Friday, June 26, 2009

Freedom from Fear - Day OLPH Triduum

Around 5 o'clock yesterday afternoon Father Bruce Lewandowski, CSsR rang our front door bell. He wanted to let us know that he had arrived at Mt. St. Alphonsus and was 'reporting for duty' as our celebrant and homilist for the Triduum of the Feast of Our Mother of Perpetual Help. Of course, he was also very thoughtfully offering us the opportunity to fill him in on plans, music, etc. for our Liturgy scheduled for 7:30pm.

Srs. Lydia, Moira, Fr. Bruce, Srs. Paula, Maria Paz

About 30 guests joined us for that Liturgy in our chapel lovingly decorated with floral arrangements by our Sr. Maria Paz. The Liturgy was enhance by organ accompaniment offered by our friend and gifted musician Robert Moore.

Sr. Mary Jane in animated conversation with faithful followers of the Novena

The priests of the Redemptorist Congregation have a reputation for exceptional skills as homilists. They are, after all, known first and foremost as missionary preachers. That is why we are so grateful that each year we are able to have a Redemptorist as our celebrant/homilist for this Triduum of Masses. Last evening Fr. Bruce underscored this gift so evident among our Redemptorist brothers.

Fr. Bruce greeting old friends

Fr. Bruce's central topic was our most basic human fear, the fear of death. It was my plan to offer here a summary of each of his homilies. How I wish his words were available to me in digital format so that I could easily reproduce them. That not being the case Fr. Bruce has promised me some of his notes today. So I will have to publish them later on. But I can tell you that, as the kids say, we were blown away. Is that enough of a tease? Sorry I cannot do better at this moment. Stay tuned.

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