Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Gratitude Note: For the Holy Blue Iris

Gratitude Note: For the Holy Blue Iris  When I arrived at St. Luke’s, the landscaping outside the parking door was…let’s just say minimal. However, there was a bright spot every spring just to the left of the door. It was an Iris – not just any Iris. It was the most beautiful Iris I had ever seen – a marvelous Blue Iris. The blooms were extraordinary! The striking blue blooms reminded me of Spring – of Creation – of Presence – of the Holy Mother.


Over the years the landscaping around the church has been greatly improved a section at a time. Of course redoing the landscaping usually means taking out the old stuff. This was true for the work around the parking lot door about three years ago. The Holy Blue Iris was about to be history. Before I could get there, someone else beat me to the rhizomes of the Blue Iris and dug up most of them. I managed to salvage a few. They looked rather pathetic, but I planted them in the corner of our flower garden at home. The first two springs I got some leaves but that was all.

Monday evening I received another Easter surprise: The Holy Blue Iris was blooming and breathtakingly beautiful again. The radiant blue spoke to me again of Spring, Creation, Presence, The Holy Mother – and St. Luke’s. Thanks be to God!
Blessings,
Fr. Lee+



Sunday, May 5, 2013

Gratitude Note: For Lord Mason’s Leash.

Gratitude Note:  For Lord Mason’s Leash.  You may remember we had another two days of rain and cold on Friday and Saturday.  We have an iron bar fence across our patio on the back of our condo.  While not yet consistent, Lynda’s dog, Lord Mason, has learned to go do is “business” in the garden mulch (30% of the time).  He has never tried to go under or through the fence – until yesterday.  He was happily licking the rain water off the plants as I stood and the door reminding him why he was out there.  Suddenly I realized he was scooting under the fence.  Oh the horror of it all – he was loose.  I ran to the gate and beyond – the chase was on.  Of course I was yelling his name and running ankle deep in standing water and mud.  It was then that I remembered I was still in my pajamas, robe and house shoes!  What a spectacle!  The crazy old priest running in the wet and mud after a three pound dog!  He led me in a wide circle behind other condos and across the common area and back through the gate to our back door.  He seemed to have enjoyed his romp through the neighborhood as I caught up with him – I let you guess how I felt – and what I said.  Needless to say, I am on a leash now – Lord Mason’s.  I am grateful he is safe, that I didn’t hurt anything but my dignity, that Lynda is still speaking to me and that as far as I know, no one saw me.  Thanks be to God!
Blessings,
Fr. Lee+

Friday, May 3, 2013

Gratitude Note: For a Thunder win -- and happy friends!

Gratitude Note: For a Thunder win -- and happy friends! No, I didn't watch much of the game, but I had it on while I was reading. I was actually reading a book I wouldn't recommend to anyone, but have been compelled to read by a friend. So that is another happy friend along with happy Thunder friends. So, life is good. I have not finished the book. Will there be more games for the rest of my book? Yes, I know that much about the playoffs -- Thunder Up!
Peace,
Fr. Lee+




Gratitude Note: For the non-freeze night.

Gratitude Note: For the non-freeze night. I don't want the weather to determined mood or attitude, but I must admit the difference between 32 and 38 is significant. Needless to say our flowers are happier -- as in not dead. Actually that makes me a bit happier this morning. So I am giving thanks and getting on with the day. Thanks be to God!
Blessings,
Fr. Lee+


Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Gratitude Note: For surprises from technology I do not understand

Gratitude Note:  For surprises from technology I do not understand

Today’s technology still amazes me. I have an iphone, a Kindle Fire and a laptop which I use frequently and understand little. Perhaps that allows me to enjoy “surprises” from time to time. I can enjoy without understanding.

Recently a church member of forty years ago in my “previous life” found me through Facebook! I had been with the family through the death of their fourteen year old daughter. I was both touched and formed in the experience. It was good to hear from Tami’s Mother.

Last week I learned that Bishop Ed, as in Konieczny, made the news with CNN on the debate on “gun control.” It is an excellent story and proved to be very popular on CNN, the internet and Twitter. It is a good example of what I mentioned on Sunday about “Second Half of Life” thinking and living. The coverage was much greater than if he had simply said these things in a local parish. Check it out. I think you will be impressed. I am having trouble with the link so use Google or another search engine and search for CNN, Konieczny, God and Guns. The title is “My Take: The Thin Line Between God and Guns.”

You may remember I had two surprise emails from priests during Lent. One was from England and another from Canada. Both priests had been searching the internet for variations of the Stations of the Cross. They found St. Luke’s and our Stations and images. They asked permission to use our Stations of the Cross. Of course I agreed.

(You may not know our Stations of the Cross has been translated into Spanish. Several years ago, Fr. Leonel Blanco of Santa Maria Virgen Episcopal Church in Oklahoma City experienced our Stations. He then asked permission to make the translation to use in his church and Cursillo. I was very pleased.)

Meanwhile, I received another surprise email this week – indeed inspirational. Fr. Victor Anwar of St. Patrick’s Church said he had seen my name in the credits of “To The Wonder.” He wanted to know if I had provided the “Christ In Me” sermon narrated in the last minutes of the movie. Fr. Anwar and St. Patrick’s are in Karachi, Pakistan! Can you believe he has seen the movie (ahead of me), read the credits and contacted me in Bartlesville?

Again, I am amazed – and to think only a few years ago this would not have been possible. But there is more. Here is how Victor concluded his email about the end of the movie: I am deeply touched and fascinated by the sermon. It helps me realize how deep Christ’s love is for me and all of us. Deeper and beyond my imagination.

I can only say, Amen!
Blessings,
Fr. Lee+

Gratitude Note: For patience and understanding

Gratitude Note: For patience and understanding. I am technologically challenged. My efforts to provide a link to Bishop Ed's comments to CNN on gun control seems to have failed. The article is "My Take: The Thin Line Between God and Guns." So, try this: use Google or other search engine and enter "CNN, Konieczny, God and Guns." That will get you where you need to go -- I just did it. This is a good read and worthy of consideration. Thank you for your patience and understanding for this old priest.


Peace, Fr. Lee+

Monday, April 29, 2013

Gratitude Note: Bishop, CNN and Guns

Gratitude Note: For our Bishop, CNN and Guns. Last week I learned that Bishop Ed, as in Konieczny, made the news with CNN in the debate on “gun control.” It is an excellent story and proved to be very popular on CNN, the internet and Twitter. It is a good example of what I mentioned on Sunday about “Second Half of Life” thinking and living. The coverage was much greater than if he had simply said these things in a local parish. Check it out. I think you will be impressed: http://religion.blog.cnn.com/2013/04/10/my-take:-the-thin-line-between-god-and-guns/


Peace,
Fr. Lee+