Pastor's Blog

The great St. Irenaeus said centuries ago that the glory of God is the human person fully alive. A fitting corollary to this is that a parish fully alive also glorifies God. Whether as individuals or as communities, God intends for us to flourish and grow. One of the realities that has most impressed me about The Basilica of Saint Mary is the balanced approach to the life, mission, and culture of the parish. This speaks to the care, intentionality, and thoughtfulness that has been applied to how the life of our parish is ordered and lived. When we look to Scripture, there are many dimensions of our faith that Jesus teaches are essential. Correspondingly, these same dimensions should also be nurtured and grown in communities of faith. I would like to highlight four dimensions of our Catholic faith which are on full display this fall at The Basilica and which invite us to take a “discipleship inventory” —places where Jesus might be calling us to enter more deeply into our faith. These four are: praise and worship of God; fellowship; faith formation and learning; and stewardship.

In the Catholic tradition, the highest form of prayer is doxology or praise. In the beginning of Luke’s Gospel, the shepherds are among the first to hear the good news of the birth of the Christ child as the Angels praise and glorify God. In the Eucharistic liturgy, we are invited to enter into a prayer of praise and thanksgiving to the Father for the gift of Jesus Christ. I begin here because the Eucharist is the source and summit of our Catholic faith—the greatest gift given to us down through the ages. The celebration of the Eucharistic liturgy is marked by great beauty and reverence at The Basilica and this invites us to raise our hearts in worship of the living God. Our new icon of St. Kateri Tekakwitha, the Lily of the Mohawks—invites us to join the saints in their perfect praise of God. The liturgy is not a static reality. Rather, its dynamism transforms our hearts and calls us beyond ourselves and beyond the doors of our church to see and serve Christ in our neighbor. If you have been away from The Basilica during the pandemic, I invite you back—come and experience the dynamic love of God in-person.

Jesus teaches often in the Gospels about koinonia, which is translated as Christian fellowship or communion. In its essence, the Catholic Church is a communion of disciples united by the Holy Spirit and one in Christ. Given this reality, all parishes, including The Basilica, are called to provide opportunities where we can enter into and strengthen our fellowship. This begins again with the Eucharist and flows from there to the entire life of the parish. Here at The Basilica, there are so many opportunities to deepen our fellowship with one another in Christ. In early October, on a glorious autumn day, we blessed the animals and celebrated the great lover of all creation, St. Francis. The joy was palpable. Fall also provided the opportunity to celebrate Octoberfest last Sunday and November 5 we will host the Dia De Muertos event. Join us for one of the many fellowship events this fall at The Basilica, including coffee and doughnuts on Sundays.

Before commissioning his disciples to continue his saving work, Jesus taught them for three years about God, God’s love, and how they (and we) are to live as disciples. One of the central teachings of Jesus is that we are called to serve and help heal those who have been wounded. This has also been a consistent teaching of Pope Francis who has likened the Church to a field hospital. He has called Catholics to a culture of encounter and accompaniment. Sadly, some of our sisters and brothers have been wounded by clergy or have suffered wounds inside the Church. Much works needs to be done to bring greater justice and healing to those who have been wounded by the Church and in our broader society. I would highlight two opportunities later this fall to enter into the wounds experienced by our brothers and sisters—Ministering on the Margins with Monsignor Chad Gion and a very important event December 3 on racial justice and healing entitled, Here I am Lord – Journeying Toward Healing through Listening and Truth-Telling. These are vital programs which invite us to listen, to learn, and to accompany those who have experienced harm. These events are part of our Faith, Justice, and Healing series which includes other important events as well.

Lastly, but not least in importance, Jesus calls us repeatedly in the Gospels to be good and generous stewards of the gifts we have been given by God. Stewardship for disciples is a way of life lived faithfully throughout the year. Fall is often the season in Catholic parishes to reflect on Christian stewardship and the invitation to give back to God. On the first weekend of October, I highlighted in my homily the example of my father who has been a generous steward throughout his life. This approach to stewardship should not be the exception but the norm for Christians. The Basilica Fund Appeal is now launched and I would ask you to prayerfully reflect on your gifts and blessings, the needs and opportunities of the parish—both of which are robust— and where your generosity can help us prepare for the vibrant future to which God is calling The Basilica community.

These four dimensions of our Catholic faith outlined above provide us with a spiritual inventory as disciples—how am I doing as a follower of Jesus? This is a perennial question for all of us as we continue our journey of faith together.

Peace,

Fr. Daniel

 

Several weeks ago I asked Dr. Johan Van Parys about this post-Easter trip to Europe. He told me about his visit to see his family in Belgium—long overdue, given the challenges of Covid. He also described his amazing trip to Rome in conjunction with his work with PAVM – Patrons of the Arts in the Vatican Museums. He conveyed that one of the highlights of his time in Rome was the opportunity to give a talk to hundreds of people in the Sistine Chapel. I found the title of his talk illuminating – “Beauty that Saves.” I am thankful indeed that a man of Johan’s talent, faith, and passion for the sacred liturgy and the arts continues to serve our community at the Basilica.

In the Catholic philosophic tradition we refer to truth, goodness, and beauty as the transcendentals because we believe that our creator God is the source of every good gift including the sublime gifts of truth, goodness, and beauty. Through our contemplation of these realities we are able to transcend our finite nature and both glimpse and touch the infinite nature of God. Jesus Christ – true God and true man – is the embodiment of the transcendentals, as we see refracted through his life, the goodness of God, the truth of God, and the beauty of God. Certainty, in our modern day we see little focus on the transcendentals because we have eclipsed the divine horizon of God and thus, attendantly, those attributes most closely associated with God.

The transcendentals can literally save us because they can wrench us away from the fixation and lure of this world – fixation on the immanent – and pull is into a realm where we are able to see things as they truly are – life, love, and beauty, from God’s perspective. Truth, goodness, and beauty move us one step closer to the Lord of life and the God who saves us. Like St. Augustine and the great mystics of the Catholic tradition, how could we not desire to move closer to a God who is the source of all life – all that is noble, holy, and lovely?

But how does this happen – how can truth, goodness, and beauty offer salvation from God? It is the truth of God’s saving love and mercy that has transformed sinners and made saints. Pope Francis calls this the first proclamation of the Gospel – the saving love and mercy of God. I have experienced this in my own life – where God’s personal and transformative love can then move me to share this message of love with others. Secondly, I remember fondly attending the beatification of Mother Theresa of Calcutta when I was a young priest. The crowds poured out over St. Peter’s square on a cloudless October day. We were there because we were inspired by and wanted to pay tribute to the goodness of God that was so powerfully manifest through this diminutive nun. And beauty saves because beautiful art – wether paintings, music, architecture, or literature opens us up to the mystery of the human longing for something that can only be satisfied by a transcendent and loving God who made us to be complete in his divine embrace.

Lastly, I warmly welcome those who are with us in Minneapolis and here at the Basilica from around the world who are part of PAVM – the Patrons of the Arts in the Vatican Museums, including the Vatican delegation. You are all very welcome here at the Basilica.

As your new pastor at the Basilica, I am proud to join a community who has embraced the truth of God’s inclusive love, the beauty of creation and the arts, and the goodness of God, to which we are called to live in our wounded and waiting world.

Peace,

Fr. Daniel 

 

 

Homily for Installation 

In a new well reviewed book called “Wanting” author Luke Burgis, entrepreneur in residence at Catholic University of America, presents many interesting concepts, including what he calls “disruptive empathy.” He explains that disruptive empathy, rather than sympathy, seeks to enter into a conflict, harm, or injustice in a way that changes the trajectory for the good – it positively changes the narrative, while ultimately preserving the authenticity and identity of the one who enters in. Disruptive empathy helps change the scapegoating dynamics of culture and humanity – seen for centuries in history and literature – which seeks to blame, isolate, or purge others. Disruptive empathy rejects scapegoating by naming harm and repairing relationships at their core – often through vulnerability and humility.

I thought of this persuasive concept as I was preparing for this weekend’s homily. Two of the central figures we encounter in today’s readings – Jeremiah and Jesus –  employed disruptive empathy in their approach to whom they were sent. Indeed, the saints of the Catholic tradition – including many great women – also used disruptive empathy to call people from apathy to embrace the love and grace of God. These women set the world ablaze with the love of God – St. Clare, St. Catherine of Sienna, and St. Teresa of Calcutta, to name a few.

Ironically, in today’s first reading the very thing that gets the prophet Jeremiah cast into a muddy cistern is that he is seeking the well-being of those in the city, but in order to do this he must disrupt their present course – he must call them back to God and fidelity to the covenant – back to right relationship with God and neighbor. St. Paul was also relentless pursuer of disruptive empathy – going throughout the Mediterranean world preaching the Gospel of Christ and suffering all manner of harm as a result – prison, stonings, insults, shipwrecks – all for the spread of the Gospel. 

As Jesus moves closer to Jerusalem his message becomes more prophetic – even anguished – as he predicts in today’s Gospel – the consequences of his own ministry and consequences for his life – he says, “ I have come to set the earth on fire, and how I wish it were already blazing.” Jesus has come to enter in – to take our very flesh – so that our lives and our world might be transformed. But there is a cost – an invitation to dying and rising that is consequential and cannot be experienced through tepid faith or half measure. His prophetic message today is meant to rouse his listeners from apathy and call his followers to a deep accountability that flows from faith. More than any figure in Scripture, Jesus embodies the disruptive empathy which I described at the outset. This is the essence of the incarnation with all its disruptive power and divine love as its source.

Yesterday, Archbishop Hebda installed me as the 12th pastor of the Basilica of St. Mary. It was a beautiful liturgy and it was moving to have members of the Basilica and close family and friends present for this occasion. Notwithstanding this, the installation of a pastor is not about the pastor – its about the people of God. The pastor is called to be a bridge, a servant, and a shepherd – to serve all of God’s people as Christ serves us. The role and life of a pastor must be rooted and lived in humble service and faith. Please pray for me that I would be the type of pastor that God intends for the Basilica at this present moment and into the future. I have said previously that the beating heart of the Catholic Church is the parish setting. The beating heart of the Church is here – where God walks with His people in tenderness and love.

In preparing for this weekend, I have been reading some of the history of the Basilica as a landmark and a parish. In “Voices from a Landmark” by Peg Guilfoyle, she notes: “[i]t is a tremendous act of faith to build something like the Basilica – faith and grand vision, a large measure of hard-nosed practicality, and a certain willful blindness to obstacles and hardships.” Indeed, my first intuitive response to this great Basilica – including my first days here has been to stand in awe of the faith that was the foundation for this beautiful church. What a legacy of faith we have in the Basilica of St. Mary – and “a cloud of witnesses” through the years that have marked this fine parish.

Interestingly, in his homily for the laying of the cornerstone of the Basilica of St. Mary, Archbishop John Ireland did not talk about his faith or the faith of the people, he did not talk about the magnificent church that was planned here, rather for nearly the entire homily he spoke about the drama of salvation history and the glory of God – what God has done for us – and the fact that Christ is alive – the same yesterday and today. His homily aligned with the words from Hebrews today – we are to always keep our eyes fixed on Christ. This was also Archbishop Hebda’s message at last evening’s liturgy – to keep our eyes fixed on Christ. I was struck by this and it contains an important lesson for us today – when we follow God’s lead when we humbly give God the glory and follow God in faith, great things can happen – great things at the Basilica of St. Mary.

From Marvin O’Connell’s great autobiography on John Ireland, I was struck by the intentionality of Ireland’s choice of sites for the Cathedral of St. Paul and the Basilica – they were meant to convey visibility and manifest the purposeful decision to engage the community, to announce God’s presence robustly and beautifully to the city. The choice of the location of the Basilica near the intersection of the broad avenues of Hennepin and Lyndale intertwined the growing city with the growing Catholic community, walking together through time and history. O’Connell notes that Ireland believed in the compatibility of Catholicism and the American ideal; I do too, but much work remains to be done toward humble and meaningful engagement between the civic and religious spheres. This task has not gotten easier since the time of John Ireland. One of the areas where Catholics can be a leaven and force for good in American life is to exhort other Catholics and Americans to always pair the American value of autonomy with the important value of social solidarity – autonomy without social solidarity frustrates the good and stability of our republic.

Lastly, I have also been moved by the Basilica’s use of the verse from Jeremiah as a prophetic call to serve and seek the good of the city: “[s]eek the well-being of the city to which I have sent you. Pray for it to the Lord. For in seeking its well-being you shall find your own.” Our identity as Christians is rooted in humble service – this is how we seek the well-being of those around us – this is how we seek the well-being of the Twin Cities community. This journey certainly requires of us a strengthening of our own community at the Basilica – fostering a renewed energy and purpose as we emerge from the pandemic. But seeking the well-being of the city also requires great faith and the spiritual freedom that manifests in humility and boldness, as we follow God’s lead. We are called to meet the moment – to the meet the challenges and divisions of our age with a love that listens, serves, and engages our community. Our call is similar to the act of disruptive empathy that prophetically enters into a city and country beset by injustice, polarization, and unrest. As a leaven, the Basilica community can joyfully announce that there is another way – the way of Jesus – a way of humble service, commitment to justice and care for those on the margins – a way that heals the wounded and sows seeds of a deep and lasting peace.

 

Peace,

Fr. Daniel  

 

View Full Installation Mass 

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Fr. Daniel Griffith will be installed by Archbishop Hebda as the 12th Pastor of The Basilica of Saint Mary on Saturday, August 13 at 5:00pm. The celebration Mass will include interfaith leaders from the community and honored guests.

Fr. Daniel Griffith was named pastor and rector July 1, 2022. He was ordained in 2002 and has served in a variety of assignments in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis since ordination including pastor at Our Lady of Lourdes for 10 years and as the archdiocesan delegate for safe environment in 2013 and 2014. Fr. Griffith is the founding director of the Initiative on Restorative Justice and Healing at the University of St. Thomas School of Law.

Fr. Daniel Griffith stated, “I am humbled and honored to be installed as the 12th pastor of The Basilica of Saint Mary. I have long admired The Basilica’s commitment to sacred and beautiful liturgies, outreach to the poor and marginalized, and its commitment to justice and peace within our broader community. Please join us at The Basilica on our shared journey of faith as walk together in the light of the Lord.” 

 

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS:

Saturday, August 13
Installation Mass with Archbishop Hebda at 5:00pm*

Sunday, August 14
Celebration Masses with receptions following 9:30* and 11:30am Masses 
     *livestreamed

 

Fr. Daniel Griffith Installation Invite

 

 

 

 

 

Worshippers will continue to hear from the Gospel of Luke throughout late summer and fall at Sunday Masses. In a Bible study on Luke offered earlier this year at Our Lady of Lourdes, Fr. Daniel Griffith introduces the Gospel and presents information about the author, the genre of writing, prominent themes, and other keys to understanding the great storyteller and evangelist that we know as St. Luke.

 

 

 

Today a guest fell ill at the 9:30 Mass. Fr. Griffith ended his homily abruptly as the guest received medical attention while an ambulance arrived. We are very happy that the man who fell ill is recovering well. Fr. Griffith offers the text of his homily for the 18th Sunday of Ordinary Time.

“Store Up Riches In What Matter To God”
Homily for the 18th Sunday in Ordinary Time
July 31, 2022
Basilica of St. Mary, Minneapolis, MN
Fr. Daniel Griffith, Pastor

Yesterday, I was watching a golf tournament that was being held at Brandon Dunes on the Oregon coast. The players stopped for a bit when the fog rolled in, in part, because it was wreaking havoc on their “range finders” – the devices that shoot the yardage to the green. And then, the fog was gone, in a less than a minute.

In today’s first reading, we meet Qoheleth whose name signifies a teacher or sage. When he speaks of “hebel” or vanity he speaks of something like vapor or mist – it is short lived, insubstantial, ethereal, not unlike the fog on the Oregon coast. His “vanity of vanity” phrase – employing the superlative convincingly drives the point: all things are like this – things of this world – they are passing away – they don’t last. And yet, we put so much time and energy into things of this world: possessions, wealth, and yes – power and honor.

The main theme in all three readings today is quite clear and yet we continue to struggle with a preoccupation with things of this world. In the gospel today Jesus is continuing his way to Jerusalem and his message and teaching takes on an increasingly sharp edge – the prophet has emerged as Jerusalem gets closer. In response to a request to get involved in a dispute over family inheritance, Jesus quickly turns the page – “take care to guard against all greed – one’s life does not consist of possessions.”

One of the most important Greek words in today’s gospel is pleonexia – a type of greed that manifests itself in a desire for more and more, motivated by a false security in possessions. Luke, the great storyteller, presents a figure known by scholars as the “rich fool” as an admonition of Jesus to seek that which truly lasts and to place our security in God. Interestingly, this story is only found in Luke. The key to the story is that the rich man’s quest for security – wrongly placed in possessions – evaporates like mist as his life is demanded of him, having failed to store up riches in what matters to God.

A preeminent scholar of Luke – aptly named – Luke Timothy Johnson – had this this correlative comment to offer about today’s passage; “It is out of deep fear that the acquisitive instinct grows monstrous. Life seems so frail and contingent that many possessions are required to secure it, even though the possessions are frailer still than the life.”

We know of course that wealth itself is not sinful, but attachment to wealth, greed, and the failure to place our security in God, or to simply take God out of the equation as the rich fool does, ends in destruction and emptiness.

The passage from Luke and indeed all the readings today are robustly relevant to our modern day. Many seek security and even happiness in what they have and what they achieve or accomplish – but both are fleeting and tenuous. According to St. Paul in today’s second reading, this was also a problem for the Colossians. Paul says – you have been baptized, seek what is above and put to death what is earthly – seek God’s divine life and grace. This is where true security and happiness are found, and yet we seem hard pressed to learn this valuable lesson.

The desire to amass more and more is how our wold is ordered – the market, constant production, the economy – often stealthily destructive to good ends. This feverish pursuit takes our gaze away from the divine horizon and eternity and keeps us in a trap – it keeps us wanting but not finding true fulfillment. This constant churning for more and more, while many go without, does great damage to our souls, to the poor, and to the dignity and sustainability of our created world. It’s not storage “barns” that we are building but storage “units” – they are omnipresent in our modern day – and point to the same false security in possessions.

So, what is the way out the trap? And by the way – I am not taking shots or throwing stones. I like nice things too – I drive a nice car, live in a nice home, and after Mass and fellowship today, will travel to Wisconsin to a cabin I own for rest and relaxation. These readings today are as relevant to me as anyone in this Basilica today.

The way out of this trap is the good news that was shared last week and will be shared next week too – it is the good news of a good and gracious God who desires our good and happiness and indeed eternal life for all of us. This is a God who would not hand us a snake when we ask for a fish and invites us to knock and to seek good things. This God, our God, invites us to place our trust and security in him and store up treasures in what maters to God. This is the only true path to happiness and peace for all of us.

It is also the right prescription and path for our parish at this time of transition and possibility – to place ourselves and this beautiful and historic community of faith completely into the hands of our loving Father. From this foundation of trust and security in the one who made us and desires our good and flourishing, renewal and a vibrant future await all of us. True riches in God is the only path forward for those who believe.  

Welcome, from The Basilica of Saint Mary!
I’m honored to walk with you on our shared journey of faith. 

 

 

 

Many years ago, Sister Peter, the nun who taught me in first grade at St. Stephen’s School in Anoka, MN, learned that I had been ordained a priest. For several years thereafter until her death, I would receive a Christmas card from her every year. Of course, she was a teacher until the end. I say this because each card contained a short story or a prayer with the important words underlined. The short story below was one of my favorites. It reminded me of how blessed I am and have been. I hope it does the same for you.  

 

Everything is Relative

They huddled inside the storm door—two children in old coats.

 

“Got any aluminum cans, Lady?” 

 

I was very busy. I wanted to say no, until I looked at their feet. Thin little shoes, sopped with sleet. “Come in and sit by the fire, and I’ll make you a cup of cocoa.” There was no conversation. Their soggy shoes left marks on the clean hearthstone. 

 

Cocoa and cake would fortify them against the chill outside. After serving them, I went back to the kitchen and started on my household budget, as they sat enjoying the warmth.

 

After a few minutes, the silence in the front room struck through to me. I looked in. The girl held her empty cup in her hands, looking at it. The boy asked in a flat voice: “Lady, are you rich?”

 

“Am I rich:  Mercy no.”  I looked at my shabby slipcovers.

 

The girl put her cup back in its saucer carefully. “Your cups match your saucers.”  Her voice was old with a hunger that was not of the stomach. 

 

They left then, holding their small sack of cans. They hadn’t said thank you. They didn’t have to. They had done more that that. Plain blue pottery cups and saucers—but they matched. I tested the potatoes and stirred the gravy. Potatoes and brown gravy, a roof over my head, my husband with a good steady job—these things matched too.

 

I moved the chairs back from the fire and tided the living room. The muddy prints of small shoes were still on the hearth. I let them be.

 

I want them there in case I forget how rich I am. 

 

 

At the end of the story Sister Peter had appended the following words: “Perhaps we are all a little better off than we think we are. It doesn’t hurt to want something more, but it is just as important to appreciate what we have and recognize how very rich and how very blessed we are.”

 

Thanks for being the Light of Christ and an occasion of God’s grace for me these past fifteen years. For this I have been blessed. Because of it, I am truly rich.      

 

Fr. John M. Bauer

 

I have never had much luck retrieving my luggage when I have to take two different flights to reach my destination. In fact for several years, it was pretty much inevitable that my luggage would not appear on the baggage carousel when I got to my final destination. Even now, when I approach baggage claim after landing, I can anticipate my luggage will be one of the last ones to come down the chute. I have learned to accept I am not one of those fortunate individuals who, when they get to baggage claim, within minutes can be walking out the door pulling their suitcase behind them. I have also learned that when I travel with people, I need to tell them not to get their hopes up for an early exit from the airport after the flight.

On a flight several months ago, after walking from one of the furthest possible terminals to baggage claim, I got my hopes up that because of the long walk, just maybe my baggage would be on the carrousel when I arrived. Unfortunately, this was not the case. In fact, the baggage carousel had not even started moving. I did notice, though, the carousel next to me was moving and on it were several forlorn pieces of luggage going round and round. It immediately occurred to me that they were probably left over from an earlier flight, and no one had yet arrived to claim them. Perhaps their owners had stopped to get a bite to eat or have drink before proceeding to baggage claim. Whatever the reason, they just kept going round and round on the baggage carousel. I had time to notice this because, while my luggage carrousel had finally begun to move and baggage began to emerge, my luggage was once again one of the last pieces to appear.    

This memory came back to me a few weeks ago when the responsory after the scripture reading for evening prayer was: “Claim me once more as your own Lord and have mercy on me.”  As I reflected on these words, it occurred to me that with God, we never have to worry about being “unclaimed” and ending up in the lost and found. God loves us, and even if we don’t acknowledge that love or turn away from it, God never stops loving us. God patiently waits for us to recognize and respond to God’s love. The thing is God never forces God’s love on us. Rather God waits for us to allow ourselves to be “claimed” by God.

On more than one occasion in my life I have felt like the unclaimed luggage on a baggage carousel—going round and round, but in reality, going nowhere. Fortunate indeed is the person who has not experienced those times in their life—times when they have felt lost and alone. At these times if we can come humbly to God in prayer, we will discover God has been there all along, just waiting to claim us once more as God’s own.  

 

 

 

 

Greetings once again from The Basilica of Saint Mary. I hope this message finds you and your family continuing to stay well during these challenging times.

Today, I would like to talk with you about three things. First, I wanted to mention once again that as we re-open and renew our various ministries, services, and programs here at the Basilica, we are in need of many volunteers to help us with this. 

In our weekly newsletter/worship aid we have created a space listing the various areas where we need volunteers. This list is also available on our parish website. If it has been a while since you have volunteered, or if you are looking for a way to get involved, please check out these various volunteer positions. Any time you give volunteer to help at the Basilica will be greatly appreciated. 

Secondly, I wanted to say just a few words about the transition process and change of pastors. While change can be difficult, Fr. Griffith and I have tried to be very intentional in this transition process. Both of us have had the opportunity to meet with the leadership and staff of our new parishes. And these meetings have gone very well. 

I think I can speak for Fr. Griffith in saying that while we both will be very sad to leave our current parish, we are both very excited about our new assignments. As we continue to transition to a new pastor, I want you to know of my ongoing prayers for our community. The Basilica is indeed a very special place—made so by our parishioners and staff. As we move forward, I ask you to please remember to keep Fr. Griffith and me in your prayers. 

Finally, I want to thank you once again for your ongoing financial support of our Basilica community. Your financial support of our community makes it possible for us to continue to offer the many ministries, services, and programs that are at the heart of our Basilica community. Please know your ongoing financial support is both needed and greatly appreciated. 


As always, I would like to close today with a prayer. 

God of Love,
You are with us in every transition and change.
As we enter into this new era with excitement and even some anxiety,
we recall your deep compassion, presence, and abounding love.
We thank you for the gifts, talents and skills with which you have blessed us.
We thank you for the experiences that have brought us to this moment.
We thank you for the work of others that gives breadth and depth to our own work.
Be with us as we move forward, rejoicing with you and supporting one another.
We ask this in your Holy Name

 

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