Wednesday, August 05, 2009

50 Years And Not Much Like a Saint

Today is my birthday—big 5-0. Am I an adult yet?

Bonnie and I were talking this morning over oatmeal and blueberries (the blueberries this year are awesome) about the bishops and the scandals and the various responses. She said, “I wonder what St. Nektarios would do?” That was a word to my heart. St. Nektarios didn’t fight, he bore and prayed—and became holy. May God grant us wisdom to speak our conscience, but not to fight. May we, through the prayers of St. Nektarios, learn how to bear and pray and become holy.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

May God grant you many years, Fr. Michael, and inspire many more encouraging blogs!

Barbara

matushkadonna said...

Many Years, Fr. Michael!

Ginny N. said...

Many, many years to you, Fr. Michael. I'm right behind you (50 on Sept. 2).
Thanks to for the reminder: we speak our conscience, but we don't fight.