Fr. Terry’s Sharing…
Advent Season has always been for me a time of reconnecting. Reconnecting with God & His story of Redemption, reconnecting with friends, and reconnecting with my church family. In the busyness of life, it is so easy to lose track of even God. Maybe it is the commercialism of this time of the year. Maybe it is that we focus so much on our own personal needs and wants. Maybe it is because we get overwhelmed and just shut down. Whatever happens, for me it is the relationships that keep me going. I have to make that the priority during this time of the year in my life. Hence the importance of reconnecting.
I also find it healing and life-giving. I have to honestly say the part of priesthood that I dread is the continued uprooting to move to another parish. Frankly, it is a hurtful process for me and I think for many priests. You become family together. You become a part of the most intimate moments and events in people’s lives. You invest yourself in caring deeply about them. You center your life around them. You fall in love with them and hope it is mutual. You need it to be mutual. These are people who get to know you—strengths and weaknesses. And for the most part return your love. So reconnecting with them is something I look forward to, especially in this time of the year when Christ chose to become family with us. Hence my love in holding babies. I am convinced God chose to send his Son into our lives, not as a fully grown man (God) but as He did. An infant depended upon us. No wonder He chose Mary and Joseph with such care. When parents hold their child, they know they are holding close to their heart the most precious gift they will ever receive. Thank you for letting me experience that during the time of Baptism. Thank you for being my family.
Just in case you want to reconnect during this season of God’s Love, here are some addresses:
Msgr. James Michael Doyle
2913 S Ridgeview Way, Sioux Falls, SD 57105
Fr. Michael Wensing
1009 Skyline Dr., Watertown, SD 57201
Fr. Joseph Vogel
PO Box 188, Jefferson, SD 57038
Fr. Charles Cimpl
3601 E Dudley Lane, Sioux Falls, SD 57103
If it is some of the many associates you wish to reconnect with, you will find their addresses on the Sioux Falls Diocese Website or you could call the parish and we will be happy to find their address for you.
May your Advent be filled with the people you treasure the most. In the midst of the busyness, may you keep sight of what is most important. And may God always be at the center of your heart and mind. God Bless!