FAMILY NOTES, Easter Sunday, April 4, 2021
Dear friends, Happy Easter! This past week Turner Classic Movies presented “A Man for All Seasons”, the film about the life of Saint Thomas More, one of my favorite saints. Casting around for something worth your perusal on this Easter Sunday I came across this his letter to his daughter Margaret as he awaited death for Christ. He was martyred July 6, 1535. I like him. I like it. May it encourage you as it does me to follow Jesus Christ, Our Risen Lord, with total commitment and love.
From a letter written in prison to his daughter, Margaret (Meg) by Saint Thomas More.
I will not mistrust him (Jesus), Meg, though I shall feel myself weakening and on the verge of being overcome with fear. I shall remember how Saint Peter at a blast of wind began to sink because of his lack of faith, and I shall do as he did: call upon Christ and pray to him for help. And then I trust he shall place his holy hand on me and in the stormy seas hold me up from drowning. And if he permits me to play Saint Peter further and to fall to the ground and to swear and forswear, may God our Lord in his tender mercy keep me from this, and let me lose if it so happen, and never win thereby! Still, if this should happen, afterward I trust that in his goodness he will look on me with pity as he did upon Saint Peter and make me stand up again and confess the truth of my conscience afresh and endure here the shame and harm of my own fault. And finally, Margaret, I know this well: that without my fault he will not let me be lost. I shall, therefore, with good hope commit myself wholly to him. And if he permits me to perish for my fault, then I shall serve as praise for his justice. But in good faith, Meg, I trust that his tender pity shall keep my poor soul safe and make me commend his mercy. And therefore, my own good daughter, do not let your mind be troubled over anything that shall happen to me in this world. Nothing can come but what God wills. And I am very sure that whatever that be, however bad it may seem, it shall indeed be the best.
GRAND ANNUAL COLLECTION: Our Grand Annual Collection has about 14 weeks to go until it finishes up in June. Just now we have received $78,074. That is 48.7% toward our goal of $160,000. If we are to meet our goal we would need to receive on average, $5,851 on each of those 14 weeks. That is certainly a tall order. Much seems against our success. The pandemic for one. Yet I am reminded that almost always in previous years things looked a bit doubtful at this same point. Yet the regular reminding from me (amid much joking) has always seemed to help. Amazingly! So, let me remind and not worry. If you have not as yet sent in your $200 gift, or whatever you can afford, may I encourage your taking that step? Some of us can give more. If that seems possible for you, please accept my thanks. If it is not within your budget to contribute $200, just do the best you can. Maybe gifting Holy Family by three or four installments could be a wise approach. Whatever you can give, please do give. And thank you sincerely. St. Paul says that “God loves a generous giver” (II Corinthians 9,7). Let us all do what we can with generous hearts. And let us all trust that He will as ever work all things out to the good (Romans 8:28). Again, thanks for your generosity.
And again, a Blessed Easter!
God bless. JFH