June 9, 2013 A Vew from the Rectory Window

Mrs. Marie Moran, who has been the Director of Religious Education for the Parish of the Resurrection and subsequently for the Parish of Saint Maximilian Kolbe, has retired. Prior to this work and ministry, Mrs. Moran taught at Saint Augustine Catholic School in Ocean City.

It would be impossible to calculate the number of people who have directly and/or indirectly had their faith life enhanced by Mrs. Moran. By word and example, Mrs. Moran has been an instrument of God’s presence. In considering Mrs. Moran I am reminded of a catechist’s blessing:

Blessed are the catechists
who listen to their students,
especially the ones with repeated questions.
For they possess the ears of Christ.
Blessed are the catechists
who see the needs of their students,
especially the ones unrecognized by others,
For they possess the eyes of Christ.
Blessed are the catechists
who speak kindly to their students,
especially to the ones without positive motivations,
For they possess the mouth of Christ.
Blessed are the catechists
who gently touch their students,
especially the ones who feel the stings of home violence.
For they possess the hands of Christ.
Blessed are the catechists
who think prayerfully of their students,
especially those who don’t know God,
For they possess the mind of Christ.
Blessed are the catechists
who show love to their students,
especially the ones with unlovable traits,
For they possess the heart of Christ.
Blessed are the catechists
who walk patiently with their students,
especially the ones lacking spiritual guidance,
For they possess the feet of Christ.
Blessed are the catechists
who persevere in their faith-sharing ministry,
especially when their efforts seem in vain.
For they possess the healing presence of Christ
And theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

On behalf of all those you have nurtured, we thank you Mrs. Moran for sharing with us the ears, eyes, mouth, hands, mind, heart, feet and healing presence of Christ. May yours be the kingdom of heaven now and always.

Monignor Peter M. Joyce