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Lamplighter - Fr. Aran

posted Feb 25, 2016, 12:33 PM by St. Thomas Church   [ updated Dec 24, 2019, 6:31 AM ]

Hello friends . . . grace and peace,

As you read this, several things are either about to happen, or are happening.

First, we’re about to enter 2020, which is one of those numbers of years that, when I was a kid, was simply the title of a really bad movie sequel to a really amazing and award-winning film (2001: A Space Odyssey).  Twenty-Twenty.  So much to celebrate and such an incredible time to be alive.

Second, I’ll be starting Part 1 of my sabbatical in 2020 on January 1st.  I shall be taking 2 weeks for time with my family, time to re-charge, and time to begin studying the writings, journeys, and conversion of Saul/Paul as I prepare for a pilgrimage based on the Footsteps of St. Paul in August.

Third, and finally, I’ll be celebrating 22 years at St. Thomas.  Twenty-Two.  The words “I’ve been blessed” are far too simple to utter and yet they ring true in ways that are inexplicable.  There have been blessings upon blessings upon blessings.  From the bottom of my heart, from the bottoms of the hearts of all those in my family, we say “thank you” for loving us and for supporting us and for praying for us.

Our hope and prayer is that God continues to bless us as we drop roots deeper and deeper into this community.

Your prayers are coveted as I begin Part 1 of my sabbatical, as we begin a new year and a new decade, and as another year of employment at St. Thomas begins.

peace to you