A Mixed Bag!

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I woke up to a very disturbing news story about a former Bishop Noll Student. Ricky Szweka was only married one month ago and this week his new wife will bury him. He was shot while visiting his in-laws to offer his presence at the passing of a family member. I fondly remember him and his sister Aimee. Eternal rest Grant Unto Him Oh Lord!
On a lighter note….my niece and goddaughter Evie gave birth to her second son last night. We welcome John Stephen MCKinney to the world at a weight of 7#, 11 0z.! It was just three weeks ago that Evie and her parents and I went to see Paul McCartney at Wrigley Field. She looked as though she was ready to pop a baby that night!
So here we are at the crossroads of life once again. One goes home to the Lord and another soul enters. The circle of life is quite a juggling act.
On this Feast of St. Stephen of Hungary, the readings today tell us there is indisputable evidence that God is with us through the good and the bad. We are not to let the confusions, discouragements and mysteries of today not cause us to doubt God’s presence with us and his abiding love for us. The Lord has given us an eternal pledge of his fidelity which is clear, certain and forever!

Welcome to the World John Stephen McKinney!