Almost one score years ago, June 21, 1993, a new priestly season began for me. On that day, I started my new assignment as the chaplain of Holy Family Home in Philadelphia to about 100 Residents who were under the watchful care of the Little Sisters of the Poor. Since then, over 300 souls have gone home to God under my priestly watch. For that stretch of years, those hundreds of deaths may not sound like a lot to a pastor of a large church; but for me, it was burying my parish community — three times over.
How beautiful Holy Family Home, the bottom side of heaven, under the watchful care of the Little Sisters of the Poor, how wonderful my almost one score years with them, and how holy, holy, holy, this side of glory, in Heaven’s Vestibule.
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