Sunday, June 28, 2015

Sunday June 28th 2015

Beautiful Goodbye

Heaven blesses us. 

For those who did not see the sunset tonight
in Southern California. . . Farewell to the day.

However, the greatest gift we are given in life are the
souls that bless us with their goodness. 

Today in our parish we said goodbye to a beloved
priest, who is being reassigned after six years.
There were tears, yes. And smiles.
Father Agustine Escobar is a priest filled with joy,
and sanctity, and humility. He personifies the type
of priest that Francois Mauriac wrote about:

Francois Mauriac

People say that there is a scarcity of priests.  In truth, what an adorable mystery it is that there still are any priests!  They no longer have any human advantage.  Celibacy, solitude, hatred very often, derision and, above all, the indifference of a world in which there seems to be no longer room for them - - such is the portion they have chosen.  They have no apparent power; their task sometimes seems to be centered about material things, identifying them, in the eyes of the masses, with the staffs of town halls and of funeral parlors.  A pagan atmosphere prevails all around them.  The people would laugh at their virtue if they believed in it, but they do not.  They are spied upon.  A thousand voices accuse those who fall. 
 As for the others, the great number, no one is surprised to see them toiling without any sort of recognition, without appreciable salary, bending over the bodies of the dying, or ambling about the parish schoolyards….
 For centuries, since the first Holy Thursday, some men have chosen to become objects of hatred, without expecting any human consolation.  They have chosen to lose their lives because once Someone made them the seemingly foolish promise:  “He who finds his life will lose it, and he who loses his life for My Sake will find it.” 
 But if they did not find their joy even in this world, would they persevere?  “What are You going to do?” said Abbe Perreyve to Christ, the day before he was ordained.  “You are delivering Yourself;  You are abandoning Yourself to me.  You surrender your Body to me.  I shall use it for my needs and for the needs of other souls…I shall touch You, I shall carry You, I shall handle You and You will allow me to do it;  I shall place You on the lips of whom I will;  You will never Refuse….”
 Indeed, Priests, holy priests, are repaid by an immense Love.

Francoise Mauriac; Catholic writer who won the Noble Prize (1952) in literature. 
                          (from Holy Thursday An Intimate Remembrance)

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Sunday, June 21st 2015

Blessings on all good Fathers,

Stepfathers, Fill-in Fathers,

and  Priests today.

Strong, gentle men, we salute and thank you!

I captured this image in the Grand Tetons many
years ago. It was twilight and I needed to test the
setting on my camera.
The man and the little girl left before I could get
their names and the lodge had no idea who they
were. I think of them today and wonder. . .
I hope they are well; I hope they are happy and
still watching sunsets together.

Friday, June 19, 2015

Monday, June 15, 2015

Monday , June 15th 2015


I was not aware of it. . .

but now you know:

Today the North American 

Nature Photography Association

observes Nature Photography Day.

So all of we camera people (and there are lots
of us) should go out and make a day of it--in Nature.

When was the last time you captured





   Now is the time--Have fun?

   ( Send me some of your images and I'll post them.)

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Tuesday, June 2, 2015


                Of Lemons

And Broken Pottery.

Sometimes we need to get creative 

and do something; other times we 

just need to accept life, knowing 

             that one day

     All Will Be Well !