From a reader…
One of our priests is moving on, and yesterday he gave his farewell at Mass.
Instead of a homily, he talked up St. Francis’ contributions to social justice, and about how our faith is represented in the many programs our church has.
He segues into a story of a ‘composer’ he knows of, who was struggling to write some lyrics for a song. He asked his daughter, “what would you say to a friend you will never see again?”
And then from the choir area, a sentimental piano chord sounds…
And the priest proceeds to sing, from the lectern, a love theme from the Broadway musical Wicked.
“”I’ve heard it said
That people come into our lives for a reason Bringing something we must learn And we are led To those who help us most to grow If we let them And we help them in return Well, I don’t know if I believe that’s true But I know I’m who I am today Because I knew you…
Like a comet pulled from orbit
As it passes the sun
Like a stream that meets a boulder
Halfway through the wood
Who can say if I’ve been changed for the better?
But because I knew you
I have been changed for good”
“And just to clear the air
I ask forgiveness
For the things I’ve done you blame me for But then, I guess we know There’s blame to share And none of it seems to matter anymore”
It was just awful. Is there anything we can do?
Say a prayer of thanksgiving that he’s gone.
Offer up mortifications of your flesh for the parish upon which he has been inflicted.
Pray for all priests, even the ridiculous and silly ones.
And, please, accept my apology for all the goofy things priests have done, are doing, and will do in the future.