The other day, Wednesday morning, I was sharing with a couple parishioners that it was hard to get up in the cold morning, I was telling them that my fingers were locking up in the morning. And they responded that it was part of getting old.
That reminded me of the story of the elderly gentleman who fell in love with a woman somewhat younger than he. The man decided to propose marriage. So he called on her, got down on his knees and said, “I love you, and I have two very important questions for you. The first is, ‘will you marry me?'” “Yes!” she replied. “Now what is the second question?” she asked anxiously. The elderly gentleman replied, “The second question is, ‘Will you give me a hand getting back up?'”
I think we all can relate to that, getting older, like so many other challenges in life can be humbling. Author Fr. Cedric Pisegna has coined an interesting term for this condition. He says our bodies are “Humilifiers.” And contrary to the tightly held ego identity of youth, that celebrates image and good looks, Fr. Pisegnas tells us that as our bodies grow older, the more humble we should become. And unless we accept this fact and embrace the aging process gracefully, we are bound to crumble.
Recently, we have seen some questionable examples of young athletes and celebrities who are so full of pride that they seem to place their physical abilities or their image above all else. Naturally, not all celebrities approach their success in this way. Having said that, we must realize that for those who see themselves as all good, it doesn’t follow that we should see them as all bad. Though we may cringe at their sense of entitlement (their weaknesses), we celebrate their talent and ability (their strengths). Furthermore, developmental psychologists, career coaches, and resume writers, among others, will say that there are some benefits to boasting about one’s abilities when entering the competitive world that we live in. But it is the rare individual who will, at a young age, approach this stage in life with humility. More likely it will be quite the opposite — and that may just be the way many of us are wired. But soon enough, we all know that the “outer-world” will serve us a heaping helping of humility to our “inner-world,” as we stumble along life’s journey.
Soon after Harry Truman became President of the United States, veteran politician Sam Rayburn took him aside to give him some advice. He said, “From here on out Mr. President, you’re going to have lots of people around you. They’ll try to put a wall around you and cut you off from any ideas but theirs. They’ll tell you what a great man you are, Harry. But you and I both know you’re not.” Humility is the basis for completeness in life. If we truly believe Jesus’ assurance that a life disciplined in humility can grow, improve, change, forgive and love, then we are on the path to His New Life. Christian humility is a sweet spiritual blessing. As a community of loving servants of the Lord, let us get down on our knees and be “Humilified,” one and all!
Peace and Blessings!
On behalf of the parishioners I would like to thank Fr. Luis and the choir for the very moving LUX AETERNA LITANY in which the names of our deceased loved ones were sung. For those unable to attend, here is the cell phone video:
Liturgical Music Corner by our Music Director,
Nov, 2: The Commemoration of all the Faithful Departed
Today is All Soul’s Day, a day in which we remember all those who have gone before us, “marked with the sign of faith”. We are not as those who have no hope, because we know that Christ died for us and has opened the gates of heaven. “Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, what God has in store for those who love Him”. Let us put our faith in this mystery, in these words of Jesus which are meant to console us and give us hope. During our “Lux Aeterna Litany” today, we pray, by name, for our loved ones who have died. The words, “Lux aeterna, dona eis requiem” are from the funeral liturgy: “Let eternal light shine upon them, and give them rest.” All Soul’s Day doesn’t fall on a Sunday very often, and there is no Gloria today. The songs today remind us that Jesus has conquered death, and if we follow Him, we will live with Him forever. This is the good news!
Songs for 9am Mass:
Gathering Song: We Shall Rise Again (song sheet)
Psalm 23: Shepherd of My Heart
Prep of Gifts: Lux Aeterna Litany
Communion: I am the Bread of Life # 562
Closing: Sing With All the Saints in Glory # 814
Note: Saturday, Nov. 1: don’t forget to set your clocks back one hour tonight!