Father Larry's Letters

"Father Larry's Letters" are a weekly letter/journal about the many events occurring within and around the St. Luke's community.

May the Holy Spirit rain on us like the rain

Dear St. Luke’s Parishioners,

In 1978-1985, I was pastor of Holy Family in Mondamin, Iowa. It is very close to I-29 near the Missouri River and flooding is expected to come right up to the church and town. I ask you to keep them and all who will be touched by these flooding waters in your prayers. We had a taste of too much water on Wednesday and Thursday.

Last Sunday, I went to White Oak Winery near Elkhart for Fr. Bob Aubrey’s 40th Anniversary of Ordination celebration. It was nice to gather in the facility where the vintage is made. Congratulations to Fr. Bob.

That evening, I went down to Conception Abbey for our annual Priests Retreat. Fr. Martin Barnum, a priest from the Chicago Archdiocese, was our retreat master. We enjoyed his down to earth presentations about the priesthood. He had been a pastor before becoming a directory of formation at St. Mary of the Lake Seminary at Mundelein, Illinois.

I appreciated his reference to the baptism of Jesus tapestry at the new Cathedral in Los Angeles. It shows Jesus kneeling and water being poured over his head by John the Baptist. The soles of his feet are dirty! Fr. Barman mentioned that Jesus chose to get his feet dirty in the mess of human life, by becoming one of us. He mentioned the business of dirty feet again in John’s gospel when Jesus was washing the feet of the apostles. Indeed, by becoming human, the Incarnation, Jesus entered into the dirty feet human experience.

When I returned home from retreat Thursday afternoon, the rain was getting ready for another round with a bit of hail as well. After the 5:30 pm mass, I met with a couple from St. Luke’s who are beginning marriage preparation for the fall of 2012. What a delight!

Friday meant catching up on all the mail. I even cleaned out some of the back email from January and February - still lots to get rid of yet. Saturday meant Reconciliation and Homily time. Hopefully there will be sun enough to get the bike out for a few miles as well.

May all of you be blessed as we enter into the Pentecost Season. May the Holy Spirit fill your hearts with joy, excitement and wisdom.

Peace, Fr. Larry Hoffmann