Cultivating Thankful Hearts
I thought I would take some time to give thanks for the community. It seems that so much time has gone by since I began last August. As I have mentioned before in a homily, the one time when I wish I had a wife was at Christmas time. Women are so much better then men at writing cards, baking cookies, decorating the house, and shopping for gifts. Funny though, after I said that there were several women who proposed to me after Mass. Some of them were already married! I can appreciate a good sense of humor and I know you do as well.
I have met some really 'giving' souls in this parish. I want you to know how much I appreciate your love for my dog Giorgi. It really connected me to the community very quickly. He is a Cairn Terrier, a male version of Toto from the Wizard of Oz. He is my little companion and we keep each other company. If I was the bishop, I would mandate that all priests should have a dog or maybe a cat. I think that some priests fall into negative behavior because they are lonely and find it difficult to trust people with their personal lives. But I can trust Giorgi with everything.