24 June 2012

A Lifetime of Long Goodbyes





A tough weekend winds down at last. Our beloved Rector, Canon Michael Wiener, went back to Europe to continue his treatment for lymphoma. He will be stationed in Bayerisch Gmain, along with Canon Karl Lenhardt, which makes Bavaria the official "retirement" spot of SFdS Rectors. Thanks to Mother Crab for the photo.


Lots of other friends are leaving town, or have recently left.


It seems to me that God will bring wonderful people into our lives, to lead us to Him-- and as soon as we rely on them more than on Him, He takes them out of our lives. In the end, He will be our only comfort, and in Him we have everything.


In this world, though, the goodbyes are still hard.


In 2008, I ran this piece by a member of the Institute's apostolate in Oakland, who expressed her thoughts on Canon Wiener as he left Oakland for St. Louis. It is a good time to read it again.

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

Thanks for publishing this and the link. I have not read it before.

Mempoit

Mother Crab said...

I-Wen articulates so well the essence of Canon Wiener. As I told Canon W, it is hard to say good-bye to those who lead us closer to God. I am sad for him, I am sad for me.

We must continue to pray for his recovery!!

Anonymous said...

May God bless and grant speedy recovery to Canon Wiener. May He also continue to bless and protect the Institute and all fertile islands of Tradition within the Church.

/s

Jane Chantal said...

We will miss Canon Wiener at the Log Church at Holy Family Parish in Cahokia. He often made the trip across the river on Sunday mornings to celebrate our 9:00 a.m. Mass. We were told yesterday that Bavaria is the land of his youth, where he will be near his biological family and of course, many beloved colleagues. Our prayers will remain with him as he continues his recovery -- and our prayers of gratitude continue for the priests from the Oratory who have kindly been serving our small Latin Mass community for some time now.

Anonymous said...

So, there was an opportunity to say goodbye?

anon

Mother Crab said...

That photo was the last I took of Canon Lenhardt and the first I took of Canon Wiener. What was funny is that Canon Wiener initially slouched down to be Canon Lenhardt's height. Ahhh, memories...

Roseanne Sullivan said...

Canon Henrique Fragelli was in CA for a short time, and now he too is recovering in Bavaria, so that makes three.

MrsC said...

Happy Ordination Anniversary and many prayers to Canon Wiener today - June 30!