Bulletin Letter from November 20
Today is the last Sunday of the current liturgical year. As we begin the new year, we will introduce the 3rd Edition of the English Translation of the Roman Missal. Over the course of the last several weeks we have made numerous steps to try to introduce the Missal, but very few people have taken advantage of these opportunities. I suppose that many of you have taken to heart my contention that this new translation is “no big deal.” As we introduce the changes over the Advent Season, we would ask for patience and good humor as we are all beginning to use the new text at the same time and we all have to unlearn and learn as we move forward.
I returned Tuesday night from a week of vacation in Hawaii. It was my first trip to the Islands and I enjoyed it very much. I can now say that I have been to all 50 states of our vast and diverse country! Those of you who have visited Hawaii know that it is a magical place that “gets into your soul.” I can definitely see myself going back sometime in the future – there is much more to see. Since my return, I have been asked by numerous people what my favorite “thing” is about Hawaii. It is not hard to answer – it is the remarkable beauty of the place. Everywhere you look there is beauty. In my spirituality, beauty is a sign of God’s goodness, so Hawaii was a massive reminder of God. I was in a constant state of awe all week long. If you have not been there, I hope you will be able to some day!
As we move into this week of Thanksgiving, I am, as always grateful for this community. I hope to see those of you who are in Tucson at the Mass on Thanksgiving morning. Those of you who are traveling: I hope that, wherever you are, you are surrounded by love and that it is truly a day for giving thanks.