Sunday Sermon and a Sunset

18 May

“I guess it’s true, you really can’t appreciate the sun until you’ve been in the darkness.”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis


God never said the road would be easy but he also said he would never leave you nor forsake you.


After and endless gloomy rainy Saturday, Sunday morning was glorious, sunny, and warm, a complete contrast to yesterday. I guess it’s true, you really can’t appreciate the sun until you’ve been in the darkness.

I didn’t set my alarm, so I didn’t wake up in time to catch 9 o’clock Mass, but I did get up in time for 11 o’clock Mass on TV with Bishop Burns and Bishop Kelly.

Today’s Gospel was the story of Jesus telling the disciples that He would never leave them.

Jesus said to his disciples:

“If you love me, you will keep my commandments.

And I will ask the Father,

and he will give you another Advocate to be with you always,….

Whoever has my commandments and observes them

is the one who loves me.

And whoever loves me will be loved by my Father,

and I will love him and reveal myself to him.”

My take on it… Just follow the Commandments. And, in my view, there are only two Commandments…Love God, Love your fellow man. That pretty much covers it all. The rest is governed by your conscience, and your heart. You are free to choose.


After a leisurely morning, and about an hour of meditation, I actually got dressed and went for a nice long walk. I got a phone call from the kids while I walked, wanting to FaceTime. So, I sat on a bench in the park and enjoyed talking to my little angels. The babies are getting so big, and I love that I can watch them grow even though I’m so far away. This is always the highlight of my Sunday.

After I got home, made some dinner, I decided to enjoy another leisurely walk before sunset, taking advantage of the beautiful evening. After all, I didn’t get a walk in yesterday, as it rained ALL day. I put in about four miles today.

And the sunset did not disappoint.

Happy Sunday, my friends.

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