Monday, November 21, 2011
The Last Few Leaves
I had a rare Monday off. I so love not having to go work outside the house on Mondays and having the day free to do things around the house, etc. This morning, after early Mass and Adoration, I set out to visit my priest friend that I wrote about a few weeks ago. My friend gave me the necessary kick in the behind that I needed to get out there and so I made my way to see him.
I will keep the details of our last conversation to myself but I will tell you that I do not regret having visited Father. He was very weak and unable to say very much, but the smile that crossed his face when I slipped a novena card of St. Therese into his hand was precious. He once told me that every time he privately offered Mass, he invited the Little Flower to be with him. The fact that this card was blessed by Pope Benedict when I was in Rome made it even more special.
As I was talking to Father, I looked out his window and noticed a tree. It had lost most of its leaves except for a few bright yellow ones that stubbornly clung to the branches. I thought of how fitting it was that this tree should be visible from Father's window because it was so like him, with the last bit of life still there and still gloriously beautiful. Yet soon the tree will go into dormition to produce an even greater splendor in the spring.
Please keep Father in your prayers. He is on his cross now and all I can do to help him is pray for him.
Posted by TLW at 2:55 PM