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You dip into the Larder of Heaven

September 29, 2009

Dear Father Gilbert,
Teena told me that your health has improved and that you have a new assignment. I rejoice for you!

How can I express my gratitude for the help you have given Teena over the years? It’s a Herculean effort, but I want to try.
You were blessed with a call to the Priesthood and I thank God that you said “yes” to that call. Thank you!

How have you served since your Ordination? You have preached the “Word of God” to multitudes. Each time you celebrated Mass you gift your flock with the Real Presence in the Eucharist.

You dip into the Larder of Heaven as you bless your parishioners with the gifts of the other sacraments: Baptism, Penance, Confirmation, Marriage, the Blessing of the Sick and Ordination.

How have you served Teena? When she first met you the grounds of the monastery, she was blinded with grief, numb with her loss; her 17 year old son had died!
You spotted her sitting on the bench. You initiated a conversation. You encouraged her to talk. You listened. You counseled. You suggested that she return for another visit. Thank you, and thank God for your “being there” for her.

She consulted with you as a single mom as her other two sons grew to manhood.
Thanks you, Father Gilbert, for your wisdom and for your gentle, patient listening skills. The care you showered on our daughter is priceless, a gift from God. You were the instrument!

May God bless you and all your loved ones with His most precious gifts.

With Loving Appreciation,
Eileen Hughes

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