When you celebrate the Mass, we have not been left passive in the pews but we have joined you as you pray, speaking to the Father, welcoming the Son, thanking the Holy Spirit. Your bare footed idiosyncrasy and your prayerful silences tell us that you and we are in converse with the loving God. You have not allowed the awkward new Order of Mass to dispel the intimacy of our divine communion.
We travelled with you through the intricacies of the Easter ceremonies, despite the vagaries of the paschal fire, to celebrate the central mystery of our faith; you made baptisms joyful community celebrations and requiems marked not so much the life that ended as its continuity with the life to come. Your homilies, marked as they are by anguished hesitations and false starts, contain spiritual gems that we can treasure and that we need to sustain us on our way. We have travelled a faith journey together and we hope that we have confirmed your faith as you have confirmed ours.
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