A renown Roman Catholic politician once said, "Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country." Of course, he borrowed that concept from our Lord,
I will always feel like a babe in Christ, never having fully attained, with the constant need of forgiveness. Father Gregory has reminded me, several times, not to put him on a pedestal. Perhaps he knows his own frame too well, that all of us are but dust, and that "he who endures to the end will be saved." Perhaps this is why he can lean his head against mine in Holy Confession and join with me in my tears of sorrow and my joy of repentance. Perhaps that is why he can so quickly say, at the end of the Sacrament of Confession, "Now, pray for me a sinner." Perhaps that is why the communion at Holy Annunciation is so sweet. They have remembered that Christ is not just the Lion of the Tribe of Judah but He is the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world. He offers us His cup of savation, His body and blood... and I am included.