One of the living angels in our lives was celebrated today for her 60 years of service as a nun. I must admit that a part of me was anxious about celebrating mass in a west side part of our town. Honestly, there was a part of me that was reluctant about going. Cleveland is a relatively segregated city with the line of demarcation being east-west. So, I assumed by virtue of its location that, even though Sister is African-American, the parish would be considerably less diverse than our church on the eastside.
We walked into the expansive church and the gentleman at the end of the pew was less than friendly, when we said “excuse me” in an effort to slide into the available seats next to he and his wife. I looked around at the congregation and Sister’s love and warmth permeated the room, as white and black alike celebrated this wonderful woman. Interestingly, she had begun her career some 60 years ago in the very parish where we sat.
One of the more fascinating aspects of our marital journey has been our quest to keep God in our lives and in the lives of our children. What has made it so fascinating is that despite 2 distinctly different religious upbringings; we have attempted to expose the kids to Catholicism-my wife’s upbringing-and at times religious experiences more closely akin to those of my earlier life.
We have been married for 20 years now. We have 2 kind and considerate teenagers, who have thus far been terrific young people. The truckload of bills and the private school tuition often seem insurmountable. We have watched, like so many Americans, the value of our residence plummet and the credit balances rise. As members of the sandwich generation, we have not avoided our responsibilities to my parents.
In short, there are a lot of days when it all seems so overwhelming and too much to bear. I was drowning in these feelings this morning, full of anxiety and despair, all because of money issues.
The gospel of Matthew was read during the service, specifically Chapter 6. In this Chapter, it is suggested that we not worry about material things because if we seek God and his righteousness, more than we need will be provided to us. I so needed to hear this as I worried about how we would make it going forward.
I got the message! I am going to try my best not to worry in the days ahead and strive to be the believer, that I claim to be. I am so amazed at how God works. He directed me to a most unsuspecting place, to hear his voice and his reassurance, by once again using one of his angels.
Thank you Sister and more importantly thank you God……I know that we can make it.