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For the Sheep in Exile – Bulletin 2015-11-01

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It has been a “without family” and a “with family” week.

Without Family:  The “without family” part is always difficult. My most beautiful and loving wife had to leave for a several days to visit her sister. That left me alone with our needy and demanding 14 lb. Maine Coon kitten. He is literally armed to the teeth, and being a polydactyl (six toes and sharp claws per foot/paw), he is capable of inflicting grave wounds and lacerations. When I say “kitten”, you must realize his father weighs in at 22 lbs. with no fat. So, this lovable terror of ours has another year to grow into maturity. I suppose it is appropriate on Halloween that I should be asking for quantities of O-negative blood to replace the several pints I lost this week. Of course, the only other resident at our expansive 1.25 acre farm is my dead horse Petition. When I went to the barn to seek relief from the unrelenting surprise attacks by the ferocious, flying fur ball, all I could get in the way of solace from Petition was a horse laugh.

With Family: On the other hand, I had the great privilege and honor to be the sponsor for my grandson on the occasion of his reception of the Sacrament of Confirmation on Monday the 26th. Bishop Loverde administered the Sacrament in the traditional form. The Latin was not foreign to my ears and it brought me back through the memory of  many years to when I also was confirmed “with the chrism of salvation.” Nor was the Latin foreign to my grandson’s ears. He and his older brother regularly serve at the Mass in the Extraordinary Form – they know their Latin responses and they know what they mean. After the Confirmation it was a time for congratulations for my grandson from his six siblings (number seven sibling, also in attendance, is due in December), his parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins. Tomorrow, there will be a large gathering at our old farm house to celebrate the Confirmation and also the birthday of our two-year-old granddaughter.

My beautiful wife is home; the cat has calmed down; the children and grandchildren are coming to party;  and the party will begin with a prayer of thanksgiving. I’m sure it’s pretty clear by now that a “with family” day is much better than a “without family” day.

1. Coincidence and Confusion: Our policy is to avoid discussion of political and social matters if they do not have an immediate relationship to our parish. Last week we hoisted the red warning flag because of the insert in Bulletin_2015-10-25, announcing the warningFoothills Forum survey. My friend Fre3d Capra did some independent research on this topic. (It’s a long yet rather humorous story why he did this research. Perhaps some day I’ll share it with you.) The result of Fre3d’s work leads us to believe that hoisting the red flag was the right thing to do. As citizens of Rappahannock County you would be best advised to do your own due diligence with regard to the Foothills Forum and some of its board members and advisers. All is not as it seems. And, in this case, we don’t think our Pastor really knows very much about the Foothills Forum and its agenda.

2. Opportunity Knocking? – Probably Not Anymore: Last week we noted Father’s item about “Pastoral Council Members Needed!” We suggested that this might be an opportunity to volunteer for one of the positions to represent the Sheep in Exile. Apparently the window of opportunity has closed. This week, the item relating to the vacancies does not appear in the bulletin.

We eagerly await the formal announcement of the new member selections and what happiness and goodness the next session of the Council will bring.


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