Saturday, December 27, 2014

Fr. Chuck's Column, Sunday, December 28

So here we are, almost at the end of 2014. It was, as they say, one for the history books. Will you be sad to see 2014 go? Was it a good year for you and your family, or at least your portfolio? Do you wish 2014 would go on for a bit longer? Or are you distressed that the years just are slipping by too fast and wish they would slow down?

In contrast and on the other hand, are you ready to say “good riddance” to this year with ISIS, Ferguson, political grid-lock and a cruddy season for the Longhorns, and are hopeful that 2015 will be better, or at least not any worse?

Time is such an elusive thing and yet so precious. If only we could slow time down in order to do more and achieve more and get more done. But it is probably good that we cannot because then we would never move forward!

Time keeps on its inexorable course. How much more time does any of us have? How much more time do the Paulist Fathers, or St. Austin Parish, or the United States of America have? None of us knows.

Time is invariably moving all of us forward to our meeting with death. Many try to delay that meeting. Some look forward with confidence and hope to that meeting, expecting new horizons and visits that cannot now even be imagined. Many of us hover somewhere between the two, hoping for the best but in no hurry to find out.

What will 2015 bring? A visit by Pope Francis to the United States for the World Meeting on Families?  I expect so. Our Faithful To Our Mission capital campaign for the renovation of the exterior of our church? That is certainly our intent. More political wrangling and gridlock? Count on it. Completion of the Mopac express lane project? A consummation devoutly to be wished! A perfect season for the Longhorns? Keep dreaming! We will just have to wait and see.

Meanwhile let me take this opportunity, on behalf of the entire St. Austin Parish Staff, and all the Paulist Fathers of Austin, to wish you a Blessed and Happy New Year, and a 2015 full of Joy and Peace!

God bless! 

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