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Bearing with the Harrys
A couple of weeks ago, I was in the security check line at the Tampa airport, dreading coming home to sub-zero temperatures. When I reached those rectangular bins where you stuff your stuff, I thought I was well prepared. My belt was already out of the loops and dangling around my neck. Gracefully balancing on one foot, I removed one sneaker, then the other and laid them in a bin. I still needed a second bin for my laptop. However, as I pivoted to grab one, a voice behind me barked, “Come on Harry.” Before I grasped what was happening, Mrs. Harry cut in line, whacking me with her bag as she barreled past.
When I was all set, my two bins loaded, there stood Harry. His jacket, shoes and belt were still on (and he was nowhere near as agile as I in their removal). After what seemed like forever, Harry finished disrobing. Now it was Mrs. Harry’s turn to hold us up. For some reason, she thought her jacket was special and unlike the rest of us mere mortals, she didn't need to remove hers for scanning.
All this gave me plenty of time to practice some deep breathing exercises. As I wrestled to keep my perturbation levels in check, I tried to rationalize their rudeness. “They must be in a rush to catch a plane”, I thought. As if he was reading my mind, Harry immediately blew that possibility out of the water. Checking his cell phone, he commented to his wife that they had plenty of time for lunch and asked where should they go. Finally, a TSA officer interrupted their luncheon planning and urged them to please move along.
I could hear other folks behind me in line grumbling about the delay. But by this time, I was calmer. Somewhere between the jacket and the luncheon discussion a thought had popped into my head. “This is what Jesus meant when he said to “turn the other cheek.”
By the time I got to the scanner, between the deep breathing and Jesus’ words, I was doing pretty well. Even when Mrs. Harry's metal pendant set off the machine and held us up one last time, what I felt was peace.
During the flight home, I did my daily “Called to See and Be Blessing” reflection. I counted plenty of blessings received, but struggled to find one instance where I had been a blessing. Then it dawned on me; my blessing was “bearing with the Harrys”. It was not something I said or did, but rather something I didn’t say or do. My encounter with the Harrys initially seemed like a cross. Instead, it provided me an opportunity to live out the words of Jesus and to know the peace that accompanies it.
The Prayer of St Francis begins, "Lord make me an instrument of your peace." Sometimes being a peacemaker, (or being a blessing) means we bear with one another. It means we forgive others their trespasses. In turn we hope God will forgive us our trespasses, our moments when we might act like Mr. or Mrs. Harry.
Fr Mike blogs regularly at http://reflectionsofafranciscangardener.blogspot.com
This Lenten season, St Camillus and every other Catholic parish in the Archdiocese of Washington and the Diocese of Arlington will have confessions available every Wednesday evening from 6:30 p.m.-8:00 p.m. If you have been reluctant to come to the sacrament, have been away for some time or just found it difficult to get to a Saturday afternoon confession time, this is a wonderful opportunity to re- connect with Christ and His Church. Learn more at www.the-light-is-on.org.
The Light is On for You - Confessions every Wednesday 6:30 to 8 PM
Multicultural Stations of the Cross - Every Friday 7 to 8 PM
Spanish Lenten Retreat - Sunday, March 8th 8 AM to 5 PM (Camillia Room)
Anti-Trafficking Coalition/Stations of the Cross - Monday, March 9th 7:00PM to 7:30 PM (Main Church)
CLC Lent Retreat - Tuesday, March 10th 9:30 AM to 3 PM (Washington Retreat Center)
Stations of the Cross for Seniors - Friday, March 27th 9 AM (Main Church)
Men’s Lenten Group - Sundays, March 1st, 8th, 15th & 22nd 8:30 to 10:00 AM (Friary Basement)
Multicultural Parish Lenten Penance service - Tuesday, March 24th at 7 PM
Silent Prayer in Lent - Mondays 7:30 to 9 PM (Meditation Room)
Annual Lenten Fish Fry - Fridays 3 to 8 PM (Knights of Columbus Hall)
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PARISH RECONCILIATION SERVICE - Servicio de Reconciliación Parroquial - Service Paroissial de la Reconciliation
TUESDAY, MARTES, MARDI March 24th, 2015 7:00pm – in the Church
HOLY THURSDAY, JUEVES SANTO, JEUDI SAINT - April 2, 2015
7:30pm: Multicultural Service/Servicio multicultural/Messe multiculturelle
Commemoration of the Last Supper of the Lord with the Washing of Feet
Conmemoración de la Última Cena del Señor con el lavatorio de los pies
Commemoration du Dernier Repas du Seigneur avec Lavage des Pieds
GOOD FRIDAY, VIERNES SANTO, VENDREDI SAINT - April 3, 2015
Vía-Crucis Multicultural/Multicultural Stations of the Cross/Chemins de la Croix Multiculturel 11:00am
Inicia en la Iglesia Ntra. Sra. de los Dolores y continua por las calles del vecindario. El Via Crucis termina en la iglesia San Camilo seguido de la Veneración de la Cruz y el servicio de Comunión a las 4 en la tarde.
Will begin at Our Lady of Sorrows. We will walk through the streets, ending at St. Camillus for Veneration of the Cross and Communion Service in Spanish at 4:00pm.
La marche commence à Notre Dame des Douleurs. Nous allons marcher dans les rues. La Communion aura lieu en Espagnol à St. Camillus à 16heures.
Stations / Veneration of the Cross & Communion Service in English: 1:00pm - Church
Service Traditionnel du Vendredi Saint à 13 heures à l’église en anglais.
Bilingual French/English Good Friday Service at 7:30pm in the Church
Service Multiculturel à 19h 30 à l'église.
HOLY SATURDAY, SÁBADO DE GLORIA, SAMEDI SAINT - April 4, 2015
8:00pm: Multicultural Easter Vigil/Vigilia Pascual Multicultural/Vigil Multiculturel de Pâques
EASTER SUNDAY, DOM. DE RESURRECCIÓN, DIMANCHE DE PAQUES - April 5,
No 7:30am and no 5:00pm Mass on Easter Sunday. Otherwise, Normal Mass Schedule with the following additions
Bangla Mass – 10am in the Camillia Room
Misa en español a las 12:30 pm en la Iglesia, y a la 1:00 pm en el Salón San Camilo
Messe en Français à 14h 30 heures
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