It’s a common plight of our limited human condition that none of us can do all things well. We ponder back and forth in our consciences whether we have spent too much time on career and not enough with family. We agonize that we don’t exercise enough or haven’t devoted enough time to develop a particular hobby or talent.
Now that I’m past the midpoint of my life I regret that I never once tried to learn a musical instrument. But then I wonder, if I had spent all that time trying to master an instrument, what other part of my life would I have had to neglect or leave undeveloped?
C.S. Lewis once wrote, “Put first things first and we get second things thrown in: put second things first and we lose both first and second things.” It’s a variation of Jesus’ words from the Sermon on the Mount, “Seek ye first the Kingdom of God and his righteousness and all these things shall be added unto you” (Matthew 6:33). I pray that we all are growing more to see that for those who put God first there is never regret and nothing is lost.
May God send us all messenger angels every now and then, as He sent Clarence to poor George Bailey, to keep us on mission.
Raise a new year’s toast to Nativity of Mary. Then lift up a prayer that we all remain faithful throughout the new year,
Please know of my heartfelt gratitude for all of the Christmas gifts and goodies that I received. I am additionally grateful to those of you who gave a gift to the new priest residence. You have warmed my home and heart. Your generosity has blessed me and will continue to bless future Nativity of Mary priests and guests for years to come. I never have been known for having good nesting instincts – and I am confident to say that I never could have set up house without the help of so many people. Thank you!