I hope everyone has a happy and blessed Easter. We’re going to brunch this morning with family, and it will be a quiet time unlike past Easters. I’ve enjoyed the quiet. We went to Easter Vigil last night, and it was beautiful as always. Lovely to see people so excited to come into the Church. I wanted to share some photos of our small church in Guthrie. It is a beautiful thing and reminds me of a wedding cake, all covered in white frosting with the stained glass windows as sugar flowers. Maybe not the best analogy, but it’s all I’ve got this morning.
Our steeple, stretching upward into a cloudy sky, has terrible, internal damage from a tornado that ripped through Guthrie and Piedmont on May 24, 2011. On this map, you can see the path of the tornado. Guthrie is in Logan County. I took the photo, above, last year before scaffolding went up around the tower. Pretty soon, the entire steeple and tower will be disassembled brick-by-brick. It will be an interesting, but emotional process. Then, a new steeple will be rebuilt. I am reminded of St. Francis being asked by Christ to rebuild his church. We now have a Pope Francis, and it appears he is in the process of rebuilding the Church. However, as St. Francis discovered, rebuilding isn’t always what people expect. I am a convert. I came into the Church 22 years ago. I still hold that flame in my heart, where it burns bright this Easter.
Let’s pray in thanksgiving for the resurrection, but also, hold our priests and pastors in prayer too. They bear a heavy load especially during Holy Week, and most especially, in small churches with missions in other towns. Somehow, they do Holy Thursday, Good Friday, Vigil and two masses on Easter Sunday with grace as they celebrate with all of us. I am thankful for them too.
Jesus is Risen. Alleluia, Alleluia.