Emotional Moments

At the risk of having my “man card” revoked, I’ll share a couple of things that made me choke up a little bit, my eyes get moist, at the vigil Mass yesterday evening.

First was the Gospel, specifically Luke 15:4-7

“What man among you having a hundred sheep and losing one of them would not leave the ninety-nine in the desert and go after the lost one until he finds it?  And when he does find it, he sets it on his shoulders with great joy and, upon his arrival home, he calls together his friends and neighbors and says to them, ‘Rejoice with me because I have found my lost sheep.  I tell you, in just the same way there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous people who have no need of repentance.”

I was just overwhelmed with an awe that God loved me that much, as I do feel like a lost sheep sometimes.  The second was when we sang “America the Beautiful” as the recessional, in tribute to those who died fifteen years ago.  We sang all four stanzas, and I started having trouble getting it out near the end of the first one.  Here are the lyrics:


I wonder if Katharine Lee Bates – a 33 year-old English professor at Wellesley College in 1913 – could write her poem today, against the backdrop of what’s going on in this country.  All I’ll say about this Presidential election is that we are in trouble.  The Founding Fathers were far from perfect men, but they did have principles.  I invite anyone to cite examples of current principled behavior in American politics.  It is undoubtedly there, but the principled also tend to be the humble, so we are not hearing about their principled behavior, at least in the national media.  And our popular culture is a toxic sewer.  Even John Locke would tell you there is a difference between freedom and license.

All of you who say you are “spiritual” but not religious, I would ask you to reflect on the impact being spiritual has on your life.  Reflect on in the light of your spirituality what are the things that are important to you.  Is it your smartphone?  Your physical fitness?  Your career? Wine? Good food?  Good wine?  Good sex?  There won’t be a quiz, by the way.  But if you reflect and have an epiphany that somehow you are a lost sheep, take heart because He is searching for you, and there will be joyous celebration in Heaven when He finds you.

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2 Comments on “Emotional Moments”

  1. John Plaskowsky Says:

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