Sunday Sermon and Other Stuff

10 Dec

A good teacher can inspire hope, ignite the imagination, and instill a love of learning.

~Brad Henry

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This morning, I had the pleasure of attending Mass at St. Thomas More in Elgin. It’s a beautiful church with simple lines and unassuming statues, but the panoramic stained glass windows behind the modest altar are amazing when the sun bursts through the vibrant colorful glass.

It was a little difficult to wake up to the 7 a.m. alarm after getting to sleep after 2, but, I was looking forward to attending this service. It was my mom’s parish. It would bring me closer to my sweet Mom up in heaven. A few tears slipped down my face.

Father’s homily was a little amusing. He talked about the people who influence our lives. Jesus was the great teacher, but Father said he had a very influential teacher while in the seminary. He said that he didn’t remember much of the calculus, Greek, philosophy, or even some of the Latin that he was taught way back in the 60’s. What he really remembered was the kindness and compassion of many of the instructors. One priest in particular would bring burgers, fries and Cokes for his students when they were stressed studying or rehearsing late into the evening. So, father suggested that, “You may not remember all classes and concepts that you’ve learned in life, but you will always remember the people who showed you kindness.”

After Mass, I bumped into several of Mom’s old friends. Tom, Mary, and Ilene had all been Eucharistic ministers who went to The Greens of Elgin, where Mom lived, to officiate Sunday services. They all said how much they missed Trini and her beautiful smile. I knew they really meant it, too. Everyone who knew Mom will miss her very much. It was a good morning.

Later in the afternoon, my dear friend Debbie came over. We went shopping and to lunch. Pizza was on my bucket list. You can never have too much Chicago pizza. A beautiful sunset ended the day.

To add the frosting to my already great day, I received some pictures on my iCloud photo sharing of my grand-daughter that made me smile.

Happy Sunday, my friends.

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