Good afternoon, my name is Greg Chancey, a lifelong parishioner of St. Clare de Montefalco for 50 years. My grandparents, Joseph and Margaret Carnaghi were two of our parish’s founders, The Carnaghi name is affixed to the gold Tabernacle at the Altar of the Most Blessed Sacrament. The Chancey name can be found on the ambry at the Our Mother of Good Counsel Altar.
Change is inevitable. As with our journey through life and all its changes – so, too, changes the church. Physical examples right here in our environment include: The Baldacchino. Once adorned with emerald colored glass, inscribed within “The Lord Seeth”, its crucifix hanging beneath with front and back corpus and metal decorative trim – now removed.
Also removed was the Communion Rail with its gates and red velvet kneeling pads, The ‘High’ Altar and its dramatic and massive Tennessee marble -- elevated five steps up, the non-load bearing columns, tulip (lily) sconces, satues of St. Joseph and St. Anne, Candelabras, the Holy Water painted on the ceiling’s perimeter. All gone.
The Ordo of the Mass has changed as well, stemming from Vatican II and subsequent Holy See decided upon ‘change’. What remains is continuity, routine and balance -- all experienced both with the Ordo of the Mass and the environmental surroundings in which we are immersed.
As we know, our Lenten Pillars include “Prayer”, “Fasting”, and “Almsgiving”. I added the Little Black Book from its beginning – as was introduced to me by my late cousin, Sister Mary Helen Kuzak, OSM. I did well with the above pillars (even managed to lose a few pounds), but wanted more meaning from lent this year. After giving my Lenten Plans some thought, it came to me! Rather than simply going the route of the usual – no chocolate, pizza, beer, etc., I decided to walk with Him! Asking Him to counsel and guide me to become a better person both in my personal and professional life.
Most important, was asking Jesus to help me repair and/or renew any relationships (family & friends) needing such. Whether it was “in my words” or “what I have done” or “what I have failed to do”, I petitioned Jesus’s help. And He did, almost immediately! Always remember that when you pray, you are heard and answered! Stand ready! Within 72 hours, the exact individuals I was thinking about appeared back in my life! I had not seen nor heard from these individuals in years! The ‘repair’ and ‘renewal’ was simply an embrace and my telling them -- “I Love You”.
FORGIVE & FORGET
I will suggest that you ‘forgive’ and ‘forget’. Jesus commands us that we must forgive all those that trespass against us! We don’t have to forget, however, hanging on to resentment, anger, or worse yet, hate -- will only hurt you! Not them! I have in my hand a visual. I will slide this bracelet over my hand and onto my wrist. Do you see what happens when I clench my fist? Liken this to hanging on to resentment, anger or hate -- you can’t remove the bracelet! Your can’t break free! You imprison yourself. But if you ‘let go’...you free yourself! Let Go! Forgive and forget and you will make yourself free. God’s will is your freedom to choose. Choose to be free! Be Happy!