.

Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for justice,
for they shall be satisfied
.

Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy.

Blessed are the pure of heart, for they shall see God.

Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.

Blessed are they who suffer persecution for justice sake,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven
.

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One Comment on “Road Trip!”

  1. Stan S Says:

    Let me cast the first vote for canonization of Fr. Tom. (And no that doesn’t mean lining up ten 15 pounders aimed at our friend!) 🙂


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