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How many of us have been jostled and crammed into a tiny airplane seat recently, only to lament delays caused by weather and extra fees demanded by the airlines for seats and baggage.  It seems like the collective mood on airplanes is pretty grumpy these days.  

But imagine what our ancestors just a few generations ago would have said if we could tell them about our ability to fly from city to city with such ease and frequency? 

Imagine trying to explain to a settler moving his family across the continent by wagon train that the trip could be done in a number of hours instead of months.  

Now think of the many people in this world who cannot afford a luxury such as flight. Think and pray for the millions of people, especially the children, who have had to leave the Ukraine. We often disparage the migrants on our border, but would any of us ever want to trade places with them?

Think about the first time you looked out the window of your plane and saw the country sprawling out below you.  Maybe it was nighttime and all the lights of the cities and towns were twinkling.  Maybe it was daytime and you could see the hedgerows, highways, and the rivers delineating the landscape. 

Didn’t you feel a sense of wonder?  Don’t you remember thinking, “Wow! That is unbelievable!”?   

Along the way, many of us have lost the wonder of things like flying.  We should try this Lent to keep things in perspective and remain thankful for the amazing things that we enjoy every day in our unbelievable life and world. 

We live on a blue planet that circles around a ball of fire next to a moon that moves the sea. And you still don’t believe in God’s work and God’s miracles? Isn’t it a comfort to worship a God we cannot exaggerate?

When have YOU recently felt a sense of wonder at what God has created or done for YOU?

GOD GAVE US EYES TO SEE THE BEAUTY IN NATURE, AND HEARTS TO SEE THE BEAUTY IN EACH OTHER!

I am celebrating the funeral of my 87-year old brother Tom today, April 2nd at Holy Family Parish in Inverness, Illinois. Visitation at the church will be at 9:30 am CST and the Mass will be at 10:30 am CST. Tom spent the last 53 years of his life in the Los Angeles area and he’s come back home to be buried in Chicago. His passion and hobby in life was to draw and to paint. Now Tom has gone home to be with his Creator and the Greatest Artist of All. https://www.smithcorcoran.com/obituary/thomas-laz/ The Mass will be live streamed on the Holy Family Parish, Inverness Website, Funerals and Weddings Streamed, if you would care to participate. Thanks so much for your prayers and support. Fr. Med Laz

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