(Just for the record: I haven’t stepped foot in Colorado in YEARS. Dust. Sandals. I don’t know Fr. Nolan in any way. But I’d like to meet him if I get the chance some day! Ooooh Rah!!!!)
Y’all: don’t act all shocked when it’s a Jarhead that steps to the front. If you’re a biological male screeching, “IMPRUDENCE! PRIDE!”, check yourself. Those emotions you are feeling are envy, embarrassment, and SHAME.
Today is the Feast of Papa Sarto, Pope St. Pius X.
I couldn’t help but smile at the coincidence of Fr. Nolan’s move to the front like a steely-eyed man of God and today’s Epistle:
Lesson from the first letter of St. Paul the Apostle to the Thessalonians
1 Thess. 2:2-8
Brethren: We had confidence in our God to preach to you the gospel of God amid much anxiety. For our exhortation was not from error, nor from impure motives, nor from guile; but, as approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel, so we speak not as pleasing men, but God, Who proves our hearts. For at no time have we used words of flattery, as you know, nor any pretext for avarice, God is witness, nor have we sought glory from men, neither from you nor from others. Although as the apostles of Christ we could have claimed a position of honor among you, still while in your midst we were as children, as if a nurse were cherishing her own children. So, we, in our love for you, would gladly have imparted to you not only the gospel of God, but also our own souls, because you had become most dear to us.
R. Thanks be to God.
Greater love than this no man hath, that a man lay down his life for his friends.
-John 15: 13