Posted by: illinigirl | May 4, 2008


Church this morning was so exciting because my favorite priest was back.  I’m not sure if I’ve just gone to masses where he hasn’t been there or if he was gone for a while. . . but I missed him and was worried about him.  He did a homily once about Tony Snow and his battle with cancer. . . and my priest also discussed his battle with cancer over the years.   I was worried that he was sick again.  I get so much more out of church when he’s there.  He’s so funny. . . and his homilies are so applicable to life.  He’s so “real”. . . which I think everyone can appreciate.  Anyways, it made my day just to hear his voice in the back of the church.  There was no homily today though. . . because it was Confirmation day for ~30 individuals that had just joined the church.

The days when any RCIA (Right of Christian Initiation for Adults–people joining the Catholic church) ceremonies are a part of the mass really mean a lot to me.  It’s easy to be a part of a journey of faith when you’re a child.  You’re brought up that way.  It’s easy to go to church, because you have no choice.  You’re along for the ride with Mom and Dad.  What a greater meaning it takes on when you make this commitment as an adult. . .

The Creed or Profession of Faith is what really gets me.  Sure, we say it every week, almost without thinking. . . but it really makes you think when you see those people up front looking at you and saying it and think what it must mean to them to really say it and believe it for the first time.

It reminded me of an interview with late night TV’s Craig Ferguson on CBS Sunday Morning last week.  He was talking about what it meant to him to become an American citizen and say the Pledge of Allegiance for the first time as an American.  (Okay, this is a great interview all in all. . . but please take the thinger at the bottom and fast this video forward to 6:35 and listen to about 7:30 where he talks about becoming a citizen).

How cool is that?

Sometimes it’s so easy to forget how lucky we are to be Americans, Catholics, Christians, etc. . . what a good reminder it is to see what a privilege it is to be a part of something. . . it’s not a “given” but a decision. . . and it’s something that some people fight their whole lives to be a part of of.



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