may the mercy of God rest me

20 Mar
As I walked into my retirement residence, once the papers were signed and it was really mine and really real that I would one day be living there, a prayer and a blessing came from somewhere within me: “God, please make this home healthy, happy and holy.”
The very first thing I carried into my new [healthy, happy and holy] home was a book. It  is waiting for my arrival.
My hope is to be able to do a lot of reading and reflecting and praying in my upcoming days of less administration/pastor responsibilities. I will not stop being a priest, maybe even become more of a priest, in the days ahead. Perhaps it will be a time of retrieving something of being a priest that has been set aside or neglected as the years have been spent. That is my hope.
The book that I have carried to my new, future residence is one that Pope Francis has said was very significant book for him. It will be the first book that I will read in my new home, come July 1.
May the mercy of God rest me. Hmmm. As I just typed that, it stopped me. I wondered if it was a mistake. But I leave it. There may be more in those words than I realize.
May my new home be healthy, happy and holy.
May the mercy of God rest me.

3 Responses to “may the mercy of God rest me”

  1. cmotoole2014 March 20, 2015 at 7:22 am #

    We pray for the same for you!

  2. Char March 20, 2015 at 9:22 am #

    With less ministerial, the nuts and bolts of running a parish, I am sure you will become one with our Lord in a whole new way, because you can listen closer to His heart!!!! Blessings!!

  3. Chelsea Cohen March 29, 2015 at 11:48 pm #

    Blessings to you in your new home! How precious the first thing you brought into your home- a special book regarded with affection to Pope Francis as it will be to you.

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