Ad multos annos! (here on this earth)
In aeternum! (in heaven)
I hope to meet up with the good Father in the coming months. I was all set to assist, but then eleven inches of ice and snow and sleet and slush and ice again and hundreds of vehicles flying off the highways and byways all over the state (until this morning) prevented the journey.
Meanwhile, I was busy shoveling and salting the the driveways and parking lots and sidewalks and entrances of the two churches of this mountain parish, happy to have been able to offer Mass here and be of service in some way. Thanks go to “The-Other-Father-George” in the area for having been willing to take my place here.
Philip’s ordination brings back many memories of Lourdes, of the Eucharistic Congress, of many courses I provided to him when he was too sick to be in the seminary.
Father still has the brain cancer he contracted while serving these United States in the Department of the Navy while on a ship in the Persian Gulf. The aggressive form he has usually takes victims within 18 months. He’s been going some ten years and counting. Things started going well when the Bishop of Raleigh took action by calling on the entire diocese to pray a novena to the Immaculate Conception many years ago.
Father Philip has vowed to spend his priesthood speaking about the Immaculate Conception, the Virgin Mother of God, of her Divine Son, Jesus, Christ our God, the King of kings, the Lord of lords Wonder Counselor, Prince of the Most Profound Peace, who, with all His elect, will come to judge the living and the dead and world by fire. Amen.
Thank you, Jesus, thank you, Mary, for bringing Philip to the priesthood of the Incarnate Word.