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I wondered how Thursday's storm would affect Archbishop Listecki's visit to Saint William... and my chances of seeing him. Mass was at 7:00 and I was picking up a friend prior to. I drove 35 miles in rush hour during a snow emergency and fortunately made it with time to spare. (I normally don't like passing cars on two lane roads, especially snow-covered ones, but one guy was so cautious that I passed him, stopped to get gas, then caught up to him again!)
It feels good to once again have a shepherd leading the flock. Archbishop Jerome Listecki seems like the right choice to guide us. Though he didn't give any indication of the direction he'd like to take us - his visit was to get acquainted - I'm confident he won't lead us to harm.
The archbishop interspersed his homily with true stories about his life and some humor too, but the one I found most appealing was how he was presented his crosier, or shepherd's staff. A long-time friend of his had found an unusual branch in the woods over 25 years ago. Sensing that God had plans for Listecki, this friend had stored the crooked piece of wood in a closet all those years. Listecki's friend presented it to the Archbishop after another artist friend had done some craftwork to it. I think the odd piece of wood is very beautiful. It's delicate, yet strong. It's all natural, yet man-made. It's decorative, yet functional. It's inexpensive, yet priceless. It's a gift from God, not unlike our new archbishop.