Reeeson’s Ramblings :: February 11, 2018
Last week I wrote a little about my great Pacific adventure, and this week I have a couple postscripts to add. As much as I will miss the warmth and sunshine, it’s great to be back in the good life, and I’m still able to wave at the sun when it comes out every once in a while.
It’s amazing how many connections you make when you tell people you’re from Nebraska. On my trip I met a guy who was on a pilgrimage to the Holy Land last year with Fr. Dave Korth, who is the pastor at Sacred Heart, and Fr. Don Doll from Creighton University. I visited with another couple who were members of Christ the King in Omaha until 1984, the year I was assigned there. We discovered that we know a good number of the same people.
One night I had dinner with a couple who had never been to Nebraska. They said the closest they’d been was Colorado Springs to visit a friend. Turns out I know their friend, who sings in the choir at St. Francis parish where I used to cover Masses. And, the choir member’s brother is a priest who was a classmate of mine at the seminary. Another example of how we live in a small world, and how we really are One Church!
I spoke with yet another couple who are active members of a parish in Virginia. A priest who is in residence at their parish is Fr. Ralph O’Donnell, another priest from Omaha. Fr. Ralph was one of the first young men to enter the seminary while I was Omaha’s vocation director. He’s now on loan to the Bishops Conference in D.C. The world keeps getting smaller.
A Presbyterian couple that came to Mass each day on my trip asked if I knew their pastor, who was once in the Air Force. By golly, that pastor was once my boss!
And finally, there was a large extended family from Wichita, Kansas on my trip that knows Bob Voboril extremely well. Bob used to be the principal of St. Columbkille and is now the Superintendent of Catholic Schools for the Wichita Diocese. Wichita is a stewardship diocese, and this family told me how normal tithing made it possible for all of their children to attend Catholic schools, tuition free. This inspires me to work harder toward this goal at our parish.
We are all one body in Christ, and we’re blessed to have so many good people. May God continue to bless us as we prepare our hearts, minds, and souls for the season of Lent!