Happy Days

God is good to me.

I say this not just because the Geogetown Hoyas are 5-0, having trounced the Mount last night, even more thoroughly than they did a year ago.

I say it not just because He makes the sun rise in the morning and the moon at night.

I say it not just because maybe some day I will be able to go to jail for refusing to let two grooms use our church hall for their “reception.”

(By the by, our old friend had the guts to vote against the madness today).

No. The reason I praise God is that He has brought together two events in my life in such a way that I could never have asked for something so wonderful.

For me, there are two kinds of days on the calendar. There is December 8, and then there are all the other days.

December 8 is the day when the Garden of Eden was restored to the earth, the day when the flower of mankind bloomed again.

I am the happy slave of the Lady conceived on December 8.

For me, the days leading up to December 8 are special holy days of prayer and closeness to the Immaculata.

It just so happens that during the Immaculate Conception Novena this year, Archbishop Wuerl is going to come to my church and renew my consecration as a priest, when he installs me as the parish pastor this Sunday.

I am unworthy of such good timing–to be able to give myself again to the priesthood during the days when I first gave myself to the Blessed Mother as a slave.

May our Lady make good use of me. She is a gentle mistress.

5 thoughts on “Happy Days

  1. Dear Preacher, What a beautiful love letter! May you always be so rapturously in love! May God bless you.

  2. Beautiful song. If it comes down to it, me and the First Amendment will be first in line to bail you out.

  3. Thank you, Father, for that loving tribute to Mary. December 8 is a big Feast for all IHMs. On that day, we renew our vows and sing the Salve Regina. Sr. Joyce and I will celebrate with the IHMs in St. John’s,SS, in the afternoon. We will have a few hours of Exposition. I certainly will remember you during that time, and I will ask Our Blessed Mother for graces for you and your ministry. Please pray for us.

  4. Hi Father White!
    Hope all is well with you! Sorry we will not be in attendance at your special Mass tomorrow as we will be out of town for the remainder of the weekend.
    Our family was raised in a very Catholic home who has and had great love for the Blessed Mother. We will keep you in our prayers. Congratulations!
    Peggy & Tom Doyle

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