Saturday, July 6, 2013

Footnotes from Fr. Kummer

(The following is an excerpt from the column, From the Pastor's Desk, published July 6-7 in the parish bulletin.)

Although I have been transferred several times in my life, it has never been easy. The older I get, the more attached I become. I thank everyone for the very kind wishes I have received. Although I don't know the details, I want to be sure to tell you that next Sunday, July 14 after 1:30 p.m. in the school cafeteria I will be honored to shake your hand, to thank you, and to bid you farewell. (I should warn you that I am like a "bad penny" and I will be coming back for lots of things and many occasions.)

Maybe because of the Pope's name I have been thinking about St. Francis of Assisi a lot these days. The life of the mendicant has been such an inspiration to me and to the whole Church that it is always well to meditate on the necessity of loving God by loving our neighbor. It is so easy for us to lose the principles of our religion and see our neighbor, not as a reflection of Christ, but rather as an obstacle or a burden. This adage I leave you and myself this week is the admonition of Blessed John Paul II. "Always love people and use things not vice versa."