We Have Lift-Off!

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I love Mondays! I hate Mondays! Monday is usually the busiest day of the week for me because our money counters are in the office, I’m finishing the bulletin for publication and normally I have people waiting to see me. Somehow I scheduled two appointments at the same time but, fortunately for me, one was late and all is well.
Yesterday our school had a picnic for returning students and new students. It was great to hear how happy it made our returning families to see the newly remodeled office and Cana Room floor. There have been a few other cosmetic changes as well. This year we have two new members of the faculty joining our school family. Mrs. Beth Franzen and Mrs. Jennifer Dietrich. Both have many years of experience in working at Catholic Schools. Mrs. Jenny Chandler has been appointed a resource teacher as well as being our music teacher. Jenny has been with us for quite a few years and we happily welcome her into her added responsibilities.
As for me, I slept like a little baby which was not the case a few nights ago. Insomnia comes and goes with me. If I awaken at 2:00 a.m. in the morning, chances are I will not fall asleep again. I have to force myself to lie in bed and if I’m lucky I may snooze in and out of consciousness. One thing for sure is I’ll never oversleep. As soon as daylight peers through my bedroom windows, my dogs, Gus and Bud start to gently lick my face. It’s both annoying and soothing! In the winter time it’s not unusual for all six of my critters to be in bed with me. Yep….just one big happy family!
On this Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, my thoughts always turn to the trip I made to Israel back in 1995. There’s something daunting about being in the same space where our Lord and disciples walked. I think people would be surprised to see how beautiful it is in Israel. I long to go back. Trying to imagine where and how all these events took place to shape civilizations around the world is difficult to wrap our heads around. I guess in true Catholic form I have to say the eternal phrase, “It’s a mystery!” Some years ago, I had a young man tell me how disappointed he was that I didn’t speak more of how Mary was assumed into heaven. I think he wanted to know if she went up into the sky like a bottle rocket, was lifted up into the heavens with a choir of heavenly angels or drifted away like a helium filled balloon. What matters is how we appreciate how Mary lived her life! We can do this too by participating in the mission of our Lord by responding to those who are poor and oppressed in our own time. How can and will you respond to the things in your community that can be addressed?