A while back I read a story of a visiting priest who attended a men’s breakfast in the middle of a rural farming area of the country.
The group had asked an older farmer, decked out in bib overalls, to say grace for the morning breakfast. “Lord, I hate buttermilk.” the farmer began.
The visiting pastor opened one eye to glance at the farmer and wondered where this was going.
The farmer loudly proclaimed, “Lord, I hate lard.”
Now the pastor was growing concerned.
Without missing a beat, the farmer continued, “And Lord, you know I don’t much care for raw white flour.”
The pastor once again opened an eye to glance around the room and saw that he wasn’t the only one to feel uncomfortable.
Then the farmer added, ‘’But Lord, when you mix them together and bake them, I do love fresh biscuits. So Lord, when things come up that we don’t like, when life gets hard, when we don’t understand what you are saying to us, help us to relax and wait until you are done mixing. It will probably be even better than biscuits. Amen.”
Within that prayer there is great wisdom for all when it comes to complicated situations like we are experiencing in the world today.
Stay strong because our life is being mixed with lots of things that we don’t care for. Relax and wait until the mixing is done.
We have experienced the cancellation of general meetings, conventions and our 100th anniversary celebrations for 2020 but hopefully we continue to support our sisters in the league with phone calls, emails, Zoom meetings, cards, Eucharistic celebrations and reciting the rosary together, if possible. Stay in touch.
With many being housebound, I encourage past presidents to use these quiet days to updates files- particularly history files, although this may not be possible if these files and pictures are kept at your church office and not accessible now.
Let’s continue to bring the spirit of the Catholic Women’s League to everything we do so we can build relationships, effect change and be major players as we Care for Our Common Home.
May you stay safe and may Our Lady of Good Counsel protect us and intercede for us.
Hamilton Diocesan Past President