I've questioned how amazing life truly is -- especially new life. I have taken life (of friends, family and enemies) for granted. After my nephew Holden was born, I reflected on a whole new meaning of life, from infancy to death.
|Fr. Scott Carroll ordained to the Roman Catholic |
Priesthood on May 8, 2013 and entered
eternal rest on May 10, 2013.
Scott Carroll, for those of you that don't know, was one of the most quietly-humble, servant-oriented and loving men I have ever met. Scott also had a great sense of humor, too. We worked a TEC together, and our paths crossed frequently at Saint Meinrad. He made a mean pizza at the UnStable.
He discerned, a little later in life, to join the seminary and become a priest. He studied at Saint Meinrad from 2006 to 2013, and was set to be ordained a priest on June 22, 2013. Due to his struggle with cancer and at the nudging of some friends and priests, he was ordained to the priesthood on May 08, 2013 and died on May 10, 2013 shortly after saying Mass. I don't know why God had to take this good man so young, but I do know that Fr. Scott will be an advocate for us in heaven praying on our behalf. I have solace in knowing that the Gospel at Fr. Scott's Mass today was as follows from John 6:20-23:
Jesus said to his disciples:
“Amen, amen, I say to you, you will weep and mourn,
while the world rejoices;
you will grieve, but your grief will become joy.
When a woman is in labor, she is in anguish because her hour has arrived;
but when she has given birth to a child,
she no longer remembers the pain because of her joy
that a child has been born into the world.
So you also are now in anguish.
But I will see you again, and your hearts will rejoice,
and no one will take your joy away from you.
On that day you will not question me about anything.
Amen, amen, I say to you,
whatever you ask the Father in my name he will give you.”
|Baby Holden born May 3, 2013|
(Thanks to his grandma on his mom's side for this photo.)
With regards to new life, I am in awe of my nephew, Holden (born May 3, 2013), and the joy he has brought into my life. Knowing that this small, tiny, helpless child that can only eat, sleep and poop will have so much potential to do great things is AWEsome. I am excited to watch as his parents love him, as his family loves him and as I love him. He will learn that love and share it in his own unique way throughout life. New life is very miraculous, and I thank God for showing me a new sense of joy.
Just some thoughts on life and death that I've been pondering lately...
Be well, and do something special for someone.