Resting in God

Dear Parishioners,

What a vibrant welcome I continue to receive from you! Thank you for making me feel at home in this time of transition from my chaplaincy with the Sisters of Peace and continuing to learn what it means to be a good shepherd here at Holy Rosary.

In Pope Francis’ newest encyclical on the care of the Earth, entitled “Praise be to You, my Lord,” our Holy Father writes: “St. Francis shows us just how inseparable the bond is between concern for nature, justice for the poor, commitment to society, and interior peace.” Interior peace is quite a gift for which to be grateful and to strive to maintain as we offer the hospitality of Mary, Mother of God herself. We welcome God’s Word into our hearts and we welcome our neighbor to visit there too. The question I might ask myself is: ‘Is my heart a welcoming one providing a landscape of openness, hospitality, non-judgmental love and mercy?’

That our heart be nourished, some solitude in our lives is necessary on a regular basis. Jesus said to the apostles: “Come away by yourselves to a deserted place and rest a while.” Even in the midst of what can be rather frenetic busy days in the midst of raising a family, listening to the burdens others may pour out on us, we are invited to rest easy with God in the recliner of prayer and reflection. Whether on a park bench noticing the fresh air, sun, or breeze on our face, in an office taking a breather to enjoy God’s creation in a plant, or creating a prayer in petition to God through the intercession of a beloved family member or friend who has gone before us, all provide ways into refreshment for the heart and soul in the present as well as direction for the future.

This Wednesday, July 22, the Church celebrates the memorial of St. Mary Magdalene, disciple and first witness to the Resurrection, and, patron saint of the Dominicans, the Order of Preachers. Through her intercession and that of the Blessed Mother, may we unburden ourselves of what sits heavy on our hearts and enter into the joy of God’s comforting solace.

Blessings as you rest with God and offer that solace to others,

—fr. Chris, O.P.

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Greetings from Father Chris Eggleton

Dear Parishioners,

Joy, Peace, and Well-Being be yours in God and in His Blessed Mother! It is with great happiness that I arrive to your thriving community of faith at Holy Rosary after what has been an excellent ministry as Chaplain for the Dominican Sisters of Peace in St. Catharine, Kentucky. The Sisters sent me off with the same loving kindness with which they received me and I am grateful for the opportunity to have served with these good and faithful women religious; I learned so much from their combined experience and wisdom. And, it is my desire to learn from your experience and wisdom as I enter your beloved parish of Holy Rosary and our beloved priory of Dominican friars.

Jesus sent his twelve disciples out to preach and to heal. Each one of us as Catholic Christians is called to do the same; we do so with a great variety of gifts from our children in the womb to our most seasoned and mature adults. The study of our universe reveals the wonders and mystery of God’s handiwork from electrons and protons to the billions and billions of galaxies and I believe that each human being is in possession of a galaxy of wonders of the good that God knit into us when we were created. The more I discover about the universe the more it affirms the profound love God has for us.

In these past few days our Holy Father, Pope Francis, has been visiting Ecuador, Paraguay, and Bolivia and already he has brought a message of loving regard for one another, of loving regard for the planet, and of loving regard for our God-given capacity both to receive and to offer mercy. The prophet Micah proclaimed that what God desires is for us ‘to act justly, to love tenderly, and to walk humbly with Him’. This is my intent as one who is here to learn and to serve as your brother shepherd, your pastor.

There is nothing I have to say but good things about all the Dominican priests and brothers who are presently serving and those who have joyfully and faithfully served for decades at Holy Rosary. They have served you by preaching sound Catholic Doctrine and attempting, always with God’s grace, to themselves live what they preach in Dominican common life in the midst of the joys, challenges, sufferings, and hopes of you who together form the backbone of the parish of Holy Rosary. My intention is to serve you in like manner.

So much more to say, yet in these next several years together we’ll be able to listen to one another and to speak of our common mission to live and preach the Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ as a community on fire with the zeal and tender loving care of Christ Himself.

Keep in mind that for most of the last year I’ve been in a rural setting in the rolling hills and countryside of North-Central Kentucky, so I am used to seeing cows every day close up and there are certain fragrances which waft through the air which have reminded me of God’s sense of humor in creation. Are there any cattle in the vicinity of Holy Rosary Parish?!

I can’t wait to meet you and begin this holy adventure together!

With much gratefulness in Christ,

—Father Chris Eggleton, O.P.

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