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.